The NHS, Gawd Bless It!

A medical tribunal heard the patient had arrived at 7.30am for his surgery and was waiting with other men due to have vasectomies.

There was “some disquiet” when patients who arrived at 11am were seen before those who arrived earlier leading to confusion over which procedure the man should undergo.

There was “poor listing” on the day as patients who were due to be seen at 7.30am were being seen after those who arrived at 11am. “A certain amount of anger was displayed by patients on that day” because of these delays, the tribunal hears.

So a decision was made to change the order of the list in light of these complaints from patients – this was not communicated to the operating team. “It’s my understanding Patient A was brought into theatre outside of sequence for these reasons,” Christopher Dawson, a consultant urological surgeon says.

The mistake at Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool, in February 2014 left the patient “physically and emotionally traumatised”.

Dr Vaswani admitted failing to confirm the patient’s identity, not reviewing the patient’s medical notes and not following surgical checklists.

He also admitted failing to inform a consultant or the hospital trust after realising his mistake and not keeping a record of his discussions with the patient in the aftermath.

Dr Vaswani tried to reverse the vasectomy after realising the blunder but the General Medical Council (GMC) said this was inappropriate as he has not performed such a procedure for five years.

A catalogue of avoidable errors and failure to accept responsibility. Par for the course.

6 comments for “The NHS, Gawd Bless It!

  1. Errol
    April 6, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Being honest, the hardest issue is getting to see a doctor in the first place. There are simply too many people making demands of the NHS for it to work.

  2. Voice of Reason
    April 6, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Serves him right for complaining.

    • April 10, 2016 at 6:40 am


  3. April 6, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Why would anyone contemplate a vasectomy? He’s going to be divorced in a few years anyway.

  4. BobH
    April 6, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    After seeing so many mistakes by the NHS, should I ever have the misfortune to need an operation at their hands, I would mark my body with an indelible felt pen with my name and exactly what needed doing.

    Cut along dotted line.
    Amputate right leg.
    Lump on LEFT lung.

    I strongly advise everyone to take the same action. Other than that, avoid the NHS like the plague.

  5. Stonyground
    April 8, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    A few years ago I went into the Hull Royal Infirmary to have a small growth removed from my lower lip. The procedure that BobH describes was pretty much what happened. Who I was and what procedure I was having was constantly checked and double checked to ensure that there were no cock ups. The op was carried out successfully and there were no complications, so it isn’t all bad.

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