A private company, Vanguard Healthcare, who carried out routine cataract operations on patients at an NHS hospital, is accused of leaving dozens of patients with impaired vision, pain and discomfort.

An independent inquiry has revealed that half of the patients who received surgery from the private healthcare company at Musgrove Hospital in Taunton earlier this year suffered various complications.

Vanguard Healthcare was contracted by the hospital to carry out the surgical procedures in May but the arrangement was terminated after just four days when patients began to complain about the treatment they were receiving.

Clinical negligence solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors’ Bristol office, Madeleine Pinschof, said: “What should have been a straightforward procedure has been negligently performed by Vanguard Healthcare. The result is that a significant number of patients have been left with visual impairment and pain.

“The government is obsessed with outsourcing NHS services to private healthcare companies and in the headlong rush too little thought is being given to the consequences. Musgrove Park Hospital isn’t alone in having to deal with additional problems created for patients rather than solutions.

“As medical negligence specialists, we understand the serious psychological, emotional and physical effects surgical errors may have on a patient, and their families. Those who have suffered as a result of negligent treatment may wish to seek professional assistance to consider whether a claim may be an appropriate step and we are there to assist.”

If you are concerned about the treatment you may have received, please contact Thompsons Solicitors’ Bristol office on 0117 304 2400.