It has been reported by ABC’s 7:30 that a medical oncologist at St Vincents Hospital, Sydney, prescribed the wrong dose of chemotherapy to approximately 70 patients over a period of 3 years. The hospital has informed the Sydney Morning Herald that they launched an internal investigation and independent review as soon as concerns were raised last year, and fortunately it has been found that the dosage error has not led to an adverse impact on patients.
We are pleased to learn that patient safety was not impacted in this case, as unfortunately incorrect medication doses can frequently cause significant patient harm. Our medical negligence lawyers see only too often the devastation that can be caused by medical errors, including medical misdiagnosis, delayed treatment, surgical errors and prescription errors.
Medical negligence claims, such as claims arising from medication errors, are usually more complicated than other personal injury claims. This is because generally the patient already has an underlying medical condition. As a result, it is necessary to ascertain the difference between what the patient’s health would have been like without the medical error, and how it is now. For this reason, it is important to seek advice from a specialist medical negligence lawyer.
If you have suffered incorrect medical treatment, contact our friendly medical negligence experts on 1800 25 1800 or make an online enquiry for a free no obligation consultation.
Written by Victoria Roy.
Victoria Roy is an Associate at Stacks Goudkamp. Victoria works in the Travel Law department. In July 2015 Victoria presented a paper to the ALA Medical Law Conference on jurisdictional issues arising from medical negligence abroad.