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RE: Many NHS victims should settle for an apology - The Times (5 February)

05 Feb 2018
APIL news

Sir,

There is no expectation on the NHS to be infallible. Accidents happen. Mistakes happen. They cannot be avoided.

But only last week it was reported that hundreds of men have had the wrong testicle removed. These are not mistakes. This is negligence. Those men face a lifetime of sterility because someone failed to take enough care to identify the correct body part.

Perhaps an injured patient or grieving family would accept an apology if apologies were ever forthcoming. It is already established that parents enduring the agony of a stillbirth which is entirely avoidable are often forced down the legal route in search of answers, because they cannot get them any other way.

If what Ms Foges says is correct, there is a profound need for the NHS to overhaul its approach and attitude towards patient care. The motivation for investigating stomach pain should be to improve the patient’s health and wellbeing in keeping with the NHS’s mission statement. To avoid being sued is the wrong incentive.

Brett Dixon

President

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

Past letters to the press

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The Times re: Tight leash on whiplash crash claims, 29 May, 02 Jun 2021
APIL calls for time limit on child abuse claims to be abolished , 11 Feb 2021
MoD shirking responsibility to pay compensation to injured veterans after six years, 28 Jul 2020
Regional newspapers: Being late is taken more seriously than being injured needlessly, 28 Jan 2020
The Scotsman re: Rachel Henry and Alistair Kinley: Fraudulent and dishonest claims getting off Scot-free, 16 Jan 2020
To The Scotsman re: Scotland set to become first choice to bring personal injury actions , 04 Nov 2019
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