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Category Archives: Medical Negligence

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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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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