Heart surgeon spared jail for molesting women after judge says it may be in public interest for him to operate again – Daily Telegraph

‘A world-renowned heart surgeon has been spared jail for molesting two women after a judge said it may be in the public interest for him to operate again.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th June 2017

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General Medical Council v Jagjivan and another – WLR Daily

Posted June 7th, 2017 in doctors, jurisdiction, law reports, tribunals by sally

General Medical Council v Jagjivan and another [2017] EWHC 1247 (Admin)

‘Where, at the conclusion of a hearing by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal, a direction under section 35D of the Medical Act 1983 has not been given, on the ordinary wording of section 40A(1)(d) of the Act the tribunal has made a decision not to give a direction under section 35D. Accordingly, where the tribunal has made such a decision, the General Medical Council has jurisdiction to appeal, pursuant to section 40A, against that decision. The words “after determining that the person’s fitness to practise is impaired” are not present at the end of section 40A(1)(d) and do not require to be read into that subsection. Moreover, it would be anomalous if the General Medical Council’s right of appeal were confined to cases where the tribunal had made a finding of impairment or imposed some sanction, and no regard could be had to an erroneous failure by the tribunal to find an impairment of fitness to practise (paras 27, 32).’

WLR Daily, 26th May 2017

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Breast surgeon Ian Paterson jailed for 15 years for carrying out needless operations – The Guardian

Posted June 1st, 2017 in compensation, conspiracy, doctors, health, insurance, news, sentencing, wounding by sally

‘Victims of a rogue breast surgeon who left hundreds of patients disfigured after carrying out needless operations have called for “co-conspirators” to be held to account, accusing them of turning a blind eye to the malpractice.’

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The Guardian, 31st May 2017

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What can reasonably be expected of junior doctors – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 23rd, 2017 in appeals, doctors, negligence, news by tracey

‘FB v. Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 334, 12 May 2017, Court of Appeal. FB fell ill with meningitis when she was just one. The illness was diagnosed too late, and she suffered brain damage. This appeal was against the judge’s dismissal of the claim against the hospital, where she was seen, some time before she was admitted and the infection treated. All agreed that avoiding the time between being seen and being admitted could have led to the brain damage being avoided.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd may 2017

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Duty of Care Owned by Junior Doctors: Important Court of Appeal Decision – Zenith PI Blog

Posted May 15th, 2017 in appeals, doctors, duty of care, medical treatment, negligence, news, standards by sally

‘In the decision today is FB -v- Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 334 the Court of Appeal made important observations about the duty of care owed by junior doctors.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 12th May 2017

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‘Poor vision’ surgeon who removed woman’s ovary instead of appendix struck off – Daily Telegraph

‘A senior surgeon with “poor vision” accidentally removed a woman’s ovary instead of her appendix and then told bosses it was a “trifling error”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th May 2017

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Private patients to miss out on compensation from God complex breast surgeon as Spire and union refuse to cover costs – Daily Telegraph

‘Hundreds of private patients of Ian Paterson, the rogue breast surgeon facing jail for mutilating women, may be denied compensation due to a legal loophole.

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Daily Telegraph, 29th April 2017

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Doctors’ body urges government to aim high with fixed-fee cap for clinical negligence cases – Litigation Futures

Posted April 25th, 2017 in consultations, costs, doctors, fees, health, negligence, news by sally

‘The Medical Protection Society (MPS) has called on the government to be more “bold” with its proposals to introduced fixed costs for clinical negligence cases by including cases worth up to £250,000 – 10 times the proposed limit.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th April 2017

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Medic suspended for ‘dishonesty’ over Ebola temperature – BBC News

Posted March 31st, 2017 in disciplinary procedures, doctors, news by tracey

‘A doctor who misled other medics about Pauline Cafferkey – a nurse who developed the Ebola virus – has been suspended from practising for a month.’

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BBC News, 30th March 2017

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Paediatrician Jonathan Walsh jailed over child sex images – BBC News

‘A paediatrician who used “military-grade” software to cover his tracks has been jailed for three years for having and sharing child sex images.’

