No win, no fee adverts ‘common on NHS advice cards’ – BBC News

Posted November 29th, 2016 in advertising, hospitals, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Hundreds of NHS hospitals are hosting adverts for personal injury lawyers, marketing agencies have told the BBC.’

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BBC News, 28th November 2016

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Health experts who defrauded NHS ordered to pay £575,000 – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted November 25th, 2016 in fraud, hospitals, press releases, repayment by tracey

‘Four health experts who fraudulently billed the NHS for 14,000 hours they did not work have been ordered to pay more than £575,000 or face further time in prison.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 25th November 2016

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Hospitals may require patients to show passports for NHS treatment – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2016 in health, hospitals, identification, immigration, news, passports by sally

‘Patients could be told to bring two forms of identification including a passport to hospital to prove they are eligible for free treatment under new rules to stop so-called health tourism.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2016

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Coroner halts baby’s inquest over hospital evidence tampering claim – The Guardian

Posted November 18th, 2016 in children, evidence, hospitals, midwives, news by sally

‘A coroner may refer a hospital trust to the Crown Prosecution Service over allegations that a senior midwife’s evidence on the death of a five-day-old baby was tampered with.’

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The Guardian, 17th November 2016

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Review of 10 killings uncovers failings at NHS mental health trust that ‘severely underestimated’ risk posed by patients – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 18th, 2016 in hospitals, mental health, news, reports by sally

‘A review of 10 killings – including that of a pensioner who was stabbed after a collision between two cars – has uncovered failings at a mental health trust.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th October 2016

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NHS legal bills for catastrophic childbirth blunders triples in a decade – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 17th, 2016 in birth, compensation, hospitals, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Compensation claims against the NHS for catastrophic blunders in childbirth have tripled in a decade, official figures show, as ministers promise “dramatic” changes to improve the safety record of Britain’s maternity units.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th October 2016

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Pensioner ‘cannot pay’ Lewes hospital eviction bill – BBC News

Posted October 12th, 2016 in costs, elderly, hospitals, news, repossession by tracey

‘A pensioner evicted from the hospital bed she occupied for 14 months has said she cannot pay the £8,000 legal bill she faces. Diane Price, 79, was transferred to a rehabilitation unit at Lewes Victoria Hospital in East Sussex after breaking her leg in a car crash last May. She refused to leave despite doctors telling her she should return home. Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust won a possession order in the High Court to free up her bed.’

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BBC News, 11th October 2016

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Watchdog: more than half of failing care providers have not improved – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 10th, 2016 in care homes, hospitals, news, reports, standards by sally

‘More than half of failing NHS hospitals, care homes and GP practices have deteriorated or made no improvement since being inspected by watchdogs, official figures

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Daily Telegraph, 7th October 2016

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Staff were ‘desensitised’ to self-harm at psychiatric hospital where boy, 15, died – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 22nd, 2016 in children, hospitals, inquests, mental health, news by sally

‘Staff working for one of England’s largest mental health trusts had become “desensitised” to the level of self-harm at a psychiatric hospital, a coroner has said as she ruled that “neglect” contributed to the death of a 15-year-old boy.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd September 2016

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Campaigners bring in lawyers in bid to stop closure of A&E department – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 31st, 2016 in consultations, hospitals, local government, news by sally

‘Law firm Leigh Day is representing the SOS Grantham Hospital campaign group in its bid to try to prevent the partial closure of its A&E department by United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th August 2016

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Failure to serve costs budget limits claimant’s recovery to court fees in £3m quantum-only dispute – Litigation Futures

‘The fact that a clinical negligence case had become a quantum-only dispute did not take it out of the costs management regime, meaning that the claimant’s failure to serve a costs budget restricted its recoverable costs to the court fees only, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th July 2016

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Grieving parents told to ‘not pick fight with the NHS’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 20th, 2016 in bereavement, children, doctors, families, hospitals, news, standards by tracey

‘The parents of a toddler who died after doctors missed signs of sepsis were told not to “pick a fight with the NHS, you will lose” when they questioned the quality of his care. The revelation emerged following publication of a damning report that accused the organisations responsible of being incapable of accepting their shortcomings in the case.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th July 2016

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Pregnant mental health patient ‘pinned to floor’ – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2016 in hospitals, mental health, news, pregnancy, restraint by sally

‘A mental health trust has launched an investigation after a heavily pregnant patient was allegedly dragged from a seat and pinned to the floor by staff.’

