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Medical negligence is a terrible thing to suffer through. We put our faith in medical professionals to provide a duty of care to us, when they fail in this, it can have devastating repercussions. From misdiagnosis, to negligent childbirth, and delayed diagnosis to negligent cosmetic surgery, the forms medical negligence can take are vast. If you or a loved one has suffered from clinical negligence, you are likely to have a claim for compensation.


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Breast surgeon charged by General Medical Council

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The General Medical Council (GMC) has found a breast surgeon guilty of unlawfully and maliciously wounding 11 female patients. The surgeon, Dr Ian Paterson, was found guilty of 21 counts of neglect against 11 patients, and was suspended in 2012. Since the suspension, more than 550 patients have been recalled to have their treatment reviewed.  Dr Paterson treated around 700 women between 1993 and 2012, during which time he carried out unlawful surgery in hospitals run by the Heart of England NHS Trust and Spire Healthcare. Investigations are still underway following allegations…

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Man dies in hospital after defibrillator set at incorrect level

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At a hearing that took place in Ruthin on Tuesday, a panel heard that 78-year-old John Rogers lost his life in March of last year due to a defibrillator being set at the wrong power level. Mr Rogers, from Denbigh, died in a coronary care ward in the Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan. The event triggered a serious case review by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board which runs the hospital. Mr Rogers’ daughter, Melissa, told the inquest on the first day that she and her mother had been requested to meet a heart consultant…

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Ambulance station closure concerns

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Councilllors from Chirk Town Centre have been expressing their concerns surrounding the closure of Chirk’s ambulance station, claiming that the lives of residents will be put at risk. The ambulance depot on Station Avenue is to be replaced by a new building, costing £15 million which will be situated in Wrexham town centre. Wrexham and Flintshire ambulance service locality manager, Karl Hughes, told councillors that the decision had been made in a bid to make the Welsh Ambulance service more efficient. He stated that the new building would improve better coverage across…

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Care home conditions “inadequate”

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out an unannounced inspection of Aston Manor care home in Dewsbury in early November of last year and found conditions at the home to be “inadequate”. It found that residents at the care home “were not treated with dignity and respect”, in the report published by the care watchdogs. It was noted that inspectors saw extensive smears of faeces on carpets, walls, furniture and handrails and that the building had “highly offensive odours” which was upsetting to the residents. It noted that the problem remained throughout…

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£1.2m awarded to cardiologist who exposed NHS failings

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Dr Raj Mattu, a leading cardiologist who threw light on medical malpractices in 2001, has been awarded £1.2 million upon winning his case against being sacked for his exposure of the shortcomings. It was heard that more than £10 million of tax payers’ money has been squandered by the NHS in an attempt to silence Dr Mattu and ruin his career.  Dr Mattu, who had been working for the Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry, claimed in 2001 that patients were being put in danger by overcrowding in wards and by the…

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Suggested Scrapping of NHS 111 after baby sepsis death

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It has been suggested that scrapping the NHS 111 health helpline should be considered according to an organisation representing local GPs. This is following the shortcomings leading to the death of one-year-old William Mead who died from undiagnosed blood poisoning (sepsis) in December of 2014. After visiting her GP several times, who also did not recognise the seriousness of William’s condition, William’s mother, Melissa Mead called the NHS 111 helpline during the weekend.  His life could have been saved The call handler, who does not necessarily have any medical training, input a…

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Potential A&E closure for Huddersfield

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A report has been published suggesting that the Accident and Emergency department of the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary could be closed, leaving the inhabitants of Huddersfield having to travel to Halifax, Barnsley or Wakefield in the event of an emergency. It has also been revealed that the Infirmary may be demolished all altogether and a new hospital built without an Accident and Emergency department. Labour MP for Huddersfield, Barry Sheerman, has said that he is “deeply concerned” and has stated that he will fight “tooth and nail” to retain A&E services…

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The affects of hospitalisation on patients causing readmissions

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Studies are being carried out in both the UK and the US to observe the affects of hospitalisation on patients who are readmitted within a month of being discharged. Dr Harlan Krumholtz from the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at Yale School of Medicine, has observed that around 20% of US patients are readmitted within a month. In England around 7% are readmitted, costing the NHS around £2.4 billion in the 2012-2013 financial year. The research is suggesting that a hospital stay can weaken patients so much that they are more…

