Christian NHS worker appeals ruling she ‘bullied’ Muslim colleague by praying for her – Daily Telegraph

‘Lawyers for Victoria Wasteney lodge appeal against tribunal, claiming human rights were breached when she was disciplined after claims she tried to convert Enya Nawaz.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th April 2015

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Montgomery Rules following the demise of Sidaway – No. 5 Chambers

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in appeals, birth, consent, hospitals, negligence, news, Scotland, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court decision in the case of Montgomery v. Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] UKSC 11, 11 March 2015 sounds the death knell for Sidaway. The Supreme Court comprised of 7 Law Lords has now unequivocally said that Sidaway should not be followed in medical cases where consent is in issue. Allowing the appeal from the Scottish courts by a woman whose baby suffered shoulder dystocia in labour, the Supreme Court held that women have a right to information about ‘any material risk’ in order to make autonomous decisions about how to give birth.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 30th March 2015

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Clinical negligence: patients’ wishes are paramount – Park Square Barristers

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in birth, consent, doctors, hospitals, medical treatment, negligence, news by sally

‘Richard Paige discusses 2 recent decisions which are essential reading for any clinical negligence practitioner: they establish that patients’ wishes are paramount. Doctors must ensure that patients are sufficiently informed and must not censor information.’

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Park Square Barristers, 14th March 2015

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Serious Injury Cases: Another Example of the Judges Going Back to Basics – Zenith PI Blog

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in birth, damages, hospitals, negligence, news, personal injuries by sally

‘An earlier post looked at several cases this year where judges have considered fairly fundamental principles of damages when assessing serious personal injury claims. This trend can be seen again in a case decided today Robshaw -v-United Lincoln Hospitals NHS Trust [2015] EWHC 923 (QB).’

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Zenith PI Blog, 1st April 2015

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Boy left disabled during birth could receive record £15m compensation – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in birth, compensation, hospitals, negligence, news by sally

‘James Robshaw faces a lifetime of dependence after complications during his birth left him with cerebral palsy.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd April 2015

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Nurses who don’t report poor care or who cover up mistakes now face being struck off – The Independent

Posted April 1st, 2015 in codes of practice, hospitals, news, nurses, standards, whistleblowers by sally

‘Nurses could be struck off if they fail to escalate concerns about poor care or hide the truth about mistakes, under new rules unveiled by the profession’s governing body.’

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The Independent, 31st March 2015

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BBC Savile abuse: Dame Janet Smith review ‘due in May’ – BBC News

‘A report into how Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall carried out abuse while at the BBC is due to be published in May, the review’s author has said.’

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BBC News, 17th March 2015

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The Review by Robert Francis QC into Whistleblowing in the NHS – Littleton Chambers

Posted March 17th, 2015 in health, hospitals, news, reports, whistleblowers by sally

‘The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (“ERRA”) introduced the first major legislative changes to the whistleblowing provisions in the Employment Rights Act introduced by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998. Those provisions afford remedies to workers who are subjected to a detriment or dismissed for making ‘protected disclosures’ of ‘relevant failures’.’

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Littleton Chambers, 13th February 2015

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Largest NHS trust put in special measures after damning CQC report – The Guardian

Posted March 17th, 2015 in hospitals, news, quality assurance, reports by sally

‘The NHS’s largest hospital trust in England is being put into special measures after inspectors uncovered an array of serious problems at one of its hospitals, including poor A&E care, a lack of staff, poor morale and a culture of bullying and harassment.’

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The Guardian, 17th March 2015

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MPs criticise ‘chasm’ between FGM prosecutions and reports – BBC News

‘MPs have criticised the “chasm” between the number of reported cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK and the number of prosecutions.’

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BBC News, 14th March 2015

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Elderly given power to decide where to die – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 13th, 2015 in consultations, elderly, health, hospitals, news by sally

‘Government consultation document sets out plans to give patients more powers to plan and make decisions about their “end of life care”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th March 2015

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NHS trust ordered to pay nearly £20,000 over dermatitis failings – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 11th, 2015 in costs, fines, health, health & safety, hospitals, news by tracey

‘An NHS trust in Cornwall has been ordered to pay nearly £20,000 in fines and costs over failings in its approach to dealing with dermatitis. The Health & Safety Executive prosecuted the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust following an investigation that found 23 cases of dermatitis – occurring between 2007 and 2012 – had not been reported to it as is required by the law.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th March 2015

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Infertility helped your career, NHS tells lawyer – Daily Telegraph

‘A high flying city lawyer, who was rendered infertile after NHS blunders, was told she was due less compensation as children would have hampered her career.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th March 2015

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Morecambe Bay: timeline of a scandal – Daily Telegraph

‘As an independent investigation finds that mothers and babies might have lived, if not for appalling blunders by staff, and efforts to hide the failings, we look at the history of the Morecambe Bay NHS scandal.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd March 2015

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Morecambe Bay report: Bereaved families of babies who died ‘saddened’ but ‘vindicated’ by damning findings – The Independent

‘Parents of newborn babies who died due to shocking failings by maternity staff at Furness General Hospital have spoken of how they are “saddened” but “vindicated” by the publication of the damning Morecambe Bay report.’

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The Independent, 3rd March 2015

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Baby deaths inquiry: NHS criticism expected – BBC News

Posted March 3rd, 2015 in birth, doctors, health, hospitals, midwives, news, quality assurance, reports by sally

‘Failures at a maternity unit where a number of newborn babies and mothers died are expected to be exposed later.’

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BBC News, 3rd March 2015

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Jimmy Savile scandal: Anger as no one is blamed for allowing abuse in hospitals – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 27th, 2015 in child abuse, disabled persons, hospitals, news, reports, sexual offences by tracey

‘Jimmy Savile’s victims have reacted with anger after a series of reports into his decades of abuse failed to apportion blame to any senior NHS managers. More than 40 hospitals, including Stoke Mandeville – where Savile abused at least 60 victims during a 24-year reign of terror – have investigated how the entertainer was allowed to get away with his crimes for so long. But victims branded the findings a “whitewash”, after NHS bosses claimed they had no idea what was going on.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th February 2015

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Jimmy Savile NHS investigations: lessons learned – Department of Health

Posted February 27th, 2015 in child abuse, disabled persons, hospitals, reports, sexual offences by tracey

‘The Secretary of State for Health asked former barrister Kate Lampard to produce a ‘lessons learned’ report, drawing on the findings from all published investigations and emerging themes.’

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Department of Health, 26th February 2015

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Jimmy Savile: Stoke Mandeville abuse report to be published – The Guardian

Posted February 26th, 2015 in child abuse, hospitals, news, reports, sexual offences by sally

‘A key report into the sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile of patients at Stoke Mandeville hospital is to be published on Thursday.’

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The Guardian, 26th February 2015

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Assessing Damages: Why the Judges Go Back to Basics and the Very Practical Consequences – Zenith PI Blog

Posted February 25th, 2015 in compensation, damages, hospitals, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Recent cases have show that, when faced with difficult issues of calculation in personal injury cases, judges look back at the very basic principles of personal injury damages. These cases show how important the basic principles of personal injury damages are. The multiplicity of tools now available to assess damages can often lead to the most basic, and important, principles of the law of damages being overlooked when preparing for a trial. It is clear, however, that judges often look to these basic principles first when considering a complex assessment of damages.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 24th February 2015

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