Patient funding request for life-saving treatment – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 26th, 2022 in cancer, judicial review, medical treatment, news, Wales by sally

‘The case of R (on the application of Wallpott) v Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board [2021] EWHC 3291 (Admin) [2022] ACD 27 involved a challenge to a refusal to fund potentially life-saving medical treatment. It concerned Maria Wallpott, a 50-year-old woman with a rare form of appendix cancer. Ms Wallpott’s clinicians had recommended that she undergo cytoreductive surgery with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (CRS with HIPEC). This treatment, involving the surgical removal of visible tumour and flushing with a heated chemotherapy agent, was not routinely available in Wales, in contrast to England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. An individual patient funding request (IPFR) was therefore made by Ms Wallpott’s doctor to the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee (WHSSC), which acted on behalf of the local health board. A WHSSC panel refused the request and maintained its decision on review.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th May 2022

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Families win BBC payouts over 11 asbestos cancer deaths – The Guardian

‘The BBC has paid £1.64m in damages over the deaths of 11 former staff who died from cancer after working in corporation buildings riddled with asbestos, the Observer can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2022

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Mum diagnosed with cancer has ‘no case’ for surgery on the NHS, court hears – The Independent

Posted December 3rd, 2021 in cancer, medical treatment, news, Wales by tracey

‘A 50-year-old mother-of-two diagnosed with a rare form of cancer has “no case” for asking the NHS to pay for her potentially life-saving surgery, lawyers on behalf of a Welsh health board have said.’

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The Independent, 2nd December 2021

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BBC sued for set builder’s death in claim over asbestos – The Guardian

Posted September 20th, 2021 in asbestos, BBC, bereavement, cancer, damages, families, health & safety, industrial injuries, news by tracey

‘The BBC is being sued over the death of a set builder who contracted asbestos-related cancer while working on high-profile dramas including Doctor Who. Richard Evans’s widow, Valerie, is seeking damages from the corporation after it admitted in the high court that it had exposed him to asbestos during his 23 years making and painting sets.’

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The Guardian, 19th September 2021

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Worcestershire NHS managers knew cancers missed due to X-ray backlog – BBC News

‘Senior managers at an NHS trust knew up to 30 cancers may have gone undetected two years before an official probe into a backlog of thousands of X-rays. Three lung cancers were missed at Worcestershire hospitals NHS Trust, a sample check of results in 2014 found.’

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BBC News, 27th August 2021

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Disgraced surgeon Ian Paterson makes bid to appeal his conviction – The Independent

Posted August 16th, 2021 in appeals, cancer, doctors, medical treatment, news, wounding by tracey

‘Disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson has launched a bid to have his conviction for putting women through unnecessary surgery overturned, in a move that has left victims devastated.’

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The Independent, 14th August 2021

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Iddon v Warner: a finding of fundamental dishonesty in a clinical negligence case – Parklane Plowden

Posted April 16th, 2021 in cancer, chambers articles, damages, deceit, doctors, negligence, news by sally

‘The Claimant brought a claim for damages against her General Practitioner for a missed diagnosis of breast cancer. As a result of the negligence, the Claimant had to undergo a mastectomy and axillary dissection, which would otherwise have been unnecessary. The Claimant argued that these treatments had left her with incapacitating chronic pain. The Defendant admitted breach of duty and causation, but contended that her claim should be dismissed because she had been fundamentally dishonest in relation to the claim.’

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Parklane Plowden, 1st April 2021

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“Lost years claims”: a rare re-opening following determination on damages – 3PB

‘This was a Court of Appeal decision following a hearing in December 2020. The parties to the Claim were the estate of the late Appellant, Michael Head and his former employer the Culver Heating Company Limited as Respondent.’

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3PB, 2nd March 2021

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Widow sues NHS over deaf husband’s ‘diabolical’ care – The Guardian

‘A woman is taking legal action against an NHS trust over the “diabolical” and discriminatory treatment of her profoundly deaf husband, who died of cancer in May last year.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2021

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Surgeons fear wave of lawsuits over delays to cancer treatment – The Guardian

Posted March 8th, 2021 in cancer, compensation, coronavirus, delay, doctors, hospitals, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘The NHS is facing what doctors fear is “a legal storm” of claims for compensation from patients who could not get cancer treatment during the pandemic. Leading cancer surgeons are warning that patients who could not have surgery at the planned time, or a scan, or see their GP because of Covid-related disruption to services may sue if their cancer subsequently spread.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2021

