Historic Northern Ireland hospital errors to be reviewed

By Gillian Crotty

Hospital errors classed as "serious adverse incidents" will be reviewed from years before 2013 in the wake of recent revelations about treatment delays contributing to deaths at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

Health Minister Edwin Poots is waiting on reports of serious hospital errors from the various health trusts in respect of the "last number of years". Earlier this week it was revealed that there were at least 5 deaths at the Belfast hospital where a delay in treatment was a factor. It was then revealed that only 2 of the families of the patients that died were made aware of the errors made at the hospital and that the delay in treatment was a contributing factor to the death of their family member. The review into historic serious adverse incidents will also examine whether the families of patients whose deaths were caused in part by negligent, delayed or poor treatment were informed at the time.

It has been suggested that a lack of doctors is partly to blame for the delay in treatment of the 5 patients in particular who died at the A&E department of the Belfast hospital. Mr Poots has said that if money is needed to improve the level of hospital care that it would be made available.

If you have suffered injury or loss as a result of negligent medical care received at a hospital in Belfast, or elsewhere in Northern Ireland, contact one of the clinical negligence solicitors at Wilson Nesbitt for information or advice on a possible claim for compensation by calling 0800 840 9289.