Maternity ‘must improve’ at baby-deaths hospital trust – BBC News

Posted August 16th, 2017 in birth, health, hospitals, inquiries, news by sally

‘Maternity services at a health trust at the centre of a baby deaths inquiry must improve, inspectors have said.’

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BBC News, 16th August 2017

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Connor Sparrowhawk death: NHS clinician admits string of failings – The Guardian

Posted August 8th, 2017 in health, inquests, mental health, news, young persons by sally

‘A consultant psychiatrist has admitted a string of failings over the death of a vulnerable teenager who drowned in a bath at an NHS care unit.’

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The Guardian, 7th August 2017

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Spice ban ‘puts prisoners and homeless at risk’ as street drug goes underground – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2017 in drug offences, health, legislation, news, statistics by sally

‘The ban on new psychoactive substances, including the “zombie drug”, spice, has served to drive the trade underground as more potent and unpredictable strains enter the market, pushed by street dealers.’

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The Guardian, 6th August 2017

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Christian magistrate in gay adoption row set for legal battle with 0NHS bosses – Daily Telegraph

‘A Christian magistrate who lost his job and then his role as an NHS director for speaking out against adoption by same-sex parents will this week sue NHS bosses claiming political correctness can prevent Christians holding public posts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th July 2017

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Optometrist who failed to spot brain condition wins appeal against conviction over boy’s death – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 31st, 2017 in appeals, children, duty of care, health, homicide, negligence, news by sally

‘An optometrist who failed to spot symptoms of a life-threatening brain condition during a routine eye test of an eight-year-old boy who later died has won an appeal against her conviction for gross negligence manslaughter.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st July 2017

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Charlie Gard’s parents end legal battle as time runs out for critically ill baby – The Guardian

Posted July 25th, 2017 in children, health, medical treatment, news by sally

‘Charlie Gard’s parents have ended their legal fight for their critically ill baby to be flown to the US for experimental treatment, saying it was too late for the process to work.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2017

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Gay men to be allowed to give blood three months after sex – The Guardian

‘Blood donation restrictions for gay men and sex workers are to be relaxed in England and Scotland under a series of equalities reforms announced by the government. Gay men will be allowed to donate blood three months after sexual intercourse instead of a year. Sex workers, who were previously banned from donating, will be subject to the same three-month rule.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2017

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Flesh-eating bug amputee who ‘slipped through A&E net’ to receive over £1m in damages – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 20th, 2017 in damages, delay, health, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘A father who lost a leg and fingers to a flesh-eating bug after he was “lost in the system” at a busy NHS hospital has won the right to million-pound damages.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th July 2017

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Contaminated blood scandal: Theresa May orders inquiry – The Guardian

Posted July 11th, 2017 in blood products, health, inquiries, news by sally

‘The government is to hold a full inquiry into how thousands of people were infected with hepatitis C and HIV following blood transfusions in the 1970s and 1980s, Downing Street has announced.’

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The Guardian, 11th July 2017

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Big pharma sues drugs watchdog over medicines price cap – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 11th, 2017 in competition, health, medicines, news by sally

‘British pharmaceutical companies are suing the NHS’s drugs watchdog in an effort to prevent drug rationing.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th July 2017

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FGM: More than 5,000 new cases in England – BBC News

Posted July 5th, 2017 in female genital mutilation, health, London, news, statistics, women by sally

‘The NHS in England recorded 5,391 new cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the past year, data reveals.’

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BBC News, 4th July 2017

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Royal Free breached UK data law in 1.6m patient deal with Google’s DeepMind – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2017 in data protection, health, hospitals, news, privacy by sally

‘London’s Royal Free hospital failed to comply with the Data Protection Act when it handed over personal data of 1.6 million patients to DeepMind, a Google subsidiary, according to the Information Commissioner’s Office.’

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2017

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Review of NHS correspondence backlog finds 1,788 cases of potential harm – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 29th, 2017 in data protection, health, news, privacy, reports by sally

‘A review of how NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) handled a huge backlog of unprocessed clinical correspondence has found 1,788 cases of potential harm to patients, the National Audit Office has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th June 2017

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Jeremy Hunt and NHS ‘delayed telling patients’ about mislaid confidential documents after private firm blunder – The Independent

Posted June 27th, 2017 in data protection, health, ministers' powers and duties, news, privacy, reports by tracey

‘Jeremy Hunt has been accused of leaving Parliament and patients in the dark after hundreds of thousands of pieces of confidential medical correspondence was discovered “languishing in a warehouse”. At least 1,700 patients may have been harmed by the major blunder, according to a new report into the incident from the National Audit Office (NAO).’

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The Independent, 27th June 2017

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Ian Paterson: Why have private patients not been compensated? – BBC News

Posted June 26th, 2017 in cancer, compensation, health, insurance, medical treatment, news, wounding by sally

‘Patients taking out private health insurance expect to get the best treatment, but what happens if things go wrong? While the NHS has paid out millions to the patients of disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson, his private patients are still seeking compensation. Why?’

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BBC News, 26th June 2017

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Medical Protection Society lays out nine-point plan for “urgent” reform of claims – Litigation Futures

Posted June 23rd, 2017 in compensation, costs, health, negligence, news, statistics by tracey

‘Medical Protection Society lays out nine-point plan for “urgent” reform of claims.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd June 2017

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Cost of NHS negligence claims likely to double by 2023, says study – The Guardian

Posted June 23rd, 2017 in compensation, costs, health, negligence, news by tracey

‘The annual cost to the NHS in England of settling clinical negligence claims is equivalent to training 6,500 doctors and is expected to double by 2023, according to the Medical Protection Society.’

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2017

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NI Abortion Refugees: further thoughts – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Was it unlawful for the Secretary of State for Health, who had power to make provisions for the functioning of the National Health Service in England, to have failed to make a provision which would have enabled women who were citizens of the UK, but who were usually resident in Northern Ireland, to undergo a termination of pregnancy under the NHS in England free of charge?’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15 June 2017

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Supreme court narrowly rejects Northern Ireland free abortions appeal – The Guardian

Posted June 15th, 2017 in abortion, appeals, costs, health, news, Northern Ireland, Supreme Court, women by sally

‘The supreme court has ruled that women from Northern Ireland are not entitled to free access to abortions on the NHS, a decision that was condemned by campaigners as a “further blow to women” from the region.’

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The Guardian, 14th June 2017

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Law Society warns of lack of legal advice in redress scheme for birth injuries – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 7th, 2017 in birth, government departments, health, Law Society, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The Law Society has told the Department of Health that its proposed rapid resolution and redress (RRR) scheme will fail to deliver its intended result of fewer severe avoidable birth injuries.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th June 2017

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