When the Francis Inquiry into the failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust was published in February 2013 one of its main recommendations was that new Fundamental Standards of Care must be introduced.
The Department of Health and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are working together to develop these new fundamental standards and have launched a public consultation.
Currently in law the actions of a failing clinician are measured against the standard of a responsible body of medical practitioners. If these new fundamental standards of care become the new bar against which hospital care is measured, this is a rare opportunity to for patient’s their families and professionals to have a voice and contribute to the raising of healthcare standards.
I have seen over many years that bringing Medical Negligence Claims has helped to raise healthcare standards. Our work in the Clinical Negligence Team at Slater and Gordon has drawn to the attention of clinicians and the Trusts that employ them failings in care and healthcare systems whilst securing compensation for patients who have received unacceptable treatment and been injured.
Unfortunately, many patients who have not had proper care have not been able to prove a case because they have been unable to establish that they have suffered an injury.
This consultation is an opportunity for patients, their families, carers, the wider community and related professions to contribute to the formulation of fundamental standards of care.
If you would like to discuss the standard of treatment you have received and whether you are able to make a clinical negligence claim, please call us for a free consultation on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online.
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