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Category Archives: Medical Negligence

PIP Breast Implants Update

According to a report from the Commons Health Select Committee, The Department of Health and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulations Authority (MHRA) showed “a lack of urgency” in making women aware of the risks of the substandard implants and in the investigation into the extent of the problem. Graeme Swain, specialist medical negligence solicitor…
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Supreme Court Judgement of asbestos exposure

An appeal by defendant insurance companies against liability in mesothelioma cases was today dismissed by the Supreme Court. Personal Injury Solicitor Vicki Wright of Swain & Co. welcomes the decision, saying: “In a complex judgment the Supreme Court have upheld judgements from lower courts which pave the way for claimants to hold insurers responsible for…
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Claims for nuclear test injuries are time-barred

The Times has today (27 March 2012) published a Judgment of the Supreme Court the result of which is that service veterans lost their bid to pursue compensation claims against the Ministry of Defence. The case brought by way of lead cases in a group action, had been taken to the Supreme Court, the highest…
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80% of diabetes related amputations found to be preventable

Thousands of diabetes related amputations could be prevented, if treatment was carried out sooner, a new study has revealed. Diabetes UK have found that 6,000 diabetes related amputations take place every year, of which 80% are preventable. More than 100 people in Britain every week have a toe, foot or leg amputated as a result…
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Patients’ transplanted with unhealthy kidneys

The NHS have apologised to patients’ who contracted cancer through being transplanted with kidneys from a donor who had a rare form of blood cancer. It is understood the kidneys donated to Rob Law and Gillian Smart would have been rejected by their surgeon, had they been aware of the full donor information. Mr Law…
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NHS Bill increases GPs workload, putting patients at risk?

The Health and Social Care Bill being debated in Parliament could put patients at risk of medical mistakes if GPs are forced to take on more administrative and management tasks, specialist medical negligence lawyer Melanie Lidstone-Land of SWAIN & CO has today warned. “The proposals will give GP surgeries responsibility for buying in services like…
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Putting Patients First

Swain & Co welcomes the formation of organisation Patients First which is a group campaigning for better support and protection for NHS staff who raise concerns about patient safety.  “Whistleblowers” are vulnerable and need support and protection. Swain & Co and other organisations such as Patients First have always pressed for more openness in the…
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