A Capacitous Patient’s Consent to Medical Treatment is Still Fundamental, Even Where the Treatment Takes Place in Accident and Emergency

Posted January 27th, 2015 in appeals, consent, duty of care, hospitals, medical treatment, negligence, news by sally

‘In the case of Anita Border v Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust [2015] EWCA Civ 8, recently heard by the Court of Appeal, a Senior House Officer in the Accident and Emergency Department commenced a treatment in the face of explicit protestation by the Claimant, and without discussing with her what her alternatives were.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 26th January 2015

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Girl, 7, awarded £10m in damages from King’s College Hospital Trust – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2015 in birth, compensation, hospitals, news, personal injuries by sally

‘A seven-year-old girl whose mind is “trapped in a body” that will not do as she wants has been awarded £10.1m.’

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BBC News, 22nd January 2015

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Met policeman cleared after kicking mother tending to her child in hospital – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2015 in assault, hospitals, news, police by sally

‘A police officer who kicked and hit a mother as she sat by the hospital bed of her sick child, leaving her with more than 40 injuries, has been cleared of actual bodily harm.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2015

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Pledge to end locking up mentally ill in police cells – BBC News

Posted January 19th, 2015 in detention, hospitals, mental health, news, police, quality assurance, statistics by tracey

‘Authorities in England have pledged to bring an end to the practice of detaining people with mental health problems in police cells. The NHS, councils and police are now set to come up with plans for how they will achieve this, the government said.’

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BBC News, 18th January 2015

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NHS trust fined £180,000 after patient suffers burns from overheated mattress – Local Government Lawyer

‘An NHS trust was fined £180,000 before Christmas after a patient suffered severe burns from a warming mattress.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th January 2015

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Mother loses action over decision by ombudsman not to investigate records loss – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 5th, 2014 in hospitals, judicial review, medical records, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘The mother of a woman who died as an inpatient at a London hospital has lost a High Court challenge against the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman (PHSO) over its refusal to investigate the loss of her daughter’s medical records.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th December 2014

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Jimmy Savile paedophile scandal has created ‘non-stop’ flow of sex abuse cases, judges tell Chris Grayling – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 3rd, 2014 in BBC, child abuse, hospitals, murder, news, prisons, sexual offences by sally

‘Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, says huge spike in sex offence cases since former BBC DJ’s crimes were exposed has put added pressure on prison service.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 2014

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Drive to end Winterbourne View-style care going backwards, official report shows – Daily Telegraph

‘Report commissioned by NHS calls for closure of all Winterbourne View-style institutions for disabled patients but Chief Nursing Officer insists complexity of cases leading to slow progress.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th November 2014

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Hospital had no plan to tackle autistic woman’s weight gain, coroner rules – The Guardian

Posted November 25th, 2014 in autism, health, hospitals, inquests, news, obesity by sally

‘A 25-year-old woman with severe autism died in a secure hospital after staff allowed her weight to balloon to 25 stone as she sat alone for years in a padded room, a coroner has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 24th November 2014

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Mental health NHS trusts ranked for risk of poor care – BBC News

Posted November 21st, 2014 in hospitals, mental health, news, quality assurance by tracey

‘Health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has ranked almost every mental health NHS trust in England in terms of risk of providing poor care.’

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BBC News, 20th November 2014

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Jimmy Savile NHS investigations widened to include 41 hospitals – The Independent

Posted November 7th, 2014 in child abuse, hospitals, inquiries, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘A total of 12 NHS Trusts have become embroiled in fresh abuse allegations against late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, raising the number of NHS organisations undertaking investigations to 41.’

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The Independent, 6th November 2014

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Mental health units to be set up inside prisons – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 27th, 2014 in consultations, hospitals, mental health, news, prisons, sentencing by sally

‘Plans being considered by the Government will see inmates treated in specialist mental health units inside prisons in future.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th October 2014

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‘Too many’ mentally ill end up in cells not hospital – BBC News

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in alcohol abuse, hospitals, mental health, news, police, young persons by sally

‘Too many people in the middle of a mental health crisis end up locked in police cells after being turned away from hospitals, says a report.’

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BBC News, 22nd October 2014

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Vicky Davies jailed for 12 weeks for abusing 999 service – BBC News

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in emergency services, hospitals, medicines, news, sentencing by sally

‘A woman who called the emergency services 200 times in two years with fake symptoms to get pain medication was “depleting life-saving resources” from the health service, say officials.’

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BBC News, 21st October 2014

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Hospital safety standards shocking, say inspectors – BBC News

Posted October 17th, 2014 in budgets, health & safety, hospitals, news, quality assurance, standards, statistics by tracey

‘Safety standards in hospitals in England are “shocking”, inspectors say. The warning by the Care Quality Commission came as it released the results for the first 82 hospital inspected under a new regime. The system has been designed to be tougher and was overhauled following the Stafford Hospital scandal.’

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BBC News, 16th October 2014

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Patchy dementia care puts patients at risk of unnecessary suffering, says CQC – The Guardian

Posted October 13th, 2014 in care homes, elderly, health, hospitals, mental health, news, quality assurance, standards by sally

‘Nine out of 10 care homes and hospitals in England have aspects of care for people with dementia that are variable or poor, making those with the condition likely to receive substandard treatment at some point, according to an important review by the NHS regulator.’

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The Guardian, 13th October 2014

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European Convention on Human Rights: What has it ever done for us? – The Independent

‘As the Tories attempt to dilute the treaty’s authority in the UK, James Cusick takes a look at the difference it has made.’

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The Independent, 3rd October 2014

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Mentally ill patient dived off roof of Boston Pilgrim Hospital – BBC News

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in fines, health & safety, hospitals, mental health, news by tracey

‘A mental health trust has been fined £20,000 after a patient dived off a hospital roof, leaving him paralysed from the chest down.’

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BBC News, 2nd October 2014

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Boy should be taken off life-support, rules judge – BBC News

Posted October 1st, 2014 in children, families, hospitals, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘A boy with irreversible brain damage should be taken off a life-support machine despite the objections of his parents, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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BBC News, 30th September 2014

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Police alerted two years ago over Essex teacher who had indecent images – The Guardian

‘Police have been accused of a series of failings that left a deputy headmaster free for two years to secretly film pupils undressing using cameras hidden in an Essex school’s changing rooms. Scores of indecent images of boys aged nine to 12 were found at the home of Martin Goldberg, 46, a maths teacher at Thorpe Hall school in Southend, who took his own life this month after being visited by detectives.’

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The Guardian, 30th September 2014

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