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Successful insurers’ A1P1 claim concerning benefits reimbursement in asbestos claims – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R (o.t.a of Aviva & Swiss Re) v. Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2020] EWHC 3118 (Admin). At first sight, a rather abstruse dispute, but the 63 page judgment of Henshaw J gives rise to a host of important and difficult human rights points. But his central conclusion is that a statute which was not challengeable at the time of its enactment became so, because of the subsequent evolution of the law, principally common law, to the detriment of insurers.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th November 2020

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Land-use Conflict – Supreme Court Rules on the Discharge of Restrictive Covenants: Alexander Devine Children’s Cancer Trust v Housing Solutions Ltd [2020] UKSC 45 – 39 Essex Chambers

‘The appeal in Alexander Devine Children’s Cancer Trust v Housing Solutions Ltd [2020] UKSC 45 was the first time that either the Supreme Court or the House of Lords had considered the Upper Tribunal’s power to discharge or modify restrictive covenants affecting land under section 84 of the Law of Property Act 1925. The case confirms important principles affecting the interplay between private law property rights, planning and land use. Lord Burrows, giving the only substantive judgment of the Supreme Court, agreed with the Court of Appeal that the Upper Tribunal’s decision was wrong, but disagreed in a number of important respects with the speech of Sales LJ (as he then was) in the Court of Appeal ([2018] EWCA Civ 2679). For a number of reasons, it is likely that we shall be reading and re-reading this Supreme Court decision for many years to come.’

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39 Essex Chambers, 9th November 2020

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Capacity and Serious Medical Treatment – Pump Court Chambers

‘This case concerned a young woman, K, who was assessed to lack capacity. K was diagnosed with cancer. The proposed treatment was “complex”, “intrusive” and was described as a “life-altering complexion”.’

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Pump Court Chambers, 6th August 2020

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Case Preview: Equitas Insurance Ltd v Municipal Mutual Insurance Ltd – UKSC Blog

Posted July 7th, 2020 in cancer, employment, industrial injuries, insurance, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘In this case preview, Neil Beighton, Simon Kilgour, Diane Jerry and Sarah Day, who all work within the CMS Insurance and Reinsurance Group, discuss the appeal due to be heard this week by the UK Supreme Court in this matter of Equitas Insurance Ltd v Municipal Mutual Insurance Ltd.’

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UKSC Blog, 6th July 2020

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Capacity to consent to chemotherapy? – UK Human Rights Law Blog

Posted July 2nd, 2020 in cancer, consent, Court of Protection, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘University Hospital and Warwickshire NHS Trust v K and another [2020] EWCOP 31, This case is a timely illustration of the unenviable task faced by judges, doctors and mental health professionals during Lockdown.

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UK Human Rights Law Blog, 1st July 2020

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Bra advert banned for claiming to ‘reduce risk of breast cancer’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 25th, 2020 in advertising, cancer, consumer protection, internet, news by sally

‘An advert for a bra has been banned for claiming it reduces the risk of breast cancer.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th June 2020

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Mesothelioma compensation scheme considered at appellate level for the first time – Hardwicke Chambers

‘The Upper Tribunal has handed down judgment in DP v Topmark Claims Management Ltd [2020] UKUT 0106 (AAC), which is the first time the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (“DMPS”) has been considered at an appellate level. It gave guidance on the scope of the scheme, as well as wider points on the nature of an appeal before the First Tier Tribunal (“FTT”) and on statutory interpretation.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 2nd June 2020

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The changing legal landscape of claiming surrogacy costs – No. 5 Chambers

‘The judgment handed down by the Supreme Court in the case of XX (Respondent) v Whittington Hospital NHS Trust (Appellant) [2020] UKSC 14, on 1 April 2020, fundamentally changed the landscape in the United Kingdom for recovering the cost of surrogacy arrangements. By a majority, it determined that a person may claim damages to fund the cost of surrogacy, both commercial in a country where it is lawful and non-commercial, using her own or donor eggs.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 4th June 2020

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Whittington Hospitals NHS Trust v XX [2020] UKSC 14 – Hailsham Chambers

Posted June 1st, 2020 in appeals, cancer, chambers articles, damages, hospitals, news, Supreme Court, surrogacy by sally

‘The dispute arose as a result of a delay, by the Trust, in diagnosing the Claimant (Respondent)’s cancer, and the infertility this caused.’

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Hailsham Chambers, 21st May 2020

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EP 110: Should the NHS be liable for commercial surrogacy expenses? – William Edis QC – Law Pod UK

‘Rosalind English discusses with William Edis QC a recent Supreme Court ruling that a woman could claim against the NHS damages that covered a commercial surrogacy arrangement that would be illegal in this country. The principle is now clear, and there is no parliamentary appetite to overturn it. You can get compensation to make a commercial surrogacy arrangements abroad, if negligence has deprived you of the ability of bearing your own children.’

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Law Pod UK, 1st May 2020

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