High Court backs NHS decision to stop funding homeopathy – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 6th, 2018 in budgets, consultations, health, medical treatment, news, reports by tracey

‘A decision to stop NHS funding for homeopathy has been upheld by a High Court judge. The British Homeopathic Association (BHA) brought a legal challenge against NHS England’s decision, made in November last year, to stop paying the £92,000 annual cost of homeopathic remedies. But, following a four-day hearing in London in May, Mr Justice Supperstone dismissed the BHA’s case in a ruling on Tuesday.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th June 2018

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Junk food deals and adverts face fresh restrictions – The Guardian

Posted June 4th, 2018 in advertising, children, food, health, news by sally

‘Two-for-one junk food deals and the sale of sweets and chocolates around supermarket checkouts will reportedly be banned under a new government campaign against child obesity.’

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The Guardian, 1st June 2018

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Campaign group in legal action over changes to local hospital services – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 30th, 2018 in consultations, health, hospitals, news by sally

‘Campaigners in the North East have applied for a judicial review of a decision by two clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to approve the removal of certain services from a local hospital.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th May 2018

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“Victory for product innovation” after High Court rejects group hip replacement implant claim – Litigation Futures

Posted May 23rd, 2018 in class actions, consumer protection, health, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘The High Court yesterday rejected a group action claiming that a “metal on metal” (MoM) hip replacement implant was defective under the Consumer Protection Act 1987.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd May 2018

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Patients lose hip replacement court case – BBC News

Posted May 22nd, 2018 in compensation, consumer protection, health, medical treatment, news by sally

‘Hundreds of patients have lost the first round of a legal battle for compensation at the High Court over allegedly “defective” hip implants.’

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BBC News, 21st May 2018

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NHS England faces first legal challenge to plans for health shake-up – The Guardian

Posted April 24th, 2018 in budgets, health, hospitals, illegality, judicial review, news by sally

‘NHS England faces a legal challenge to its plans to overhaul how the health service operates, which critics say are unlawful and could lead to patients being denied treatment.’

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The Guardian, 23rd April 2018

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Parents facing ‘unfair child abuse claims’ over bruising – BBC News

Posted April 24th, 2018 in child abuse, children, health, news, parental rights, social services by sally

‘Parents are being investigated for possible child abuse because of the misinterpretation of guidelines on bruising in babies, it’s claimed.’

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BBC News, 24th April 2018

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Daryll Rowe jailed for infecting men with HIV – BBC News

Posted April 19th, 2018 in grievous bodily harm, health, HIV, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who said he was “riddled” with HIV and convicted of trying to infect 10 men has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 12 years.’

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BBC News, 18th April 2018

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Violist wins against Royal Opera House for hearing loss – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The ROH has been found liable for failing to protect the hearing of its musicians and for causing acoustic shock to former viola player Chris Goldscheider. This is the first time a musical institution has been found responsible for damage to the hearing of musicians, and the first time that acoustic shock as been recognised as an injury sounding in damages.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 2nd April 2018

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The ‘reasonable citizen’ — Sergei Skripal – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In Secretary of State for the Home Department v Sergei Skripal [2018] EWCOP 6, Mr Justice Williams made a best interests decision that blood samples could be taken by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons from Sergei and Yulia Skirpal in order that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OCPW) could undertake their own analysis to find evidence of possible nerve agents. Both Sergei and Yulia were and remain unconscious and in a critical condition, and were unable to consent to such blood samples being taken.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th March 2018

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Sensitisation to allergy is physical injury – Supreme Court – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Dryden and Others v Johnson Matthey [2018] UKSC 18. We are all made of stuff, and that stuff is not inert because it’s organic matter. Changes at the molecular level happen all the time, through cell death and replenishment, growth and the constant attrition caused by cosmic radiation on our DNA. Other changes are wrought by the environment or other organisms. Some changes are beneficial, even life saving, such as the removal of an appendix or the insertion of a pacemaker. The production of antibodies by vaccination have eradicated many diseases. Most of the time the body manages this itself. Every time certain cells in the blood encounter a foreign invader, they recruit the immune system to come up with a focussed weapon. This is an antibody, which lies dormant until the threat (the antigen) arises again. Antibodies are good things to have around until they’re provoked by enemies akin to the ones that created them, whereupon the body produces an allergic reaction to get rid of the toxin/allergen.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd March 2018

