Anorexic medical student should be fed against her will, judge rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 18th, 2012 in food, medical ethics, medical treatment, mental health, news, privacy by sally

“A High Court judge has ruled that it is in the best interests of a woman who suffers from anorexia to be fed against her wishes.”

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Daily Telegraph, 15th June 2012

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Theresa May announces blanket ban on age discrimination of patients – The Guardian

Posted June 12th, 2012 in age discrimination, care homes, elderly, medical treatment, news by sally

“Doctors will be in breach of the law from October if they withhold medical help to patients purely on the basis of their age, the home secretary Theresa May will announce on Tuesday in a tightening of Britain’s age discrimination laws.”

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The Guardian, 11th June 2012

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Kidney failure patient forced to have dialysis – Daily Telegraph

“The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had resisted dialysis and doctors believe that without it he will die within weeks. Managers at the hospital where he is being treated applied to the Court of Protection for legal permission to use proportionate restraint, if necessary, to force him to have the life saving treatment.”

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Daiy Telegraph, 29th May 2012

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Kent NHS trust pays £651,000 to sacked surgeon’s patients – BBC News

“An NHS trust has paid out £651,000 to 15 former patients of a Kent surgeon, it has been revealed.”

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BBC News, 28th May 2012

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Baby died after ‘gross failure of basic medical attention’, coroner rules – The Guardian

Posted May 29th, 2012 in birth, inquests, medical treatment, midwives, negligence, news by tracey

“A baby died after suffering brain damage when he and his mother were exposed to a ‘gross failure of basic medical attention’, a coroner has ruled. Noah Tyler died 10 months after a midwife overseeing his birth at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff failed to take action though the baby’s heart rate was worryingly high. He was deprived of oxygen and his mother, Colleen Tyler, 31, could also have died during the birth, the hearing was told.”

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The Guardian, 28th May 2012

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Addicts to lose benefits if they refuse treatment – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 23rd, 2012 in alcohol abuse, benefits, drug abuse, medical treatment, news by sally

“Alcoholics and drug addicts will lose their benefits if they refuse to accept treatment, under plans to be announced today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd May 2012

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Court of Protection Update – Thirty Nine Essex Street

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Thirty Nine Essex Street, May 2012

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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

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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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