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Category Archives: Medical Negligence

Neglect contributed to the death of cerebral palsy baby Noah

Gross failure to provide basic medical attention to a mother in childbirth was a factor in her baby’s death, a coroner said. Noah Tyler was born at Cardiff’s University Hospital of Wales and died of natural causes 10 months later. Noah was born with cerebral palsy after being deprived of oxygen when he was born.…
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Patients ‘more likely to die’ if admitted to hospital at weekend

A major study in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine in February showed that patients were more likely to die if they were admitted to hospital at the weekend. The research was carried out at University College London and the universities of Birmingham and East Anglia, covering 14 million hospital admissions, during 2009-2010,…
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Sacked surgeon’s patients awarded compensation

East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust made out of court settlements to the sum of £651,000 to 15 former patients of Dr Jackson, who they dismissed in 2007. The patients were treated by Dr Jackson up until 2007 despite the payouts from 2002 and referrals to the General Medical Council (GMC), which they confirmed were received…
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Increase in compensation for GP mistakes in contraception

Mistakes by GPs when fitting intrauterine devices (IUDs), the contraceptive coil, have led to women unexpectedly becoming pregnant and suffering womb damage. Some problems concerning the contraceptive coil have seen large compensation pay-outs to patients. One unidentified women suffered a perforated uterus and received more than £100,000 in compensation, whilst another received a similar amount…
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Legal Challenges to NHS Rationing

Figures obtained by The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) reveal that a growing number of NHS Trusts are placing restrictions on access to eye surgery. 57% of the NHS Trusts said that they imposed their own criteria, on top of the national standards, for cataract surgery. Swain & Co.’s expert medical negligence solicitors…
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Delays in diagnosing cancer

The government is facing claims that it is risking the lives of young women under 25 years of age in England by not giving them cervical smear tests. Lib Dem MP Andrew George and Tory MP Mark Spencer are backing the campaign for the cervical screening system to be reviewed. The mother of Mercedes Curnow,…
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Rabies sufferer visited A&E twice before diagnosis

A woman from Kent visited A&E at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford who failed to diagnose her condition on two occasions before she was admitted to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London. The trust has defended the apparent negligence of hospital staff saying that as the UK was rabies-free, the staff were unlikely to…
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Four ambulance stations in Hampshire to close

Council leaders have criticised the decision to close 4 of Hampshire’s ambulance stations to make way for a central hub as the decision has been made without consulting the public. Stations at Portsmouth, Havant, Gosport and Fareham will shut under the plans by South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) with staff reporting to work at a…
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Diabetes care crisis: Thousands dying needlessly

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a report that claims thousands of diabetes sufferers are dying every year because the NHS is failing in its care to them. The report says that up to 24,000 people are dying from avoidable causes related to diabetes and many more sufferers are having avoidable amputations of toes…
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Patients suffering as NHS ration care

GP’s are concerned that patients are suffering unnecessarily due to NHS rationing of care in England. People have to wait longer, whilst in pain, for knee and hip replacements and relatively minor operations, such as varicose vein removal, are being cut altogether. Ministers have said that the frontline services should not be affected by the…
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