Ovarian cancer delays leading to big payouts for damages – The Guardian

Posted April 3rd, 2012 in cancer, damages, delay, doctors, medical treatment, negligence, news by sally

“Doctors’ failure to diagnose ovarian cancer in women, some of whom later died from the disease, is leading to damages payouts of as much as £550,000, research reveals.”

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2012

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Right-to-die hearing for man with locked-in syndrome gets go-ahead – The Guardian

Posted March 12th, 2012 in assisted suicide, euthanasia, medical treatment, news by sally

“A high court judge has ruled that the right-to-die case of a man who can only communicate by blinking and wants his ‘suffering to end’ should be allowed to proceed.”

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The Guardian, 12th March 2012

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Human rights watchdog intervenes in ‘do not resuscitate’ case – The Guardian

“The UK’s human rights watchdog is intervening in a landmark case over the use of ‘do not resuscitate’ orders for NHS patients.”

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The Guardian, 9th March 2012

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Breast implant scandal: comestic surgery companies face court action – The Guardian

Posted January 12th, 2012 in cosmetic surgery, medical treatment, news by sally

“Andrew Lansley, the health secretary, intends to pursue through the courts the cosmetic industry companies that are refusing free operations to women wanting substandard breast implants removed.”

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The Guardian, 11th January 2012

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Keeping Abreast of Implants – Zenith Chambers

Posted January 10th, 2012 in cosmetic surgery, medical treatment, news by sally

“Cosmetic surgery, in particular breast implant surgery, has recently hit the headlines with the Government reviewing the UK’s use of French PIP implants, made using industrial grade silicone. On Friday 6th January 2012 the Government announced that the NHS would remove the implants without charge and urged private health companies to do the same. However, this article briefly examines whether the NHS and/or private health companies would in fact have had a legal obligation to assist their previous patients in this way.”

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Zenith Chambers, 9th January 2012

Source: www.zenithchambers.co.uk

Lord Tebbit in bid to save legal aid for children’s medical negligence cases – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 20th, 2011 in bills, children, legal aid, medical treatment, negligence, news by tracey

“Former Thatcherite minister Lord Tebbit is among a group of peers trying to save legal aid for children’s medical negligence cases.”

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Daily Telegraph, 20th December 2011

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Strategy to drive out transgender prejudice – Home Office

“Tougher sentences for hate crimes, support for transgender pupils in schools, and tailored recruitment advice for businesses are just some of the actions in the first transgender equality plan launched by the government today.”

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Home Office, 8th December 2011

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Watchdog may intervene over ‘do not resuscitate’ order – The Guardian

Posted November 24th, 2011 in hospital orders, hospitals, human rights, medical treatment, news by sally

“Britain’s equality and human rights watchdog may intervene in a landmark case over the use of ‘do not resuscitate’ orders for patients in hospitals, care homes, and their own homes.”

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The Guardian, 23rd November 2011

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Groupon ad ‘pressuring’ consumers into hurried cosmetic surgery is banned – The Guardian

Posted November 23rd, 2011 in advertising, complaints, electronic mail, medical treatment, news, ombudsmen by sally

“A promotion email from Groupon offering discounted cosmetic surgery, including breast enlargement, has been banned for “pressuring” consumers into hurriedly making potentially life-changing decisions in just a few hours.”

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The Guardian, 23rd November 2011

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Mother guilty of killing burns girl – The Independent

“The mother of a two-year-old girl who died of septic shock after suffering burns in a scalding hot shower has been found guilty of manslaughter.”

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The Independent, 22nd November 2011

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Reforms will cut claims against NHS in half – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 8th, 2011 in legal aid, medical treatment, news, personal injuries by sally

“Legal aid cuts and the Jackson reforms will slash the number of claims brought against the NHS by 50%, a senior member of the Civil Justice Council has predicted.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th November 2011

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Power cut kills Pembroke nursing home man on ventilator – BBC News

Posted October 20th, 2011 in care homes, electricity lines, health & safety, medical treatment, news by tracey

“A power cut during the night killed a man with muscular dystrophy as nursing home staff were unable to connect a back-up power supply, an inquest heard.”

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BBC News, 19th October 2011

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Stem cell reseach thrown into disarray by European patent ruling – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 20th, 2011 in EC law, embryology, medical treatment, news, patents by tracey

“Cutting-edge research into new medical treatments in Britain was thrown into disarray on Tuesday as the highest European court ruled that stem cells from human embryos cannot be patented.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th October 2011

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Hospital neglect led to death of toddler Lucas Wellstead – BBC News

Posted October 13th, 2011 in homicide, hospitals, medical treatment, negligence, news by tracey

“A coroner has ruled a verdict of natural causes by neglect contributed to a Somerset toddler’s death.”

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BBC News, 13th October 2011

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W v M and others – WLR Daily

Posted September 30th, 2011 in euthanasia, law reports, medical treatment by tracey

W v M and others [2011] EWHC 2443 (Fam);  [2011] WLR (D)  283

“Pursuant to section 4 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 it was not in the best interests of a patient diagnosed as being in a minimally conscious state to authorise the withdrawal of all life sustaining treatment including nutrition and hydration by artifical means (‘ANH’).”

WLR Daily, 28th September 2011

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

‘M’ and the law: a difficult case heard in the right court – The Guardian

Posted September 30th, 2011 in Court of Protection, euthanasia, medical ethics, medical treatment, news by tracey

“A brain-damaged woman’s family didn’t get the judgment it wanted, but in the past it was more painful for such cases even to be brought.”

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The Guardian, 29th September 2011

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Brain-damaged woman should not be allowed to die, high court rules – The Guardian

Posted September 28th, 2011 in euthanasia, families, medical ethics, medical treatment, news by sally

“A brain-damaged, minimally-conscious woman should not be allowed to die, a high court judge has ruled.”

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The Guardian, 28th September 2011

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Charity in legal aid challenge on clinical negligence – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 23rd, 2011 in charities, judicial review, legal aid, medical treatment, negligence, news by sally

“Action Against Medical Accidents has launched a legal challenge against the government’s controversial plans to scrap legal aid for clinical negligence cases.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd September 2011

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Frimley Park Hospital apology for Berkshire woman’s death – BBC News

Posted September 22nd, 2011 in compensation, hospitals, medical treatment, negligence, news by tracey

“The family of a Berkshire woman who died after a serious asthma attack has received a six-figure compensation settlement after a hospital trust admitted it was negligent.”

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BBC News, 22nd September 2011

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Charity attacks plan to cut legal aid for victims of NHS neglect – The Independent

Posted September 22nd, 2011 in legal aid, medical treatment, negligence, news by tracey

“A plan to cut legal aid for patients left physically or mentally damaged by NHS care is being legally challenged by a medical safety charity. Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) has issued judicial review proceedings against the Government on the basis that the cuts are ‘irrational and unfair’. Seriously injured patients, such as babies who suffer brain damage as a result of substandard obstetrics care, will be denied the compensation that their families need to provide proper care for them, according to AvMA.”

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The Independent, 22nd September 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk