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Sepsis: A Decade of Hospital Failings and A Warning from The Ombudsman

The UK’s Health Ombudsman has issued an urgent warning that hospital shortcomings, which have persisted for over a decade, continue to claim lives due to sepsis. Although it has been acknowledged that some progress has been made in identifying and managing sepsis since the report “Time to Act” was published in 2013, vital lessons have not been learned. Repeated errors such as delays in diagnosis, treatment and missed follow-up care opportunities are among the failures that remain a significant threat to patient safety.

A newly released report titled ‘Spotlight on sepsis: your stories, your rights’ highlights that these grave deficiencies are still prevalent. The report stresses the urgent need for significant improvements to prevent further fatalities.

In response to the report, Ombudsman Rob Behrens said: “…The NHS needs to listen to patients and their families when they raise concerns. It needs to be sepsis-aware. We know early detection and treatment is crucial. It is time to make sure complaints count, and patients’ voices are used to shape action on sepsis that is urgently needed.”

For the full article, click here: More action on sepsis is needed as the NHS Ombudsman is still seeing the same failings a decade on.

What is the Spotlight on Sepsis Report?

The Spotlight on Sepsis Report sheds light on the critical issue of sepsis, a life-threatening reaction to infection that can affect individuals of any age. Sepsis, also known as septicaemia or blood poisoning, occurs when the immune system responds excessively to an infection, causing harm to the body’s tissues and organs.

This report investigates complaints related to sepsis that have been brought to the attention of the Health Ombudsman. The report aims to shed light on individuals’ experiences and encourage others to share their stories and voices. You can access the full report by clicking the following link: Spotlight on Sepsis Report.

Sepsis Negligence Compensation

In circumstances where there is a delay in diagnosis and treatment of sepsis, this can result in devastating consequences for patients and their families. If you or a loved one has suffered as a result, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Our experienced medical negligence solicitors can advise whether you have a claim.

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