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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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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Warnings on hospital crowding with doubling in legal actions by CQC – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 9th, 2017 in disciplinary procedures, health & safety, hospitals, news by sally

‘A growing crisis in hospital safety is revealed in official figures showing a doubling in the number of legal warnings issued by NHS watchdogs.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th 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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Law Pod UK Ep. 11: The cost of surrogacy – a legitimate claim? – 1 COR

Posted October 2nd, 2017 in costs, damages, hospitals, negligence, news, surrogacy by sally

‘Rosalind English talks to David Prest about a recent High Court ruling on damages: Can someone who has been rendered infertile claim the costs of surrogacy abroad? A hospital admitted negligence in failing to diagnose the claimant’s cervical cancer. The chemotherapy and radiation treatment which followed rendered her infertile, but just before the treatment, her eggs were harvested and frozen. The court was asked to consider whether damages could include the cost of commercial surrogacy, an arrangement which is not legal in this country.’

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Law Pod UK, 29th September 2017

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Is a mother giving birth a primary or secondary victim in a claim for negligent treatment? – Family Law

Posted September 20th, 2017 in birth, hospitals, negligence, news, personal injuries, psychiatric damage by sally

‘RE v Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust [2017] EWHC 824 (QB) involved a claim relating to negligent treatment during a child’s birth that resulted in the child suffering cerebral palsy (CP). The case also involved psychological injury claims for mother and grandmother (the father’s claim was discontinued).’

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Family Law, 19th September 2017

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NHS trust ‘truly sorry’ about death of teenager Connor Sparrowhawk – The Guardian

‘An NHS trust has said it is “truly sorry” about the death of a teenager with epilepsy who drowned in a bath while in its care, after it admitted failings.
Southern Health trust pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety law in the case of Connor Sparrowhawk, who had a seizure and drowned in a bath in an NHS care unit in Oxford in 2013.’

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The Guardian, 18th september 2017

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NHS negligence bill set to more than double as waiting lists lengthen – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 7th, 2017 in health, hospitals, medical treatment, negligence, news, reports by tracey

‘Spiralling NHS negligence bills are set to double in less than five years, and could get even worse amid lengthening hospital waiting times, watchdogs have warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th September 2017

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Litigant in person who walked out of assessment hearing ordered to pay £83,000 costs – Litigation Futures

Posted September 5th, 2017 in costs, doctors, employment tribunals, hospitals, litigants in person, news by sally

‘A litigant in person who “abruptly” walked out of a detailed assessment hearing before the end of the first day and failed to return, has been ordered to pay £82,930 by an employment judge.’

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Litigation Futures, 4th September 2017

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The Case of X: A Wake Up Call – Family Law Week

‘Michael Jones, barrister, Deans Court Chambers, Manchester, considers the lessons to be learned from the case of X which attracted considerable attention in the mainstream media.’

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Family Law Week, 15th August 2017

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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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