The University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust and NHS England are in the midst of an investigation to review the treatment provided by Mr Daniel Hay, a former Consultant and Surgeon in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, between 2015 - 2018 at Royal Derby Hospital and Ripley Hospital.

An interim report was published on 11 May 2021 identifying a number of areas of concern about treatment provided by Mr Daniel Hay. To date the Trust have contacted nearly 400 women advising the care provided to them was under review. The interim report has confirmed that there were failings with the service provided by Mr Daniel Hay.

To read more about the report please see the following link: https://individuals.freeths.co.uk/post/102gxqe/mr-daniel-hay-derby-gynaecology-and-obstetric-investigation-interim-report-publi

Claims Handling Agreement 

We are pleased to confirm that we have now successfully agreed and signed the Claims Handling Agreement with the Derby Trust’s solicitors. The main aim of the Agreement is to facilitate swift resolution of all claims, minimising avoidable legal costs and further distress to all those involved. 

The Claims Handling Agreement confirms that the Trust will not raise a limitation defence provided they are informed of a claim prior to 31 December 2023. To be entered into this Claims Handling Agreement, the claim must be brought before this date. This therefore allows us consider any new potential claims and to investigate claims despite the historic nature of the treatment received.

Our next step will be to work towards obtaining expert evidence in line with the Claims Handling Agreement. This will enable us to obtain the answers our clients rightly deserve and to negotiate with the Trust’s solicitors in reaching a fair and final settlement where failings have been identified. Thus ensuring that all those patients and their families that have been subject to unnecessary harm or distress will receive the compensation they are rightly entitled to.

Where there is an admission of liability by the Trust we have agreed, as part of the Claims Handling Agreement, that our clients will receive interim payments on account of their compensation and will receive an interim payment to ease any financial hardship whilst their claim progresses.

Claire Cooper, Associate of the Derby Clinical Negligence team comments, "We are delighted that we have now agreed the CHA with the Trust's legal representatives. We are proud to be a specialist team with extensive knowledge of clinical negligence claims and of group actions. We also offer our clients our local knowledge of the Trust and the hospitals involved. We are pleased to now move forward with these claims, and towards answers for the women affected."

Supporting those affected: The SAFE group

Freeths have set up a private Support Group for women affected by treatment provided by Dr Daniel Hay. This is called the SAFE Group, as it offers support, answers, friendship, and empathy.

This group is open to women who have received treatment under Dr Daniel Hay. You do not need to pursue a claim, or be represented by Freeths LLP to join the support group. 

For more information please contact the SAFE Group email: Supportgroup@freeths.co.uk

Or the SAFE group telephone number: 01332 320184

If you have concerns about treatment provided by Mr Hay 

We act for a growing number of clients who were treated by Mr Daniel Hay. Some patients have been contacted by the Trust, and some had treatment before the investigation timeframe. We do have concerns about treatment provided by Mr Hay in a far wider time period than the current investigation. 

We also have concerns regarding women who have been treated by Mr Hay during his placement at Chesterfield and Nottingham hospitals. The Claims Handling Agreement does not explicitly relate to the treatment provided at Chesterfield and Nottingham hospitals, nevertheless, we are at hand and ready to provide advice to anyone who thinks they may have been affected at either of these hospitals also.

To read our previous blog relating to Dr Hay's previous treatment provided at Nottingham and Chesterfield hospitals please see the following link: https://individuals.freeths.co.uk/post/102gxi2/mr-daniel-hay-gynaecologist-under-investigation-in-derby-previously-worked-at-c

We are continuing to take on new cases and so if you or your loved one have any concerns in relation to treatment that you have received from Mr Daniel Hay at any hospital, please call our local, approachable and knowledgeable team for FREE initial advice: 0845 128 7996 

Alternatively you can contact us by email:

Karen Reynolds (Partner): karen.reynolds@freeths.co.uk

Siobhan Genever (Director): siobhan.genever@freeths.co.uk

Claire Cooper (Associate): claire.cooper@freeths.co.uk

Naomi Solomon (Associate): naomi.solomon@freeths.co.uk