Epileptic teenager died in police custody after officers failed to notice seizures on CCTV, report finds – The Independent

‘A young father died after police failed to notice him having three epileptic seizures in custody, it has emerged.

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The Independent, 8th August 2014

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Whiplash assessment report fees cut to tackle fake claims – BBC News

‘Medical assessment fees for people who claim they have suffered whiplash are to be cut in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 3rd August 2014

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Judge rules seriously ill boy, 13, can be treated against mothers beliefs – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 31st, 2014 in children, medical treatment, news by michael

‘A seriously ill teenager can be treated with blood products even though his mother is unable to consent because of her religious beliefs, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th July 2014

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Care in custody failings – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 21st, 2014 in detention, immigration, inquests, medical treatment, news by sally

‘Last week, a jury at the inquest into the death of American tourist Brian Dalrymple, who died after being detained at the Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre (pictured), delivered a verdict of ‘natural causes contributed to by neglect’. The jury’s verdict amounted to a finding that there were gross failures in the medical care Brian received which caused or contributed to his death.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 21st July 2014

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Parents of severely ill toddler threatening ‘legal action to keep her alive’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 9th, 2014 in children, hospitals, medical treatment, news, parental rights by sally

‘The parents of Amelia Rose claim a hospital ethics committee ruled staff can refuse to send the 23-month-old to the intensive care unit if her condition deteriorates.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th July 2014

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MMR vaccine: lawyers sued for pursuing claim based on link to autism – The Guardian

Posted June 26th, 2014 in autism, class actions, law firms, medical treatment, negligence, news, time limits by sally

‘A man is suing his former legal team for pursuing “hopeless claims” based on flawed research into the MMR vaccine, it has emerged.’

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The Guardian, 26th June 2014

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Do Not Resuscitate notices: Patients’ rights under Article 8 – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Court of Appeal has declared that the failure of a hospital to consult a patient in their decision to insert a Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Notice in her notes was unlawful and in breach of her right to have her physical integrity and autonomy protected under Article 8.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 17th June 2014

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Our advance directives about how we should die should be respected – Court of Protection – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 3rd, 2014 in Court of Protection, human rights, medical treatment, news by sally

‘In a careful and humane judgment, the Court of Protection has demonstrated that the law is capable of overlooking the stringent requirements of the conditions governing advance directives, and stressed that a “holistic” view of the patients’ wishes and feelings must be adopted, if those point to the withdrawal of life saving treatment.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 2nd June 2014

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Care for teenage karate champion so bad it ‘breached human rights’, coroner rules – Daily Telegraph

‘Dana Baker, who represented Great Britain in karate, killed herself after “serious and systematic failings” in her care by a council that was too busy and overworked to help her.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th May 2014

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High Court to make landmark ruling on whether to allow brain damaged man to die – The Independent

Posted May 15th, 2014 in assisted suicide, disabled persons, euthanasia, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘A High Court judge will decide this week whether doctors should stop feeding a brain damaged man and allow him to die.’

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The Independent, 14th May 2014

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Respecting offender’s blood refusal ‘correct’ – BBC News

Posted May 7th, 2014 in blood products, consent, doctors, medical treatment, mental health, news by sally

‘A doctor was right not to administer a blood transfusion to a mentally-ill sex offender refusing it on religious grounds, a High Court judge has said.’

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BBC News, 6th May 2014

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‘Do not resuscitate’ orders are failing patients, judges told – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 7th, 2014 in consent, hospitals, human rights, medical records, medical treatment, news by sally

‘Human rights watchdog joins family of patient in attempt to clarify rules over whether doctors must consult the seriously ill before deciding whether to resuscitate them.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th May 2014

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Gulf War soldier takes on MoD over vaccines – BBC News

Posted May 6th, 2014 in armed forces, legal aid, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘A soldier has won legal aid in his fight to find out what the Ministry of Defence knew of the health risks of the vaccinations given to troops ahead of the first Gulf War.’

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BBC News, 3rd May 2014

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Not unlawful to refuse egg freezing therapy for Crohn’s sufferer – UK Human Rights Blog

‘There are times when individual need comes up against the inflexible principles of the law and the outcome seems unjustifiably harsh. This is just such a case – where a relatively modest claim based on individual clinical need was refused with no breach of public law principles. As it happens, since the Court rejected her case, the the young woman concerned has been offered private support for the therapy she was seeking. The case is nevertheless an interesting illustration of the sometimes difficult “fit” between principles of public law and the policy decisions behind the allocation of NHS resources.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th April 2014

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Woman woke up on operating table as surgeons prepared to remove appendix – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 16th, 2014 in damages, hospitals, medical treatment, news, psychiatric damage by tracey

‘A woman who woke up on the operating table as surgeons prepared to remove her appendix but was unable to scream out, has won damages from the hospital responsible for the anaesthetic error.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th April 2014

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Irascible does not mean incapable – Court of Protection – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 11th, 2014 in community care, medical treatment, news by sally

‘This was a case about determination of mental capacity, which both judge and counsel described as “particularly difficult and finely balanced”. The judge was confronted with a great deal of conflicting evidence about the capabilities of the individual in question, but concluded in the end that’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th April 2014

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Bone marrow disorder appeal fails – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 2nd, 2014 in appeals, consent, duty of care, medical treatment, medicines, news, standards by sally

‘This was an appeal against the finding by HHJ Robinson, sitting as a High Court Judge, that there was no duty of care owed to the appellant in respect of his rare genetic disorder ([2013] EWHC 469 (QB), [2013] Med. L.R. 191). See my previous post for the factual and medical background of the claim. Briefly, the appellant suffered from a rare genetic version of the platelet insufficiency disorder, aplastic anemia (AA), the disorder in question being known as Dyskeratosis Congenita (“DC”).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st April 2014

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Court of Protection: NHS Trust asks judge to rule on hysterectomy for woman with serious mental health condition – The Independent

Posted April 1st, 2014 in consent, Court of Protection, health, medical treatment, mental health, news by sally

‘A woman with a serious mental health condition should undergo a hysterectomy after being handcuffed and escorted by four guards to the operating table, an NHS Trust told a High Court Judge on Monday.’

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The Independent, 31st March 2014

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Yarl’s Wood death: Woman, 40, dies of heart attack at controversial immigration centre – The Independent

‘Police were on Sunday investigating the sudden death of a 40-year-old woman at a controversial immigration detention centre where Mauritian A-Level student Yashika Bageerathi is currently awaiting deportation.’

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The Independent, 30th March 2014

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FGM: Top gynaecologist hits out at ‘political’ prosecution for female genital mutilation – The Independent

‘Has the DPP picked the right target for a landmark legal case against a barbaric medical practice? Jeremy Laurance talks to Dr Katrina Erskine.’

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The Independent, 24th March 2014

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