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NHS trust fined £2m for Connor Sparrowhawk and Teresa Colvin deaths – The Guardian

Posted March 27th, 2018 in fines, health, health & safety, mental health, news by tracey

‘An NHS trust has been fined a record £2m after admitting “systemic failures” following the deaths of two vulnerable patients. Southern Health pleaded guilty last year to breaching health and safety laws following the deaths of Teresa Colvin and Connor Sparrowhawk, an epileptic teenager with autism who drowned in a bath at an NHS care unit.’

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The Guardian, 26th March 2018

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Spire Healthcare Ltd v Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Plc [2018] EWCA Civ 317 – 4 New Square

Posted March 20th, 2018 in appeals, health, insurance, news by sally

‘In Spire Healthcare, the Court of Appeal (Sir Geoffrey Vos and Simon LJ) heard an appeal to determine whether the policy of combined liability insurance aggregated the limits of cover. Graham Eklund QC of 4 New Square successfully represented Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance plc. The Court’s decision is considered by Ben Smiley of 4 New Square.’

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4 New Square, 9th March 2018

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Saunders v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2018] EWHC 343 (QB) – Zenith Chambers

Posted March 20th, 2018 in burden of proof, expert witnesses, health, negligence, news by sally

‘Burdens of proof, res ipsa loquitur and experts’ joint statements: Saunders v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2018] EWHC 343 (QB).’

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Zenith Chambers, 6th March 2018

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Big win for NHS Resolution in test cases on pre-LASPO funding switches – Litigation Futures

Posted March 19th, 2018 in appeals, fees, health, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has found for NHS Resolution (NHSR) in three test cases over the reasonableness of solicitors switching clients from legal aid to conditional fee agreements (CFAs) ahead of the introduction of LASPO.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th March 2018

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Branded medicines face new NHS cost controls – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 14th, 2018 in health, medicines, news by sally

‘Manufacturers of branded medicines face new statutory controls on the cost of their drugs to the NHS in the UK from 1 April.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th March 2018

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Legal bar for convicting healthcare professionals of manslaughter is ‘too low’, medical organisation warns – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 13th, 2018 in burden of proof, doctors, health, homicide, negligence, news, nurses by sally

‘The legal bar for convicting healthcare professionals of manslaughter is currently “too low”, a medical defence organisation has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th March 2018

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Ombudsman upholds 80% of complaints about Education and Health Care Plans – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 12th, 2018 in complaints, health, news, ombudsmen, reports, special educational needs by sally

‘The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman is upholding about 80% of complaints it investigates about Education and Health Care Plans (EHCPs), it has been revealed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th March 2018

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CQC: Access to mental health care for children and young people at a ‘crisis point’ – Family Law

Posted March 12th, 2018 in children, health, mental health, news, reports, young persons by sally

‘The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has said UK health care, education and other public services are failing children and young people regarding their access to mental health services – arguing young people are at a ‘crisis point’ when it comes to mental health support. In light of its findings the CQC has made recommendations for the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on how they can best ensure support.’

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Family Law, 9th March 2018

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Withdrawn But Not Forgotten? – Effect Of A Withdrawn Part 36 Offer – Ballard v Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust [2018] EWHC 370 (QB) – Zenith PI

Posted March 5th, 2018 in appeals, costs, health, news, part 36 offers, personal injuries, rescission by tracey

‘In Ballard v Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust [2018] EWHC 370 (QB) Mr Justice Foskett had to consider the issue of what costs consequences, if any, should follow from the claimant’s failure to beat a Part 36 offer which had been withdrawn, the defendant having gone on to make a second, lower, offer.’

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Zenith PI, 1st March 2018

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