Private Powys GP banned from prescribing drugs by GMC – BBC News

Posted April 30th, 2010 in disciplinary procedures, doctors, medical treatment, medicines, news by sally

“A doctor has been banned from prescribing drugs and told to take down part of her website after appearing before the General Medical Council.”

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BBC News, 29th April 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Media: British Chiropractic Association v Dr Simon Singh – Law Society’s Gazette

“While the northern hemisphere is paralysed by the seismic shift that has caused the Icelandic volcano, Mt Eyjafjallajökull, to erupt, the case of the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) against Dr Simon Singh promises to have an equally seismic effect on the legal landscape of libel in the UK and the defence of fair comment – especially in the area of scientific debate.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd April 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Composer wins contaminated blood payout challenge – The Independent

Posted April 19th, 2010 in blood products, compensation, judicial review, medical treatment, news by sally

“An award-winning composer who contracted HIV and Hepatitis C through NHS treatment with contaminated blood products today won his legal challenge over compensation payments.”

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The Independent, 16th April 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

British Chiropractic Association v Singh – WLR Daily

British Chiropractic Association v Singh [2010] EWCA Civ 350; [2010] WLR (D) 96

“A statement, made by a scientific journalist in a newspaper article, that there was ‘not a jot of evidence’ to support a professional body’s claims of certain medical benefits resulting from its members’ treatment of patients was not an assertion of fact but a statement of opinion.”

WLR Daily, 12th April 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Simon Singh wins libel court battle – The Guardian

“Science writer Simon Singh today won his court of appeal battle for the right to rely on the defence of fair comment in a libel action.”

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The Guardian, 1st April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Essex NHS trust must pay brain-damaged boy £1.75m – BBC News

Posted March 31st, 2010 in birth, compensation, hospitals, medical treatment, negligence, news by sally

“The parents of a brain damaged boy from Essex have been awarded £1.75m compensation by the High Court.”

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BBC News, 31st March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Massive rise in cost to NHS of settling compensation cases – The Independent

Posted March 29th, 2010 in compensation, fees, medical treatment, negligence, news by sally

“The cost of no-win, no-fee legal claims against the National Health Service has risen 16-fold in five years. A breakdown of clinical negligence cases settled by the NHS under ‘conditional fee arrangements’ (CFA), in which solicitors get paid only if they win a case, shows that their value – in costs and damages – has risen from £6.5m in 2004-05 to £108m last year.”

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The Independent, 28th MArch 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Family wins payout over mother Lavinia Bletchly’s undiagnosed cancer – The Independent

Posted March 26th, 2010 in cancer, compensation, medical treatment, negligence, news by sally

“The family of a young mother who died after doctors failed to diagnose her cancer secured a six-figure pay-out from an NHS body today.”

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The Independent, 26th March 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Paramedic who failed to treat critically injured biker escapes being struck off – Daily Telegraph

“A paramedic who covered a critically injured motorcyclist with a tarpaulin and stopped treating him when he was still breathing has escaped being struck off.”

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Daily Telegraph, 12th March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Simon Singh in court to appeal ruling over Guardian article – The Guardian

Posted February 23rd, 2010 in appeals, defamation, medical treatment, news by sally

“The science writer Simon Singh is in court today to appeal against a preliminary libel ruling over a Guardian article in which he criticised the British Chiropractic Association (BCA).”

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The Guardian, 23rd February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Judge approves £5.6m compensation package for disabled teenager – The Independent

Posted February 1st, 2010 in birth, compensation, hospitals, medical treatment, negligence, news by sally

“A High Court judge described being ‘humbled’ today by the devoted care given by the family of a girl brain-damaged at birth as she gave her backing to a £5.6 million compensation package.”

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The Independent, 1st February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Rights for NHS patients now law – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 19th, 2010 in hospitals, medical treatment, medicines, news by sally

“Rights for NHS patients to be treated with dignity and respect are now enshrined in law for the first time, ministers have announced.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th January 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Judge leaves court to calm down during case of ‘abandoned’ sick child – The Times

Posted December 8th, 2009 in adjournment, children, local government, medical treatment, news by sally

“A senior family judge took the extraordinary step of leaving court to calm down because he was so angered by two local authorities who ‘abandoned’ a sick boy to save money.”

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The Times, 8th December 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Leading article: Hard cases and good law – The Independent

Posted November 11th, 2009 in children, hospitals, medical ethics, medical treatment, news by sally

“The sad case of Baby RB, which has been argued to and fro before the High Court, ended summarily yesterday when the one-year-old boy’s father accepted the hospital’s case for withdrawing life support. This unexpected development had two immediate effects. The doctors are now within their rights to halt life support, so as to allow the severely disabled child – as the hospital put it – ‘a peaceful, calm and dignified death’. And the judge will not have to reach a decision – although he hinted what it would have been when he said that the outcome was, in his view, ‘inevitable’.”

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The Independent, 11th November 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Father fights to stop hospital withdrawing life support for baby son – The Guardian

Posted November 2nd, 2009 in children, hospitals, medical treatment, news by sally

“A father whose son was born with a rare neuromuscular condition will go to the high court tomorrow [2nd Nov.] in an attempt to stop a hospital withdrawing the support that keeps the child alive.”

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The Guardian, 1st November 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Waiting list patients will get right to go private – The Independent

Posted November 2nd, 2009 in medical treatment, news by sally

“Patients forced to wait 18 weeks for treatment on the NHS will be given a new legal right to receive it from the private sector.”

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The Independent, 31st October 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Boy, 10, awarded £7.1m over medical negligence at birth – The Independent

Posted October 13th, 2009 in compensation, medical treatment, negligence, news by sally

“A 10-year-old boy with a ‘great zest for life’ was awarded a compensation package totalling £7.1m today over medical negligence at birth which left him with severe brain damage.”

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The Independent, 13th October 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Doctors ‘forced’ to allow suicide – BBC News

Posted October 2nd, 2009 in medical treatment, news, suicide by sally

“Doctors were forced to allow a suicidal woman who had swallowed anti-freeze to die, because she refused medical help.”

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BBC News, 1st October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Killer wins birthmark op battle – BBC News

Posted September 3rd, 2009 in medical treatment, news, prisons by sally

“A man serving a life sentence for a double murder has won a High Court victory over his right to have cosmetic surgery on the NHS.”

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BBC News, 2nd September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

NHS compensation costs rise to £807m – The Guardian

Posted August 19th, 2009 in compensation, medical treatment, negligence, news by sally

“The NHS spent more than £800m settling legal claims last year as complaints of medical negligence against the service rose sharply.”

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The Guardian, 19th August 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk