Care Quality Commission issues first ‘duty of candour’ breach fine – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 14th, 2019 in children, delay, fines, hospitals, medical treatment, news, notification by sally

‘The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has issued its first fine to an NHS trust for failing to comply with its ‘duty of candour’, which requires healthcare providers to be open and honest with patients or their families if there is an incident in which they suffer harm.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th February 2019

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Cover-up fears as hundreds of contaminated blood files ‘vanish’ before inquiry can see them – The Independent

Posted February 12th, 2019 in blood products, HIV, medical treatment, negligence, news by tracey

‘Victims of the contaminated blood scandal have raised fears of a cover-up after it emerged hundreds of “crucial” documents were removed by government officials and are now missing.’

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The Independent, 11th February 2019

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Ep. 64: Informed Consent – how much direction do patients actually want? – Law Pod UK

Posted February 8th, 2019 in consent, doctors, medical treatment, news, podcasts by sally

‘Rosalind English talks to John Whitting QC of 1 Crown Office Row about Montgomery, informed consent and his response to our earlier episode “Doctor Knows Best”.’

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Law Pod UK, 4th February 2019

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Fears vulnerable being deprived of treatment as fines of £100 for ticking wrong box soar in NHS ‘hostile environment’ – The Independent

Posted January 31st, 2019 in dentists, fines, learning difficulties, medical treatment, medicines, news, penalties by tracey

‘A government “hostile environment” for misclaimed free prescriptions and dental care is being scrutinised by auditors after it was claimed vulnerable patients are being fined £100 for ticking the wrong box on forms they struggle to read. The National Audit Office has announced it is “undertaking an investigation into penalty charge notices in healthcare”, including the numbers issued and whether they are overturned.

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The Independent, 30th January 2019

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Woman prosecuted for making more than 200 fake calls to 999 – The Independent

Posted January 24th, 2019 in emergency services, fines, medical treatment, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘A woman has been fined for making 200 hoax 999 calls between Christmas and New Year.’

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The Independent, 23rd January 2019

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Father loses damages claim over forged IVF signature – The Guardian

‘A father whose ex-partner forged his signature to conceive a daughter has lost a damages action against a London IVF clinic at the court of appeal.’

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The Guardian, 17th December 2018

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A Practical Approach to Breach of Duty and Causation in Venous Thromboembolism Claims by Neil Thompson – No. 5 Chambers

Posted December 14th, 2018 in causation, doctors, medical treatment, negligence, news, personal injuries by sally

‘From our perspective, the first step should be to understand how competent medical professionals protect the patient against the risk of VTE. One starting point is to understand the control of VTE risk in patients admitted to hospital, although of course other primary care providers (GPs) have a corresponding duty to be alert to the risk of VTE within their practice.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 3rd December 2018

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Judge rules to allow severely ill 11-month old to ‘die peacefully’ – The Guardian

Posted December 13th, 2018 in children, consent, medical treatment, news, parental responsibility by tracey

‘A seriously ill 11-month-old girl who has spent her life in hospital should be allowed to die peacefully, a high court judge has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 13th December 2018

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Judge rules doctors can amputate man’s foot against his wishes – The Independent

Posted December 13th, 2018 in consent, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘A judge has ruled a man with severe gangrene in his foot will have it amputated against his wishes.’

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The Independent, 13th December 2018

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New rules spell out when doctors can let patients with brain damage die – The Guardian

Posted December 12th, 2018 in codes of practice, doctors, food, medical ethics, medical treatment, news by sally

‘Guidance on when to withdraw food and water welcomed by many families. But some fear the ethical implications.’

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The Guardian, 12th December 2018

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High court rejects challenge to ‘hostile environment’ NHS charge – The Guardian

‘A judge has rejected a challenge by a member of the Windrush generation to the government requirement for the NHS to charge overseas patients for treatment.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2018

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Medical device rules need ‘drastic change’ to protect patients – BBC News

Posted November 26th, 2018 in experiments, health & safety, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘Urgent and drastic changes to the rules around medical devices, such as pacemakers, are needed to protect patients, according to the Royal College of Surgeons. It wants a register of every device in every patient set up so doctors know if new innovations are causing harm.’

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BBC News, 26th November 2018

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Orkambi: Family of girl with cystic fibrosis launch legal challenge over lack of NHS funding for breakthrough drug – The Independent

‘The family of a six-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis who was denied funding for a breakthrough drug which could extend her life has launched a judicial review against the NHS.’

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The Independent, 14th November 2018

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Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust: Supreme Court confirms duty of care exists on non-medical A&E staff – Cloisters

‘In a unanimous judgment delivered on 10th October 2018, the Supreme Court reminded practitioners that there is no need to consider the Caparo v Dickman test in every case where the existence of a duty of care is in issue, and that judges must be careful not to conflate issues relevant to the existence of a duty with those relevant to whether or not the duty has been breached.’

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Cloisters, 18th October 2018

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Ep. 48: Clinical Guidelines in Clinical Negligence Cases – Law Pod UK

Posted November 2nd, 2018 in birth, hospitals, medical treatment, negligence, news by sally

‘Emma-Louise Fenelon talks with Pritesh Rathod about the significance of clinical guidelines in his clinical negligence practice and recent controversy involving maternal choice caesareans, Montgomery and relevant NICE Guidelines.’

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Law Pod UK, 1st November 2018

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Watchdog supports end to delay in gender recognition decisions – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2018 in consultations, delay, gender, medical treatment, news, transgender persons by sally

‘The “period of reflection” a person wishing to change gender must observe before obtaining a gender recognition certificate is unnecessary, according to the equality watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 21st October 2018

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Health and Social Care of Older People is a Human Rights Issue – Rights Info

Posted October 19th, 2018 in elderly, health, human rights, medical treatment, news, ombudsmen, social services by sally

‘The independent healthcare regulator, the Care Quality Commission recently warned that disjointed health and social care services in England are placing increasing pressure on A&E departments. As pressure grows on the country’s health and care system, what does this mean for the human rights of older people?’

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Rights Info, 18th October 2018

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Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust – Law Pod UK

‘In Darnley v Croydon NHS Trust [2018] UKSC 50 the Supreme Court has ruled that hospitals are liable for the actions and statements of their non-medical staff in A & E. Rosalind English discusses the implications of this judgment with Owain Thomas QC.’

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Law Pod UK, 15th October 2018

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Supreme Court rules that hospital receptionist owes a duty of care to a patient — Owain Thomas QC – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Supreme Court has unanimously allowed the appeal of Michael Darnley in Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust [2018] UKSC 50, holding that a hospital receptionist owed a duty of care to a patient at A&E, which was breached by providing him with incorrect information as to how long he was likely to have to wait before being seen or triaged.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th October 2018

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Supreme Court finds NHS trust liable for misleading info provided by receptionists – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 12th, 2018 in duty of care, hospitals, medical treatment, news by sally

‘An NHS trust was liable for incomplete and misleading information provided by two receptionists in its accident and emergency department, the Supreme Court has ruled, overturning a Court of Appeal majority decision.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th October 2018

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