David Simpson - Partner, Coles Miller

Damning CQC Report Into Care At The Royal Bournemouth Hospital23rd Dec 2013

by David Simpson on 23rd Dec 2013

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Like everyone else, Coles Miller is appalled by the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) damning report into standards at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.David Simpson - Partner, Coles Miller

As medical negligence lawyers, we know more than most about the problems at the trust. But even so, the CQC report is still a shock.

It still seems staggering that – despite all the progress in medical research, all the funding for the NHS – the Royal Bournemouth Hospital is still failing to provide basic care in some areas.

CQC inspectors found that nighttime staffing levels were not safe. Basic nursing care was not being given to patients in two medical care wards.

This is the 21st century. Britain is a first world country. Bournemouth is an affluent area. And yet fundamental errors are still being made at the town’s main hospital.

Comments by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) suggest that the trust had already started working to solve many of the problems highlighted in the report.

But there is clearly some way to go.

People across the UK who claim compensation for medical negligence do not do so for the money. They are not winning the lottery.

Some victims will never walk again. Never see again. Never have a ‘normal’ life again. Money can fund vital care but can never truly compensate them for what they have lost.

RCN officials say they will be keeping a “close eye” on the progress of the trust. We are – and we suggest that you do the same.

If you have any concerns about the care that you or your loved ones are receiving at any hospital or surgery, contact David Simpson who leads Coles Miller’s team of medical negligence solicitors.