Health Secretary tells NHS to send cancer patients to private hospitals to stop further treatment delays
Posted on 17th January 2022
Our cancer misdiagnosis solicitors discuss recent news that NHS cancer patients have been redirected to private hospitals due to NHS shortages.
Over the weekend of the 8th January 2022, Sajid Javid has reportedly told the NHS to begin sending cancer patients to receive care at private hospitals in order to prevent further treatment delays for cancer patients during the pandemic.
The Health Secretary supposedly warned the NHS that it needed to ‘urgently secure’ private hospital beds and deals with private hospitals to ensure that the treatment of cancer patients is not further affected by covid related staff shortages.
It is thought that these private hospital beds will be used to provide some cancer surgery and other cancer treatments that are usually provided under the NHS. It is no secret that cancer diagnosis and treatment has suffered throughout the covid-19 pandemic, with cancer diagnosis being delayed and treatments and surgeries being cancelled due to limited hospital capacity.
Why is NHS cancer treatment being outsourced to private hospitals?
This news comes as, in recent weeks, it was revealed that during the covid-19 pandemic, as many as 740,000 urgent referrals for cancer were missed by GPs and not acted on. This news shocked our medical negligence solicitors near you, and medics have spoken out about the situation being the ‘biggest cancer catastrophe ever to hit the NHS’. And unfortunately, it looks like the situation is far from over, with the effects of many missed appointments and tests still to be felt.
On top of this, is the even more worrying suggestion that by March 2025, there could be 12 million people included in the backlog of care under the NHS, which equates to around one in every five people. It appears that this decision to obtain private hospital beds for cancer treatment is part of the government’s response to these findings, and the measures will be put in place in order to limit the extent of the outcome on patient care.
Can I still make a cancer misdiagnosis claim during the COVID pandemic?
Our local medical negligence solicitors often speak to clients who are unsure as to whether they can still make a cancer misdiagnosis claim during the pandemic. However, the short answer to this question is yes, you are still well within your rights to make a cancer misdiagnosis claim if your cancer diagnosis or treatment have been negligent in any way. The ongoing situation of the coronavirus pandemic has definitely changed how the NHS operates, and how healthcare workers operate, but it does not give them any sort of exception or protection from medical negligence claims.
Some of these cancer misdiagnosis claims can include:
Referrals not happening
Delays with referrals
Misdiagnosis of symptoms as another condition
Misread test results
Follow up appointments not arranged
Incorrect treatment prescribed
Our medical negligence solicitors near you, are more than aware that the pandemic has stretched NHS resources and capabilities, and meant that they have had to prioritise problems directly associated to the pandemic and the Coronavirus in some instances, as part of the global effort to control the virus. However, while our medical negligence solicitors at MG Legal commend the NHS for their service, we also recognise the continuation of other health conditions such as cancer, and strokes, that require both immediate and ongoing treatment, and the fact that many patents have suffered from long delays in their appointments and treatments over the last 18 months.
Regardless of the circumstances, patients should be able to seek medical treatment knowing that they are receiving the best care possible. When this does not happen, and medical staff act negligently, patients can be left with injuries and illnesses that should have been prevented, if the medical practitioner had used reasonable skill and care. In these instances, regardless of the ongoing pandemic, patients are entitled to claim financial compensation for the medical negligence that they have suffered.
Make a no win no fee cancer misdiagnosis claim with MG Legal:
If you or a loved one have suffered further injury or illness, or even passed away, as a result of medical negligence or cancer misdiagnosis of any kind, you could be eligible to make a cancer misdiagnosis claim for financial compensation with our specialist no win no fee medical negligence solicitors here at MG Legal.
Our specialist cancer misdiagnosis solicitors offer a free, no obligation discussion of your potential no win no fee claim to all potential clients. We have over 30 years’ experience in working for clients just like you, and have a success rate of over 99% for the medical negligence claims we accept, all on a no win no fee basis.
Our cancer misdiagnosis solicitors know that no amount of money or financial compensation can bring back lost time with a loved one, but it can help you to achieve the compensation that you deserve, and leave one less worry for you and your family through this difficult time.
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