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BBC News, 16th July 2016

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Surrey and others v Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust – WLR Daily

Surrey and others v Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust [2016] EWHC 1598 (QB)

‘Three separate cases involving clinical negligence litigation against the defendant hospital had been proceeding for several years prior to 1 April 2013. Under new legislation coming into force on 1 April 2013, a claimant entering into a conditional fee agreement (“CFA”) from that date would be unable to recover success fees and after the event (“ATE”) insurance premiums from the defendant if successful in the litigation. In each case the claim had initially been advanced with the benefit of legal aid, but in the month prior to 1 April 2013 the claimant’s solicitors, with the agreement of the claimant’s litigation friend, arranged for the legal aid certificate to be discharged and for the claim henceforth to be funded by a CFA to preserve the ability to recover the success fee and ATE premiums. In none of the cases was the litigation friend informed that the consequence would be the loss of the recognised 10% uplift on general damages. In each case the defendant challenged the successful claimant’s bill of costs, in so far as it sought to recover the success fee and the ATE premium, contending that the litigation friend’s decision was based on materially unreasonable advice (by reason of the omission to mention the 10% uplift) and that, since the burden was on the receiving party to establish that a cost was reasonably incurred and it was unknown what decision would have been made had proper advice been given, the doubt as to whether the additional costs were reasonably and proportionately incurred should be resolved in favour of the paying party. The costs judge in each case upheld the defendant’s challenge to those items, holding that the changed funding arrangements were not reasonable. Each claimant appealed, contending that the reasonableness of the decision to change funding had to be objectively assessed, so that the quality of any antecedent advice given to the claimants’ litigation friends was irrelevant.’

WLR Daily, 1st July 2016

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Boy left with brain injuries at birth receives £11m compensation – The Guardian

‘The mother of a boy who was born with brain injuries after medical staff failed to notice his slowing heartbeat during labour has said she hopes she can provide a better quality of life for her son after receiving £11m in a high court settlement with the NHS.’

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The Guardian, 6th July 2016

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Fletchers claims “major victory” on interim payments of costs – Litigation Futures

‘Southport injury firm Fletchers claims to have secured the first judgment ordering defendants to make an interim costs payment based on the new version of the rules which came into force in April 2013.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th July 2016

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Patient ‘lay dead’ in London A&E for ‘hours’ before being found – BBC News

Posted July 6th, 2016 in doctors, hospitals, news, nurses, quality assurance, standards, statistics by Mark L

‘A patient lay dead for up to four-and-a-half hours before being spotted at one of the busiest A&E departments in the country, inspectors have revealed. A review of North Middlesex University Hospital by the Care Quality Commission also found there were too few competent doctors who were able to assess and treat patients at night.’

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BBC News, 6th July 2016

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Every children’s intensive care unit to be probed amid crowding fears – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 30th, 2016 in children, complaints, hospitals, inquiries, news, reports by tracey

‘The NHS is to review every children’s intensive care unit in the country amid concern that services are struggling to cope. An investigation into a string of deaths in Bristol Royal Hospital for Children has warned of risks that “heavy strains” are being placed on families because England’s 27 units are overstretched.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th June 2016

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Families hope for answers in Bristol review of hospital child deaths – The Guardian

‘The parents of young children who died on a controversial cardiac ward have spoken of their fears that they might not get the answers they crave ahead of the publication of an independent inquiry into their sons’ care.’

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The Guardian, 26th June 2016

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Southern Health trust accepts responsibility for teenager’s death – The Guardian

Posted June 10th, 2016 in compensation, disabled persons, hospitals, negligence, news by sally

‘The family of an 18-year-old man who drowned following an epileptic seizure while under the care of Southern Health NHS foundation trust has been awarded £80,000 compensation.’

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The Guardian, 9th June 2016

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