Bolam out?

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  • The bolam test is a huge obstacle for patients like myself as the opponents only need to prove I received ‘reasonable’ care even if other expert opinions provide counter arguments. When I presented short-comings in my NHS care to the Ombudsman, the Ombudsman took a very narrow legalistic approach, instead of patient-centred approach. This is very oppressive indeed as it seems there is nobody there for patients like myself who fall in the of poor care but such care may be viewed as acceptable when subjected to bolam test. Judicial review is also difficult due to large sums of money involved as so poor performing doctors get away with due to the way bolam test is described, explained and concluded. The only time negligence claims are strong is when a wrong limb is cut off or a patient dies. But not when patient is damaged but survives with side effects, and their quality of life is destroyed e.g. my steroid-induced diabetes whereby consultants got away with needless treatment in the name of “routine treatment” and treated the numbers but not the person

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