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Category Archives: Medical Negligence

Major changes to end of life care Supreme Court ruling

The Supreme Court rules this week that a judge will no longer need to be consulted when doctors and relatives agree life-support should end. Judges will no longer need to be consulted when doctors and relatives of patients in a vegetative or minimally conscious state agree life-support treatment should end. Until now families of such…
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Cancer diagnosis for the elderly set to rise

Cancer diagnosis for the elderly set to rise Cancer, its’ causes, the way it is diagnosed and its’ associated charities are never out of the press.  Recently we hear that the number of elderly people in the UK diagnosed each year with cancer is set to rise by 80% in less than 20 years. The…
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July is Sarcoma Awareness Month

July is Sarcoma Awareness Month. So, What is Sarcoma? It is cancer of the bone and soft tissues. Sarcoma is an uncommon cancer that can affect any part of the body, inside or out. This includes muscles, tendons, fatty tissue, bone and blood vessels. Around 5300 people in the UK are diagnosed with a form…
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Should never events ever happen?

Should never events ever happen? The BBC recently reported that a hospital operated on the wrong finger in one of six serious incidents recorded by an NHS trust last year. East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, which runs three hospitals, recorded six "never events" in 2017/18. What is a “never event?” A never event is…
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Gosport Opioid deaths: The Health Secretary issues an apology

Gosport Opioid deaths: The Health Secretary issues an apology This week, a shocking report has revealed how 450 patient’s lives were cut short at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, Hampshire. The report concluded that this was the result of prescribing and administering strong painkillers without medical justification. The Health Secretary confirmed that there were a catalogue…
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Bowel Cancer – How effective is the testing?

Bowel Cancer – How effective is the testing? A friend of mine recently turned 60 and we found ourselves discussing the shock of receiving a kit through the post for bowel cancer testing.  He was shocked to hear from a friend that this would happen. Why was he shocked? Bowel cancer is the fourth most…
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Nasal spray may mean stroke damage avoided

Nasal spray may mean stroke damage avoided. I know a man who, when he was 43 years of age he had a small stroke.  At that time he was an incredibly fit man, no body fat, not a drinker, never smoked and had never taken a drug stronger than a headache tablet. BUT that man…
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