The missing posts related to the fact that, somebody suing one of the OE chains that was placed into administration was settled by another branch that has not been placed into administration, how nice of OE.
Then I posted, as it has been suggested to me:
If OE are placing themselves into administration to avoid potential legal action then you have the option of going after THEIR INSURANCE COMPANY.
I believe that OE have changed the consent form recently but I presume that there will be a statement to the effect that if you have any questions re your treatment you should "ask your Surgeon BEFORE signing this form". HOw can you do this when you are required to sign it before you are let anywhere near him/her?
In the few minutes (seconds? ) which you had with your surgeon before your procedure were you given the opportunity to ask questions.Did he even review or discuss with you your consent form? Did he tell you anything about MMC ; for example did he tell you that it was UNLICENSED; did he tell you that it was HIGHLY TOXIC; did he discuss with you the potentially harmful side effects; did he tell you that the use of MMC was under a lot of discussion in the refractive surgery 'industry'; did he tell you why he thought it necessary to use it in your particular case??? The list goes on. Just read the GMC guidelines on prescription of drugs and informed consent , as reproduced on this forum topic and ask yourself whether you gave INFORMED CONSENT for your surgery?????
Interestingly the same consent doc probably (if its the same as mine) tells you that you should read it (ignoring the fact that you were probably quite nervous when you were presented with it MINUTES before surgery) in conjunction with the information documents AND EXPLANATIONS PROVIDED DIRING YOUR CONSULTATION PROCESS .......
Sorry Poppy....there's also the GMC. Surgeons are required to register with he GMC and so are bound by their guidelines. They will be fully aware of the GMCs guidelines regarding patient care including INFORMED CONSENT for procedures/drugs.
Particularly, although not exclusively by any means, the administration of MMC without consent is something which the GMC 'might be interested in'.
I presume the OPTOMs have professional indemnity insurance. They are required to abide by the guidelines of the GOC as regards performing their duties in he interest of he patients. I would suggest that OE OPTOMs could be falling short here.
Clearly there are Surgeons who are at fault and I think that there may be more than one avenue : clinical negligence or possibly criminal assault.
Did you have MMC without consenting to it ?
Is ill ring you.
Due to the unethical and unscrupulous tactics of OE does anyone have any view on suing the surgeon as an alternative to OE Ltd?
The Consent Form clearly states that the decision to perform surgery is made SOLELY by the surgeon following a detailed examination and discussion. I certainly did not have either.
I saw the appointment book and patients were booked at 15 minute intervals. Hardly allowing time for either an exam or discussion.
Is it easier to go after an individual?