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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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Council puts cycle path in middle of the road

There were cars parked at the edges of the road, which the council had failed to cone off, so workmen put the cycle path in the middle of the road instead. Personal Injury solicitors at Swain & Co. are shocked at this failure to put cyclist safety at the heart of what cycle paths aim…
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‘I am leaving’ … but only when I can afford to!

Research shows that thousands of people have to live with ex-partners after making the emotional decision to end a relationship. This is in a bid to save money amid soaring housing costs. The research suggests that 235,000 Londoners are choosing to move in with a current partner for mainly financial reasons. A further 128,000 have…
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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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Damning report of Liverpool Prison

One of Britain’s largest prisons has been criticised in an inspection report. The report found that new and vulnerable inmates waited up to a week for a shower; some prisoners were too frightened of others to attend religious worship; and inmates were being put in an ‘unofficial punishment’ unit. Some inmates approaching release have found…
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Backlash on Whiplash reforms

There is growing backlash to the government’s plans on curbing whiplash claims. Not in the principle of curbing the fraudulent cases, as fraud can never be excused, but more to the fact that the government appear to be just giving the insurance industry what they want. The statistics used announced that whiplash claims from road…
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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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Criminal advice loophole to close?

A legal loophole that has been used by police to deny suspects their right to legal representation sould be closed by a change in the law. Home office officials have agreed to propose amendments to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984, to impose a duty on police to ensure that any suspect that…
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Prisoners to recycle oil in trial project

Work this Way is a charity based at Ford Prison which is piloting a new eco-friendly scheme. The trial project is collecting used domestic cooking oil from residents inEast Prestonand recycling it into bio fuels. Prisoners at Ford Prison have been trained to carry out the process. Work this Way aims to cut re-offending amongst prisoners at…
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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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