Tribunal rules against doctor who made 99 claims against NHS – The Guardian

‘The conduct of a doctor who began 99 employment tribunal claims against the NHS in eight months fell “far below the standards to be expected” and was likely to “erode public confidence in the profession”, a disciplinary tribunal has ruled.
The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) found Dr Farhan Hussain Zaidi’s fitness to practice was impaired by his misconduct and imposed conditions on his registration for 12 months.’

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The Guardian, 3rd February 2016

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Toddler dies of leukaemia after medics miss condition 35 times – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 1st, 2016 in cancer, children, codes of practice, coroners, doctors, hospitals, inquests, medical records, news by tracey

‘A toddler died of leukaemia after medics repeatedly failed to diagnose the condition despite numerous “red flags” and 35 separate visits to doctors and hospitals.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st February 2016

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Government confirms 1 October 2016 date for fixed costs in clinical negligence – Litigation Futures

‘The introduction of fixed recoverable costs (FRC) in clinical negligence cases is still planned for 1 October 2016, the Department of Health has confirmed.’

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Litigation Futures, 14th January 2016

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Landmark case puts NHS Trust on trial alongside two doctors it is claimed were underqualified – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 14th, 2016 in corporate manslaughter, doctors, homicide, hospitals, negligence, news by sally

‘Court hears two underqualified doctors watched as a previously healthy young woman lay dying without taking the basic steps that could have saved her.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th January 2016

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Jack Adcock death: Doctor and nurse get suspended sentences for manslaughter – BBC News

‘A doctor and an agency nurse who “seriously neglected” a six-year-old boy who died in hospital have been sentenced for his manslaughter.’

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BBC News, 14th December 2015

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Hospital sex assault doctor Manav Arora jailed – BBC News

Posted November 23rd, 2015 in abuse of position of trust, doctors, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘A locum doctor has been jailed for two years for sexually assaulting a male patient he was treating in hospital.’

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BBC News, 20th November 2015

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Best interests, hard choices: The Baby C case – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Judgments in best interests cases involving children often make for heart-wrenching reading. And so it was in Bolton NHS Foundation Trust v C (by her Children’s Guardian) [2015] EWHC 2920 (Fam), a case which considered Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health guidance, affirming its approach was in conformity with Article 2 and Article 3 ECHR. It also described, in the clearest terms, the terrible challenges facing C’s treating clinicians and her parents.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th November 2015

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Telegraph misled readers over NHS x-ray service, press watchdog finds – The Guardian

Posted November 20th, 2015 in doctors, hospitals, industrial action, media, news, ombudsmen, Sunday trading by tracey

‘The Daily Telegraph misled readers by suggesting NHS radiology departments were closed on Sundays in an article about Justice Secretary Michael Gove breaking his foot, according to a ruling from the Independent Press Standards Organisation.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2015

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GMC calls for tougher powers to check European doctors’ skills – The Guardian

‘EU rules governing the checks that UK authorities can make on doctors still have major weaknesses seven years after a patient safety scandal revealed catastrophic flaws in the system, according to Britain’s medical regulator.’

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The Guardian, 17th November 2015

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FGM: Legal duty to inform police comes into force – BBC News

‘Doctors, nurses, midwives and teachers are now legally required to report cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) to the police. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary measures and could ultimately lead to them being barred from working.’

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BBC News, 31st October 2015

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FGM: reporting of cases among children becomes mandatory – The Guardian

‘A duty on all teachers, doctors, nurses and social workers to report child cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) to the police will come into force next week.’

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The Guardian, 20th October 2015

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Revised ‘Saatchi bill’ is back but critics still fearful – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 19th, 2015 in bills, doctors, negligence, news by sally

‘The new incarnation of the Saatchi bill to allow doctors to innovate without fear of negligence actions has continued its progress through parliament – but the legislation continues to divide opinion among MPs.’
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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th October 2015

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‘Vilified’ doctor cannot publish patient’s private information – Panopticon

‘In the Matter of C (A Child) (Application by Dr X and Y) [2015] EWFC 79 involved, in the words of Munby J, an unusual and indeed unprecedented application. It pitted the right to defend one’s reputation against the privacy and confidentiality rights of others. In this case, the latter won.
Dr X had treated C and C’s mother; he had also been an expert witness in the family court care proceedings concerning C. C’s mother was unhappy about the treatment given by Dr X. She complained about him to the GMC, whose Fitness to Practise panel in due course found the allegations against Dr X to be unproven. C’s mother also criticised Dr X publicly in the media.’

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Panopticon, 1st October 2015

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GP practices ‘offered rewards’ for not referring patients to hospitals – The Guardian

Posted October 2nd, 2015 in doctors, freedom of information, health, hospitals, inducements, news by tracey

‘GP practices are being offered thousands of pounds to cut the number of patients they refer to hospitals, according to an investigation.’

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The Guardian, 1st Ocotber 2015

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DPP Alison Saunders says: ‘I’m still the right person for the job’ – The Guardian

‘The country’s most senior prosecutor said it was “difficult” hearing calls for her to quit over her handling of the Lord Janner case, but insisted: “I’m still the right person for the job.”’

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The Guardian, 6th September 2015

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End-of-life judgments shouldn’t be made by one doctor, says new guidance – The Guardian

Posted July 29th, 2015 in doctors, health, hospitals, news by sally

‘Judgments on when patients are reaching the end of their lives should be taken by a number of health experts rather than relying on the medical opinion of just one doctor, according to new guidance from health officials.’

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The Guardian, 29th July 2015

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Modernising the law on informed consent – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted July 28th, 2015 in appeals, birth, consent, doctors, medical treatment, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The recent Supreme Court decision in Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] UKSC 11, 11 March 2015 has seen the courts move away from the previously paternalistic laws on informed consent and take a step towards recognising the more modern relationship between doctor and patient.’
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Hardwicke Chambers, 2nd June 2015

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Locked-in syndrome man loses challenge over right to die – BBC News

Posted July 21st, 2015 in assisted suicide, doctors, human rights, news by tracey

‘A man with locked-in syndrome has lost a High Court battle over guidelines which prevent doctors from assisting patients to end their lives.’

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BBC News, 20th July 2015

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Fake locum doctor sentenced – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A man who pretended to be a qualified doctor has been sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court to six years in prison.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 17th July 2015

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Daniel Pelka death: Doctor ‘fit to practise’, panel rules – BBC News

Posted June 12th, 2015 in child abuse, child neglect, disciplinary procedures, doctors, news by sally

‘A GP who did not act adequately over concerns raised about starved schoolboy Daniel Pelka remains fit to practise, a disciplinary panel has ruled.’

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BBC News, 11th June 2015

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