According to reports in several newspapers, including The Times and The Daily Mail, serious concerns have been raised about NHS children’s hearing services in England. Subsequently, an urgent review has been launched and follows an independent investigation that uncovered “significant failures” at NHS Lothian’s children’s audiology department. It has been said that these repeated failings resulted in the delayed diagnosis of deafness, which will have “long-term consequences” for affected children.
Press releases included statements from an NHS spokesperson who said, ‘Following serious concerns highlighted in Scotland, NHS England proactively set up a national paediatric hearing service review, initially looking at four trusts that have been identified as requiring improvements in their children’s hearing services.
‘It’s vital we get this right, which is why we are working closely with local teams, clinical experts, professional bodies and patient groups, including the National Children’s Deaf Society, to develop a comprehensive understanding of the issues and to find immediate and longer-term solutions.
‘Families that are affected are being contacted by their local hospital if their child needs their hearing reassessed.’
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Hearing Misdiagnosis Claims
As a result of this investigation, we expect to see an increase in the number of people coming forward to share that their baby or young child was misdiagnosed following a hearing test. If this relates to you, you may be able to make a medical negligence claim and gain compensation.
At Bridge McFarland LLP we offer a free no-obligation initial consultation so that we can get an understanding as to the nature of your case. We have a nationally recognised team of medical negligence solicitors who understand the frustration of not feeling heard by medical professionals, particularly when the matter concerns your child. We will do all we can to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
If you have been affected by the above our Medical Negligence expert Stephanie Capindale will be available on Thursday 15 June 2023 between 10am and 4pm for a free 30 minute chat on 01472 640072