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| NEGLIGENCE| An honest mistake? WORDS: Georgina Maric and Holly Quayle | PHOTOGRAPHS: Getty Images, PA Photos W Have you been a ected by clinical negligence? Don’t worry, you have the right to seek compensation ith millions of people passing through the National Health Service (NHS) each year, coupled with the added strain of recent budget cuts, it is inevitable that mistakes will occasionally be made. According to The Law Society, one in 10 people who receive hospital treatment is a victim of a medical accident but, taking inspiration from our litigious US counterparts perhaps, more and more people are no longer content to brush their bad experiences under the carpet. The total annual bill for clinical negligence claims in 2010-11 came to £1.04bn, a jump up from the £770m the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) paid out during 2009-10. But what is classed as clinical negligence? Confusingly, the term has changed from medical negligence, but the concept is the same. When a duty by a healthcare professional has been breached, then the law of clinical negligence enables disputes between patients and healthcare providers, involving issues about quality of healthcare, ‘to be resolved through negotiation or through the courts’. So, if you find that you are affected, then don’t be afraid to get the legal help you need to fight your corner. What makes a case? Clinical negligence cases can cover mistakes or errors that occur in everything from diagnosis or prescribing and administering drugs to carrying out complex surgery. According to the NHS Litigation Authority, claims can be anything from ‘a few hundred pounds INVESTIGATE: MAKE SURE YOU GET A SECOND OPINION for someone scratched during an operation’, to those that run into thousands or even millions. Negligence can also arise out of system errors in the hospital where the treatment occurred. While most cases concern medical practitioners (doctors and surgeons), similar principles also apply to dentists, midwives, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists and psychiatrists. And with the ongoing rise in people having cosmetic surgery, inevitably there has been an increase in clinical litigation cases in this area, too, particularly as it is, according to BAAPS (The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) ‘a dangerously under-regulated market’. What is the next step? If something does go wrong during a medical procedure, what do > MARCH 2012 | 097

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Christian Jessen - March 2011

EDITOR'S LETTER
A WARM WELCOME FROM DR CHRISTIAN
NEWS
SAVE THE DATE
DEFENSIVE EATING
SLEEPING BEAUTY
SPOIL YOURSELF
FAMOUS FIGURES
WIN TOP PRIZES
DR JESSEN, I PRESUME
FEEL-GOOD FACTOR
A BEAUTIFUL MIND
PROTECT YOURSELF
GETTING OVER IT
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON
WHAT LIES BENEATH
SUGAR HIGHS AND LOWS
WHAT'S UP, DOC?
ON THE RUN
SMOKING GUN
FRESHLY GROUND
I CAN'T EAT THAT
OFF THE SCALES
WALKING TALL
IN GOOD HANDS?
GIRLS ONLY
IN THE BLOOD
PERIOD PROPERTIES
FERTILITY HELP
A WEE ISSUE
UNDER YOUR HAT
CONFESSIONS OF AN ALCOHOLIC
DANGER ZONE
BODY BASICS
HEART-STOPPING MOMENTS
BACK TO BASICS
WALKING ON SUNSHINE
THE SKIN YOU LIVE IN
LISTEN UP
EYESORE
IN PLAIN SIGHT
DOWN UNDER
BUMP 'N GRIND
LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX
MAN TALK
DO YOU KNOW YOUR BMI?
I'LL HAVE A 'P' PLEASE
BOYS DON'T CRY
TO THE EXTREME
THREE-DAY SLIM DOWN
TOTALLY ADDICTED TO CAKE
JUST A PINCH
GYM JAMS
THEY'RE DOING WHAT?
GOTTA HAVE IT
EYES WIDE SHUT
PETER PAN PLAN
HOW OLD?
HOW OLD?
FUZZ FREE
FUZZ FREE
CUT HERE
CUT HERE
ON THE MEND
ON THE MEND
KNOW YOUR NIP/TUCKS
KNOW YOUR NIP/TUCKS
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
STAY SAFE ABROAD
STAY SAFE ABROAD
SAY CHEESE!
SAY CHEESE!
IVORY TOWER
IVORY TOWER
MOUTH MAYHEM
MOUTH MAYHEM
COMING SOON
COMING SOON
LIGHTEN UP
LIGHTEN UP
COULD YOU BE A GUINEA PIG?
COULD YOU BE A GUINEA PIG?
HEADS UP
HEADS UP
LAST WORD
LAST WORD
STOCKISTS
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