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Patients’ transplanted with unhealthy kidneys

The NHS have apologised to patients’ who contracted cancer through being transplanted with kidneys from a donor who had a rare form of blood cancer. It is understood the kidneys donated to Rob Law and Gillian Smart would have been rejected by their surgeon, had they been aware of the full donor information. Mr Law…
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Leading human rights case extends duties of psychiatric hospitals

The Mental Health team at Swain and Co welcome the decision in the landmark case of Rabone v Pennine Care NHS Trust [2010] EWCA Civ 698. In this case, it was decided that the parents of an informal patient should be able to rely upon The Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended), in establishing that…
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NHS Bill increases GPs workload, putting patients at risk?

The Health and Social Care Bill being debated in Parliament could put patients at risk of medical mistakes if GPs are forced to take on more administrative and management tasks, specialist medical negligence lawyer Melanie Lidstone-Land of SWAIN & CO has today warned. “The proposals will give GP surgeries responsibility for buying in services like…
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Putting Patients First

Swain & Co welcomes the formation of organisation Patients First which is a group campaigning for better support and protection for NHS staff who raise concerns about patient safety.  “Whistleblowers” are vulnerable and need support and protection. Swain & Co and other organisations such as Patients First have always pressed for more openness in the…
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Sarah Grundy – Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives

Swain & Co celebrated Sarah Grundy becoming a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives on 19 December 2011. Sarah began to study Criminology and Criminal Justice at University but unfortunately had to leave due to a virus. Sarah then decided that to work towards an ILEX qualification would be the best route for her…
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Grandparents’ Rights

When parents separate, grandparents' contact with their grandchildren is often forgotten about. As new arrangements are made and new family set-ups established, grandparents often fall by the wayside. Contact with grandchildren Contact can be lost when a parent moves away or if the parents' breakup was particularly bitter. This denies both the grandparent the joy…
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Supreme Court Rules on Unmarried Couples’ Property Rights

The Supreme Court has ruled that a man who left his partner nearly 20 years ago is not entitled to half the value of the house they owned together. Patricia Jones and Leonard Kernott bought a bungalow in Essex together. They were not married. After separating Ms Jones paid the mortgage for 14 years. She…
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