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“My constant fear about breast cancer has been heightened this morning. News of a major screening failure scares me.” Melanie Lidstone-Land, Head of medical negligence explains why to her, this news is so worrying. “My mother died of breast cancer. It was very quick. She never got to see me get married. She never held…
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Pioneering new prostate treatment to be used by NHS

The statistics for men suffering problems with their Prostate continue to make for worrying reading.   Around half of men over the age of 50 suffer from an enlarged prostate, which can reduce bladder capacity, causing repeated night-time trips to the lavatory. Every year, around 45,000 men undergo surgery to treat an enlarged prostate. Standard treatment…
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The never ending Accident and Emergency Department drama

Accident and Emergency Departments across England and Wales have been scrutinised for months now. This is due to increased waiting times. Hospitals have set targets that should be met, one of them being to see 95% of attending patients within 4 hours. Shocking figures relating to Hospital waiting times have recently been released. It has…
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I have been accused of anti-social behaviour but I would like to tell my side of the story

Council home eviction for anti-social behaviour | Falsely accused of anti-social behaviour | False allegations to council | False accusation of anti-social behaviour Kate is a Council tenant. She has some loud parties but didn’t realise her neighbours mined. Kate gets a letter from the Council telling her that they want her to leave. They…
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Tenancy Deposits – Could you claim Compensation?

Anyone renting a property from a private landlord or through a letting agent will be familiar of the process of paying a 'damage deposit' before they get the keys; but did you know that you can claim compensation from your Landlord if they don't follow the proper procedure? A deposit paid by a tenant to…
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My housing association is saying I am unlawfully subletting my flat, but I’m not. What can I do?

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Whiplash Claims – Here we go again! 

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Mental health crisis is violating human rights

As the mental health crisis deepens in the UK report shows human rights are being violated. Rob Behrens, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO), has prepared a report showing serious failings in the mental healthcare provided to people in crisis. In some cases there are violation of human rights. Campaigners said the PHSO report, titled…
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Should mental health patients ever be kept in police cells?

In Devon and Cornwall the practice of putting people experiencing mental health crises into police cells has been completely stopped. This raises the question of whether mental health patients should ever be kept in police cells rather than in a psychiatric unit. Lack of specialist beds in the region of Devon and Cornwell resulted in…
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Has your landlord evicted you without notice? | Unlawful Eviction

Swain & Co Solicitors has experts who can advise you on your options to see if you can avoid unnecessary worries. We can contact your landlord to find out what has happened.
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