National Patient Safety Agency in UK has identified more than 1000 such cases wherein the NHS staff happened to misdiagnose cancer or depicted a sloth in the identification of the disease in the patients, over a period of one year.
Due to the spotted carelessness of the staff, 177 were found to have suffered unnecessarily, while 2 died and 25 suffered harm.
However, the NPSA has suggested that the 1,650 cases spotted, so far, are not the only ones in the category. There are a number of other cases which are under the investigation.
The NHS yesterday revealed to have paid out more than £60 million in negligence claims over a three year period. Almost more than half the bill between 2006/7 and 20008/9 had errors made in obstetrics and gynecology.
These departments – which are responsible for childbirth, fertility treatment, terminations and hysterectomy operations – accounted for £
Ninety eight members of staff at an NHS trust are reported to be investigated with seven been sacked over the sharing of pornographic images through email. The internal inquiry probe reportedly involved 98 employees, mainly from a secure mental health unit in the Hutton Centre at St Luke's Hospital in Middlesbrough.
In addition, four have been revealed to have received written warnings, five are still under investigation and 13 have no case to answer.
Hundreds of people are reported to march through the streets of Burnley in a view to show their anger and disgruntlement over plans to close the children’s ward at the hospital. The protest, organized by Burnley's Liberal Democrats in the town centre included many families with young children, left Queens Park at 1pm on Saturday and marched into the town centre.
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust posted that it planned to shut down the Deerplay ward and move in-patient facilities to the Royal Blackburn Hospital.
The Labour government's £12.7 billion NHS National Programme for IT is on the brink of collapse just before the general elections.
The potential collapse of the project has been mounting pressure on Morecambe Bay, which is meant to be the first place to pilot Lorenzo patent management system.
However, Morecambe Bay NHS Trust CEO Tony Halsall said, “Throughout the entire project, patient safety has always been our top priority and we have developed a rigorous testing regime as part of the project.”
Maternity services for obese women are revealed as incompetent and inadequate, and in addition are believed to render mothers-to-be at risk, experts warn.
NHS maternity units are reported to be struggling to meet with the unceasingly surging number of obese pregnant women.
Moreover, very few possess all the specialist equipment required to deal with complex deliveries or emergencies, a report has claimed.
UK reality TV star Jade Goody's doctor in a TV special to air on Sunday (GMT) claimed that her death occurred after being let down by "incompetent and negligent" National Health Service (NHS) staff.
Dr. Ann Coxon condemned medics who allegedly examined Jade when her tumor was the size of a Tangerine, however, missed it, The Sunday reported.
In addition, they are accused that they failed to realize her symptoms - which Dr. Coxon said were "glaringly obvious" as pointed to cervical cancer.
According to MSPs, patients are losing out on better care and treatment due to problems in NHS computing systems.
A report by the committee condemns the “slow and inconsistent” provision of clinical portals and telehealth and says that if Scotland wants to become the world head in electronic health then improved safeguards are required in patient privacy.
A clinical portal is a computer software system that permits clinicians and GPs to access medical records of a patient anywhere in Scotland.
Doctors' leaders have requested the Government to suspend some sections of the NHS IT programme.
The British Medical Association (BMA) said that it has "serious concerns" that patient medical records are being uploaded promptly to a national database.
Security fears and lack of interest among doctors for the technology has fetched constant disapproval for the multibillion-pound upgrade of NHS IT programme.
The comprehensive electronic health records (EHR) is to be submitted by the hospitals and physicians in the U. S. Though, some health care experts are of the view that quality of e-health systems might be at risk as it has to cater to deadlines that are unrealistic, and a chaos still prevails about what is the primary thing to do.
At Thursday's summit in Washington, President Barack Obama initiated an attempt to get Democrats and Republicans, seeking common ground, but one void couldn't be bridged: How to deal with the uninsured?
This is crucial as 25% Texans is not shielded with a health insurance, the highest rate in the country -- and our 6 million uninsured will climb without reforms. That will hurts hospitals, doctors and everybody else, apart from hampering their well-being because they have to absorb the costs.
In an attempt to ensure the safety of cosmetic treatments like Botox, the Shared Regulation Group at the Independent Healthcare Advisory Service (IHAS) will run a new government-backed initiative that will help people check the credibility of the clinic in which they wish to undergo the treatment.
The scheme, for which the government has provided an initial £200,000 funds, will essentially be a joint effort of the government, medical regulators and the cosmetic industry, whereby clinics will be listed on the basis of facilities provided and qualified staff.
The charity of the Fakenham supermarket is looking for as many volunteers as they can manage for their annual fundraiser for their cancer charity. The Marie Curie Cancer Care is actually trying its best to raise the necessary cash which is vital for the people suffering from these terminal illnesses and to provide quality care for them.
There are reports about a Scottish health authority concealing details of a fatal infection deliberately. The infection reportedly took five lives last year and the details did not get public until four days after the last death in the outbreak.
Reports also state that patients were however informed that they were suffering from Clostridium difficile but the fact that they were having a strain of potentially fatal and virulent 027 strain of the bug was hidden.
An investigation has been launched by a Windsor, Ont., hospital, after one of its renowned surgeons mistakenly performed a mastectomy on a patient who did not have cancer.
The pathology report of a patient, admitted in the hospital was misread by Barbara Heartwell, a surgeon at Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital, who performed the prescheduled mastectomy.
The patient learned of the mistake, in a follow-up appointment as the diagnosis did not match the pre-surgery pathology report which said that the tumor was benign.