Law firm reveals 162 “serious incidents” at Basildon Hospital in 2015/16

NHS Trusts in Essex reported 1035 serious medical incidents and errors impacting patient care in the year 2015-16 according to official NHS data collated by medical negligence solicitors in Essex.

Following a Freedom of Information Act (2000) request, Blackwater Law medical negligence solicitors in Essex have discovered that the nine NHS Trusts operating in Essex reported a significant number of ‘Serious Incidents’ having taken place in the reporting year 2015-16.

Breakdown of Serious Incidents at Essex NHS Trusts:

Below is a table presenting the number of Serious Incidents reported by Essex NHS Trusts across Essex.

Essex NHS Trust Reported Serious Incidents 15/16

Barking Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust 184
Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 162
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust 147
East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust 83
Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust 134
North Essex University Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 78
North Essex University Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 62
Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 124
The Princes Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust 61

Total 1035Serious Incidents are described by the NHS as:

“Serious Incidents include acts or omissions in care that result in; unexpected or avoidable death, unexpected or avoidable injury resulting in serious harm – including those where the injury required treatment to prevent death or serious harm, abuse, Never Events, incidents that prevent (or threaten to prevent) an organisation’s ability to continue to deliver an acceptable quality of healthcare services and incidents that cause widespread public concern resulting in a loss of confidence in healthcare services.”

Whilst the NHS does not set out a definitive list of what is and is not a Serious Incident, such mistakes, errors and accidents include:

unexpected or avoidable death of a patient,
unexpected or avoidable injury leading to patient harm,
acts or omissions that constitute neglect of a patient,
unexpected or avoidable injury requiring additional healthcare treatment so as to prevent death or serious harm,
occurrence of a Never Event.

Jason Brady, Head of Blackwater Law’s specialist team of medical negligence solicitors, commented:

“These figures are a concern, mistakes and errors on the part of medical professionals can have a devastating impact on patients and their families. As a medical negligence solicitor, I see how patients’ lives are changed forever due to these mistakes and errors.

“It is crucial that in addition to simply reporting when Serious Incidents occur, Essex NHS Trusts take action to review and improve procedures so that mistakes and errors are minimised in the future.”

YT has contacted Basildon Hospital and is awaiting a response.

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