Customer area
Brighton 0800 280 0432
Hospital Overcrowding Claims
searchSearch
call-answerCall Us
new-email-envelopeEnquiry
list-menuMenu
×
×


In the event that you suffered your injury or illness due to someone else’s negligence, or your condition has been aggravated by poor hospital care, please contact the solicitors at Healys for advice about making a compensation claim.

Negligence in A&E

According to the NHS, more than 21 million people go to A&E wards every year seeking aid, possibly suffering from ailments such as serious bleeding, breathing problems, or severe chest pains.

These people naturally expect medical professionals to look after them – and to receive the best treatment possible. Unfortunately, some patients’ conditions deteriorate due to an act of clinical negligence, and this can have serious and potentially fatal effects.

The vast majority of patients will receive high standards of medical care during their visit to A&E. However, in 2013, it was claimed that conditions within these wards could get worse – and this may place the lives of individuals in danger.

Overcrowding in accident and emergency departments

Speaking to MPs, the president of the College of Emergency Medicine revealed that the number of individuals visiting A&E departments during the previous decade had increased by 17%.

Despite the increased admissions, it seemed wards had not expanded to reflect this – resulting in many departments suffering from overcrowding. Consequently, president warned this was “dangerous” and added that more patients could die as a result.

Longer waiting times

For example, the impact of overcrowding can be seen in patient waiting times. Although doctors attempt to see admissions within four hours, it was revealed that between October and December 2012, more than 232,000 individuals were seen after this deadline.

A strain on staff

In addition, this overcrowding could be placing unnecessary strains on medical professionals, possibly resulting in increased numbers of ‘never events’.

According to the NHS, these incidents are serious, largely preventable, and “should not occur if the available preventative measures have been implemented”.

However, figures published by the College of Emergency Medicine showed that between 2011 and 2012, never events occurred in one out of every 17 NHS A&E departments. Moreover, it appears many of these incidents could have been caused by professions trying to manage “unsustainable workloads”.

Call Us Today
Call our London office on 0800 280 0432 or our Brighton office on 0800 280 0432. You can also contact us online.
Call Us Today
London: 0800 280 0432 Brighton: 0800 280 0432 Or you can contact us online: Contact Us
Hospital Overcrowding Claims capabilities
Hospital Overcrowding Claims experiences
Hospital Overcrowding Claims insights
  • Woman Injured Loading Gazebo Into Van Wins Damages

    29th November 2018

    Gazebos are used by all kinds of organisations when attending events up and down the country. It may not seem that an employer’s duty to assess and minimise workplace risks would extend to tasks such as carrying and assembling gazebos, but a recent case shows that it does. Continue reading »

  • Mother Of Disabled Child Ruled A ‘Primary Victim’ Of Hospital Negligence

    28th November 2018

    In order to succeed in a ‘secondary victim’ claim as a result of clinical negligence it is necessary to establish that the claimant suffered psychiatric illness or injury – as opposed to grief, sorrow, deprivation or the need to provide care for the loved one who has suffered the injury – as a result of witnessing a sudden, shocking event. Given the number of hurdles a claimant has to clear to show that the many tests have been met, there have been very few successful claims to date. Continue reading »

  • Compensation For Slips And Trips At Work

    26th November 2018

    Two recent cases illustrate that employers need to be vigilant in assessing tripping and slipping hazards in areas where workers perform their tasks. If they fail in this duty, those who are injured as a result may be able to claim compensation. Continue reading »

Hospital Overcrowding Claims awards
Hospital Overcrowding Claims news
  • The Government Considers Radical Cycling Awareness Campaign

    23rd November 2018

    A radical proposal for cycling awareness has been unveiled by the government. The plans include a series of measures to improve safety for vulnerable road users, and to encourage and support cycling. The aim is to reduce the significant number of serious and fatal accidents suffered by cyclists. Continue reading »