In the last few weeks, serious concerns have been raised by various charities about a significant number of individuals not seeking or receiving medical care in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. It has been reported by The British Heart Foundation that an estimated 28,000 heart related procedures in England have been delayed over recent months as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Cancer referrals had dropped by approximately 70% by the end of April this year and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has estimated that at least 10,000 people have missed out on care essential to maintaining their eyesight in England, Wales and Scotland as a result of the pandemic.

The impact of Covid-19 is far reaching and it is difficult to anticipate what the next 6 to 12 months will look like but it is likely that there could be an increase in patients pursuing clinical negligence claims due to poor care, delays in diagnosis and cancellation of consultations and operations. The Medical Defence Union has called for medical professionals to be given immunity from clinical negligence claims arising from treatment delivered during the Covid-19 pandemic. We understand the challenges and pressures that medical professionals are currently under, however we believe that patients should still have the right to pursue claims where they have received substandard care and treatment. Many of our clients have suffered life-changing injury, death of a loved one or brain injury at birth, and it is right that they should be compensated appropriately.

Moving forward, we hope to work collaboratively with Trusts in order to resolve clinical negligence claims and provide the best outcomes for our clients.

Although we are, for the time being, not able to meet clients in person, our specialist clinical negligence team at Freeths is here to support and advise clients. We are available for meetings and consultations via telephone, email, FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype and any other digital platform that works for you.

If you are concerned about any treatment which you or a loved one have received, please contact our team:-

Karen Reynolds, Partner (Derby/Stoke on Trent/Birmingham) on 0845 274 6830 karen.reynolds@freeths.co.uk

Carolyn Lowe, Partner (Oxford/Milton Keynes) 0186 578 1019 carolyn.lowe@freeths.co.uk

Jane Williams, Partner (Leicester/Nottingham) on 0845 272 5724 jane.williams@freeths.co.uk