Report highlights problem of poor hospital care

By Gillian Crotty

A review of hospital trusts in England highlights the growing problem of poor hospital care, with a quarter of the trusts examined found to have a high risk of care provision that falls below the accepted levels.

The review follows a number of high profile medical negligence cases against hospitals throughout Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, many of which concluded that patients suffered additional injury, and in some cases death, as a direct result of the poor care and treatment they received at hospital.

The new findings are based on monitoring carried out by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which looked at 150 different indicators, including data relating to hospital deaths, serious errors, and surveys completed by patients. Of the 161 trusts examined, 44 were deemed to come under the two highest risk bands - with 24 trusts in band one and 20 in band two.

The publishing of the data was welcomed by the British Medical Association as a step towards improved transparency and "identifying under-performing hospitals."

If you have suffered injury or loss as a result of negligent medical care you received in Northern Ireland, and wish to speak to a claims solicitor about compensation, contact Wilson Nesbitt in Belfast by calling 0800 840 9289.