Covid-19: Do not resuscitate orders may have been used without consent – BBC News

Posted December 3rd, 2020 in consent, coronavirus, hospitals, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘Doctors may have made decisions about “do not resuscitate orders” without consent in the first wave of the pandemic, the care watchdog has warned. The Care Quality Commission said it saw a jump in complaints about such DNR orders between March and September.’

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BBC News, 3rd December 2020

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Ministers urged to end delay on law curbing restraint on mental health patients – The Guardian

Posted December 1st, 2020 in bills, delay, hospitals, mental health, minorities, news, restraint by sally

‘Ministers are being urged to finally implement legislation restricting the use of dangerous restraint practices against patients in mental health units two years after it was passed.’

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The Guardian, 30th November 2020

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Elizabeth Dixon death investigation reveals “20-year cover-up” – The Guardian

‘The government has apologised for a “20-year cover-up” over the death of 11-month-old Elizabeth Dixon, whose parents have fought an unrelenting battle for the truth.’

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The Guardian, 26th November 2020

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Former Great Ormond Street hospital porter charged with child sex offences – The Guardian

Posted November 26th, 2020 in child abuse, hospitals, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘A former Great Ormond Street hospital porter has been charged with a series of sex offences against children.’

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The Guardian, 26th November 2020

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Trans teen in legal action over gender clinic wait – BBC News

‘A 14-year-old transgender boy is starting legal proceedings against NHS England over delays to gender reassignment treatment.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2020

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Family who fear daughter was killed sue Leeds NHS trust after body decomposes – The Guardian

Posted November 23rd, 2020 in bereavement, coroners, damages, families, hospitals, inquests, negligence, news, unlawful killing by sally

‘The family of a woman who they suspect was killed is suing a health trust that allegedly stored her corpse incorrectly, allowing it to decompose to the point that experts were unable to rule out third-party involvement in her death, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 23rd November 2020

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Grieving daughter wins first stage of legal fight on Covid releases to care homes – The Guardian

‘A grieving daughter who lost her father to Covid-19 in an Oxfordshire care home has won the first stage of a high court challenge against the government’s policy of discharging hospital patients into care homes without tests.’

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The Guardian, 19th November 2020

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Clinical negligence and COVID – Counsel

Posted November 19th, 2020 in causation, coronavirus, hospitals, negligence, news by sally

‘Spring 2020 forced fundamental changes on our healthcare system. Helen Mulholland examines the implications of COVID-19 for clinical negligence claims.’

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Counsel, November 2020

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Lucy Letby: Nurse due in court charged with murdering eight babies at Chester hospital – The Independent

Posted November 12th, 2020 in children, hospitals, murder, news, nurses by tracey

‘A nurse is due to appear in court charged with the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of another 10.’

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The Independent, 12th November 2020

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Stoffel & Co. v Grondona [2020] UKSC 42 – Hailsham Chambers

‘In Stoffel & Co. v Grondona, the Supreme Court considered the operation of the common law defence of illegality in the context of solicitors’ negligence for the first time since its seminal decision in Patel v Mirza [2017] AC 467. At the same time, the Court handed down judgment in a clinical negligence case: Henderson v Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust [2020] UKSC 43.’

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Hailsham Chambers, 3rd November 2020

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‘Inhuman’ use of restraint on disabled adults – BBC News

Posted November 10th, 2020 in disabled persons, hospitals, learning difficulties, news, restraint by sally

‘Every 15 minutes, on average, a patient with learning disabilities was restrained in hospital last year, new BBC File on 4 analysis shows.’

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BBC News, 10th November 2020

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Mental health, clinical negligence and the illegality defence – UK Human Rights Law Blog

‘In Ecila Henderson v. Dorset Healthcare University NHS Trust Foundation [2020] UKSC 43 the Supreme Court has revisited the defence of illegality (“ex turpi causa”) in the context of a claim for clinical negligence.’

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UK Human Rights Law Blog, 3rd November 2020

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Damning CQC report calls for improved community-based capacity, pooled budgets and new national specialist commissioner of complex care – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Care Quality Commission review has found “undignified and inhumane” care in some hospital settings providing complex care for autistic people, and people with a learning disability and/or mental health condition.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th October 2020

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EP 128: The Cumberlege Review – Marina Wheeler QC – Law Pod UK

Posted October 26th, 2020 in doctors, health, hospitals, medical treatment, medicines, news, podcasts by sally

‘In Episode 128 Emma-Louise Fenelon talks to Marina Wheeler QC about the Cumberlege Review, which investigated the response of England’s healthcare system to patients’ reports of harm from drugs and medical devices.’

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Law Pod UK, 22nd October 2020

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CQC report: Care of people with learning disabilities ‘inhumane’ – BBC News

‘Too many hospitals for people with learning disabilities or autism are providing poor care which is, at times, undignified and inhumane, the care regulator for England has said.’

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BBC News, 23rd October 2020

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Teenager’s death after being given antipsychotic was ‘potentially avoidable’ – The Guardian

‘The death of a teenager who was given antipsychotic medication though he and his family warned that the drug might cause him serious harm could have been avoided, an independent review has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 20th October 2020

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Dementia patient restrained by security guards 18 times to be forcibly treated – Daily Telegraph

‘A dementia patient was restrained by security guards 18 times so he could be forcibly treated, as experts warn the case is “shocking and extreme”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th October 2020

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Inquiry begins into blanket use in England of Covid ‘do not resuscitate’ orders – The Guardian

Posted October 13th, 2020 in care homes, elderly, hospitals, inquiries, medical treatment, news by sally

‘An urgent investigation into blanket orders not to resuscitate care home residents has been launched amid fears some elderly people may still be affected by the “unacceptable” practice.’

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The Guardian, 12th October 2020

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Private hospital company was unaware of concerns the top surgeon was hoarding bones – The Independent

Posted October 7th, 2020 in doctors, hospitals, medical ethics, medical treatment, news, professional conduct by tracey

‘The former owners of a private hospital where hip surgeon Derek McMinn carried out thousands of operations on patients was only told about concerns he was hoarding bones and tissue without proper permission last week – a year after an internal investigation suggested they should be told. Nuffield Health, which runs more than 30 hospitals, told The Independent it was unaware of any issues related to Prof McMinn until reports of his alleged behaviour last week.’

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The Independent, 6th October 2020

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Inquiry into failings at south Wales maternity units grows to 160 cases – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2020 in birth, complaints, hospitals, news, Wales by sally

‘An independent panel investigating two maternity units in south Wales where a series of failings may have put the lives of mothers and babies at risk is looking into the care given to 150 women, it emerged on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2020

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