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Category Archives: Medical Negligence

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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Ectopic pregnancy medical mistake leaves woman infertile

Ectopic pregnancy medical mistake leaves woman infertile An incident has recently been reported in the press of a woman who attended Hospital for removal of one fallopian tube (Salpingectomy) due to suffering an ectopic pregnancy. After various complications it was found that the Surgeon had removed the wrong fallopian tube, the one that did not…
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NHS in crisis: GP levels unsafe

NHS in crisis: GP levels unsafe The BBC reports that the NHS is experiencing the first sustained fall in GP numbers in 50 years. Nuffield Trust think tanks carried out analysis on behalf of the BBC. And they found that there is now only 60 GPs per 100,000 people in the UK. In 2014 it…
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Major misconception about smear tests

Major misconception about smear tests Frighteningly, many women in the UK mistakenly believe smear tests can detect ovarian cancer. Smear tests do not detect ovarian cancer. They only detect cervical cancer. Target Ovarian Cancer survey reveals that 22% of women think that a smear test can detect ovarian cancer. This major misconception could leave women…
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Patient safety needs to be same at Private hospitals

Patient safety needs to be same at Private hospitals The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has said that private hospitals must do more for patient safety. With referencing the rogue surgeon Ian Paterson, the RCS say that private hospitals need to prevent harm coming to people. Ian Paterson carried out unnecessary breast surgery operations. And…
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Bowel Cancer Awareness

April is bowel cancer awareness month. Talking about poo, bowel movements, tummy troubles, number 2s - whatever you want to call them, is embarrassing. We tend to not talk about it. And find it hard to seek help when we have concerns. However, This month is dedicated to raising the awareness of bowel cancer. The…
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Inquest finds hospital failings contribute to death

Inquest finds hospital failings contribute to death An inquest into the death of a mental health patient has found that there were hospital failings. These failing contributed to the suicide of Claire Greaves from Pontypool in February 2018. The inquest records an open verdict in the death of Claire. The mental health hospital she was…
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