Anorexic woman’s death prompted independent review – BBC News

‘The care of a severely anorexic woman prompted 14 recommendations for change, an inquest has heard.’

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BBC News, 14th February 2020

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Removal of life support after brain stem death held lawful – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In two related judgments, Lieven J considered an application made by a Hospital Trust to withdraw treatment from a child receiving mechanical ventilation to keep him alive and an application for anonymity on behalf of his treating clinicians. The Trust succeeded in both. The decision has been upheld by the Court of Appeal.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 14th February 2020

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Judges rule that doctors can stop providing life-support treatment to brain-damaged baby – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 14th, 2020 in appeals, birth, children, doctors, families, hospitals, medical treatment, news by sally

‘A couple who want doctors to keep treating their brain-damaged baby son have lost a Court of Appeal fight.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th February 2020

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Review launched into East Kent NHS trust after baby deaths – The Guardian

‘The government has announced an independent review into maternity services at an NHS trust where a number of babies have died.’

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The Guardian, 13th February 2020

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Fresh legal challenge threatened over changes at hospital amid claims of “unlawful” consultation – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 12th, 2020 in consultations, hospitals, judicial review, news, statutory duty by sally

‘A campaigner has threatened a fresh legal challenge after a consultation on proposed changes at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton did not include the option to maintain its accident and emergency department.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th February 2020

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Paying the price for expert shopping: Burke v Imperial Healthcare [2019] EWHC 3719 (QB) – 12 King’s Bench Walk

Posted February 11th, 2020 in disclosure, expert witnesses, hospitals, negligence, news by sally

‘The judgment of Tipples J serves as a sharp reminder to parties who seek permission to change experts that they will be expected to notify the other party of their intention in advance of the hearing. Failure to do so will impose on them a duty to make full and frank disclosure and to ensure that all material information, both as to the law and the facts, is placed before the court. It is necessary to remind the court of the general rule that a party who seeks to change experts will be permitted to do so only on condition it discloses all the written evidence obtained from the former expert. To displace this general rule, the court will need to be satisfied that there is no hint of expert shopping and no attempt to withhold relevant information. ‘

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12 King's Bench Walk, 10th February 2020

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Carol Sammut v The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust (2019, QB) – 12 King’s Bench Walk

Posted February 6th, 2020 in chambers articles, hospitals, news, personal injuries by sally

‘In Carol Sammut v The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust (2019, QB), Judge Allen, sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge dismissed the Claimant’s clinical negligence claim against the Defendant NHS Trust pursuant to section 57 Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015.’

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12 King's Bench Walk, 31st January 2020

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Sanderson v Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation [2020] EWHC 20 (QB) – Parklane Plowden Chambers

Posted February 6th, 2020 in birth, causation, hospitals, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The Claimant suffered from moderately severe cerebral palsy resulting from a short period acute brain hypoxia in the minutes preceding her delivery in February 2002.’

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Parklane Plowden Chambers, 27th January 2020

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Rogue surgeon report does not pretend there are easy answers – The Guardian

‘Report makes some sensible recommendations but critics say it could have gone further.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2020

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“Brain dead” baby – how the court decides doctors can withdraw life support – Transparency Project

Posted February 3rd, 2020 in anonymity, birth, children, doctors, families, hospitals, Islam, medical treatment, news by sally

‘In a recent case the court had to consider whether to allow a hospital to withdraw mechanical ventilation from a baby, who had been starved of oxygen during his birth and had been declared brain-stem dead by doctors, despite the objections of the baby’s parents. Such cases are always agonising for all those involved and are approached with “anxious scrutiny” by the court. Often, as in this case, there is a clash between the science espoused by the medical profession and the feelings of the parents, guided by their religious beliefs.’

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Transparency Project, 2nd February 2020

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West Suffolk Hospital staff ‘feared raising concerns’, says CQC – BBC News

Posted January 30th, 2020 in hospitals, news, reports, whistleblowers by tracey

‘Staff at a hospital accused of conducting a “witch hunt” to identify a whistleblower felt a lack of “freedom to speak up”, a report has said.’

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BBC News, 30th January 2020

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East Kent hospitals: Care watchdog inspects trust after baby death apology – BBC News

‘England’s care watchdog has carried out a no-notice inspection of an NHS trust at the centre of concerns over the possible preventable deaths of babies.’

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BBC News, 24th January 2020

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Former transgender patient will tell court that sex change clinic is putting children on ‘torturous’ path – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 23rd, 2020 in children, consent, hospitals, medical treatment, news, transgender persons by tracey

‘A former transgender patient has mounted an unprecedented legal challenge against a sex change clinic she claims is putting children on a “torturous”, “permanent” and “unnecessary path, High Court documents reveal.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd January 2020

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East Kent hospitals: Baby deaths ‘could have been prevented’ – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2020 in birth, hospitals, inquests, news, pregnancy by tracey

‘At least seven preventable baby deaths may have occurred at one of the largest groups of hospitals in England since 2016, a BBC investigation has found.’

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BBC News, 23rd January 2020

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NHS faces huge clinical negligence legal fees bill – BBC News

Posted January 21st, 2020 in costs, fees, hospitals, negligence, news by sally

‘The NHS in England faces paying out £4.3bn in legal fees to settle outstanding claims of clinical negligence, the BBC has learned through a Freedom of Information request.’

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BBC News, 21st January 2020

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Ep 101: Should medical claims be done differently? – Law Pod UK

Posted January 21st, 2020 in hospitals, negligence, news, podcasts by sally

‘Medical negligence experts James Badenoch QC (now retired) and David Hart QC of 1 Crown Office Row discuss some of the solutions proposed to the vast expense to the NHS of damages claims in negligence and whether any of these propositions – such as a tariff system run by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board – is feasible.’

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Law Pod UK, 20th January 2020

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Eating disorders: 12 deaths in seven years led to coroner warnings – The Guardian

Posted January 21st, 2020 in coroners, hospitals, mental health, news, suicide, young persons by sally

‘At least 12 highly vulnerable people with eating disorders have died over the last seven years after failings in care that were so severe that coroners in England and Wales issued legal warnings to hospitals to try to prevent further deaths.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2020

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Community order for hacker who stole over 10,000 files from Royal Stoke Hospital – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted January 17th, 2020 in community service, computer crime, data protection, hospitals, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A former Royal Stoke Hospital employee, who used malicious software to crack the passwords of his co-workers and access over 10,000 confidential hospital files, has been given a 12-month community order.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 16th January 2020

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NHS maternity scandal: Inquiry into baby deaths now looking at 900 cases – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 16th, 2020 in birth, hospitals, inquiries, news, pregnancy by sally

‘The inquiry into Britain’s worst maternity scandal is now reviewing 900 cases, a health minister has confirmed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th January 2020

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Union To Sue Police After Barrister Arrested At Medical University Protest – Each Other

‘A trade union is taking legal action against the Metropolitan Police after its barrister was arrested at a protest outside a medical university.’

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Each Other, 13th January 2020

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