Judge allows doctors to perform hysterectomy on mentally ill woman – BBC News

‘A judge has granted permission for doctors to perform a hysterectomy on a mentally ill woman.’

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BBC News, 10th May 2019

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Man jailed for helping American friend dump father in UK car park so he could get free treatment on NHS – The Independent

‘A “fantasist” who claimed to be in the elite military unit has been jailed for two and a half years for his part in a plot to abandon a dementia-suffering Californian pensioner in rural England.’

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The Independent, 30th April 2019

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Facebook and Instagram could be hit by new laws if they do not do enough to stamp out anti-vaccine messages – Daily Telegraph

‘Social media firms could be hit with new laws to stop them allowing the spread of anti-vaxxers’ myths online, the Health Secretary has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th March 2019

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Judge rules man should lose leg ‘against his wishes’ – BBC News

Posted March 25th, 2019 in consent, Court of Protection, medical treatment, mental health, news by sally

‘A mentally-ill man who could die if his badly-infected left foot is not amputated should have the operation against his wishes, a judge has ruled.’

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BBC News, 24th March 2019

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Advertising watchdog rules fake autism ‘cure’ adverts must stop – BBC News

‘Advertising watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ordered 150 homeopaths operating in the UK to stop claiming they can cure autism.’

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BBC News, 22nd March 2019

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‘No consent’ for teeth removal op on woman who later died – BBC News

‘The mother of a disabled woman who died after all her teeth were removed says she did not consent to the operation. Rachel Johnston’s family has started a legal claim for negligence, saying medics failed to discuss risks of the treatment she had for tooth decay.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2019

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Sick girl to be treated against parents’ wishes, judge rules – BBC News

Posted February 28th, 2019 in children, consent, medical treatment, news, parental rights by tracey

‘Doctors should treat a sick 13-month-old girl and give her a “chance” at life against the wishes of her parents, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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BBC News, 28th February 2019

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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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