Hospital Decided "Do Not Resuscitate " Without Husband's Consent [12th Jan 2012]
A man has received compensation from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn after his wife was given a "do not resuscitate" order without his knowledge. Bob Hammond discovered the order on his wife Jean's records which he obtained after her death. He took the case to court and received £1,000 and an apology. The money will go to charity. Jean passed away before Bob could get to the hospital. The order was given after doctors decided that doing CPR would result in a poor quality of life for the patient, but this was never discussed with Bob. The hospital have said that they apologise for not discussing this with Bob and that they way they handle these types of orders has been reviewed to ensure it does not happen again.
The former boss behind the French implants firm PIP is now bankrupt and will be unable to pay compensation to those women who have used the fault implants. Jean-Claude Mas has insisted that his company has no assets and that his income is very small. However investigators are looking into suggestions that the man may have hidden away millions in assets and properties. Unfortunately the fact that no assets have yet been found will mean that those women affected will be unable to fight for compensation from him or his company. Mr Mas has also branded those women seeking compensation as "money grabbers" despite the fact that the product supplied was not intended for human use and the fact that it could rupture. Mr Mas has even admitted that he hid the manufacture of the implants from official checks because he was aware he shouldn't be using the low-grade silicon. However he stands by the product and claims they are safe. Mr Mas is now in hiding. Meanwhile the Harley Medical Group who have used the implants has said it cannot afford to offer removal to those women affected.
It has been revealed this week by the consumer group Which? that four million complaints were received last year about the big six energy companies and tens of thousands remained unresolved even after eight weeks. In fact the figures show that 40% of people had issues with their energy supply or the supplier during the last two years, with billing errors being the most common type of issue. However 23% of people who reported a problem failed to do anything about it. Which? point out that failing to complain about an issue could mean that compensation from the ombudsman could be missed out on. If a complaint is not dealt with satisfactorily, the complaint can be taken to the ombudsman who could offer compensation to the consumer. Which? estimate that £4 million in compensation could be unclaimed. Richard Lloyd from Which has stated that the high levels of complaints is shocking and the fact that many do not complain shows the level of frustration. He points out that the average compensation payment from the ombudsman for an energy dispute is £125.
The director of AA Insurance brokers, Simon Douglas has welcomed the report from the transport Committee due this week which will look into the cost of car insurance and give recommendations about how to drive down the cost. The report is expected to show that the cost of insurance has been pushed up primarily by personal injury compensation claims. In fact premiums have increased by up to 40% by April 2011 although they have since levelled off. The report will show that despite a fall in the number of accidents on UK roads, the number of personal injury claims has increased and that 70% of these claims are for whiplash injuries. Douglas comments that the AA is concerned about the number of these types of claims and it seems to be acceptable that all car accidents should result in a claim for compensation. He points out that genuine claims should be encouraged but that whiplash is difficult to prove clinically. Furthermore insurance companies often recognise that claims are fraudulent, but do not contest them in court as the cost is too high - although this mindset is now changing ad more methods are being used to detect fraudulent claims.
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