Mental Health Campaign: Families demand full inquests for deaths in secure hospitals – The Independent

Posted January 28th, 2008 in hospitals, inquests, mental health, news by sally

“Hundreds of people with mental health problems are dying while detained in hospital but their deaths are not being fully investigated.”

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The Independent, 27th Janaury 2008

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Maternity units failing to meet guidelines – The Times

Posted January 25th, 2008 in hospitals, news by sally

“More than four in ten maternity units in England offer poor or below average care, a report by the healthcare watchdog concludes today.”

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The Times, 25th January 2008

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Leslie Ash wins ‘£500,000’ in hospital superbug settlement – The Times

Posted January 17th, 2008 in damages, duty of care, hospitals, news by sally

“The actress Leslie Ash is to receive more than £500,000 in compensation after she nearly died from a hospital superbug.”

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The Times, 16th January 2008

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PM backs removal of body parts without consent – The Independent

Posted January 14th, 2008 in hospitals, human tissue, news by sally

“Gordon Brown is sympathetic to calls for hospitals to be allowed to remove organs from dead patients without explicit consent, but families would have a veto which would allow them to stop organs being used to save the lives of others if, as expected, the Government brings in a system of ‘presumed consent’.

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The Independent, 14th January 2008

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Savage v South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – Times Law Reports

Posted January 9th, 2008 in hospitals, human rights, law reports, mental health, suicide by sally

Savage v South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Court of Appeal

“To establish that a hospital at which a suicide had been a detained mental patient was in breach of the right to life guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights, the claimant had to show that at the time of the suicide the hospital knew or ought to have known of the existence of a real and immediate risk to her life from self-harm and that it failed to take measures which reasonably might have been expected to avoid that risk.”

The Times, 9th January 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.
 

Hospitals to pay for harming patients – The Times

Posted December 14th, 2007 in fines, hospitals, news by sally

“All hospitals should be fined if patients contract superbug infections or are harmed by medical errors while in their care, the Government’s Chief Medical Officer said yesterday.”

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The Times, 14th December 2007

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Inquiry clears heart hospital over deaths – The Guardian

Posted November 20th, 2007 in hospitals, news by sally

“Heart transplants have been allowed to resume at one of the UK’s specialist hospitals following an investigation into a rise in the number of patient deaths, the Healthcare Commission said today.”

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The Guardian, 20th November 2007

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Superbug hospital will not face charges – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 16th, 2007 in health & safety, hospitals, news by sally

“A hospital responsible for a series of failings that led to a superbug outbreak which claimed 33 lives will not face criminal prosecution, it was announced yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th November 2007

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NHS complaint response “failing” – BBC News

Posted October 8th, 2007 in complaints, hospitals, medical treatment, news by sally

“Patients are being let down by the way NHS trusts in England handle complaints, a watchdog has found.”

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BBC News, 7th October 2007

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Serial A&E user given an Asbo – The Guardian

Posted August 29th, 2007 in ASBOs, hospitals, news by sally

“A man who faked drug overdoses so that he could use hospital A&E wards ‘like hotels’ has been given an Asbo restricting his access to health services.”

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The Guardian, 29th August 2007

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Alcohol law ‘trebles’ A&E visits – BBC News

Posted July 19th, 2007 in alcohol abuse, hospitals, licensed premises, licensing, news by sally

“The introduction of 24-hour drinking laws may have trebled alcohol-related admissions to A&E departments in inner city areas at night, researchers say.”

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BBC News, 18th July 2007

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Mother wins damages over smothered daughter – The Times

Posted July 10th, 2007 in hospitals, negligence, news by sally

“A grieving woman has urged midwives not to leave newborn babies in bed with their mothers after she fell asleep as a result of an anaesthetic and accidentally suffocated her daughter. Catherine Wrigley, 36, has been awarded an estimated £20,000 in damages after staff at St Peter’s Hospital, in Chertsey, Surrey, were found to have been negligent in leaving her alone with her daughter, Nancy, after delivery by Caesarean section.”

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 The Times, 10th July 2007

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Yet another regulator to monitor care homes and trusts – The Times

Posted June 8th, 2007 in care homes, hospitals, news by sally

“Underperforming NHS trusts and care homes face fines and closure under powers for a new health and social care watchdog, a leaked government document suggests.”

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The Times, 8th June 2007

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Rampton patient fights smoking ban at high security hospital – The Guardian

Posted May 29th, 2007 in hospitals, human rights, news, smoking by sally

“Patients at Rampton high security psychiatric hospital, which houses some of the country’s most dangerous criminals, are challenging a smoking ban in a test case which claims the refusal to permit cigarettes in the hospital’s buildings or grounds violates their human rights.”

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The Guardian, 28th May 2007

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