This article was published on September 9th, 2013
Solicitors who investigated dozens of claims at Mid Staffs hospital are probing negligence cases against the health trust which runs the Royal Blackburn and Burnley General hospitals.
This comes as one incident of many involving the NHS and medical negligence claims. In one of the most serious claims, the family of a Darwen pensioner have accused East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) of ‘appalling care’ over the nine weeks the pensioner was in hospital leading to his death.
The victim’s daughter believes his death in March could have been avoided, had crucial procedures not been cancelled several times. The hospitals were placed in special measures last month, after inspectors made wide-ranging criticisms of the way they had been run, including staff shortages, poor governance and a complaints process which lacked compassion.
This inspection and the high level of death rates that preceded it, followed a major inquiry into Stafford Hospital, where shocking failings of care are believed to have lead to a huge number of unnecessary deaths.
A human rights solicitor who has settled more than 120 legal claims relating to abuse and poor care at Stafford, said: “From the people who have contacted us, and the findings of the Keogh Report, it seems there have been issues at the East Lancashire trust for a while.
“The accounts we’ve heard relate to issues similar to those that were investigated at Stafford Hospital. We wouldn’t be surprised if more people took steps to bring their concerns forward.”
In June, the Lancashire Telegraph detailed how compensation payouts against ELHT have almost doubled during the past three years, which had earned the trust a ‘red rating’ from the NHS.
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