Boy wins £120,000 damages for narcolepsy caused by swine flu vaccine – The Guardian

Posted June 11th, 2015 in children, damages, disabled persons, health, news by sally

‘A 12-year-old boy has been awarded £120,000 by a court that agreed he had been left severely disabled by narcolepsy triggered by the swine flu vaccine, following a three-year battle in which the government had claimed that his illness was not serious enough to merit payment.’

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The Guardian, 10th June 2015

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‘Unhealthily underweight model’ Yves Saint Laurent advert banned – BBC News

Posted June 3rd, 2015 in advertising, complaints, health, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘An Yves Saint Laurent advertisement featuring an “unhealthily underweight” model has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).’

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BBC news, 3rd June 2015

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Two-year-old boy removed from parents’ care after concerns over family’s ‘smoky house’ – The Independent

Posted June 2nd, 2015 in adoption, care orders, health, news, smoking by sally

‘A two-year-old boy has been taken from his parents’ care after a health visitor highlighted concerns about the level of cigarette smoke at his home.’

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The Independent, 1st June 2015

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Thalidomide survivors seek ‘justice’ with Plaid Euro MP – BBC News

Posted June 2nd, 2015 in birth, compensation, disabled persons, health, medicines, news by sally

‘Welsh people left disabled by the thalidomide drug scandal are being backed in their fight for compensation by Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans.’

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BBC News, 31st May 2015

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New pharmacy rules ‘should reduce dispensing mistakes’ – BBC News

Posted May 26th, 2015 in consultations, health, medicines, mistake, news, pharmacists by sally

‘Health ministers want to introduce an airline-style error reporting system for the UK’s high street pharmacies.’

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BBC News, 24th May 2015

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The role of the law, in the matter of Ashya King – OUP Blog

‘Parents of a child diagnosed with a serious illness are immediately required to make decisions about their child’s medical treatment which, in order to save life, may cause pain, unpleasant side-effects and risk damaging their child’s future quality of life. The actions, last summer, of the parents of five year old Ashya King offer just one example of the lengths to which parents will go to secure the best possible treatment for their child; researching alternative treatments, securing second opinions, finding a treatment centre offering innovative or experimental treatment, travelling abroad, selling belongings or otherwise raising funds for treatment. The Internet provides access to a host of information about the side effects and risks of conventional treatment, alternative treatments available across the world – if you can pay for them – and stories of their success.’

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OUP Blog, 22nd May 2015

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No duty of care to disclose to pregnant daughter father’s genetic disease – High Court – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In short, in 2007 the claimant’s father (‘F’) shot and killed the claimant’s mother. He was convicted of manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility and detained at a hospital run by the second defendant. In 2009 St George’s Hospital diagnosed him as suffering from Huntington’s disease.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th May 2015

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Chorister awarded £30,000 for damage to her voice – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 12th, 2015 in damages, health, hospitals, medical treatment, negligence, news by tracey

‘A pensioner left with a “weak, husky and painful” voice which rendered her unable to sing in a church choir after a botched NHS operation has been awarded £35,000 damages.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th May 2015

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Informed Consent – a new era? – 39 Essex Chambers

Posted April 29th, 2015 in consent, health, medical treatment, news, pregnancy, Supreme Court by sally

‘In a powerful, unanimous, 7 member-decision the Supreme Court has resolved, and possibly revolutionised, the issue of consent.’

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39 Essex Chambers, April 2015

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Why we should see Andrew Lansley’s diary in the run up to 2011 NHS reforms – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Department of Health v. Information Commissioner et al [2015] UKUT 159, 30 March 2015, Charles J read judgment Simon Lewis requested that the Department of Health supply him with copies of the ministerial diary of Andrew Lansley from May 2010 until April 2011, via a Freedom of Information request. Mr Lewis’s interest in all this is not revealed in the judgment, but I dare say included seeing whether the Minister was being lobbied by private companies eager to muscle in on the NHS in this critical period. But such is the nature of FOIA litigation that it does not really look at the motive of the requester – and this case does not tell us what the diary showed. Indeed by the time of this appeal, Lewis was untraceable, and the burden of the argument in favour of disclosure was taken up by the Information Commissioner.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th April 2015

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Supreme Court to rule on illegal pollution levels – The Independent

Posted April 14th, 2015 in appeals, environmental protection, health, news, pollution, Supreme Court by sally

‘A Supreme Court ruling this week could finally force the Government to drastically speed up its plans to deal with dangerous levels of air pollution, as a long-running battle over illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide comes to a head.’

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The Independent, 12th April 2015

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Life Expectancy, Expert Evidence, the Strauss Tables and the Relevance of the Quality of Care: Detailed Consideration by the High Court – Zenith PI Blog

‘This Blog has already looked at the case of Robshaw -v- United Lincolnshire Hospital NHS Trust [2015] EWHC 923 (QB) in the context of judicial consideration of the basic principles of the law of damages. However the judgment of Mr Justice Foskett also contains some important observations in relation to life expectancy. In particular the approach to be taken when dealing with evidence from experts and statistical analysis.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 12th April 2015

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Access to justice a greater concern than free healthcare – poll – The Guardian

‘The public is more concerned about access to justice than free healthcare, according to a poll commissioned by lawyers campaigning to reverse cuts to legal aid.’

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The Guardian, 13th April 2015

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No duty of care in allocation decisions – Nearly Legal

Posted April 7th, 2015 in duty of care, health, housing, news, striking out by sally

‘Can a council’s failure to carry out its responsibilities under its allocation scheme be the subject of a claim in breach of duty of care? This was the hearing of the Defendant’s application to strike out a claim on exactly that issue.’

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Nearly Legal, 4th April 2015

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On the Road Again – Nearly Legal

‘With remarkable speed, the Supreme Court has handed down its judgement in Nzolameso v Westminster City Council , having announced immediately after the hearing on 17/3/2015 that the appeal would be allowed, with reasons to follow.’

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Nearly Legal, 3rd April 2015

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Yarl’s Wood migrant ‘can sue government over prescribed drug’ – BBC News

‘A migrant who claims her psychosis was triggered by medication given to her at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre is to be allowed to sue the government.’

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BBC News, 1st April 2015

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Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Act 2015 – legislation.gov.uk

Posted April 1st, 2015 in health, legislation, social services by sally

Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Act 2015 published

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Health Service Commissioner for England (Complaint Handling) Act 2015 – legislation.gov.uk

Posted April 1st, 2015 in complaints, health, legislation by sally

Health Service Commissioner for England (Complaint Handling) Act 2015 published

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Herbal doctors will not be regulated, despite pleas from Prince Charles – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 30th, 2015 in charities, health, medical treatment, news, regulations, royal family by sally

‘Despite lobbying from Prince Charles, health officials have decided there is not enough evidence herbal medicines work to justify regulating the ancient practices.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th March 2015

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Cathedral sues NHS after worshipper tripped and injured foot – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 30th, 2015 in Church of England, doctors, health, negligence, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Lawyers claim injury was much worse than it would have been with appropriate treatment.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th March 2015

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