End-of-life judgments shouldn’t be made by one doctor, says new guidance – The Guardian

Posted July 29th, 2015 in doctors, health, hospitals, news by sally

‘Judgments on when patients are reaching the end of their lives should be taken by a number of health experts rather than relying on the medical opinion of just one doctor, according to new guidance from health officials.’

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The Guardian, 29th July 2015

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Stricter control mechanisms for secondary victim claims: Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation v Ronayne – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted July 28th, 2015 in appeals, hospitals, negligence, news, psychiatric damage by sally

‘Today’s Court of Appeal judgment in Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v Ronayne [2015] EWCA Civ 588 is an early front runner for the most important tort law case of 2015. It is very good news for hard-pressed NHS Trusts defending claims by relatives shocked by the effect on loved-ones of acts of clinical negligence. Such claims will rarely succeed in the light of today’s decision.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 17th July 2015

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Mathieson v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – WLR Daily

Mathieson v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: [2015] UKSC 47; [2015] WLR (D) 296

‘The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions violated the Convention rights of a severely disabled child when he suspended payment to him of disability living allowance once he had been an in-patient in an NHS hospital for more than 84 weeks.’

WLR Daily, 8th July 2015

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Royal Household will fall in sights of £100m child sex abuse inquiry – Daily Telegraph

‘The child sex abuse inquiry is set to last five years and cost up to £100 million, it has been confirmed, as it emerged the Royal Household will not be exempt from scrutiny over paedophile allegations.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th July 2015

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Jails and universities obliged to prevent radicalisation as new act becomes law – The Guardian

‘Local authorities, prisons, NHS trusts, schools, universities and further education institutions will this week be placed under a new statutory duty to prevent extremist radicalisation taking place within their walls.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2015

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Ronayne v Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – WLR Daily

Ronayne v Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: [2015] EWCA Civ 588; [2015] WLR (D) 263

‘Where a claimant alleged that he suffered psychiatric injury as a secondary party caused by observing in a hospital setting the consequences of clinical negligence, the court was to take into account the fact that a visitor to a hospital would expect to see patients connected to machines and drips and things they would not like to see, was necessarily to a certain degree conditioned as to what to expect and was likely to be warned by medical staff of an impending encounter likely to prove more than ordinarily distressing. Whether an event was “horrifying” for the purposes of such a claim was to be judged by objective standards and by reference to ordinary susceptibility.’

WLR Daily, 17th June 0215

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New immigration rules will cost the NHS millions, warns nursing union – The Guardian

Posted June 22nd, 2015 in deportation, hospitals, immigration, news, nurses, remuneration, statistics by tracey

‘New immigration rules that will mean lower-earning non-EU workers being deported will exacerbate the shortage of nurses in the UK and cost the NHS tens of millions in recruitment, the government has been warned by nursing leaders.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2015

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Hundreds of new female genital mutilation cases in West Midlands – BBC News

Posted June 22nd, 2015 in female genital mutilation, hospitals, news, police, statistics by tracey

‘More than 600 new victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) have been identified in seven months in the West Midlands.’

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BBC News, 22nd June 2015

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Stepping Hill hospital deaths: Nurse Victorino Chua launches appeal – BBC News

Posted June 17th, 2015 in grievous bodily harm, hospitals, murder, news, nurses, sentencing by sally

‘A nurse convicted of murdering two patients at the hospital where he worked has launched an appeal against his conviction.’

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BBC News, 16th June 2015

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Brain-injured man’s family fights to continue NHS medical treatment – The Guardian

Posted June 12th, 2015 in disabled persons, hospitals, medical treatment, news by sally

‘The family of a man said to be in a state of “low awareness” after sustaining a brain injury have launched a legal fight to prevent a health trust from halting treatment that is keeping him alive. The patient, in his 40s, is being treated in a hospital intensive care unit. Specialist doctors say it is very unlikely that he will regain any level of consciousness.’

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The Guardian, 11th June 2015

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Connolly v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust [2015] EWHC 1339 (QB) and Buswell v Symes [2015] EWHC 1379 (QB) – Zenith PI Blog

‘Multiple witness statements and credibility of witnesses.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 4th June 2015

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NHS patient safety fears as health watchdog scraps staffing guidelines – The Guardian

Posted June 5th, 2015 in budgets, health & safety, hospitals, news, ombudsmen, quality assurance, standards by tracey

‘The NHS has been accused of backtracking on improvements to patient safety brought in after the Mid Staffordshire hospital scandal in an effort to tackle its escalating financial problems. The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) watchdog has unexpectedly scrapped work to set out how many nurses are needed in different parts of hospitals to ensure safe patient care.’

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The Guardian, 4th June 2015

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Oliver Sargent death: Safeguarding opportunities missed – BBC News

‘Health professionals missed “several opportunities” to safeguard an 11-month-old boy before he died of a skull fracture inflicted by his father, a serious case review has found.’

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BBC News, 2nd June 2015

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No prosecution for police involved in death of man in psychiatric care – The Guardian

‘Prosecutors have decided not to take action against police involved in the death in 2010 of a man who was restrained by officers at a psychiatric hospital.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2015

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Security officer found guilty of trying to sell photos of Ian Brady to NoW – The Guardian

‘Alan Hagan, 48, was found guilty of committing misconduct in public office over his dealings with the defunct newspaper’s then crime reporter Lucy Panton in 2008, while he worked at Ashworth hospital in Merseyside.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2015

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Father forced to fight hospital in courts to keep son alive spends funeral cash on lawyers – Daily Telegraph

‘Man uses money for teenage son’s funeral to pay for lawyers to argue at Court of Protection doctors should continue giving him chemotherapy.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th May 2015

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Too many are dying without dignity, health ombudsman warns – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 20th, 2015 in hospitals, medical treatment, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s report found ‘tragic’ cases of patients spending their last days in ‘unnecessary pain’.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th May 2015

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Boy who suffered brain damage due to Harrogate hospital failings to get £10m – The Guardian

Posted May 15th, 2015 in birth, compensation, hospitals, negligence, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘A six-year-old boy with cerebral palsy is to receive a £10m care and rehabilitation package from Harrogate and district NHS foundation trust after it admitted failing to provide proper care during his birth that resulted in devastating neurological injuries.’

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The Guardian, 14th 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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Brain damaged boy awarded £13m payout from Walsall Manor Hospital – BBC News

Posted May 12th, 2015 in birth, compensation, duty of care, hospitals, news by tracey

‘A boy who suffered brain damage at birth has been awarded a £13m-compensation package. The 11-year-old will always have the mind of a six-year-old after his abnormally low sugar levels were not treated, following his birth at Walsall Manor Hospital, West Midlands, in 2003.’

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BBC News, 12th May 2015

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