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Compensation awarded for brain injury

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust is to pay out compensation worth several millions of pounds to a thirteen-year-old girl who suffered severe brain damage while undergoing treatment at the hospital, reports the BBC.

Maisha Najeeb suffers from a rare condition affecting her arteries and veins that can cause bleeding. When she was ten she attended the hospital for treatment that involved injecting special glue from a syringe into her body to block off a bleed. The doctors also had a second syringe containing a dye that they planned to inject into a brain artery to check her blood flow. The two syringes got mixed up, and glue was injected into Maisha’s brain, causing severe brain damage.

Maisha is now in a wheelchair, and relies on help for all day-to-day tasks. The hospital admitted liability and has apologised to Maisha and her family.

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Saying sorry is the right thing to do

The NHS Litigation Authority (NHS LA) for England and Wales has called on NHS Trusts to apologise to patients when mistakes are made, and has issued further guidance on the subject.

Saying sorry when things go wrong is vital for the patient, their families and carers, as well as to support learning and improve safety, says the NHS LA.

It goes on to explain that 50% of patients who have suffered harm as a result of their healthcare wanted an apology and explanation. Patients, their families and carers should receive a meaningful apology – one that is a sincere expression of sorrow or regret for the harm that has occurred.

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Government sets out patient safety plans

The Government has published its response to the Mid Staffordshire Inquiry, in which it sets out its plans to instil more openness, greater accountability and a relentless focus on safety within the NHS in England.

“Today’s measures are a blueprint for restoring trust in the NHS, reinforcing professional pride in NHS frontline staff and above all giving confidence to patients,” said Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. “I want every patient in every hospital to have confidence that they will be given the best and safest care and the way to do that is to be completely open and transparent.”

New changes in response to the independent recommendations include:

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Mother receives compensation for poor hospital care

A woman is to receive a substantial six-figure settlement from Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust after she suffered life changing injuries during the birth of her fourth child, reports the BBC.

Candi Kaya had attended Stafford Hospital for a planned caesarean, but sustained damage to her to her bladder that was not detected at the time and was left untreated for six days. By the time surgery was conducted to fix the bladder, the damage had already caused a number of medical complications. Ms Kaya had to undergo a number of further operations, and was left with substantial scarring and on-going health problems.

The trust acknowledged that Ms Kaya’s treatment wasn’t to the standard she was entitled to expect, report the BBC, and apologised for the distress caused. A spokesperson said that steps had been taken to improve practices within the hospital.

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Family receives compensation for hospital death

The family of a woman who died while in the care of staff at Alexandria Hospital in Redditch have received an undisclosed amount in compensation from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust, reports the BBC.

Fifty-five year old Margaret Pitt had suffered from Type 1 diabetes for around 30 years. While she was in hospital, staff failed to take a blood sugar reading to monitor her glucose levels. She subsequently suffered a severe brain injury and died.

According to the BBC, the hospital trust apologised unreservedly for its “failures” in caring for Mrs Pitt, and said that improvements had been made to its clinical procedures and staff training to prevent similar errors from reoccurring.

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