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Clinical Negligence Issues: Hospitals Failing to Fix Safety Problems

Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) is the independent charity which promotes better patient safety and justice for people who have been affected by a medical accident.

They have recently prepared a report which highlights that half of 406 NHS trusts in England are still failing to comply with patient safety alerts. Five trusts had 10 or more alerts outstanding. These alerts cover everything from equipment failure to warnings on correct dosage.

Alerts are issued by the National Patient Safety Agency when a problem is identified which has repeatedly caused harm or killed patients, or has the potential to do so. The AvMA report noted that there had been "significant progress" with 654 figure being almost half that recorded in August 2010.

However, the "safer use of injectable medicines" had a deadline of 31 March 2008. Nearly 3 years later, 26 trusts had still not complied and yet this is the most common cause of "accidents" or "adverse incidents" that I recently blogged about.

Whilst I am impressed that there is now greater transparency for the public with regards to patient safety within the NHS, I await the results of what action will be taken to remedy their failings. I hope that the Trusts will use their valuable resources to prevent systemic failures from happening in the future and improve care for all patients within the NHS.

Amy Bond is a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence, with an interest in cosmetic surgery claims. If you or a member of your family have a clinical negligence enquiry please call our expert clinical negligence solicitors on 0800 916 9049, fill in our short online claim form or email and one of our specialist clinical negligence team will be in touch