Political news every spring is devoted to the ongoing budget ideas being debated by Congress. The outcomes of those debates almost always have important implications for Illinois medical malpractice victims. Consequently, it is vital that a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer closely follow that budgetary process and provide needed advocacy in support of logical resolutions that protect the rights of victims of medical errors and their families.
The need for advocacy is more apparent now than ever as a proposal is navigating through Congress that offers a damaging rejection of the rights and needs of medical patients. The Consumer Voices reports that this week the U.S. House of Representatives passed the FY 2012 Budget Resolution. The measure would enshrine a string of dangerous ideas that would decimate the medical system, sacrificing years of important patient safety progress.
Illinois medical malpractice victims would be severely harmed by the bill’s passage.
For example, a key outcome of the bill would be the severe weakening of the safety net for those individuals who are incapable of sustaining the high-cost of health care. In addition, nursing staff at many facilities, including Illinois nursing homes, would be slashed. These nurses are the ones charged with ensuring that many preventable medical errors-like the development of bed sores, dehydration, and malnutrition-are caught before they harm patients and residents. We have often reported on the continued prevalence of these preventable medical errors. This proposed buget will work only to increase the total number of mistakes.
Overall this budget proposal virtually ignores the need to protect and maximize medical patient safety. The bill places the quality of medical care at the bottom of the priority list. If passed a medical system would be created that not only rejects the need for better care but actively takes steps that would reduce the current focus on patient safety.
Our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Levin & Perconti know how many cases arise each year involving medical negligence and mistakes at Illinois hospitals. We understand that there remains an epidemic of medical mistakes that takes the lives of thousands and thousands each year, affecting millions of friends and family members. It is unacceptable for this problem to not only be ignored by worsened by a backward-thinking federal budget proposal.
Please contact your United States Senators to ensure that they understand the devastation that will result from passage of this measure. Lives may hang in the balance.
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