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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Judge warns of ‘blood on our hands’ if suicidal girl is forced out of secure care – The Guardian

‘The nation will have “blood on its hands” if an NHS hospital bed cannot be found within days for a teenage girl who is at acute risk of taking her own life, according to the UK’s most senior family judge.’

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The Guardian, 3rd August 2017

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NHS victims face spending all their damages on lawyers – new report – Daily Telegraph

‘Victims of NHS blunders face spending all their compensation on lawyers fees, following a proposed Government shake-down of legal costs, experts have warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st July 2017

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Negligent hospitals to get free pass at inquests under costs cap – warning – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 31st, 2017 in compensation, coroners, costs, hospitals, inquests, negligence, news by sally

‘NHS hospitals responsible for patient deaths will get a free pass at inquests under Government proposals to cap legal costs, the lawyer for victims of the Bristol heart scandal has warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th July 2017

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Charlie Gard: the wider implications – Law & Religion UK

Posted July 28th, 2017 in children, consent, hospitals, medical treatment, news, parental rights by tracey

‘Whilst L&RUK has been following the recent Charlie Gard case, we have not reported on the developments; the issues are beyond our remit and the medical aspects are outside our expertise. Nevertheless, the circumstances surrounding the case have raised a number of wider, more general issues, and these are considered in the following discussion.’

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Law & Religion UK, 28th July 2017

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Blunders behind NHS baby deaths risk cover-ups under new plans – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 28th, 2017 in birth, costs, fees, hospitals, negligence, news by tracey

‘NHS blunders which leave babies stillborn will be brushed under the carpet under government plans to limit legal fees, safety campaigners have warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th July 2017

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The end of a chapter – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 26th, 2017 in children, consent, hospitals, medical treatment, news, parental rights by sally

‘“A lot of things have been said, particularly in recent days, by those who know almost nothing about this case but who feel entitled to express opinions. Many opinions have been expressed based on feelings rather than facts.”

So said Francis J, when dealing with an unusual application by Great Ormond Street Hospital (Gosh) asking for an order, rather than a declaration, that Charlie Gard should be allowed to slip away quietly. The involvement of the White House, the Vatican, the Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital in Rome and Dr. Hirano and the associated medical centre in the USA in this story demonstrates the fact that a mere declaration carries too much ambiguity to allow the hospital staff to do what the courts have approved.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th July 2017

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Judge who heard Charlie Gard case urges greater use of mediation – Local Government Lawyer

‘Mediation should be tried in all cases such as the recent dispute between Great Ormond Street Hospital and the parents of Charlie Gard, the High Court judge who heard the case has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer,25th July 2017

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Hull baby ashes inquiry: 57 parents not given ashes back – BBC News

‘Up to 57 families were not given the ashes of babies who were cremated, an investigation has found.’

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BBC News, 25th July 2017

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Charlie Gard: judge to decide on parent’s ‘last wish’ that son can die at home – The Guardian

Posted July 26th, 2017 in children, consent, hospitals, news, parental rights by sally

‘A judge will decide on Wednesday whether to grant the “last wish” of Charlie Gard’s parents and allow their son to go home to die.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2017

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Pilgrim Hospital impaled patient death: NHS fined £1m – BBC News

Posted July 20th, 2017 in compensation, costs, fines, health & safety, hospitals, news by tracey

‘A hospital has been fined £1m over the death of a patient who was impaled through his rectum on a metal physiotherapy hoist.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2017

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Cardiff NHS hospital staff lose parking tickets case – BBC News

Posted July 17th, 2017 in fines, hospitals, news, parking, Wales by tracey

‘Seventy-five members of staff at a Cardiff hospital have been left “broken” by a court ruling that means they owe thousands of pounds in parking tickets, a campaigner has said.’

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BBC News, 17th July 2017

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Record NHS negligence payouts, fuelled by maternity blunders – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 14th, 2017 in birth, damages, hospitals, negligence, news by tracey

‘The NHS paid out more than £1bn in damages for medical negligence last year – a record high, fuelled by maternity blunders, official figures show.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th July 2017

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‘Ventilator error’ killed woman at Oxford hospice – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2017 in hospitals, inquests, medical treatment, negligence, news by tracey

‘A 21-year-old woman with a rare disease died when staff at a hospice failed to replace part of her breathing tube, an inquest has heard.’

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BBC News, 12th 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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Charlie Gard’s life support will be removed after his parents lose their final appeal – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 28th, 2017 in children, consent, hospitals, human rights, news, parental rights by sally

‘Terminally ill baby Charlie Gard will be allowed to die after his parents lost their final legal bid to take him to the USA for specialist treatment.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th June 2017

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Charlie Gard given six day reprieve as European Court of Human Rights says doctors must keep sick baby alive – Daily Telegraph

‘A couple who want to take their terminally ill baby son to the USA for treatment have been given a six day reprieve as the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said that doctors must continue treating him.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th June 2017

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Hyde v Milton Keynes NHS Foundation Trust – WLR Daily

Posted June 1st, 2017 in appeals, costs, fees, hospitals, law reports, legal aid by sally

Hyde v Milton Keynes NHS Foundation Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 399

‘The claimant brought a personal injury claim against the defendant under a Community Legal Service funding certificate which was subject to costs limitations. Although the defendant had admitted liability, quantum remained in issue. With the funding certificate nearing exhaustion and the Legal Services Commission refusing further funding, the claimant’s solicitors concluded that the case could not be completed on a funded basis. Accordingly, the claimant entered into a conditional fee agreement (“CFA”) with her solicitors. The solicitors served on the defendant notice of a change in funding arrangements but took no steps to apply for or obtain a formal discharge of the funding certificate. The claim later settled, the defendant having made an increased offer which the claimant accepted. On the assessment of costs, the costs judge concluded that the claimant was entitled to recover from the defendant her costs arising under the CFA, rejecting the defendant’s contention that the CFA was unenforceable by virtue of sections 10(1) and 22(2) of the Access to Justice Act 1999 because it had been entered into at a time when the claimant was “funded” by the commission as part of the Community Legal Service. The judge dismissed the defendant’s appeal, holding that the claimant was not “funded” by the commission, for the purposes of sections 10(1) and 22(2), once the funding certificate had been exhausted, even though the certificate had not been discharged.’

WLR Daily, 23rd May 2017

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Roberts -v-Johnstone after the change in discount rate: a high court decision – Zenith PI Blog

Posted May 26th, 2017 in birth, damages, hospitals, negligence, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘The recent change in the discount rate was covered on this blog. One issue that arose was how the courts were going to treat the Roberts -v- Johnstone approach to accommodation claims. It was not practical to use a multiplier that was a minus figure. In JR -v- Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2017] EWHC 1245 (QB) Mr Justice Davis decided that the multiplier in these circumstances should be zero.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 25th May 2017

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Man awarded £8m Sheffield hospital negligence payout – BBC News

Posted May 26th, 2017 in birth, damages, hospitals, negligence, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘A man who was left disabled as a result of negligence during his birth will receive almost £8m in NHS compensation.’

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BBC News, 25th May 2017

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