Welsh hospital negligence claims rise

The number of cases concerning medical negligence at Welsh hospitals doubled in the past five years, according to new research.

A study published by the Wales Audit Office revealed the service forked out GBP 28 million in negligence claims as the number of incidents involving patient safety went up in ten out of 13 of trusts.

Among particular concerns were infant feeding support and how labour wards are run, the Western Mail reports.

The number of claims for obstetrics went up by more than 100 per cent between 2003 and 2008, despite most women saying they are satisfied with the service they receive.

The report said: "We found the culture in some trusts might not be conducive to learning from such incidents.

"For example, staff in five trusts told us they do not get timely and comprehensive feedback following such incidents."

Earlier this year the British Medical Association revealed the majority of doctors felt they were unable to implement change to improve standards of care in hospitals, with particular concerns about patient safety, bullying and malpractice.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19229017-ADNFCR


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