NHS negligence claims hit £1.4bn – BBC News

Posted September 29th, 2016 in costs, delay, health, negligence, news by tracey

‘NHS trusts in England paid out more than £1.4bn in medical negligence claims last year compared to £583m in 2008, analysis shows.’

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BBC News, 29th September 2016

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Serious failings in medical care led to man’s death, inquest finds – The Guardian

Posted September 14th, 2016 in health, inquests, medical treatment, negligence, news, paramedics by tracey

‘The NHS has apologised after a coroner criticised “serious failings” in medical care that led to a man dying hours after an ambulance crew failed to diagnose his heart attack and take him to hospital.’

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The Guardian, 13th September 2016

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Rise in prisoners moved to mental health hospitals – The Guardian

Posted September 14th, 2016 in criminal justice, health, mental health, news, prisons, statistics, suicide by tracey

‘More prisoners are being diagnosed with mental health problems requiring hospital treatment, official figures obtained by the Guardian show. The number of male prisoners being transferred to hospital under the 1983 Mental Health Act grew by more than 20% between 2011 and 2014 in England and Wales, said the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in response to a freedom of information request.’

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The Guardian, 14th September 2016

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Make health material consideration in planning and licensing law: MPs – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 2nd, 2016 in health, licensing, local government, news, planning, select committees by sally

‘The Government must make good on its commitment to health in all policies by enshrining health as a material consideration in planning and licensing law, MPs have said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st September 2016

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Father who backs ‘harmful’ alternative cancer medication should have baby taken into care, says judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 24th, 2016 in autism, cancer, care orders, children, family courts, health, medicines, news by sally

‘A baby boy whose father advocates the use of “harmful alternative medication” should be taken into council care, a family court judge has decided.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd August 2016

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Rogue plastic surgery clinics to be named and shamed for poor care – Daily Telegraph

‘Cosmetic surgeons will be named and shamed for poor practice for the first time as part of a Government crackdown.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th August 2016

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Childhood obesity: UK’s ‘inexcusable’ strategy is wasted opportunity, say experts – The Guardian

Posted August 18th, 2016 in advertising, children, food, health, news, taxation by tracey

‘Medical experts and campaigners have criticised the government’s childhood obesity strategy as weak and embarrassing, and accused policymakers of throwing away the best chance to tackle the culture of unhealthy eating that is crippling the NHS. The government’s measures, centred on the sugar tax announced by George Osborne in March, rely on voluntary action by the food and drink industry and are shorn of any restrictions on junk food marketing and advertising.’

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The Guardian, 18th August 2016

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Is it within the remit of the NHS to commission and pay for preventative HIV drugs? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 16th, 2016 in health, HIV, local government, medicines, news by sally

‘In this case NHS England argued it lacked the power to commission (and be responsible for paying for) preventative HIV drugs. It said this was solely the responsibility of local authorities and, in so doing, disavowed any responsibility for preventative medicine.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th August 2016

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HIV campaigners win NHS drug battle – BBC News

Posted August 2nd, 2016 in appeals, health, HIV, local government, medicines, news by tracey

‘The NHS in England has been told by the High Court it can fund a “game-changing” drug that can prevent HIV after health bosses argued it was not their responsibility.’

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BBC News, 2nd August 2016

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Judge to rule on NHS funding for ‘game-changing’ HIV treatment – The Guardian

Posted August 2nd, 2016 in health, HIV, medicines, news by tracey

‘A high court judge is to rule on whether a preventive treatment for HIV that charities say is a “game changer” should be funded by the NHS.’

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The Guardian, 2nd August 2016

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Nuisance caller cost the taxpayer £78,000 by making 408 calls to the ambulance service in two years – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 28th, 2016 in assault, emergency services, health, news, nuisance, sentencing, Wales by tracey

‘A woman who cost the taxpayer £78,000 by phoning ambulance service more than 400 times in two years has been jailed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th July 2016

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Judge urged to overturn NHS decision not to fund HIV prevention treatment – The Guardian

Posted July 14th, 2016 in health, medicines, news by tracey

‘A high court judge has been asked to overturn an decision on funding for a preventive treatment for HIV that charities say is a “gamechanger”.’

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The Guardian, 13th July 2016

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The Disabled Child: State Provision of Care & Education, and the Implications for a Civil Claim – Byrom Street Chambers

‘This paper seeks to outline:
a. Local Authority (“LA”) obligations to provide care or other services to children under the Children Act 1989 and the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970
b. LA obligations under the Children and Families Act 2014 in relation to special educational needs and disability.’

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Byrom Street Chambers, 14th June 2016

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Mental health services missed chances to save suicidal teenager, coroner rules – The Guardian

Posted June 16th, 2016 in health, inquests, mental health, news, social services, suicide, young persons by tracey

‘Social care agencies missed opportunities to help a 17-year-old girl who took her own life months after being removed from a child protection plan, a coroner has ruled. Katy Skerrett, the senior coroner for Gloucestershire, said there had been a lack of communication between mental health and social care professionals in the treatment provided to Anielka Jennings.’

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The Guardian, 15th June 2016

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Zika-fear pregnant woman faces deportation to Brazil – BBC News

Posted June 16th, 2016 in deportation, health, news, pregnancy, visas by tracey

‘A pregnant Brazilian woman advised not to return to the country amid Zika virus fears has been told she faces deportation from the UK “within days”.’

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BBC News, 16th June 2016

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NHS 111 service putting patients ‘at risk of harm’ – The Guardian

Posted June 16th, 2016 in health, news, reports, telecommunications by tracey

‘The urgent phoneline run by South Western ambulance service NHS foundation trust (SWASFT) has been ordered to make improvements by health inspectors after they concluded that services were inadequate.’

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The Guardian, 16th June 2016

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Bailey v Devon NHS Trust – Tanfield Chambers

‘In Bailey v Devon Partnership NHS Trust the High Court accepted, on the particular facts, that the statutory duty to carry out a risk assessment directly informed the extent of the common law duty of care.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 26th May 2016

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Winners and Losers in the Permanent Health Insurance Game – Henderson Chambers

Posted June 2nd, 2016 in employment, health, insurance, news, redundancy by sally

‘Permanent health insurance (PHI), also and probably more accurately known or described as Income Protection Insurance (IPI), can solve the problem of income protection when an employee is ill for a period beyond that where income is directly maintained by the employer. The employee has time to recover and the employer is relieved of the expense of paying the non-productive employee. But it is not always a Win-Win situation, particularly where there comes a parting of the ways between employer and employee.’

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Henderson Chambers, 31st March 2016

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NHS England cites legal advice in declining to commission HIV treatment – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 2nd, 2016 in health, HIV, local government, medicines, news by sally

‘The Specialised Services Commissioning Committee of NHS England has accepted external legal advice and concluded that it does not have the legal power to commission the new HIV treatment, PrEP.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st June 2016

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Independent Monitoring Board slams Heathrow Immigration Removal Centres – Free Movement

‘What were Harmondsworth and Colnbrook Detention Centres have been brought under the same management, and are now called Heathrow Immigration Removal Centres. Nonetheless, as the Independent Monitoring Board’s report shows, detention centres by another name still have their same old problems. The Board’s recommendations focus on treatment of vulnerable people, both mentally and physically.’

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Free Movement, 23rd May 2016

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