Today, the BBC has reported that around 4.7 million people are waiting for routine operations and procedures in England and nearly 388,0000 have been waiting more than a year for surgery.
We understand that delays due to Covid-19 are unavoidable, but It is very concerning that so many people are experiencing a delay in their treatment.
For patients who experience ongoing pain and restricted mobility, a delay of over a year is unacceptable. For several months, NHS Services have been able to resume, with protective Covid safety measures in place and it is critical that the back-log of patients waiting for an operation or outstanding treatment, is dealt with swiftly.
For patients who have experienced a significant delay in their treatment, it may mean that they suffer a worsened long-term outcome or that they will experience additional problems, due to an avoidable delay.
If you would like advice on whether you have a medical negligence claim due to a delay in treatment, please contact James or Kirrin on 01271 533747 or fill out our online enquiry form.