What is NHS negligence?
When a medical professional fails in their duty of care to you and has not followed the NHS Constitution, this is negligence. The NHS Constitution is a document that sets out the rights of patients, the public and staff. All NHS bodies and services have a legal requirement to take account of the Constitution as they look after patients.
NHS negligence can worsen an existing condition or cause injury, death, or illness. Here are some examples of negligence:
- Being prescribed the wrong medication
- Failing to diagnose a condition or delay in diagnosing a condition
- Misdiagnosing a condition
- Surgical errors
- An infection in a hospital such as MRSA
- Poor dental treatment
Receiving substandard treatment can affect both your physical and mental health and have a negative impact on the quality of your daily life.