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Category Archives: Medical Negligence

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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Boob job concerns

Swain & Co welcomes withdrawal of ‘lunchtime boob job’ jab Macrolane is injectable filler used for body contouring and the ‘lunchtime boob jobs’. It enhances the breast size without the requirement for implants and was believed to be less invasive. It is now to be discontinued for these uses. Swain & Co. back this move…
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Type 2 diabetes and obesity risk for shift workers

New results from the Science Translational Medicine has indicated that shift workers are placing themselves at increasing risks of developing type 2 diabetes and obesity.  Misplaced sleeping patterns, or not sleeping at all were monitored by 21 people who participated in the study in the United States of America. The controlled experiments initially looked at…
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Report shows hospitals overcharging for short-stay patients

A watchdog said that money is being wasted by hospitals in England as they are wrongly overcharging the health service for treating short-stay patients. Graeme Swain, a specialist medical negligence solicitor at Swain & Co., says, “The Audit Commission highlighted the fact that hospitals could be earning more than 5 times as much by recording…
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Rise in cancer in women

Cancer Research UK has announced that the number of lung cancer cases in women in the UK has risen once again. In 2008 there were more than 18,000 diagnosis of lung cancer, which compares to a figure of 8,000 in 1975. The dramatic increase in the number of women contracting lung cancer has been blamed…
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