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Category Archives: Medical Negligence

Why war language is not suitable for Cancer

Why war language is not suitable for Cancer Melanie Lidstone-Land looks at the language used around cancer and why it is not suitable for cancer patients. “When someone is diagnosed with cancer, often people use language such as battle, fight and warrior. When someone dies from cancer, often they will be described as losing the…
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Never event – Medical mistake leads to circumcision

Never event - Medical mistake leads to circumcision Imagine going in for a routine bladder operation and waking up to be told you’ve been circumcised. This is what happened to Terry Brazier following a medical mistake. He has been awarded £20,000 in compensation[1][1] Mr Brazier went into Leicester Royal Infirmary for botox injection into his…
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One thing families need when they suffer from medical negligence

One thing families need when they suffer from medical negligence “Those who suffer as a result of medical negligence often want an apology so they feel understood and recognised for failing they have endure,” says Melanie Lidstone-Land. Melanie works in our Medical negligence team, and she explains that apologies can mean so much to a…
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New UK Prime Minister | No change at the top for the NHS

New UK Prime Minister - No change at the top for the NHS With the announcement of the new UK Prime Minister, Melanie Lidstone-Land, medical negligence lawyer, takes a look at what this means for our beloved NHS, for the short term at least: “The Rt Hon Matt Hancock has retained his position at the…
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NHS spend £2.36billion on medical negligence

NHS spend £2.36billion on medical negligence NHS Resolution’s (NHSR) annual report shows that for 2018/19 the NHS spent £2.36 billion on medical negligence. There has been an increase of 13.5% on compensation payments to injured patients. Legal costs decrease However, according to the report there has been a £24 million decrease in NHS spending on…
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‘Quickly’ in medical terms – is it really?

‘Quickly’ in medical terms – is it really? Following recent personal events, Melanie Lidstone-Land looks at the word ‘quickly’ in terms recent medical experience. Could this really be quickly? Does the NHS understand what quickly means? “Recently someone very close to me had a bit of a health “scare” with a lump found on their…
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Heartbreak for mother of stillborn daughter

Heartbreak for mother of stillborn daughter A mother was left heartbroken when midwife mistook her waters breaking for sweat. As reported in The Sun, Kate Pateman brought a medical negligence claim which is settling three years on from losing her daughter. Doctors say she received substandard care from Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire. Midwives also failed…
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New rules on damages for co-habiting in fatal cases

New rules on damages for co-habiting in fatal cases Historically, co-habiting partners were unable to claim bereavement awards as part of any claim arising from death of their partner from an accident or medical negligence. The bereavement award is provided for under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976. The current award is set at £12,980 but…
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New screening test for prostate cancer

New screening test for prostate cancer  It has been reported in the news that hundreds of UK men are to try a new screening test for prostate cancer. The results of the trial will be used to determine whether the test should be offered routinely on the NHS. Current testing for prostate cancer is very limited.…
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6 year old may have survived if diagnosed quicker

6 year old may have survived if diagnosed quicker An Inquest into the death of 6 year old Oliver Hall heard he may have survived had he been diagnosed earlier. Meningitis B was like a car ‘going so fast’ An expert in infectious disease and immunology, Professor Nigel Klein said that he believes Oliver ‘would…
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