Pryers have recently become involved in a streamlined scheme in relation to medical negligence claims against Mr Manjit Bhamra
Mr Bhamra is a hip and shoulder orthopaedic surgeon who previously worked for the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. A number of concerns were raised regarding his treatment and due to a great number of clinical negligence claims involving him, the NHS has set up a streamlined scheme for the assessment of claims and, where appropriate, the settlement of such claims.
For the purposes of the scheme, the NHS Ligitation Authority have waived the rules on the 3 year time limit for clinical negligence claims. The deadline for this scheme has been extended to 30th September 2012, at which point the 3 year time limit will reapply.
The scheme is advantageous to potential claimants in that it is quick, simple, there is very little risk and the time limits have been waived.
Pryers have joined a specialist panel of solicitors who are dealing with the medical negligence claims against Mr Bhamra.
Anyone who has had treatment under Mr Bhamra and are dissatisfied or feels that he has made an error should come forward immediately even if they are outside of the 3 year time limit. On 30th September, this time limit will reapply therefore it is important that anyone who believes they are outside the 3 year limit, contact a specialist solicitor immediately.
If you or anyone you know have concerns about your treatment by Mr Bhamra, please contact Pryers for a free assessment of your potential claim. Richard Starkie and his team of solicitors are acting on a number of cases against Mr Bamhra.
Freephone No: 0800 316 0166
For more information on Mr Bhamra, please see below:
‘Still operating: the doctor whose botched surgery cost the NHS £1m’ The Telegraph
‘Operations by surgeon Manjit Bhamra prompt damages claims’ BBC News
NHS Press Release:
Cut Off Date for Patients To Join Bhamra Scheme
Medical Lawyers Advise People Worried About Orthopaedic Treatment To Come Forward
Patients who believe they have suffered complications as a result of NHS treatment carried out by Mr Manjit Bhamra, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, have until 30 September 2012 to join a specially organised scheme to have their cases reviewed.
Specialist medical lawyers representing both patients and the NHSLA have agreed a protocol for the investigation of alleged complications arising from treatment provided by Mr Bhamra. The purpose of the scheme is to determine if patients are entitled to compensation and, if so, to deal with their cases as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Anyone who has suffered complications following NHS treatment provided by Mr Bhamra can ask for their case to be reviewed. Each case will be considered individually by specialist medical lawyers to decide if it can join the scheme.
It has been agreed that the scheme will include cases where the treatment was provided more than three years ago. Usually, claims have to be brought within three years of the medical treatment in question, but under the scheme the three year time-limit will not apply.
However, for cases where the treatment was provided more than three years ago the scheme will be closed on 30 September 2012. Any cases where the treatment was provided within the last three years will be looked at separately as such cases are still in time to go into the scheme.
A spokesman for the firms involved said: “We wholeheartedly welcome the co-operation of the NHS in agreeing to set up the scheme. We hope it will enable our clients’ concerns to be fully investigated and, where appropriate, for compensation to be paid so the individual patients who have been affected can start to move on with their lives.
“As firms we have currently submitted 93 cases regarding hip and shoulder surgery for review but it is too early to make further comment, as cases currently going through the scheme are at early stages and need further investigation by ourselves and the NHS.”