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NHS mental health death reviews announced

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has recently announced that a review is to be carried out of the way deaths are investigated throughout the NHS. This follows the publication of a report by one of the country’s biggest mental health trusts, the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. The report uncovered a “lack of leadership, focus and sufficient time spent” investigating deaths. Mr Hunt has decided to roll out a new review system across the entire NHS, determined that lessons will be learned from the report. The report of Southern Health, which…

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A&E waiting times only “getting worse”

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New data collected by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine found that A&E waiting times in England only continue to get worse. The figures found that 88% of A&E patients were admitted or treated within the four-hour waiting time, despite the fact that the current target stands at 95%. The College compiled the data from over 40 trusts – one in five of the total in the UK. The report revealed further problems related to discharging patients. Across some trusts, one fifth of hospital beds were occupied by patients ready…

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Spike in excess winter deaths linked to low efficiency flu vaccine

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Figures published by the Office for National Statistics have revealed that there has been a considerable spike in excess winter deaths in 2014/15. It is estimated that the death rate in England and Wales was 27% higher during the months of December and March compared to the previous and following three months. It is estimated that there was an excess of 43,900 deaths, the highest number since 1999. The report also suggests that the majority of deaths involved the over 75 year-olds and that there were more deaths in women…

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Hospital mental healthcare failings after preventable suicide in A&E ward

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Royal Blackburn Hospital has been found to have been not “appropriately managed” following an investigation carried out by coroner Michael Singleton into the suicide of 42 year old Jackie Williams in January of this year. Mrs Williams was admitted to the hospital on the 27th of January where she was later found hanged in a closed room in the Accident and Emergency ward.  Mrs Williams had been found unconscious and intoxicated on a tow path of a canal in Burnley on the 26th of January.  It is claimed that the…

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Health trust ‘requires improvement’ after failing standards

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An English NHS health trust has been rated as “requiring improvement” after recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections. Inspectors found that Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were failing in a number of areas including staffing, cleanliness and infection control. The trust runs a total of four hospitals in South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire: Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Bassetlaw District General Hospital, Retford Hospital and Montagu Hospital in Mexborough. The CQC carried out inspections in April, with particularly worrying findings made with regards to staffing. The report stated that the low…

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Multiple Sclerosis medication should be offered earlier

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According to a report published by the Multiple Sclerosis Society, people suffering with Multiple Sclerosis, in its most common form, are not being offered drug treatment early enough. The report states that doctors currently use a “wait-and-see” approach, which causes patients suffering with the disease to experience unnecessary deterioration in their condition. Drug watchdog NICE, however, responded by saying that where “disease-modifying therapy” can help in some cases, the benefits and side-effects have to be weighed up. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an incurable disease that affects around 100,000 people in…

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Access to radiotherapy must improve

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Doctors have called for radiotherapy access to be improved globally after data shows the millions of deaths worldwide from cancer that could have been treated with radiotherapy. Recently released figures show that around nine out of ten people in low-income countries have almost no access to radiotherapy treatment for their cancer. Even in countries where the facilities are in place, experts say that staff and equipment shortages are preventing it from being used. ‘Access to radiotherapy in low-income countries by 2035’ The data is to be presented at the European…

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Ambulance equipment ‘out of date’

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Following a recent health watchdog inspection, vital equipment used by Yorkshire Ambulance Service paramedics for major disasters is out of date. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) report stated that breathing apparatus used by the hazard response team was not checked to meet standards, and on one occasion a defibrillator had not been changed. Not only did the CQC report note equipment issues, but it also highlighted the fact that the trust was failing to meet response time targets for the most serious 999 calls. It was revealed that less than…

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Demand on NHS all-time high

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Official data from NHS England has revealed the huge increase in demand on hospital services. The data showed increases across numerous areas of the NHS, including emergency ambulance call-outs, emergency admissions, A&E admissions, diagnostic tests and treatments. NHS England recognised that this constant increase in demand is part of a continuing trend.  The data, which covered a wide range of services, was the first time NHS England has published data of this variety and depth in one day. This “super-Thursday” provided an illustration of the year that led up to…

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Woman awarded £75,000 in compensation after botched operation

