The line between fair healthcare services provision and clinical negligence

Doctor with PatientCurrently, the patients who have to seek medical help, are way more likely to face medical negligence and inattention, not to mention the attitude of the medical staff. Of course, this in no way contributes to productive treatment, and sometimes even harms the healing process, leading to deterioration of health of the patient (if not physically, then psychologically) or causing complications. And, if in relation to the lack of tact and ethical sensibilities is somehow possible to understand and justify surgery or intensive care, in other physicians such behavior is unacceptable. It oftentimes leads to the fact that in their reception rooms, outpatient clinics or hospitals ‘settles’ the ‘phenomenon of revolving doors’ – even those patients who are cured (not to mention the not cured), after some time again come to the same complaints. Naturally, unrelieved cause of the disease in conjunction with medications treatment (not psychotherapy) consequences that may lead to the fact that sooner or later the disease recurs or becomes aggravated, and the patient returns again. And it can last for years. Read more

Clinical errors on various medical examination stages

drug prescriptionAlthough it may sound paradoxical, almost all the deadly combinations of drugs are well known: the reactions occurring in their interactions are well understood, documented and can be quite easily accessed to. This information is stored in a variety of medical databases accessible to almost any German or French doctor. But the trouble is that the clinicians rarely use such information services, often simply not aware of their existence. In addition, the German pharmacies sell many drugs sold without a prescription, and if they are applied improperly, they can cause a death of the patient.

According to one of the largest UK databases on medical negligence solicitors, unfortunately, medical errors are more likely to be committed by young doctors, and this is due, primarily, to their lack of a systematic approach to the healing process, the logical transition from one stage of organisation and implementation of treatment to another. Read more

The legal aspect of clinical negligence in the modern world

medical contractNowadays, a growing number of countries starts adopting the practice of entering into the doctor-patient medical contracts, providing specific measures to be applied in the case of harm to the patient or failure to fulfil the contract terms. Many developed economies (Germany, Austria, UK, etc.) have included various medical codes in their national legislations that govern the relationship between doctors, patients and their relatives, professional relationships of physicians with the administration and the public authorities. According to a series of polls conducted by legal services aggregators in the UK, medical negligence solicitors admit the contracts are now used 24% more frequently in comparison with 2006. Read more

The concept of medical error from a healthcare market relations standpoint

medical errorOn the basis of generally accepted characteristics of a medical error in the provision of medical services objective and subjective reasons for their formation should be considered. Specialists need to understand that the objective causes of medical errors are provoked by a large group of external factors. As for the subjective reasons, they depend on many internal factors. Of course, in emergencies and accidents the probability of becoming a victim of medical errors is higher than in quiet time, with a thoughtful choice of treatment in a cozy office, having the results of all the necessary tests.

From the point of view of the external factors analysis there are the causes of medical error, it is, first of all, the work performed by the specialist under the influence of an error. This activity is expressed in the deviations from special acts and regulations (organisational and technical standards) that can cause or causes adverse effects to the patient. The risk of making a mistake is ghost following a doctor at all stages of care.

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Clinical negligence around the globe: the statistical picture

clinical negligence around the worldThe article touching a vital topic of the scope of clinical negligence cases around the globe is created in collaboration with, one of the largest legal databases in the UK allowing you to find a solicitor effortlessly. Our choice to collaborate with the team was not accidental – the company focuses on medical negligence area and runs the most comprehensive collection of medical negligence solicitors (1750+ profiles). So here’s what we’ve managed to dig out.

The state of affairs in Canada

In Canada, according to figures presented in Canadian Dimension Magazine, as a result of negligence in medical staff 40,000+ Canadians are killed annually, although reportedly the trend is slowly, but gradually declining. Read more

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