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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More than 800 women sue NHS and manufacturers over vaginal mesh implants – The Guardian

Posted April 19th, 2017 in health, news, women by tracey

‘More than 800 women are suing the NHS and the manufacturers of vaginal mesh implants after suffering serious complications.’

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The Guardian, 18th April 2017

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UK supreme court denies tobacco firms permission for plain packaging appeal – The Guardian

Posted April 12th, 2017 in appeals, health, news, smoking, Supreme Court by sally

‘All cigarettes sold in the UK must have standardised packaging from next month after the supreme court refused permission to the tobacco industry to appeal against the new laws.’

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The Guardian, 11th April 2017

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‘Blood contamination tore my family apart’ – BBC News

Posted April 11th, 2017 in blood products, health, HIV, inquiries, medical treatment, news by sally

‘Thousands of people with haemophilia were infected with HIV and hepatitis as a result of NHS treatments in the 1970s and 80s. But their families are still seeking a public inquiry into the scandal.’

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BBC News, 10th April 2017

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How tobacco firms flout UK law on plain packaging – The Guardian

Posted April 10th, 2017 in brand names, health, news, regulations, smoking, whistleblowers by sally

‘An insider in the tobacco industry has revealed some of the unscrupulous tactics it is using to avoid new restrictions governing the marketing of cigarettes that come into force next month.’

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The Guardian, 9th April 2017

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Jeremy Lewis on NHS Applicant Whistleblowers: wider implications and mis-steps en route – Littleton Chambers

Posted April 6th, 2017 in consultations, disclosure, employment, health, news, regulations, whistleblowers by sally

‘On 20 March 2017 the Government published draft Regulations with a view to providing whistleblowing protection to applicants for NHS employment [1]. A consultation has been launched. Some two years after the publication of the report by Sir Robert Francis QC into whistleblowing in NHS, Freedom to Speak Up, the draft Regulations aim to implement the recommendation that consideration be given to outlawing discrimination against whistleblowers in recruitment by NHS employers. (Legislation giving power to make these regulations – s.49B of the Employment Rights Act 1996 – has been on the statute book since 6 May 2015).’

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Littleton Chambers, 21st March 2017

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Supreme court to consider appeal to enforce smoking ban in UK jails – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2017 in appeals, health, news, prisons, smoking, Supreme Court by sally

‘The remaining rights of prisoners to smoke inside their cells are to be challenged at the supreme court in a case which, if successful, could inflame discipline problems in prisons.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2017

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NHS whistleblowers will get compensation if blacklisted by health service – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 20th, 2017 in compensation, employment, health, news, tribunals, whistleblowers by tracey

‘NHS whistleblowers will be entitled to compensation if they are stopped from getting new jobs in the health service because of their disclosures, the government will announce.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th March 2017

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NHS data loss scandal has prompted five inquiries, ministers say – The Guardian

Posted March 14th, 2017 in data protection, disclosure, documents, health, inquiries, news by tracey

‘The NHS’s loss of more than half a million pieces of confidential medical correspondence is so serious that it has triggered five separate investigations, ministers have admitted.’

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The Guardian, 13th March 2017

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UK medicines regulator says it is ‘completely impossible’ to control illegal online pharmacies – The Independent

Posted March 13th, 2017 in health, internet, licensing, medicines, news, pharmacists by sally

‘It is “completely impossible” to control the vast numbers of unlicensed pharmacies illegally selling drugs online, the British medical regulatory agency has warned.’

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The Independent, 12th March 2017

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Torture victims in high court challenge to Home Office over detentions – The Guardian

Posted March 8th, 2017 in detention, health, human rights, judicial review, news, torture, victims by tracey

‘Seven victims of torture who have been locked up in immigration detention are at the high court, challenging as unlawful a government policy that allows some torture survivors to be imprisoned.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2017

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Mother-of-three to be forcibly deported on Jamaica charter flight – after 25 years in the UK – The Independent

Posted March 8th, 2017 in deportation, families, health, immigration, Jamaica, news, restraint by tracey

‘A mother of three whose youngest son suffers from a serious blood disorder, is to be forcibly deported to Jamaica tomorrow, despite having lived in the UK for more than 25 years.’

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The Independent, 7th March 2017

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Former NHS manager jailed for lying about his qualifications – Crown Prosecutions Service

Posted March 7th, 2017 in health, misrepresentation, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘A senior NHS boss who lied about his qualifications in order to gain jobs in the health sector has been given a two-year prison sentence at Exeter Crown Court today (6 March).’

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Crown Prosecutions Service, 6th March 2017

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NHS tainted blood scandal: scheme to compensate victims to be scaled back – The Guardian

Posted March 7th, 2017 in blood products, compensation, consultations, costs, health, news, victims by tracey

‘Government proposals aim to cut costs as ministers believe more people will develop serious health issues, pushing programme over budget.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2017

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NHS mental health trust to be prosecuted amid claims it failed to offer safe care – The Guardian

Posted March 7th, 2017 in duty of care, health, health & safety, hospitals, mental health, news by tracey

‘A mental health trust is to be the first NHS provider to be prosecuted under legislation brought in after the Mid Staffs scandal.’

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The Guardian, 6th 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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NHS misplaced half a million patient documents – BBC News

Posted February 27th, 2017 in contracting out, documents, health, medical records, news, postal service by tracey

‘Thousands of NHS patients may have come to harm because of an administrative mix-up, says NHS England. Some 500,000 documents containing medical information, including cancer test results, were mistakenly put in storage rather than being sent to the GP or filed in the patients’ records.’

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BBC News, 27th February 2017

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Government faces judicial review challenge over contaminated blood payments – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 20th, 2017 in blood products, damages, health, HIV, judicial review, news by sally

‘The Government is being taken to judicial review over alleged discrimination in its payment scheme for people living with HIV and the Hepatitis C virus.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th February 2017

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NHS hasn’t improved enough since Mid Staffs, says inquiry lawyer – The Guardian

Posted February 13th, 2017 in health, news, statistics by sally

‘Current conditions in the NHS ”sound familiar” to those that existed during the Mid Staffordshire scandal, according to the lawyer who chaired the inquiry into the hospital trust.’

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The Guardian, 12th February 2017

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