NHS negligence review: fifth of hospitals covering up negligence

A government review suggests that up to a fifth of hospital trusts in England may be covering up mistakes, with an analysis of reporting incidents showing that 29 out 141 trusts did not record the expected number of safety incidents. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has created the Sign Up to Safety campaign, which aims to halve ‘avoidable harm’ such as medication errors, blood clots and bedsores by 2016–17, while also stopping a third of preventable deaths, equivalent to 6,000 lives saved.

A recent case has highlighted the need for improvements within the NHS. Three-year-old Sam Moorish from Devon died in September 2010 from severe sepsis, following what the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman described as ‘a catalogue of errors’, with staff not recognising that he was vomiting blood and waiting three hours before administering antibiotics.

Sam’s father Scott Moorish said: ‘The thing that we’re still trying to push for is that we’re not clear who the ombudsman is accountable to, we’re not clear who really understands what happens behind the scenes there and we’re not entirely sure that Parliament is actually able to look at anything more than what comes out in the report.’ …

Click on the link below to read the rest of the IBB Solicitors briefing.

Sign in or Register to continue reading this article

Sign in


It's quick, easy and free!

It takes just 5 minutes to register. Answer a few simple questions and once completed you’ll have instant access.

Register now

Why register to The Lawyer


Industry insight

In-depth, expert analysis into the stories behind the headlines from our leading team of journalists.


Market intelligence

Identify the major players and business opportunities within a particular region through our series of free, special reports.


Email newsletters

Receive your pick of The Lawyer's daily and weekly email newsletters, tailored by practice area, region and job function.

More relevant to you

To continue providing the best analysis, insight and news across the legal market we are collecting some information about who you are, what you do and where you work to improve The Lawyer and make it more relevant to you.


Capital Court
30 Windsor Street

Turnover (£m): 16.38
No. of lawyers: 76