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Category Archives: NHS

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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Listeria in our hospitals

Listeria in our hospitals Frightening news has developed – listeria cases in our hospitals due to contaminated food. St Richards Hospital and Worthing Hospital have both been identified as having one confirmed case each of listeria. Western Sussex Hospitals Trust (Trust responsible for Chichester and Worthing) is one of 43 hospital trusts to be supplied…
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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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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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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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