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Category Archives: Medical Negligence

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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Broken Neck not diagnosed

A man lived with a broken neck for 40 years without his knowledge. Philip Loveday, 59, injured his neck whilst playing rugby when he was 16 and another play fell on him while they played a match for the Army. X-rays were taken at the time, but failed to diagnose his broken vertebra which was…
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GP’s failing to spot cancer in teenagers

A survey published today suggests that GP’s are missing common signs of cancer in around one third of teenage sufferers. The survey of 300 patients also shows that a quarter of young people visited their GP four times or more before being referred to a specialist. 12% of the teenagers highlighted the fact that their…
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NHS faces Judicial Review from pharmaceutical company

Pharmaceutical company Novartis is challenging the use of a substitute, cheaper drug to its Lucentis for a common cause of loss of vision. Lucentis is licensed for use on eyes for the condition wet age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, which is a common cause of loss of vision in older people.  It costs £740 per…
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Patients denied the best cancer treatments

According to a survey published today, many cancer patients are being denied the best treatment already available to them on the NHS. Over half of cancer specialists admitted that they have sometimes prescribed a treatment that is not necessarily the best choice for the patient because of lack of access to the appropriate test, which…
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