If you live in the Gillingham area of Kent, you may, unfortunately, be well aware of the risk of medical negligence due to poor standards at your local hospital.
The local Medway Maritime Hospital was put into special measures in 2013 due to its substandard levels of care, after The Keogh Report said it communicated poorly with patients, managed deteriorating patients poorly, intervened poorly and had extremely long A&E waiting times. It was one of only a handful of hospitals nationwide to have been put into special measures, highlighting the extremely poor standards found their. If you’re one of the unfortunate patients to have suffered at the hands of the negligence of Medway staff, you are likely to want to seek some sort of closure and feel that lessons have at least been learnt.
But things haven’t got better – in fact they are probably worse. But don’t just take our word for it
Medway Maritime Hospital – the position in 2016
The latest report from the care quality commission (CQC) published on 7 January 2016 is pretty damning. The hospitals performance is summed up in the report by one single word – “inadequate”. The report goes on to state “We have received information that has led us to carry out an inspection of Medway Maritime Hospital. We will publish a report when our check is complete.”
The CQC inspection ratings cover five overall national standards – and the hospital was only classified as good for just one of them – as you will see, three of the areas were described as inadequate.
In particular the report found the following;
- Safety – Inadequate
- Effectiveness – Requires improvement
- Standards of care – Good
- Speed of Response – Inadequate
- Leadership – Inadequate
And the ratings of the 7 individual medical services provided by the Medway Maritime Hospital Trust were no better, with four of the seven types of medical care considered described as inadequate. The report described these services as follows;
- Accident and emergency services -Inadequate
- Children & young people services – Good
- End of life care – Requires improvement
- Intensive care – Requires improvement
- Maternity and gynaecology – Good
- Medical care – Inadequate
- Outpatients – Inadequate
- Surgery – Inadequate
I was born and bred in Maidstone and my father used to run hospitals there. The Medway Maritime and Maidstone Hospital Trusts between them are rated really badly by the CQC. Though I have since moved away, I still love Kent [I am after all a “Kentish man”], but when it comes to medical care I’m glad I’m not going to being treated in their hospitals!
Compensation claim victory for 102 year old victim of medical negligence
And just in case you wanted an actual example of how bad things have got at the hospital for local people, here’s one particularly horrifying case.
No matter how old you are, you can still fight for justice as a 102 year recently proved a few years back this by winning her medical negligence compensation claim. It is thought that Mrs Lydia Eaton compensation claim victory makes her oldest Briton ever to win a medical compensation claim case. Mrs Eaton was awarded a £35,000 compensation payout from the hospital in Kent which discharged her within hours of being brought into the accident and emergency department.
The incident took place when Mrs Eaton was 97 and still surprisingly active and mobile for a woman of her age. She suffered a fall in her home, sustaining a fractured pelvis in the process and was promptly taken to the A and E department of the Medway Maritime Hospital. Astonishingly, staff at the hospital let Mrs Eaton go home after just eight hours in the ward which the High Court agreed was premature and contributed to her losing the ability to walk. Indeed, following the incident, Mrs Eaton’s condition worsened very quickly and before long she was immobile and had to move to a care home.
Whilst Mrs Eaton will tragically never regain the movement she had 5 years ago, the damages she received should pay for the specialist care that she now requires.
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