Inquiries into historical events have a troubled past: will history repeat itself?- UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 13th, 2017 in blood products, health, inquests, inquiries, legal history, news by tracey

‘The announcement of a statutory inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal may be a major step towards uncovering the truth for those affected. But an inquiry into historical events has its own unique challenges and potential pitfalls. Before it even commences, can the Government ensure the inquiry retains the confidence of victims, families and the public?’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th November 2017

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UK government sued for third time over deadly air pollution – The Guardian

‘The UK government is being sued for a third time over the widespread illegal levels of air pollution, which cause 40,000 early deaths every year.’

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The Guardian, 7th November 2017

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Government starts work on Law Commission health care and mental capacity recommendations – Law Commission

‘The Government has launched a new consultation looking at the regulation of health care professionals, based on recommendations from a 2014 report by the UK Law Commissions.’

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Law Commission, 1st November 2017

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Paralysed woman’s life-sustaining treatment ‘can end’, judge rules – BBC News

Posted October 31st, 2017 in euthanasia, families, health, medical treatment, news by sally

‘A paralysed elderly woman whose care became the focus of a family dispute can have her life-sustaining treatment discontinued, a judge has ruled.’

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BBC News, 30th October 2017

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Dentist fines: Mistakes over addresses hitting thousands – BBC News

Posted October 25th, 2017 in benefits, dentists, fines, health, medical records, mistake, news by michael

‘Many fines incorrectly imposed after dental treatment are because of mistakes over patients’ addresses, says a health watchdog.’

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BBC News, 24th October 2017

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CQC improving but must tackle issues in regulation activities: watchdog – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 20th, 2017 in auditors, community care, health, news, standards by sally

‘The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has improved as an organisation, but must overcome “some persistent issues with the timeliness of some of its regulation activities”, the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th October 2017

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Health minister rejects calls for inquiry into vaginal mesh implants – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2017 in health, medical treatment, news, parliament, women by tracey

‘Jackie Doyle-Price announces publication of new guidance but dismisses Labour demands to go further.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2017

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Government accepts Jackson’s call for CJC to seek industry agreement on low-value clin neg claims – Litigation Futures

Posted October 17th, 2017 in Civil Justice Council, costs, health, negligence, news by tracey

‘The government has accepted Lord Justice Jackson’s recommendation that the Civil Justice Council (CJC) be tasked with negotiating a new bespoke process and fixed costs regime for low-value clinical negligence claims, it emerged yesterday.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th October 2017

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Hip implant patients sue manufacturer – BBC News

Posted October 17th, 2017 in consumer protection, health, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘Hundreds of people who received allegedly faulty hip replacements are suing the manufacturer at the High Court. The hearing is thought to be one of the largest product liability group actions ever heard in the UK.’

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BBC News, 16th October 2017

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NHS data loss scandal deepens with further 162,000 files missing – The Guardian

Posted October 17th, 2017 in data protection, documents, health, hospitals, news by tracey

‘The scandal over the biggest ever loss of NHS medical correspondence has deepened with the revelation that a further 162,000 documents went missing, in addition to the 702,000 pieces of paperwork already known to have gone astray.’

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The Guardian, 16th October 2017

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Family in dispute over care of woman with brain damage – The Guardian

Posted October 17th, 2017 in euthanasia, families, health, medical treatment, mental health, news by tracey

‘A family is in dispute over the ongoing care of a woman with brain damage who had suggested she would want to die in such circumstances, a court has heard.’

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The Guardian, 16th October 2017

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Supreme Court to consider if NHS in breach over man who left A&E before triage – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 12th, 2017 in appeals, duty of care, health, hospitals, medical treatment, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal over a Court of Appeal ruling that the NHS was not in breach of its duty when a man left an accident and emergency department and subsequently suffered brain damage.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th October 2017

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Screening for protection in healthtech services – Technomed v Bluecrest – Technology Law Update

Posted October 12th, 2017 in copyright, database right, health, intellectual property, news by sally

‘A recent court decision on infringement of IP in an ECG screening service shows how components of the service qualify for different forms of protection. Reliance on less obvious IP rights can offer valuable cover for a business’s assets even in the absence of patent protection.’

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Technology Law Update, 11th September 2017

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Ex-NHS chief backs doctors’ warning over ID checks on patients – The Guardian

Posted October 11th, 2017 in charities, health, identification, news, pilot schemes, regulations by tracey

‘A former chief executive of the NHS is among 1,000 signatories to a letter to the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, warning of the risks posed by imposing identification checks and upfront charges for NHS care. School nurses, abortion services, community-based midwifery and mental health services, as well as specialist services for homeless people and asylum seekers, will be included in the new regime. Doctors say the rules will deter sick people from seeking life-saving treatment, and patients with infectious diseases could pass undetected.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2017

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NHS patients going blind and missing cancer treatments due to hospital failings, report finds – The Independent

Posted October 5th, 2017 in health, hospitals, news, quality assurance, reports by tracey

‘Patients in Cornwall died after waiting too long for heart treatment, while others were left to go blind, according to a damning report. Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found patients waiting too long for treatment and suffering harm as a result, operations being cancelled, including for cancer, patients with sepsis not receiving antibiotics in time and a sewage problem in a bathroom not being dealt with for more than three years.’

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The Independent, 5th October 2017

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Calls for public inquiry as £37m compensation agreed for victims of rogue surgeon Ian Paterson – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 28th, 2017 in compensation, doctors, health, inquiries, medical treatment, negligence, news, victims by sally

‘Victims of rogue cancer surgeon Ian Paterson yesterday called for a public inquiry into the regulation of private doctors as a High Court judge approved a £37 million compensation package for hundreds of people who suffered at his hands.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th September 2017

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Medical experts ‘complicit’ over epilepsy drug which caused deformities – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 27th, 2017 in disabled persons, health, medicines, news, pregnancy by tracey

‘Medical experts were “complicit” in allowing thousands of children to suffer deformity after resisting warnings on epilepsy drugs, campaigners have said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th September 2017

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Contaminated blood scandal: Victims win right to seek damages after thousands infected in 1970s and 80s – The Independent

‘Victims of the contaminated blood scandal in the 1970s and 80s have won the right to launch a High Court action for damages.’

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The Independent, 26th September 2017

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Ofsted reports on the inspection of services for children living with domestic abuse – Family Law

‘Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, and HM Inspectorate of Probation have published a report examining the multi-agency response to children living with domestic abuse, along with inspections of local area services.’

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Family Law, 20th September 2017

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Ian Paterson: Spire Healthcare to pay out £27.2m to victims of rogue breast surgeon – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 14th, 2017 in compensation, health, insurance, medical treatment, news, victims by tracey

‘Hundreds of NHS patients who suffered at the hands of rogue cancer surgeon Ian Paterson will have been paid more in compensation for their trauma than his private patients, it has emerged. Around 750 private patients operated on by the disgraced surgeon will receive a total of £37.2 million for the physical and psychological pain they suffered undergoing unnecessary treatment, it was announced yesterday.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th September 2017

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