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A woman has been awarded £75,000 in compensation after a medical operation went wrong, leaving her with a colostomy for two years. The woman, who remains anonymous, initially sought medical help from her GP for severe constipation. She was referred to consultant Rob Jones after it was believed that she had a prolapse. Mr Jones failed to present any options other than surgery, and scheduled an operation immediately. On the day of the operation, a locum consultant examined the patient. The consultant said that surgery was not the correct treatment…

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Woman wins compensation following negligent gynaecology surgery

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A mother-of-three is one of the first women to be awarded compensation following the negligent operations carried out by gynaecologist Rob Jones. Claire Hill is the first of potentially hundreds of female patients to win damages against Mr Jones after she was left incontinent for two years following a botched operation. It was heard that the consultant made a serious mistake during Mrs Hill’s hysterectomy at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in September 2011. Following the operation, Mrs Hill complained to Mr Jones about the pain she was experiencing. Mr Jones…

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Ambulance service continues to miss targets

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The East Midlands Ambulance Service (Emas) has missed its target of reaching the highest priority calls for the fifth year running. It was found that only 71.6% of Red 1 calls, which involve life-threatening emergencies, and 70.2% of Red 2 calls, which include severe breathing difficulties, were responded to in 2014/15, missing the target of 75%. The chief executive of Emas, Sue Noyes, said that the service would strive to improve and hit the 75% target in April and May. It was also found during the investigation of the East…

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Double amputee wrongly funded her own care following council dispute

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A mentally ill woman, and double amputee, was forced to fund her own care for more than fourteen months following a funding dispute between the council and her local health trust. The woman, who remains unnamed, was left “house-bound, isolated and depressed” following a dispute between Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust regarding who was responsible for funding her care. She was left with highly inadequate care, with an agency worker visiting her only twice a day. “trust should have acted sooner” The woman…

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Girl with cerebral palsy wins over £10m following hospital failings

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An 11-year-old girl has been awarded over £10million in compensation following birthing complications that left her severely disabled. The girl, who remains anonymous, suffered a respiratory collapse only minutes after her delivery at Malton Hospital in 2003. The nearest general hospital, York, was forty minutes away and ambulance staff were unable to get her there in time to save her from oxygen starvation and permanent brain damage. The girl now suffers with cerebral palsy and depends on her parents for around the clock care. The York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation…

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Mother who's baby died in hospital gives evidence against midwife

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The mother of a baby who died shortly after birth at Barrow’s Furness General Hospital in 2004 has described how the treatment she received by midwife, Marie Ratcliffe, was one of the “most heartbreaking” ordeals she ever had to deal with.  Lesley Bennett, whose baby Elleanor died 27 hours after being born, informed the hearing that she instinctively knew that there was something wrong with her baby, but that the necessary steps were not taken by Ms Ratcliffe to deal with the emergency. Mrs Bennett was giving evidence at a Nursing…

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Former breast cancer nurse undergoes ‘horrendous’ mixed-up procedure

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Diagnosed with aggressive grade three breast cancer requiring immediate surgery, former breast cancer nurse, Elizabeth Dawes aged 39 from Stafford, elected to undergo the procedure in an attempt to eradicate the disease. Four days after her invasive surgery, and facing the prospect of a course of chemotherapy, directors at the New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton informed Ms Dawes that she had been the victim of a “mix-up”, and that in fact the procedure had not been necessary.  It was revealed that there had been an error in the notes of three…

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Mother wins payout of at least £14.6m for birth injury

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A mother is to receive at least £14.6million in compensation after her son suffered severe brain damage when he was starved of oxygen during birth. Now 12-years-old, James Robshaw suffers with severe cerebral palsy and will require around the clock care for the rest of his life. The High Court ruled today (1 April) that United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust must payout at least £14.6million in compensation for the birth injuries. It was heard in court that hospital staff failed to carry out a Caesarean section on Suzanne Adams or…

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Girl Oxygen-starved at birth wins medical negligence compensation

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A young girl who was left disabled after she was starved of oxygen at birth has been awarded compensation. Ayla Ellison, from Ulverston in Cumbria, suffered serious brain damage when hospital staff at Furness General Hospital in Barrow failed to provide her with enough oxygen during her “traumatic” birth in April 2007. Ayla, who is now eight-years-old, depends on constant care and has to be fed through a tube.  In 2012, Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust admitted staff negligence that resulted in Ayla’s disability. At London’s High Court it was…

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Hospital ‘put patients at risk’

