Hospitals being run by the NHS and private sector organisations are potentially leaving themselves exposed to claims for medical negligence compensation due to the inadequacies of their members of staff, new research has suggested.
According to a study published recently in the British Medical Journal Quality and Safety, the majority of clinical tests conducted at such institutions are not being correctly followed up by workers.
This, the paper stated, can easily result in patients either being misdiagnosed or facing an anxious wait as the results of their medical examinations are delayed.
For example, some 79 cases were launched against hospitals for medical negligence damages during the research on the basis of people being misdiagnosed.
The report concluded that patient safety is negatively impacted upon due to the high proportion of test results being missed by staff.
Recently, a 15-year-old girl was awarded £5.3 million in compensation due to injuries she sustained during her birth.
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett