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Category Archives: Medical Negligence

Joined up strategy needed to cut falls by elderly

A NHS Confederation report has said that to cut the falls by elderly people there needs to be a joined up strategy that is driven at a local level rather than a national level. Swain & Co.’s community care solicitors agree with the report, as prevention needs to be the top priority as the elderly…
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NHS Cuts could see more hospital readmissions

Nurses are angry as they are being told to work for longer, for less pay and contribute more to their retirement. Plus, they are also facing job cuts as the government austerity measures are axing more and more frontline jobs. Ultimately we could see nurses still left in the profession overstretched, even more than they…
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Research says induction cuts risk of babies dying

The British Medical Journal has analysed 1.2 million births in Scotland between 1981 and 2007 finding that there is less risk of babies dying after labour is induced, but a higher risk of admissions to special-care baby units. They also found that there was no increased chance of a Caesarean section. The study looked at…
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Government advertising lung cancer warnings

Swain & Co. welcomes moves by the government to raise awareness that persistent cough could be a sign of lung cancer. The advertising campaign is being run on TV, radio, print and online media, recommending people with coughs that last longer than 3 weeks should see their GP. Swain & Co.’s specialist medical negligence solicitors…
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NHS: poor and inefficient care for multi-disease patients

A Study by The Lancet claims that the NHS cannot cope with the rising number of under 65s with long term medical conditions. It urges radical change. Research has been carried out in Scotland that has shown that of the 1.75 million people studied, a quarter had two or more chronic diseases. This is known…
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Skills shortage in NHS as 1 in 4 GPs due to retire

With thousands of family GPs planning to retire in the next 5 years, the NHS faces a skills shortage with failure to train enough junior doctors to replace them. Agreements to limit the recruitment of GPs from other countries which face a similar problem, means that hiring from overseas will not be a viable option.…
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NHS risk register release blocked by ministers

Ministers have vetoed the demands to publicise the risk assessment of the overhaul of the NHS. The information commissioner had ruled that the risk register should be released, but ministers believe that doing so could harm the quality of the advice from civil servants, therefore have blocked the release. The risk register is the written…
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Risks outlined for babies born after 42 weeks

New research has shown that babies that are born after 42 weeks are more likely to develop problems in their lives including ADHD says the International Journal of Epidemiology. Not enough women are being told of the risks of prolonged pregnancies during their stay in hospitals, which is turn is placing their baby at risk…
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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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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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