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BBC News, 20th March 2017

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CQC warns online doctor services may pose risk to public – The Guardian

Posted March 3rd, 2017 in consumer protection, doctors, internet, news by tracey

‘Patients could be at risk from online companies offering doctors’ services, the Care Quality Commission has said.’

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2017

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GPs urgently examine 173 cases of patients who may have been harmed after massive NHS data loss – The Independent

Posted February 28th, 2017 in data protection, doctors, documents, health, news by tracey

‘The cases of 173 patients are being urgently examined to see if they have suffered harm after the loss of 500,000 pieces of NHS data, MPs have been told.’

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The Independent, 27th February 2017

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Girl, 5, dies of asthma attack after ‘volatile GP refused to see her because she was several minutes late’ – The Independent

Posted February 27th, 2017 in children, doctors, health, inquests, news, professional conduct, reports by tracey

‘A five-year-old girl died of an asthma attack after an “unapproachable and volatile” doctor refused to see her because she and her mother arrived a few minutes late for her appointment, the General Medical Council has found.’

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The Independent, 27th February 2017

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Police surgeon carried out ‘unacceptable’ examinations – BBC News

Posted February 24th, 2017 in complaints, doctors, inquiries, news, police by sally

‘A former police surgeon conducted “woefully or grossly” unacceptable medical examinations, an independent investigation found.’

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BBC News, 23rd February 2017

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The Judgement of Others – How Should a Disciplinary Panel Deal with the Findings of Another Professional Disciplinary Tribunal’s Decision: Analysis and Comment on Peckitt v GDC [2016] EWHC 1803 (Admin) – Drystone Chambers

Posted February 21st, 2017 in disciplinary procedures, doctors, news, nurses, professional conduct, solicitors by sally

‘What happens if a registrant is registered with two or more professional bodies and is then disciplined by one and is later disciplined by his or her other professional body? I recently appeared for the NMC, in the case of NMC v Benyu, where this situation arose. Ms Benyu was both a practising solicitor and nurse. She was struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) for the mishandling of client funds. The client had mental health issues and originally was referred to her through her work as a nurse. Following the decision of the SDT, Ms Benyu was referred to the NMC.’

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Drystone Chambers, 30th January 2017

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Court of Appeal criticises expert who failed to disclose “close connection” with defendant – Litigation Futures

Posted February 15th, 2017 in disclosure, doctors, evidence, expert witnesses, negligence, news by sally

‘A medical expert who failed to disclose that he had trained the defendant on whose behalf he was giving evidence and that they had “worked together closely for a substantial period” has been criticised by the Court of Appeal’

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Litigation Futures, 14th February 2017

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Still up in the air – is it a Bolam case or a Penney case? – Zenith PI

Posted February 10th, 2017 in cancer, doctors, negligence, news by tracey

‘In 2012 Mr Muller was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma on the sole of his left foot. The cancer had spread, despite a quick biopsy, and all secondary metastases were then removed. Fortunately, Mr Muller proceeded to receive positive six-month scans, is now clear of cancer and has maintained a normal life expectancy. All perfectly ordinary one would think – save that in 2011 a histopathologist had diagnosed the malignant melanoma as a non-malignant ulcer.’

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Zenith PI, 7th February 2017

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‘Stressed’ GP allowed to keep job despite driving home after drinking almost entire bottle of vodka at surgery – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 1st, 2017 in alcohol abuse, disciplinary procedures, doctors, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A GP who drove home after drinking almost an entire bottle of vodka at his surgery has been allowed to keep his job after medical watchdogs heard he was stressed at looking after 3,500 patients.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st January 2017

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Bogus doctor: Conrad de Souza jailed for lying again – BBC News

Posted January 13th, 2017 in doctors, fraud, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A fraudster has been sent to prison for a second time for posing as a doctor.’

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BBC News, 12th January 2017

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GP and health boss get suspended sentences for £153k fraud – BBC News

Posted December 21st, 2016 in doctors, fraud, health, news by tracey

‘A GP and a senior health manager who fraudulently invoiced the NHS for £153,600 have been sentenced.’

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BBC News, 20th December 2016

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