3/7/11

Tenfold increase in payouts for British superbug infections. Whither Ontario?

The number of patients awarded damages  after being infected with hospital superbugs rose tenfold last year in Britain.

The increase in payouts meant that last year’s total outstripped the previous three years combined, pushing the total for damages and associated legal fees to more than £4.2million.

The leap in settlements follows official ­figures which show that nearly a tenth of all patients, more than 300,000, who enter British hospitals acquire an infection there. 

It also follows claims that thousands of patients were dying because the Health Service had “taken its eye off the ball” on many types of infection.

One might wonder the same for Ontario. Read more on the British story here .

dallan@cupe.ca

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