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OUR MISSION STATEMENT:
To achieve justice for doctors
and patients.

 

The truth about Medical Defence

The medical services industry is now one of the largest industries in the world. But how safe and sure should we expect medical care to be today?

Has the system adopted standards above which it will not go ?

Has the system got the capability to monitor its operation ? And what happens when the outcome of treatment is clearly not what was expected or planned ?

If patients and care givers are to honestly take part in the process of health care in all its forms they must face the facts both good and bad about what can go on ....

... and be willing to support efforts for real change and reform to improve standards and patient safety in the face of forces whose only focus is on profit and a narrowly defined economic 'bottom line' that ignores pain, suffering, and cost-shifts out of health budgets medical injury costs into what is wrongly called the welfare budget.


 

HOSPITAL BLUNDERS UNDER FIRE !!!

Tito Report: 1991 - 1995

(Sydney Morning Herald, 18 March 96, p 1; 19 Oct 96)

In Australia each year 400,000 hospital-treatment (17%) go wrong : 230,000 preventable (therefore compensable); 115,000 seriously disabled; 18,000 deaths; at a cost of $900M . Fewer than 2,000 negligence claims (less than 1%) against doctors and health workers lodged each year, and only a handful of cases where liability is disputed go to court.

Medical Negligence litigation is loaded in favour of doctors. Most claims are won by health professionals, defended by their insurers or Medical Defence Unions (MDUs). [An MDU advertises that it will ensure that all its members are seen to be blameless!]. MDUs are financially irresponsible [as they are experts in denying victims fair compensation].

Hence, the bulk of the cost of negligence is borne by victims, their families and the community.


ACTION ON HOSPITAL DEATHS PUT ON HOLD

Sydney Morning Herald, 19 October 1996, p 2.

The Federal Government has put on hold its response to an alarming study which suggested about 18,000 Australians died each year and another 50,000 suffered permanent disabilities as a result of complications caused by their care in hospitals and the health system... This decision means recommendations stemming from the study that $166 million be spent on improving quality and outcomes in hospitals have been put on indefinite hold.


IMPORTANT MEDICAL CAUSES OF DISABILITIES

You may be entitled to compensation from Medical Defence Unions (MDUs) which are your doctors' insurers

BIRTH INJURIES - Cerebral palsy, hyperactivity, deafness, blindness, epilepsy, developmental disabilities, speech disorders, limb-paralysis, autism, learning disabilities, stillborn, head injuries, fractures of pelvis (MOTHERS)

SURGICAL ERRORS - Fistula, kidney failure, wound breakdowns, tinnitus, double vision, deaths, scarring, wasting of muscles, deformity, loss of functions, colostomy, depomedrol injections causing crippling pain (spinal arachnoiditis)

MEDICAL MISHAPS - Failure to diagnose and treat: cancer, heart attacks, diabetes, cerebral aneurysm, gastro-enterits, meningitis, epiglottitis, encephalitis, child abuse, Side-effects of medication: pills/strokes, valium/addiction, arthritic drug/peptic ulcer, anticoagulants/haemorrhage, sedatives/accidents, penicillin/anaphylaxis, oxygen/blindness, floxapen/hepatitis, triple antigen/encephalopathy

JAUNDICE OF NEWBORN - severe cerebral palsy, deafness, intellectual disability.


HEALTH MISTAKES may cause you to be SEVERELY DISABLED.

As a result, YOU and/or your CARERS MAY ALSO SUFFER FROM:

depression, RELATIONSHIP-PROBLEMS. divorces,

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D)

RISK OF CAUSING 'CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT' (C.A.N).

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SIMPLE, SURE WAYS TODAY'S MEDICAL DEFENCE SYSTEM ROBS YOU OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS

HOW PRACTITIONERS/INSURERS FIGHT PATIENTS' JUST AND FAIR CLAIMS FOR EQUITABLE COMPENSATION:

1. Publish consensus statements so that judges may read them (e.g bad deliveries do not cause cerebral palsy, jaundice of the newborn is harmless).

2. Forge their experts' reports before showing them to the judges.

3. Instruct well-paid experts to change their opinions and written reports.

4. Coach defendants to become experts to give false "expert" testimony

5. Instruct their members to boycott hospital enquiries.

6. Instruct members not to respond to enquiries by NSW Medical Board.

7. Misrepresent that they would call experts (trial by ambush).

8. Reclassify all neonatal jaundice as "physiological and harmless"

9. Attack plaintiffs' integrity and mental state to discredit their testimonies.

HOW INSURERS/ LAWYERS MAY INSTRUCT DEFENDANTS TO FIGHT PATIENTS' JUST CLAIMS FOR FAIR COMPENSATION:

1. Do not give patients their medical records.

2. Do change your medical reports (doctoring notes) - to win a case.

3. Do swear that the patients gave consent when they did not.

4. Do rewrite medicine in courts - judges, juries would never know.

5. Say patients had lost medical records, when you failed to keep any.

6. Say the patients did not attend your surgeries when they did.

7. State they are obese (excuse for botched surgeries) when they are slim.

8. Insist that their baby's jaundice was normal when it was not.

9. Tell patients that their babies are brain-damaged by bad genes so that MDUs may avoid liability, regardless of the facts.

10. Insist that the patients were never admitted, though they were.

11. Believe/testify that you are "BLAMELESS" doctors, that your patients are greedy and deluded (even if they are clearly reasonable and sane)

12. Warn members not to discuss litigation with colleagues and families (though natural and therapeutic) just to avoid possible compensation liability. (such discussions do not attract legal privilege).

13. Persuade Health Complaints Commissions to arrange "conciliation", which is disguised grief-counselling (by unqualified and biased 'counsellors')


Notes on related topics

1. INJUSTICE WHEN DEFENDANT TURNS EXPERT

2. CHILD NEGLECT BY DOCTORS; THEIR PROTECTION BY M.D.Os

3. UNDERSTANDING DRUG-DEPENDENT DOCTORS.

4. MEDICAL DEFENCE CAN KILL YOU

5. HIDDEN COST OF MEDICAL DEFENCE

6. JAUNDICE OF THE NEWBORN

7.MEDICAL SUICIDES. Why are our young doctors killing themselves?

8. MEDICAL DEFENCE: More victories than defeats.

9. ANATOMY OF MEDICAL DEFENCE FRAUD: A case-study

 

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