Hospitals must investigate allegations of medical blunders

23.10.13 | |

Following a successful threat of judicial review by Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), the Secretary of State has agreed to amend NHS Guidance which permits hospitals to refuse to investigate complaints from patients harmed by poor care who are also contemplating a claim for damages.  AvMA condemned the practice as an illegal and unfair denial of patients’ rights.


 
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the NHS was obliged to respond to all patient complaints of poor care.


 
Paul Bowen QC and  Gemma Hobcraft instructed by John Halford of Bindmans represented Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA).


 
See further: The Guardian 
 

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