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Category Archives: Medical Negligence

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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GPs booking to be modernised to cut waiting on phone

How many of us call the doctors in the morning, dead on the time that it opens only to find that it is already engaged? More attempts get the same engaged tone and if and when you get through, the appointments left are either inconvenient or non-existent at which point you realise you have to…
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Increase in ambulance delays in South East

Ambulances are spending 50% more time outside hospital in Kent, Sussex and Surrey than 3 years ago. This is a major risk to patient safety and Swain & Co. medical negligence solicitors are concerned. Hospital handover times have increased; time spent waiting at hospitals to hand over patients means that this time is not spent…
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Diabetes Errors in hospital

A report has found almost 1 in 3 hospital patients with diabetes are victims to medication errors which can cause dangerous blood glucose levels. In England and Wales, at least one mistake was made per inpatient in the treatment of 3700 diabetes patients in one week. Swain & Co.’s medical negligence solicitors are extremely concerned…
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Drug shortages caused by exports to EU

According to a report by MPs published 15th May, patients’ safety is being compromised as shortages of drugs for conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy and schizophrenia.  Some people have struggled to get medication and have been admitted to hospital as a result. It is being blamed on the EU law whereby speculators are profiteering on…
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TB misdiagnosed as lovestruck teenager!

An inquest heard yesterday that a teenage girl died from tuberculosis (TB) after doctors accused her of being lovesick and they ignored 50 calls from her worried family. Despite having a history of TB, Alina Sarag’s parents said she was told that the symptoms were all in her head and she may have bulimia. In…
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