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Bristol’s new £430,000 hospital has been criticised by a health watchdog over its critical care and emergency services. A recent Care Quality Commission report (CQC) said that the recently opened Southmead Hospital was putting its patients and staff at risk. Since the inspections, North Bristol NHS Trust said that extra staff had been recruited to help deal with the issue. The report pointed out that both staff and patient safety was being jeopardized by the hospital’s safety standards. The inspection, which was carried out in November, rated the hospital as…

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Girl’s treatment by police criticised

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The treatment of a mentally ill teenager has been criticised by two of Devon’s MPs. The girl was arrested in November and sectioned, but was left for two days in a police cell with no bed and received no care. Only 16-years-old, the girl is now being treated in a specialist psychiatric unit more than 200 miles away from her family home, a distance that local MPs greatly disagree with. Torbay MP Adrian Sanders wrote to NHS England requesting local treatment for the girl, and South West Devon MP Gary…

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Brain damaged victim wins £10million for Cerebral palsy at birth

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Following a three-day long hearing at London’s High Court, a seven-year-old girl has won £10.1million in damages for being starved of oxygen at birth. Eva Totham was born with severe brain damage after birthing complications prevented her brain from receiving oxygen, leaving her with a mind that is trapped inside of a body that she can’t control. The award is believed to be one of the biggest personal injury payouts following a contested trail. The trust in charge of King’s College Hospital, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, admitted liability…

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Medics charged with manslaughter of 6 year old disabled boy

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Three members of staff from the Leicester Royal Infirmary have been charged with manslaughter following the death of a six-year-old boy. Two nurses and one doctor from the hospital admitted to gross negligence that caused the boy’s death in 2011. An inquest into what actually caused his death was adjourned in 2013. Jack Adcock, who suffered with Down’s syndrome, was admitted to the hospital in February 2011 because of severe vomiting. While in hospital, he suffered a heart attack but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba and…

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Father sues hospital over baby death

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The father of a baby who died during childbirth is suing the NHS for damages. Five years after Ian Wild’s son was delivered stillborn due to medical failings, Mr Wild says he now suffers from a “psychiatric injury” because of the trauma. He and his wife, Lisa, went to Southend Hospital in March 2009 when Lisa went into labour. Nurses, however, were unable to find a heartbeat for the baby and he was later delivered stillborn. Southend Hospital bosses have admitted liability for the baby’s death. It was heard in court that…

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Care at hospital improves after investigations deem it inadequate

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Following serious criticisms last year regarding patient care standards, the Royal Bournemouth Hospital has made major improvements. The Care Quality Commission carried out an investigation into patient care at the hospital in December 2013, which found that the care of patients, especially older patients, was “inadequate”. The report highlighted key areas for improvement, including staffing levels, A&E security, and the dementia care department. It also singled out Ward 3 and Ward 26, where elderly patients are treated, as areas of urgent attention.  The report found that some patients were left for hours…

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Doctors' licence renewals deferred after review of midwifery service

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Guernsey doctors have had their licence renewals deferred following a critical review into the island’s midwifery services. The review was sparked by a number of deaths that happened in the maternity department, but especially the death of a newborn baby earlier this year. Many of the Health and Social Services Department’s board members resigned following the tragic death. The doctor’s licences have been deferred for six months, and they will be expected to prove their ability to practice on a regular basis in order for the renewal to be granted.…

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Mother awaits answers from abulance service following asthma death

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The mother of an 11-year-old boy who died after being treated for his asthma in an ambulance says that she is still waiting for answers over a year after her son’s death. Jack Gray suffered a severe asthma attack at his home last year, and was taken to hospital by ambulance. Ambulance paramedics treated Jack both at his home and on his way to the hospital. The attack happened on the 30th June 2013 and an ambulance arrived within minutes of his mum, Barbara Gray, phoning emergency services. While paramedics attempted to…

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Accused staff blame hospital bosses

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Following a recent report that accused Cambridgeshire hospital staff of providing a substandard level of care, many workers have stepped forward to blame hospital bosses. Last week a letter from the Care Quality Commission was leaked to the Health Service Journal, highlighting the numerous areas that called for improvement at the privately-run NHS hospital. The problems included staff failing to follow hand-washing procedures, update care plans and securely store medication. Following the release of this letter, some of the Hinchingbrooke staff have come forward to dispute its details. Many have argued that they…

