Private healthcare must be subject to same safety standards as NHS, warn surgeons

24th May 2017

Private healthcare must be subject to same safety standards as NHS, warn surgeons

The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) is urging the government to ensure private hospitals are obliged to report unexpected deaths and serious injuries.

The call follows the case of Ian Paterson, the surgeon convicted last month of unlawfully wounding patients during breast surgery at private clinics in the West Midlands.

Surgical leaders say the same standards that govern the NHS should be applied in private healthcare, and are demanding a stronger focus on patient safety initiatives.

In a letter to the government, the RCS said private patients had less information about safety concerns in privately run hospitals than those in the NHS. The RCS has also repeated its call for better regulation of cosmetic surgery which is mostly carried out in private clinics.

RCS president Clare Marx said: “Ian Paterson wilfully abused the trust placed in him by patients at their most vulnerable. His actions and behaviour were appalling, and we must do everything in our power to prevent such a violation being repeated.”

In its letter, the RCS says “we need to ask how and why those working closely with Ian Paterson did not spot his behaviour or were unwilling to challenge it. We will continue to support a culture in the health service which encourages staff to speak up”.

How can our medical negligence team help?

If you feel that you have been let down in some way – whether you are a private or NHS patient – get in touch with Gotelee so that we can assess your case.

Our Medical Negligence Team has a wealth of experience in representing clients who have suffered as a result of a clinical error.

Making a claim could result in the person affected receiving the necessary financial help to deal with the consequences of an error, as well as providing closure and helping to ensure the same mistake isn’t repeated.

To find out more, call us on 01473 298125 or visit us at any one of our offices in Ipswich, Hadleigh, Felixstowe, Woodbridge or Melton.

Partner
Practice Areas
Medical Negligence
Chartered Legal Executive, Associate
Chartered Legal Executive
Blog Posts

Ignorance over asbestos threat putting workers’ lives at risk

09/05/2018

Uncertainty and ignorance surrounding the dangers of exposure to asbestos could be putting the…

Read More
Upcoming Events

Gotelee Legal Walk

07/06/2018

Gotelee Solicitors are walking the Ipswich Legal Walk on behalf of the Eastern Legal…

Read More
News Posts

General Data Protection Regulation overload or anticlimax?

19/06/2018

The long-awaited, often-discussed and much-feared introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation was something…

Read More

Testimonials

"Approachable, very efficient, always willing to take my calls and update me."

- SH

"We were very pleased to have Jade as our solicitor, the service was excellent and we felt kept in the loop which minimised stress"

- CT

"I have used Tracey Laflin at Gotelee on a number of occasions and in my opinion, she is simply the most efficient conveyancing solicitor I have ever worked with. From the outset, she took the time to understand my specific business requirements and to date, she has exceeded all of my expectations."

- Dale Fiddy - Portobello Developments Ltd

"I don't think this house sale would have pulled together without Jo's determination and expertise. Excellent!"

- MT

"Jade Shelton was absolutely fantastic!! Professional and proactive at all times."

- JH

"This is by far the go-to firm for any issues. You are made to feel valued from the outset and they are so confident in what they do. Wouldn't recommend any other. Thank you Hugh and Max."

- Ros Jones

"Domini was very fast and efficient in carrying out her work for me - she was also very good at explaining things to me"

-

"Prompt, helpful, polite and very professional service"

-

"The ease that we could access and speak to Pat Smith - Thank you"

-

"We found Rachel Dawson outstanding, polite, professional and caring."

-

Please select preferred method of contact

* We will only contact you by telephone if you select this as primary form of contact.