Six patients die amid 400 errors as NHS staff accidentally switch off oxygen supply – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 11th, 2018 in health, hospitals, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘An NHS investigation has been launched following the deaths of six patients when hospital staff accidentally switched off their oxygen cylinders. A safety alert has been issued after watchdogs uncovered more than 400 incidents in which cylinder controls were wrongly operated – including 24 cases where patients came to “moderate or severe harm”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th January 2018

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Must the family be told? Genetic information and liability for non-disclosure to relatives – 1 Crown Office Row

Posted January 9th, 2018 in disclosure, families, health, hospitals, human rights, news by sally

‘The facts of the ABC case are unusual and undeniably tragic. In 2007, ABC’s father shot and killed her mother. He was convicted of manslaughter, on the basis of diminished responsibility, and sentenced to a hospital order under the Mental Health Act 1983, s 37, with a restriction order under s 41 of the Act. The respective roles of the defendants in relation to the father’s subsequent care and treatment were as follows: he was detained in a clinic run by the second defendant (the South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust), where, whilst resident, he was seen by a social worker for whom the third defendant (Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) was responsible, and he was referred to the first defendant’s hospital (St George’s Hospital) in order that his disorder could be explored.’

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1 Crown Office Row, 9th January 2018

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Family win five-figure sum after Grandmother choked to death on egg sandwich -Daily Telegraph

Posted January 5th, 2018 in compensation, elderly, hospitals, inquests, news by tracey

‘The family of a grandmother who died in hospital after choking on an egg sandwich have received a five-figure payout. Lilian Hugill, who had previously survived cancer, was admitted to York Hospital with a bladder infection, but later died after staff wrongly gave her the sandwich rather than soft food.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th January 2018

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The award of damages to enable surrogacy – Family Law

Posted December 21st, 2017 in damages, hospitals, negligence, news, surrogacy by tracey

‘Given the nebulous nature of surrogacy law in the UK and the decision in Briody v St Helen’s and Knowsley Area Health Authority [2001] EWCA Civ 1010, [2001] 2 FLR 1094, with its confusing obiter dicta, it is somewhat surprising that the funding of surrogacy for an infertile young woman was included in the heads of damages in the decision in XX v Whittington Hospital Trust [2017] EWHC 2318 (QB).’

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Family Law, 20th December 2017

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Maternity mistakes: 276,000 incidents logged in two years – BBC News

Posted December 21st, 2017 in birth, hospitals, mistake, negligence, news, statistics by tracey

‘Tens of thousands of mothers and babies in England were harmed by potential lapses in maternity care in the past two years, the BBC has learned. More than 276,000 incidents were logged by worried hospital staff between April 2015 and March 2017 – the equivalent of one mistake for every five births.’

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BBC News, 21st Decembher 2017

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Alfie Evans: Parents in legal fight to take brain damaged son to Vatican doctors – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 20th, 2017 in children, hospitals, medical treatment, news by sally

‘A hospital has prevented parents from sending their brain damaged toddler to the same Vatican doctors who offered to help Charlie Gard, a court has heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th December 2017

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Payout after woman was kept alive against her will – BBC News

Posted December 6th, 2017 in documents, hospitals, medical treatment, news by sally

‘The family of an 81-year-old woman has received a £45,000 payout after she was kept alive against her will.’

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BBC News, 6th December 2017

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Cancer x-ray services to be reviewed after serious diagnostic failures – The Guardian

Posted December 1st, 2017 in cancer, hospitals, news, quality assurance by tracey

‘Inspectors have launched a national review into radiology services in the NHS after it emerged patients came to “significant harm” at a hospital where junior doctors were left to interpret chest x-rays, including those for suspected cancer.’

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The Guardian, 1st December 2017

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Families buried wrong bodies after NHS mortuary mix-ups, study reveals – The Independent

Posted November 24th, 2017 in burials and cremation, hospitals, human tissue, mistake, news, reports by tracey

‘Families have been given the wrong bodies to bury or cremate due to serious errors in hospital mortuaries, a study has revealed. Analysis of 132 serious mortuary incidents reported by the NHS between 2002 and 2013 found nine cases where the wrong body was released and had to be exhumed after burial or cremation.’

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The Independent, 24th November 2017

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Out of Hours Order Under High Court’s Jurisdiction in Relation to Vulnerable Adults for Removal From Home and Detention in Hospital – No Claim Under HRA 1998 in Respect of Judicial Act – Garden Court Chambers

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in care orders, detention, hospitals, human rights, jurisdiction, news by sally

‘AM brought a claim for a declaration against the Lord Chancellor alleging breaches of Human Rights Act 1998 arising out of a judicial act, namely an order made in April 2016 by Mostyn J under the High Court’s inherent jurisdiction in relation to vulnerable adults.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 10th November 2017

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Continuation of Life-Sustaining Treatment not in Mrs P’s Best Interests – ASCERTAINING WHAT THE PATIENT WOULD HAVE WANTED – Garden Court Chambers

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in elderly, hospitals, medical treatment, news by sally

‘The Trust applied for a declaration that it was in Mrs P’s best interests to receive clinically assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH) by way of a gastric feeding tube. Following a fall, Mrs P, aged 72 years, went to hospital without telling her family. Her condition deteriorated and she fell into a minimally conscious state. A dispute arose as to whether CANH should be continued between her sisters who wanted treatment to be maintained and her partner and daughters who did not.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 10th November 2017

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Mother killed herself after ‘serious failure’ by mental health unit – The guardian

Posted November 15th, 2017 in birth, hospitals, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by tracey

‘A mother who killed herself while suffering from postnatal depression died as a result of a “very serious failure” that allowed her to leave a mental health unit unchaperoned, a coroner has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 14th November 2017

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Police investigating 30 years of alleged sexual and physical abuse against children at mental health unit – The Independent

Posted November 10th, 2017 in child abuse, hospitals, mental health, news, sexual offences, young persons by tracey

‘Police are investigating almost 30 years of alleged physical and sexual abuse against children and young adults being treated at a mental health unit.Hertfordshire Constabulary said the number of victims at the Hill End Hospital Adolescent Unit in St Albans was not yet clear.’

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The Independent, 9th November 2017

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Healthcare provider fined over internal occupational health service failures – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 3rd, 2017 in fines, hazardous substances, health & safety, hospitals, news by tracey

‘A Bedford-based private healthcare provider has been fined after it failed to act on concerns raised about the running of its internal occupational health service.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd November 2017

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Case Law Update – Byrom Street Chambers

‘This paper examines a selection of those of the more interesting cases to those acting for defendants over the past two years.’

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Byrom Street Chambers, 26th September 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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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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