Experts call for Lucy Letby inquiry to cover statistical evidence used in trial – The Guardian

Posted October 3rd, 2023 in birth, children, evidence, hospitals, inquiries, murder, news, nurses, statistics by sally

‘The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) is calling for the Lucy Letby inquiry to cover statistical evidence used in the trial of the serial baby killer, saying it can be difficult “to draw conclusions from suspicious clusters of deaths” in hospitals.’

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The Guardian, 3rd October 2023

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Data breaches putting domestic abuse victims’ lives at risk, says UK watchdog – The Guardian

‘Councils, police forces and hospitals are putting women’s lives at risk by accidentally disclosing domestic abuse victims’ addresses to perpetrators, the UK’s information watchdog has said.’

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The Guardian, 27th September 2023

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Nottingham NHS maternity care review calls on families to come forward – The Independent

Posted September 27th, 2023 in birth, children, families, hospitals, midwives, news, pregnancy by sally

‘The head of the independent review of maternity care in Nottingham has called on families who feel they may have been affected to come forward, as hundreds are set to receive letters inviting them to share their experiences.’

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The Independent, 26th September 2023

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Prosecutors to decide if killer nurse Lucy Letby will face retrial – The Independent

Posted September 25th, 2023 in attempted murder, birth, children, hospitals, midwives, murder, news, nurses, retrials by tracey

‘Prosecutors will decide on Monday whether to seek a retrial for child serial killer nurse Lucy Letby on a number of outstanding allegations.’

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The Independent, 25th September 2023

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Hospital watchdog takes action against NHS trust over patient safety concerns – The Independent

Posted September 22nd, 2023 in autism, health & safety, hospitals, learning difficulties, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘Hospital regulators have taken enforcement action against an NHS trust after patients were found to have ingested batteries and screws amidst a catalogue of failings. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) upheld its “inadequate” rating of Brooklands hospital in Birmingham – which specialises in care for adults with autism and learning disabilities – after an inspection in March.’

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The Independent, 22nd September 2023

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Alice Litman inquest: Transgender services are underfunded, coroner says – BBC News

Posted September 21st, 2023 in hospitals, inquests, mental health, news, suicide, transgender persons by sally

‘The coroner investigating the death of a trans woman said services for transgender people were “underfunded and insufficiently resourced”.’

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BBC News, 20th September 2023

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Cambridgeshire NHS trust makes U-turn over suicides review – BBC News

Posted September 19th, 2023 in bereavement, hospitals, medical records, mental health, news, suicide by sally

‘The deaths of dozens of patients at a mental health trust who took their own lives will be reviewed externally after fears of a “cover-up” were raised.’

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BBC News, 19th September 2023

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Independent review of disagreements in the care of critically ill children – the report and recommendations – Mental Capacity Law and Policy

Posted September 19th, 2023 in children, consent, families, hospitals, medical treatment, news, reports by sally

‘The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has today, 18 September 2023, published the report of the review it was commissioned in December 2022 to carry out the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, following a Government commitment in the Health and Care Act 2022. We have now laid this review before Parliament and are encouraging the Government to act on our recommendations.’

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Mental Capacity Law and Policy, 18th September 2023

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Letby inquiry must also examine NHS ‘cover-up culture’, says ombudsman – The Guardian

‘The public inquiry into Lucy Letby’s crimes must be widened to examine the NHS’s “cover-up culture” over failures in patient safety, the health service ombudsman has said.’

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The Guardian, 15th September 2023

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Government backs Martha’s rule on right to second medical opinion in England – The Guardian

Posted September 14th, 2023 in children, doctors, hospitals, medical treatment, news, opinions by tracey

‘The health secretary, Steve Barclay, has announced the government is committed to bringing in “Martha’s rule” in England, making it easier for patients and their families to get a second medical opinion if they believe their concerns are not being taken seriously by medical staff.’

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The Guardian, 14th September 2023

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MPs to investigate sexual harassment of female surgeons – BBC News

‘MPs will investigate the sexual harassment and sexual assault of female surgeons taking place within the NHS.’

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BBC News, 13th September 2023

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Relatives of roofer on ventilator wait for ruling in treatment dispute – The Independent

Posted September 12th, 2023 in consent, families, hospitals, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘Relatives of a roofer who suffered a brain injury after being punched in the head are waiting for a High Court judge to rule in a life-support treatment dispute.’

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The Independent, 12th September 2023

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Payout for Ashington woman who got cancer after wrong smear result – BBC News

Posted September 12th, 2023 in cancer, compensation, hospitals, negligence, news by tracey

‘A woman who had to undergo cancer treatment after being cleared by an incorrect smear test has received compensation.’

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BBC News, 12th September 2023

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Bristol Spire Hospital widens investigation into mesh surgeon – BBC News

Posted September 11th, 2023 in consent, doctors, hospitals, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘A hospital’s review of mesh operations by a surgeon who left dozens of patient in agony is now looking into another type of procedure he carried out.’

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BBC News, 11th September 2023

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Dialysis and different realities – the Court of Protection has to decide – Local Government Lawyer

‘In a recent ruling a senior judge has helpfully reminded us of the fact that a person with cognitive impairments may be operating within a very different reality to everyone else does not mean that it is a reality which can simply be ignored, writes Alex Ruck Keene KC (Hon).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th September 2023

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Police to launch inquiry into maternity failings at Nottingham hospitals trust – The Guardian

Posted September 8th, 2023 in bereavement, birth, children, families, hospitals, midwives, news, police, pregnancy by tracey

‘Nottinghamshire police have announced they are launching a criminal investigation into maternity failings at Nottingham university hospitals (NUH) NHS trust, after hundreds families raised concerns to an independent review.’

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The Guardian, 7th August 2023

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‘Martha’s rule’: ministers consider law to give right to second medical opinion – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2023 in bills, children, doctors, hospitals, medical treatment, news, opinions by sally

‘Ministers are considering introducing Martha’s rule in England to make it easier for patients and their families who believe their concerns are not being taken seriously by medical staff to get a second medical opinion.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2023

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Lady Justice Thirlwall appointed to lead public inquiry into Lucy Letby – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2023 in birth, children, hospitals, inquiries, judges, murder, news, nurses by sally

‘The court of appeal judge Lady Justice Thirlwall has been appointed to lead the public inquiry into Lucy Letby’s murder of seven babies in an NHS hospital.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2023

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Families sue government for failing to protect care homes from Covid – BBC News

Posted August 25th, 2023 in bereavement, care homes, damages, families, government departments, hospitals, news by sally

‘Thirty families are starting legal action against the government, care homes and several hospitals in England over the deaths of their relatives in the early days of the Covid pandemic.’

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BBC News, 25th August 2023

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Should there be a statutory public inquiry into the murders and attempted murders by Lucy Letby? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 24th, 2023 in attempted murder, birth, hospitals, inquiries, murder, news, nurses by sally

‘Why wasn’t Lucy Letby stopped sooner? This is the burning question that the families of her victims, and the public, are now asking. Steve Barclay, the Health Secretary, has decided that the best means of answering it is a “non-statutory public inquiry”. But what is such an inquiry, and will it be better than a full-blown statutory public inquiry?’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd August 2023

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