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Compensation awarded following blood clot misdiagnosis

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A mother has been awarded £400,000 in compensation after she developed a potentially fatal blood clot after giving birth. The 41-year-old had complained of discomfort but was told by hospital staff that it was probably just hormones. Her lawsuit argued that she was not properly assessed despite being in a high-risk category having had deep vein thrombosis in her leg after giving birth to her first child. The unnamed mother is to receive £400,000 from the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust. It has been argued that even if the clot…

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Partner blames doctors for death from untreated head injuries

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A woman has blamed doctors for the death of her partner after they allowed him to leave hospital with head injuries that later killed him. Darren Roberts had been in a serious car accident, but was allowed to leave hospital only one hour after he was submitted. The father-of-one died the following day (6th of December). Mr Roberts had been involved in a two-car collision on the A541 at Afonwen, Wales, when he suffered the fatal head injury. It was heard that impact with the windscreen and rear view mirror…

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Endoscopes deemed as safe after Hepatitis scare

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Following a scare earlier this month about the cleanliness of endoscopes used at a Carlisle hospital, results have found that none of the patients were infected. North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust realised at the beginning of the month that numerous endoscopes had not been cleaned properly before being used on patients. A total of 357 patients received letters offering blood tests to check for hepatitis B and hepatitis C. It has been revealed, that of the 37 arranged tests, none have come back positive. People that had undergone an…

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999 error costs life of an 8 year old

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An eight-year-old boy died of an asthma attack earlier this year as a result of an emergency call handler’s error. Clayton Barker suffered a serious asthma attack in March last year while visiting his grandmother in Oldham. She immediately contacted the emergency services, yet the operator sent the only available ambulance to another patient.  Eventually an ambulance arrived 23 minutes after the call had been made, yet the young boy died on his way to the hospital.   The inquest at Heywood found that the operator had asked Ms Barker if…

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Doctors to face harsher penalties for medical mistakes

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Doctors who fail to meet care standards can expect to face tougher penalties. The General Medical Council has decided to revise the measures in place surrounding the punishment of doctors who make mistakes in the care of their patients. The GMC plans to make numerous changes, including gaining the ability to restrict the practice of doctors who have failed to meet care standards, even if their work has already been approved. The GMC, which regulates all doctors in the UK, has decided to toughen up in order to help protect patients…

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Family seek apology following cancer death

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The family of a woman who died of bowel cancer in June has demanded an apology after medical staff repeatedly misdiagnosed her illness. 56-year-old Shirley James first became ill in February. After tests for glandular fever and ovarian cancer came back negative, doctors were unable to diagnose Mrs James’ illness. Eventually, following further tests, Mrs James was admitted to hospital in June with bowel cancer. Mrs James’ daughter, Wendy James-Carter, said that doctors from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust assured her mother that she did not have cancer. However, after she “lost…

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End of life care not acceptable in Leicestershire and Rutland

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A recent report looking into the end of life care provided to patients in Leicestershire and Rutland has made some worrying findings. It was found that one in five patients who died in Leicestershire and Rutland received a substandard, and even “unacceptable”, level of care. The report took into account 381 cases of patients that received end of life care, with some having even been resuscitated when they did not want to be. It was also found that numerous patients were taken into hospital despite the fact that they specifically wanted to…

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Dentist struck off over insufficient treatment

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A Shrewsbury dentist has been struck off the register after failing to recognise numerous mouth problems, keep adequate records and prescribe medication appropriately.  Robin Pope was employed at Monkmoor Dental Surgery in Shrewsbury between 2010 and 2012. During this time, it was found at a hearing by the General Dental Council that Mr Pope had provided insufficient treatment to a total of 11 patients. It was also found that he made 31 fraudulent claims for payment. The inquiry into Mr Pope’s failings found that patient examinations were sometimes entirely dismissed, and…

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Man wins £45,000 compensation following failed operation

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A man has been awarded with £45,000 in compensation following a failed operation at James Cook University Hospital. 70-year-old Malcolm Atkinson suffered with a debilitating finger condition, which was left considerably worse after going under the knife. The condition Mr Atkinson suffered with was Dupuytren’s contracture, a condition that causes the fingers to bend inwards into the palm of the hand.  Since the operation, Mr Atkinson has been left with a permanently disabled left hand. It was heard at court that the failed operation ‘inadvertently’ damaged the nerves in the hand,…

