NHS casualty units have become like “warzones,” with medics fighting a losing battle to cope with an increasing tide of patients, one of Britain’s most senior Accident & Emergency doctors has warned.
Hundreds of patients have operations on wrong body part
Hundreds of patients have suffered from major medical blunders such as an operation on the wrong part of the body, or a medical instrument left inside them after surgery, an investigation has found.
When doctors attempted to determine the source of her pain, the nurse, 42, was put through excruciating agony during an MRI scan at Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Worcestershire, as the magnets attempted to pull the metal object from her body.
Ian Cohen, a medical negligence solicitor and head of medical negligence at Goodmans Law, based in Liverpool, said the whole system of reporting “never events” was flawed.
“I think the figures are shocking,” he said. “They really are the tip of the iceberg.