I have spoken at length with one particular expert on pressure sores. He tells me he prepares 10-20 new cases of pressure sores due to negligence every year and they nearly all make him extremely upset and angry at the sheer incompetence of nurses and doctors in failing to take very basic steps which would have prevented the development of these painful sores.
The saddest thing is that there seem to be no recriminations against the individuals responsible. There appears to be a collective irresponsibility. In the past, the development of a pressure sore on a ward was a complete disgrace because the Matron would learn about it and the ward sister would get a ticking off. His or her promotion prospects may be delayed because of it. Therefore, everyone made it their business to ensure that patients would never get pressure sores.
Alas, it seems nowadays this ethos has completely eroded. A basic standard of caring for patients seems to be lacking in the NHS today and throwing money at the NHS isn't the answer.Iona Millais is a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our specialist clinical negligence team will be in touch.