Helen Goss, a resident of Westhill in Aberdeenshire, has initiated legal action against NHS Grampian, alleging medical negligence in the treatment of her 11-year-old daughter, Anna Hendy, who has been battling long Covid since March 2020.
The family seeks damages, claiming that Anna’s condition has worsened due to avoidable failures on the part of the health board.
Alleged “Gaslighting” and Failures:
According to Catherine McGarrell, representing Ms. Goss, the family accuses NHS Grampian of “gaslighting” and asserts that Anna’s long Covid was exacerbated by repeated and avoidable failures in her care.
This case is noteworthy as the first of its kind in Scotland, and it highlights concerns about the quality of long Covid treatment within the NHS.
Catherine McGarrell emphasizes the impact of NHS Grampian’s alleged failures, stating, “Anna’s condition is much worse than what it should be, or what it could have been.”
The legal action is positioned as a necessary step due to the perceived lack of accountability and responsiveness from the health board.
In a statement, Ms. Goss expresses regret that legal action appears to be the only viable option to secure the necessary healthcare for Anna.
She accuses NHS Grampian of medical gaslighting, dismissal, and consistent denial of NHS care, alleging a failure to uphold Anna’s rights outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Article 24.
Call for Accountability and Change:
The family aims to hold NHS Grampian accountable for its alleged negligence, seeking a formal apology for Anna and improvements in clinical protocols for children and young people with long Covid.
The hope is to prevent other families from enduring similar challenges.
Response from NHS Grampian:
NHS Grampian responded by stating they cannot comment on individual patient cases.
The health board highlighted ongoing efforts to address long Covid, mentioning the development of a long Covid pathway of care for children and initiatives involving those with lived experiences of the condition.
Ongoing Challenges and Advocacy:
Ms. Goss, who is also the chief operation officer of charity Long Covid Kids, emphasizes the inadequacy of funding for long Covid and calls for improved support.
The family’s legal action sheds light on the struggles faced by those dealing with long Covid and advocates for enhanced training and initiatives for better care.
The legal action against NHS Grampian underscores the complex landscape of long Covid treatment and raises important questions about the accountability of healthcare providers.
As the case unfolds, it prompts a broader conversation about the challenges faced by individuals and families dealing with long-term effects of the virus and the responsibility of healthcare systems in addressing their needs.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn