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Category Archives: Medical Negligence

Was the NHS right to delay cancer treatment during COVID?

Was the NHS right to delay cancer treatment during COVID? At the outset of the pandemic, medical leaders told cancer patients to delay treatment during the first wave of the virus. This advice was based on the concern that those patients receiving chemotherapy, immunotherapy and surgery would be faced with a huge risk of death…
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Cancer care in England still failing to improve?

Is cancer care in England still failing to improve? As long ago as 2018 I wrote an article about the reports of failures to diagnose cancer in its’ early stages causing potentially unnecessary deaths. It had been reported at that time that England has failed to close the gap on the best-performing nations in relation…
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COVID and DNR Anguish

Concerns that DNR used inappropriately in care homes. It is reported today that during the first wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, Care Homes may have been given inappropriate guidance in the use of Do Not Resuscitate orders. This information has come to light following an investigation undertaken by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and relates…
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Puberty blockers The case against Tavistock & Portman NHS trust

Puberty blockers - The case against Tavistock & Portman NHS trust The judgment in this case has been highly anticipated and, as expected, three High Court Judges have confirmed that children under 16 with gender dysphoria are unlikely to be able to give informed consent for treatment using puberty-blocking drugs. The Trust has now immediately…
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Fatal Accident Claims

Fatal Accident Claims: an analysis of the Fatal Accidents Act and the Law Reform Miscellaneous Provisions Act. In a recently reported case, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust were recently fined for failing to be open and candid with the family of a woman who tragically died whilst in it’s care. Elsie Woodfield, who was 91,…
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Has coronavirus affected imaging for serious illness?

Has coronavirus affected imaging for serious illness? We are currently bombarded with news about the effect of Coronavirus on the NHS, the pressure on staff, pressure on resources and the lack of PPE.  We have not heard quite so much about the effect that it may have on more fundamental services such as imaging. Radiologists…
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Compensation Claims in Dental Negligence

Compensation Claims in Dental Negligence No-one particularly relishes the thought of a trip to the dentist, whether that’s due to the inconvenience of a morning off work, footing a large bill, or an intense fear of injections(!) but despite this, everyone should be able to be comforted by the knowledge that they will be well…
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Coronavirus

Coronavirus What we are currently experiencing as a nation is quite terrifying. All of us are subject to severe and frightening restrictions from the State in terms of our freedom to move about and go about our lives in a way that is unprecedented in peace time. Some of us agree with those restrictions and…
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Asthma

Asthma At the time of writing, the Covid 19 pandemic has reached our shores with many, many people being affected by it. One of the ‘at risk’ groups are those who suffer from Asthma. Over five and a half million people in the UK have Asthma. It is estimated that that every 10 seconds a…
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What is Cholesteatoma?

We have all had earache and most of us have suffered painful ear infections and possibly worse. BUT, what happens when those symptoms don’t go, aren’t treated properly or promptly or you don’t get the review that is required? Emily Brown looks at the complicated ear condition known as Cholesteatoma. What is Cholesteatoma? Cholesteatoma is…
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