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Category Archives: Medical Negligence

NHS reserve £235.4 million for babies suffering brain damage

£235.4 million has been set aside by the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) for sixty babies that allegedly suffered brain damage, as a result of maternity staff who failed to notice their neonatal hypoglycaemia, The Guardian has reported. The sum is the NHSLA’s estimate of the total cost of settling the sixty claims.  So far, £69.3…
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Patient discharges at night put patients at risk

Research by The Times has revealed that hundreds of thousands of NHS patients are being discharged between the hours of 11pm and 6am to relieve pressures on beds. Often at risk are the elderly and the vulnerable, where they are abruptly sent home without proper planning and often to empty homes. It has been suggested…
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Substandard care in hospital for disabled people

A poll commissioned by the General Medical Council (GMC) has revealed that most doctors think that patients with learning difficulties receive a poorer standard of care in hospitals than others. More than one in three reported that they had witnessed a patient with learning difficulties receive poor care or some form of discrimination. The poll…
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Donor organ solution recalled

The most commonly used solution to store donor organs has been recalled following fears that it could be contaminated, The Guardian has reported. Viaspan is the most commonly used solution to store donor organs such as livers, pancreas and kidneys between transplant procedures, and has been recalled by its manufacturer due to concerns that it…
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Delays in diagnosis of ovarian cancer leading to large payouts

Compensation payouts for delays in diagnosis of ovarian cancer have reached £550,000, The Medical Defence Union (MDU) has found. The MDU, that represents doctors involved in negligence claims had found that a delay of several months is frequently occurring in diagnosing and treating the disease, as many women have been wrongly diagnosed initially with other…
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Calls for patients to know if doctor is under supervision

A nurse, who is dying from cancer, has called for changes in the NHS against secrecy in the medical professional that allows doctors to continue working when under sanctions by the General Medical Council (GMC) or suspected of serious failings, without their patients being informed. Debbie Westwick speaks from experience when she was diagnosed with…
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Swain & Co welcomes NHS move for patients

Although there is some worry around the NHS’ move to send seriously ill patients straight toSouthamptonGeneralHospital, bypassing the Queen Alexandra (QA), here at Swain & Co. we support moves to improve patient survival rates. Southampton General has a specialist neurological department, meaning that patients can now be assessed by paramedics as to whether they have…
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Rehab centres are failing accident victims

The NHS has come under fire again, this time with the rehabilitation and recovery of survivors of serious accidents. Specialist medical/clinical negligence lawyer Melanie Lidstone-Land of Swain & Co. explains, “The NHS has been accused of being overly specialised, meaning that rehabilitation centres can only deal with one trauma at a time, hindering the recovery of…
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Paramedic sacked over asthma sufferers death

Lorna Easen blamed herself for years, for the death of her daughter Izabelle. Mrs Easen called 999 when her daughter, who had asthma, woke in the night with breathing difficulties and pins and needles in her arms and legs. The paramedics talked Mrs Easen through CPR over the phone, but when the paramedic James McKenna…
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NHS complaint blunder damages confidence

Complaints procedures in Public Bodies should be carried out independently as otherwise public trust is lost and justice can be denied. Margaret Foster was the head of Pontypridd and Rhondda NHS Trust, and the trust received a complaint which concerned her surgeon husband. In responding to the complainant, Mrs Collinson, Margaret Foster failed to declare the…
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