Inquest concludes serious failures contributed to self-inflicted death of Beth Tenquist – Garden Court Chambers

Posted December 4th, 2019 in hospitals, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by sally

‘Following an Inquest lasting 10 days, a jury returned a damning narrative in respect of Sussex NHS Trust and Mill View Psychiatric Hospital, setting out a catalogue of failings by the Trust.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 27th November 2019

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‘Disgraceful’: Furious families confront NHS trust bosses over maternity scandal as it emerges true extent may never be known – The Independent

‘The full extent of failings by the hospital trust at the centre of the largest NHS maternity scandal may never be known, it has emerged. The chair of the independent investigation into Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust has warned that some records going back more than two decades may have been destroyed under NHS rules.’

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The Independent, 28th November 2019

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‘Hundreds more cases’ in Shropshire maternity scandal – BBC News

‘More than 200 new families have contacted an inquiry into mother and baby deaths at a hospital trust in Shropshire.’

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BBC News, 26th November 2019

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Shrewsbury maternity scandal: Hundreds of families whose babies died or have been left with brain damage in hospital to be contacted by trust – The Independent

Posted November 22nd, 2019 in birth, families, hospitals, midwives, news, pregnancy, reports by tracey

‘Hundreds of families whose babies died or have been left with brain damage after maternity care treatment at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust are now being informed they are part of a major investigation into the largest scandal of its type ever to hit the NHS, following a report by The Independent.’

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The Independent, 21st November 2019

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Patient died after ‘transplant surgeon error’ in Welsh hospital – BBC News

‘A transplant patient died after a surgeon failed to disclose he had spilt stomach contents on organs which went on to be used in NHS operations.’

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BBC News, 21st November 2019

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Doctors may face suspension over NHS ‘worst maternity scandal’ – The Guardian

‘Doctors who saw but did not report babies and mothers receiving poor care during the NHS’s worst maternity scandal could be suspended or struck off, the General Medical Council has warned. The medical profession’s regulator has asked NHS bosses for details of any doctor they believe may have ignored their professional duty to raise the alarm about threats to patient safety at the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS hospital trust (SaTH).’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2019

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Independent report into NMC’s handling of Morecambe Bay cases finds significant failings – 2 Hare Court

Posted November 20th, 2019 in birth, disciplinary procedures, hospitals, midwives, news, reports by sally

‘The Morecambe Bay Investigation (the Kirkup Report) was an inquiry into the deaths of mothers and babies at Furness General Hospital midwifery unit between 2004 and 2012. It found ten stillbirths, six neonatal deaths, and three maternal deaths were part of a pattern of failures in care at every level within the unit. There was an inability to confront the endemic poor practice that linked the incidents, and a defensive approach amongst the midwifery team. This pattern of failures was not identified or acted on for several years.’

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2 Hare Court, 15th November 2019

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Mental Capacity Guidance Note: Deprivation of Liberty in the Hospital Setting – 39 Essex Chambers

‘The law governing the deprivation of a person’s liberty in a hospital can be complex. In every case it involves (or should involve) consideration of the question of what amounts to a deprivation of liberty for the purposes of domestic legislation and Article 5 of the European Convention of Human Rights (‘ECHR’). In very many cases, it involves the interface of two statutory regimes (the Mental Health Act 1983 (‘MHA 1983’) and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (‘MCA 2005’)).’

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39 Essex Chambers, 11th November 2019

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Shannon Woodley discusses Raqeeb V Barts NHS Foundation Trust – Park Square Barristers

Posted October 31st, 2019 in children, consent, EC law, hospitals, human rights, judicial review, medical treatment, news by sally

‘A series of high-profile cases have highlighted the difficulty faced by the courts when presented with chronically ill children who have exhausted their options for medical treatment in the UK, and whose parents or carers wish to take them abroad to seek further treatment.’

