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Category Archives: Medical Negligence

Diabetes care crisis

According to the State of the Nation 2012 report, the diabetes care in England is in a ‘state of crisis’, with less than half of diabetes sufferers  receiving the basic minimum care. The report, published by Diabetes UK, goes on to say that there are some areas where just 6% of people with diabetes are…
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PIP implants update: Lord Howe Review

Following on from our earlier article PIP Breast Implant Update, Swain & Co.’s medical negligence solicitors are pleased that Lord Howe has examined the role of the Department of Health and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulations Authority (MHRA), concluding that serious lessons must be learned. PIP implants were banned in 2010 following the revelation…
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Corridor treatment is rife in NHS

The Royal College of Nurses (RCN) have warned that patients are being treated in corridors everyday as there are not enough beds for them in wards. Analysis has shown that patients in A&E departments are sometimes forced to wait more than 24 hours on trolleys. The RCN found that 51% of casualty nurses saw patients…
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Joined up strategy needed to cut falls by elderly

A NHS Confederation report has said that to cut the falls by elderly people there needs to be a joined up strategy that is driven at a local level rather than a national level. Swain & Co.’s community care solicitors agree with the report, as prevention needs to be the top priority as the elderly…
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NHS Cuts could see more hospital readmissions

Nurses are angry as they are being told to work for longer, for less pay and contribute more to their retirement. Plus, they are also facing job cuts as the government austerity measures are axing more and more frontline jobs. Ultimately we could see nurses still left in the profession overstretched, even more than they…
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Research says induction cuts risk of babies dying

The British Medical Journal has analysed 1.2 million births in Scotland between 1981 and 2007 finding that there is less risk of babies dying after labour is induced, but a higher risk of admissions to special-care baby units. They also found that there was no increased chance of a Caesarean section. The study looked at…
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Government advertising lung cancer warnings

Swain & Co. welcomes moves by the government to raise awareness that persistent cough could be a sign of lung cancer. The advertising campaign is being run on TV, radio, print and online media, recommending people with coughs that last longer than 3 weeks should see their GP. Swain & Co.’s specialist medical negligence solicitors…
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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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