Isle of Wight health services are to be placed in special measures following a "deterioration in safety and quality".

The Care Quality Commission (CQC), who is the independent regulator of healthcare services in Britain is set to publish a damning report on the state of health services on the Isle of Wight.  The report, which was leaked ahead of being officially published, will reportedly reveal low staff morale, with staff complaining of being overworked and in some instances complaining of workplace bullying and harassment.  The report also goes on to cite a lack of staffing on the wards which affects patient safety, including reportedly “unsafe” mental health wards.  The report also criticises the "out of touch" management. 

As a result of the CQC’s investigations the chief executive of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Karen Baker, resigned last Month.  In a statement, Miss Baker appeared to accept that there had been failings in the standard of care and said that she felt the trust needed a “fresh pair of eyes”.   The acting Chief Executive, Dr Mark Pugh, said that the trust was taking issues “very seriously” and apologised “where there have been failings”.

David Hawkins, a Medical Negligence Lawyer at Verisona Law said “It is saddening to learn that the standard of healthcare in the Isle of Wight Trust has got to the point where special measures are necessary.  I hope that when the report is officially published and the new management team are able to implement improvements, that healthcare on the Isle of Wight will begin to improve for the 140,000 people there who rely on the NHS to be there for them.”         

If you, or a loved one, have been affected by medical negligence, please do not hesitate to contact our team of experienced lawyers who will be happy to speak to you about whether it may be possible to bring a claim.


David Hawkins joined Verisona Law from Slater & Gordon, as a Litigation Executive in the Historic Abuse Team in August 2016.

David has almost 20 years’ experience working in Personal Injury law. After working in the insurance sector for many years, firstly in general insurance, then moving to dealing with Personal Injury claims for the insurers, he decided to join the legal profession to uphold and pursue the rights of people who have been injured through no fault of their own.

After 13 years working for firms in West Sussex, acting for Claimants in a wide range of claims, from Road Traffic Accidents, Work Accidents to Clinical Negligence Claims, he has dealt with many complex, high value cases involving severe physical and psychological injuries. David has earned a reputation as a robust litigator, securing the best results for clients, whilst being approachable, explaining often complicated issues in plain English.

‘Verisona Law has a well-respected reputation and achieved a great deal of success in this developing area of law and I wanted to bring my expertise and experience to an impressively dynamic team,’ he says.

David is married with two young children..

Since 2003, David has acted for Claimants in Law Firms across Sussex, including 11 years at Bennett Griffin LLP in Worthing, where he worked with a small dedicated team of personal injury lawyers, dealing with complex high value claims.  David joins Verisona Law from Slater & Gordon, a large national firm, having wanted to get back to his roots of providing a quality, personal service.

David is an accredited Senior Litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and has specialist legal experience in the following areas:

  • Child Abuse Claims
  • Personal Injury
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Professional Negligence & Liability
  • Litigation & Disputes

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