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Park Square Barristers, 8th October 2019

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Proportionality – Compared with what? And how to assess – No. 5 Chambers

‘Proportionality has been the watchword in costs for such a length of time that one might have been tempted into thinking that ‘new learning’ on the topic was unlikely. The Court of Appeal’s decision in West v. Stockport NHS Foundation Trust/Demouilpied v. Stockport NHS Foundation Trust [2019] EWCA Civ 1220 (hereinafter “West”) provides fresh insight, however, in relation to both the matters that will be considered by a judge assessing the proportionality of costs, and also the procedure to be adopted.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 10th October 2019

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ATE Insurance Premiums – one door closed, another opened? – No. 5 Chambers

Posted October 30th, 2019 in appeals, compensation, damages, hospitals, insurance, negligence, news, proportionality by sally

‘In July 2019 the Court of Appeal judgment was handed down in the joint appeals of West v Stockport NHS Foundation Trust and Demouilpied v Stockport NHS Foundation Trust [2019] EWCA Civ 1220. The judgment dealt with the contentious issue of recoverable ATE premiums and how they can be properly challenged.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 10th October 2019

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George Swift 2019 Lecture – Henderson Chambers

‘Kenneth Hamer gave the George Swift 2019 Lecture at the University of Southampton to the Royal College of General Practitioners, Wessex Faculty, on “The Implications of Bawa-Garba and the Boundaries of Professional Conduct”.’

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Henderson Chambers, 11th October 2019

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Inquest into Mia Atkins choking death: Misadventure ruling – BBC News

Posted October 29th, 2019 in children, emergency services, hospitals, inquests, news by tracey

‘The death of a two-year-old girl who choked on a cocktail sausage was caused by misadventure, a coroner has ruled.’

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BBC News, 28th October 2019

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Mum wins £3.2m after eye operation delays left her blind – BBC News

Posted October 29th, 2019 in compensation, delay, hospitals, medical treatment, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘A mother of three has been awarded £3.2m in compensation after delays in treating an eye condition led to her going permanently blind.’

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BBC News, 28th October 2019

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Neglected NHS cancer hospital is unfit for purpose, says report – The Guardian

Posted October 3rd, 2019 in cancer, hospitals, inquiries, news, standards by tracey

‘An NHS cancer hospital has such crumbling buildings, out-of-date equipment and staffing problems that patients’ safety and quality of care are at risk, a bombshell report for health service bosses has warned.’

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The Guardian, 3rd October 2019

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Migrant women who have miscarriages ‘wrongly charged £7,000 for antenatal care’ – The Independent

Posted September 16th, 2019 in asylum, birth, hospitals, immigration, news, pregnancy by tracey

‘Migrant women who have miscarriages are being wrongly charged £7,000 for antenatal care despite never going into labour, doctors and campaigners have warned. Rules specify overseas women who are expecting a baby must be charged for NHS care – with charges starting at around £7,000 but potentially doubling if there are complications with the pregnancy.’

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The Independent, 15th September 2019

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Student had to have testicle removed after errors in medical care – The Guardian

Posted September 12th, 2019 in delay, hospitals, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘A university student was left in severe pain for six days and ended up having his right testicle removed after medics failed to act quickly enough, a report has said. An investigation by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch found errors in the care given to the 20-year-old, known only as Ryan, including by GPs and hospital medics.’

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The Guardian, 12th September 2019

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Doctors blamed after Cardiff runner dies with missed broken leg – BBC News

Posted September 6th, 2019 in hospitals, inquests, medical treatment, news, sport by tracey

‘A mother-of-two who broke her leg running a half marathon was wrongly diagnosed and died after doctors’ “gross failings”, a coroner has ruled.’

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BBC News, 5th September 2019

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Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre failings led to girl’s sepsis death – BBC News

‘A series of hospital failings contributed to the death of a five-year-old girl who died from toxic shock syndrome, an inquest jury has found.’

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BBC News, 4th September 2019

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‘With great power comes great responsibility’ – contributory negligence post-Montgomery – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 22nd, 2019 in birth, contribution, doctors, hospitals, medical treatment, negligence, news by sally

‘Regardless of whether one attributes this famous quote to Voltaire or Spider-Man, the sentiment is the same. Power and responsibility should be in equilibrium. More power than responsibility leads to decision-making with little concern for the consequences and more responsibility than power leads to excessive caution. This article argues that there is now a disequilibrium in the NHS, which is the root cause for defensive medical practice and the growing NHS litigation bill.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 21st August 2019

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