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By Naomi White
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Urology Recall Northern Ireland- Have you or someone you know been affected?

The recent urology recall in Northern Ireland has not only raised concerns about patient care and safety but has also generated legal implications that demand careful consideration.

As the healthcare system in Northern Ireland wades through the aftermath of this recall, patients affected by the recall may find themselves requiring expert legal advice.

The urology recall concerns misdiagnoses, substandard patient care and untimely delays in providing adequate and appropriate treatment to patients across Northern Ireland. These failings of the healthcare system in Northern Ireland, in particular hospitals situated across the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, has prompted investigation into the urology system.

Not only has the recall given rise to patients recognising that they may have been subject to substandard or inappropriate treatment, but it has also posed legal implications. Many patients who have been recalled will be entitled to medical negligence compensation claims on the basis of malpractice, misdiagnosis and human rights violations to name a few.

In order to establish liability in these types of cases, breach of duty on the part of the treating clinician and physical causation must be established. In lay terms, it must be proven that the patient received a level of care which was below that expected of a competent and skilled professional, and that as a direct result the patient sustained injury. In order to establish breach of duty and causation, a thorough review of the patient’s medical notes together with an expert witness report will be required.

The recall here in Northern Ireland has brought to light the importance of appropriate legal advice for patients who may have been affected by medical negligence. We understand that patients and their families may feel overwhelmed with information and uncertain as to what steps to take.

If you or someone you know have been recalled by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust and were under the care of Dr Aidan O’Brien, Consultant Urologist, get in touch with our expert medical negligence team today at P.A. Duffy and Co Solicitors for a no-obligation, confidential consultation. We have the skills and expertise to guide you through the complexities of the legal system in Northern Ireland and can strongly advocate for your rights to ensure that you receive fair compensation for any physical, psychiatric and financial losses you sustained as a result of the urology recall.

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