Medical errors from opposite sides of the barricades

doctor patient relationshipKnowingly and voluntarily entrusting health and life, the most expensive things people have, to doctors, patients are quite entitled to expect a sincere desire to help of doctor to get rid of suffering through his professional skills and knowledge and high moral character traits. Being aware of the unity of the human body as a highly complex biological systems a proven professional is aiming at eliminating functional and organic disorders of organs and systems. The nature of relations between the physician and the patient in modern society is regulated not only by the principles of ethics and deontology, but also subjected to certain standards described in the essential documents (e.g. civil or criminal code). In this situation, it is important to distinguish the concept of ‘professional error’ from the concept of ‘professional misconduct’ in health workers. The tricky cases that contribute to thousands of lethal outcomes in the UK has given birth to a legal area – according to medical negligence solicitors industry experts, the niche has increased in its size by 12% against the background of 2013.

From a legal point of view, despite the presence of a huge number of cases of medical errors in medical practice, the term ‘medical error’ in the legal sense, is unfolded and locked in a legal document not in its entirety. It suggests another concept – ‘inadequate medical care’, pointing out that in the medical literature there is no less than sixty-five intermediate definitions of concepts describing a medical error. (more…)

Michael Twaits, medical negligence expert, on clinical errors and negligence cases

doctor patientAlmost every patient seeking for help in a medical institution experiences mixed feelings. On the one hand – it is a deep sense of faith in the power of modern medicine, high level of responsibility and expertise of the attending physician. On the other hand – personal experience, a mixture of insecurity and fear about the result of medical care and doubts regarding a quick, painless recovery. Barksman & Co representative, the firm specialising in medical negligence and represented at medical negligence solicitors category, has sent Michael Twaits to give practical comments and share his point of view (as it turned out, with a grain of philosophy).

‘With more than 20 years of experience in the medical and administrative circles I can say that there is no reason to believe that you’ll get a 100% guarantee of quality in healthcare services, and selfsame, there is no reason to lose faith in medicine – even in today’s challenging environment a professional can accurately correct diagnosis and prescribe effective, successful treatment’ says Twaits. It should be noted those who pays for health services directly to the doctor (institution, clinic, etc.), oftentimes think they get an extra protection from medical errors, but the origins of the medical services provision, as a rule, are beyond the commodity-money relations. At the same time, provision of medical services differs in a certain extent from the provision of services in other social sectors. (more…)