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Category Archives: Medical Negligence

NHS: poor and inefficient care for multi-disease patients

A Study by The Lancet claims that the NHS cannot cope with the rising number of under 65s with long term medical conditions. It urges radical change. Research has been carried out in Scotland that has shown that of the 1.75 million people studied, a quarter had two or more chronic diseases. This is known…
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Skills shortage in NHS as 1 in 4 GPs due to retire

With thousands of family GPs planning to retire in the next 5 years, the NHS faces a skills shortage with failure to train enough junior doctors to replace them. Agreements to limit the recruitment of GPs from other countries which face a similar problem, means that hiring from overseas will not be a viable option.…
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NHS risk register release blocked by ministers

Ministers have vetoed the demands to publicise the risk assessment of the overhaul of the NHS. The information commissioner had ruled that the risk register should be released, but ministers believe that doing so could harm the quality of the advice from civil servants, therefore have blocked the release. The risk register is the written…
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Risks outlined for babies born after 42 weeks

New research has shown that babies that are born after 42 weeks are more likely to develop problems in their lives including ADHD says the International Journal of Epidemiology. Not enough women are being told of the risks of prolonged pregnancies during their stay in hospitals, which is turn is placing their baby at risk…
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Cerebral Palsy patient awarded £8.6m damages

A Hampshire man has been awarded a multi-million pound settlement following hospital negligence which resulted in him being starved of oxygen after his premature birth. The patient, who remains anonymous, has cerebral palsy and behavioural difficulties after nurses at St Mary’s Hospital, in Milton,Portsmouth  failed to spot that a ventilation tube was blocked. This resulted in…
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Premature twins killed by morphine overdose?

An inquest into the death of Alfie and Harry McQuillan heard yesterday that they died after doctors injected them with 17 times the prescribed amount of morphine. The twins were born three months early, but died two days after the morphine was injected, suffering lung injuries, bleeding on the brain and other health problems. Alfie…
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Baby ‘failed’ by hospital

Hayley Fullerton was 13-months old when she had heart surgery, but she died after developing an infection and a collapsed lung in hospital. At the inquest into her death, a conclusion from the hospitals inquiry was read out which said that Hayley may not have died if she had received better care at Birmingham Children’s…
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New cosmetic surgery degree launched

Essex University is launching a new degree for surgeons, aiming to improve the safety of cosmetic procedures. The university hopes that the qualification will reduce the ‘have a go’ surgeons as well as prevent people travelling abroad for surgery. However, plastic surgeons have labelled the new MSc course as unnecessary as all UK qualified plastic…
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Girl injured at birth awarded £11m compensation

Milly Evan’s was awarded £10.8m in compensation for the catastrophic injuries she suffered following a hospital’s failure to properly monitor Mrs Evans during labour. The settlement is thought to be the largest in medical negligence cases, and will be used to pay for the lifetime care of 11 year old Milly who has cerebral palsy,…
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Doctors often give wrong medicine

A General Medical Council (GMC) review has said that GPs are making prescriptions errors which are affecting 1 in 6 people. The study was based on 1200 patients and found that elderly and young patients were the worst affected. This was due to the issues in elderly people where they are already using many different…
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