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Sheffield boy wins NHS compensation after brain damage during birth

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A boy that was left with severe brain damage after a birthing complication has been awarded with a substantial NHS compensation package. 14-year-old Bradley Kendall sustained a permanent brain injury during his three-month-premature birth at the Jessop maternity unit in Sheffield. He now requires a great degree of care and will spend the rest of his life partially dependent on the help of others. Bradley’s parents, William and Joanne, blamed doctors for his brain injury and sued. They accepted a multi-million pound settlement at the High Court in London yesterday. The payout,…

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Newborn died unnecessarily after medical staff missed opportunities to save him

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The parents of a newborn baby that died only nine days after birth feel “let down” by the maternity staff at Furness General Hospital. Joshua Titcombe died in 2008 due to natural causes, but an inquest found that medical staff missed multiple opportunities to save his life. Following the baby’s death, the family said that they have suffered “unnecessary distress” as a result of how the hospital dealt with the incident. A lack of openness and honesty on the hospital’s part made the loss of the baby far worse. A watchdog attained…

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Extra staff for struggling hospital

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Having been placed under special measures following a Care Quality Commission report in December, the Royal Blackburn Hospital has taken on almost 150 new members of staff. The East Lancashire Hospitals Trust was placed under special measures after an investigation made worrying findings. The trust was failing to meet three out of four national standards in the Accident and Emergency department. The investigation was carried out under the Keogh review, which uncovered major problems in many NHS trusts sparked by a worrying increase in hospital death rates. As a result, the Royal Blackburn…

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Ambulance service not doing its job

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Police in Essex are complaining that ambulance failures are resulting in an increased strain on the police service, with over 180 patients taken to hospital by police in the last year. Police said that they have been taking patients to hospital when ambulances are delayed or don’t show up: preventing them from doing their job properly. Figures obtained by BBC News found that in 2012, Essex Police took 185 patients to hospital when ambulances weren’t available. The figures showed that 121 of the incidents were recorded as “excessive delays” in ambulances arriving…

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Rural areas neglected by ambulance service?

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After a man recently collapsed and died while waiting for an ambulance to arrive, a minister has called for a reassessment of paramedic response time targets in England’s rural areas. 26-year-old Peter Nelson, from Blakeney in Norfolk, died in his home in November after having waited for nearly two hours for an ambulance to arrive. When he was finally taken to hospital, he died shortly after from a haemorrhage. Norman Lamb, an MP for North Norfolk, highlighted that response time targets require serious reconsideration to prevent fatalities like this from occurring.…

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999 errors resulted in baby’s death

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After a 999 call-handler made fatal errors when answering a phone-call regarding a choking baby, the nine-month old baby tragically died as a result. Millie Thompson started choking while being fed Shepard’s pie at her nursery in October 2012, after which a nursery-worker phoned for assistance. Instead of categorizing the phone-call as urgent, ambulance worker Aaliyah Ormerod asked the caller the scripted questions and then failed to remain on the line to listen to the baby’s breathing. It was heard at an inquest that Ms Ormerod should have alerted a…

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Brain damaged boy awarded payout

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A 9-year-old boy has been awarded with a payout of £10m after being left severely brain damaged following mistakes made during his birth. Aaron Crosby, from Lincoln, is unable to speak or use his limbs after he was starved of oxygen during his birth at Lincoln County Hospital. During his birth, his mother had been administered a drug, of which she was given excessive doses, to stimulate contractions during labour.  Due to these hospital errors, a payout of £10m has been agreed – one of the biggest compensation packages believed to have…

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£6.5m birth liability agreed for 15 year old cerebral palsy sufferer

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The family of a child born with cerebral palsy after undergoing birthing complications has received £6.5m after the hospital admitted liability. 15-year-old Olivia Banks was diagnosed with the condition just before she turned 1-year-old – a result of her brain being starved of oxygen during birth. Olivia, from Parkfields in Wolverhampton, requires 24/7 care and support, which Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust has agreed to cover with a payment of over £6.5m. This settlement will provide Olivia with life-long care, allowing her to have “as full a life as possible” –…

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West Cumberland Hospital Failings

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After inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) reviewed West Cumberland Hospital last month, the standard of care provided to patients is still not good enough. The team visited the hospital after it was put under special measures for high death rates, alongside 10 other hospitals, following the summer’s Keogh review, but found little improvement. North Cumbria Hospitals Trust has admitted to these failings, saying that they are trying to make improvements where they can.  A previous inspection was carried out in the Whitehaven-based hospital in May, which found worrying standards…

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number of failing A&Es have doubled in last year

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Since this time last year, the number of NHS England trusts failing to meet A&E waiting time targets have more than doubled. Between April and June of last year, 13 hospital trusts were unable to meet their target waiting time of four hours. Between April and June of this year, however, this figure has risen to 31 hospital trusts failing to meet targets.  Although the Department of Health said that A&Es were able to see 95% of patients within this time, the Monitor’s report warned that this ongoing problem could result in…

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Glaucoma patient has had checkups cancelled for two years

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96-year-old Barbara Lucas, from Lye near Stourbridge, has not received a checkup for her glaucoma in two years. After enduring cancellations and rearrangements of eleven checkups, her daughter, Anne Harris, argues that something must be done. Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley continued to cancel and reschedule Mrs. Lucas’ appointments for a period of two years, only to cancel them again. This was only discovered when Mrs. Lucas’ daughter discovered a folder of hospital letters in her mother’s home, rescheduling cancelled appointments. She said: “Some of the rearranged appointments were scheduled for…

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NHS Trust continually breaches waiting time target

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The Royal Berkshire NHS Trust is undergoing investigation for continually breaching the NHS’s target waiting time for accident and emergency patients. The NHS has a strict guideline that encourages all A&E patients to be seen within 4 hours of their arrival, which The Royal Berkshire NHS Trust is failing to meet. With hospitals under the trust running in Reading, Bracknell, Henley and Windsor – the inability to meet target waiting times has suggested to Monitor, a health service regulator in England, that wider governance problems may be present within the…

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Cosmetic Surgery Claims

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Given the increase in the number of people having cosmetic surgery there has also been an increase in the number of cosmetic surgery claims for compensation. According to recent research, certain types of procedure have increased approximately fifteen percent, with some of the most common types of procedure being breast augmentation, rhinoplasty (common referred to as nose jobs), liposuction, face lifts and eyelid surgery. There are, of course, an extremely wide variety of other cosmetic surgeries, and it is estimated that close to three hundred million pounds is spent annually.…

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Alternative method in staffing ambulances

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Kent and Sussex are piloting a new method to more effectively staff ambulances. As of today, Monday 8 July, Kent and Sussex emergency services are staffing their ambulances with support workers instead of paramedics to help move patients to hospital. The NHS Trust believes that this will help free up paramedics to deal with emergencies. Emergency-care support workers will now staff the vehicles that were previously used as ambulances. These Intermediate Tier Vehicles (ITVs) will not be used in Surrey due to a “different demand” – says South East Coast Ambulance Service. 24…

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NHS Direct pulls out of Cornish NHS 111 helpline

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NHS Direct has pulled out of their contract to manage the emergency service phone-line in Cornwall due to being ‘financially unstable’. Expected to start in the Duchy in May, concerns were raised regarding the quality of the service, and was therefore delayed. NHS 111 is a free service for people in urgent, but not life threatening, medical conditionsNHS 111 is for those seeking fast medical advice, but do not require an emergency 999 responseNHS 111 offers basic medical advice and can also give guidance regarding the most appropriate service for…

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Government to improve NHS patient safety

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The Government has announced an overhaul of the NHS to ensure that the quality of patient care remains its key focus. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced how a culture of compassion will be a key marker of success, spelling an end to the distorting impact of targets and box ticking which led to the failings at Stafford Hospital. The Government’s response to the Francis report includes: Plans to put in place a culture of zero-harm and compassionate care.A new statutory duty of candour will ensure honesty and transparency are the…

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Thalidomide victims awarded £80million health grant

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The Department of Health is to pay around £80million over ten years to the Thalidomide Trust through an annual grant, which dispenses help and support to people disabled by the drug. This deal secures additional financial support for England’s 325 surviving “thalidomiders”, many of whom are unable to work and require adapted homes and cars. The grant recognises the increasing health needs of Thalidomide survivors as they approach older age and that more investment is needed to help meet the complex health needs that can arise. The grant, piloted for…

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