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  Next week is Baby Loss Awareness Week. This is an annual event, providing an opportunity for parents, families and friends to remember their precious baby who has died.   The event is led by SANDS in collaboration with over 40...
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Press coverage of child abuse cases has, in recent years, helped to shed some light upon what would otherwise be a hidden and shameful episode in our history. We are all now much better informed about the terrible abuse inflicted upon children both in...
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IN spite of the UK being one of the world’s richest nations, currently in a period of economic growth, in 2015 the Government deferred introducing its policy to cap the amount people must pay towards the cost of their care in old age. As one...
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Safety standards across the NHS and care sectors are a "significant concern" with particular problems in hospitals, health watchdog inspectors are warning. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found that three-quarters of the 79 hospital...
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BBC News obtained a draft report which claimed a major NHS trust had failed to investigate the unexpected deaths of more than 1000 patients with mental health conditions and/or learning difficulties since 2011. This, in turn, has prompted the...
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Thousands of elderly people receiving care at home are not being given enough to eat or drink, according to new research. An estimated 40,000 older people say meals are inadequate, or provided very late in the day, leading to worries they are becoming...
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IN a time of concern over health service costs  it is easy to see why it is convenient for the Government to blame  ‘greedy’ lawyers for £1.1bn in pay outs by the NHS for cases where patients have been harmed. But to adopt...
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  The Medical Protection Society has called for fixed costs to be introduced for small value legal claims against GPs. In support of their call the MPS cited a recent case where a delayed diagnosis of skin cancer saw a patient awarded damages of...
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IN days before the current sophisticated technology, training and drugs associated with childbirth, it was accepted that the short journey from womb to daylight was the most dangerous of our lives, not just for the child but for the mother too. Now in...
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    As Britain is a mature, stable, democracy millions of us place our trust in our national organisations and institutions every day. Almost unquestioningly we send our toddlers to nurseries, step on international flights, ride in taxis...
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In May of this year a player in the French Rugby Union Team Toulouse, Florian Fritz, suffered an injury to his head after colliding with the knee of an opposition player.  The footage of the collision and its aftermath is accessible on Youtube....
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  The brain injury charity Headway have recently re-launched their GP campaign to call once more for Headway supporters across the UK to get their message out to GPs.   The re-launch has come at a time when according the to Royal...
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  A report in The Sunday Telegraph of 1 st February 2014 alleged that “Ambulance-Chasers push NHS costs bill to £200m”The article went on to state that some lawyers are claiming costs and fees up to 10 times more...
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One of the saddest and most difficult aspects of dealing with clinical negligence and catastrophic injury claims is speaking to families who have suffered the loss of a loved one. At what is for them the most devastating time...
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These are confusing and difficult times for those who have been affected by serious injury and would like specialist advice and support. Until April of this year there was a reasonably clear distinction between claims management companies and specialist...
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  Patients who have concerns about medical treatment may opt to follow a complaints process, or seek legal advice. Many opt to do both. At a difficult and often distressing time patients and their families understandably want to make sure they have...
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  Research has revealed a quarter of all social workers resort to lying on official forms to get care for the frail elderly   26% of workers carrying out assessments of elderly care needs, admit to deliberately...
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Seven weeks after the publication of the Francis report the Government has released its initial response. The response announced a number of reforms and has received a mixed reception from health professionals. Central to the Government’s...
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According to the Alzheimer’s Society there are currently 800,000 people with dementia in the UK. 80% of care home residents have either dementia or severe memory problems. Dementia is not a single condition but an umbrella term for a number of...
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  The Government have announced their much heralded reforms to the funding of social care. In doing so they have announced their intention to implement some of the recommendations from the ‘Dilnot Commission’ . The Commission was...
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What happened at Mid Staffs between 2005 and 2009 was failure at all levels, affecting thousands of patients and leading to "appalling and unnecessary suffering". There was a wholesale "lack of care, compassion, humanity and leadership"....
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If you don’t know what you’re looking for it can be difficult to identify cases of neglect in care homes. Below are five indicators that an elderly relative may be suffering from neglect. These indicators are by no means exhaustive, nor do they...
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In 2009 I attended an inquest into the death of a patient who had been discharged from hospital just a few days before. I heard a Consultant responsible for the deceased’s care, explain the sequence of events that had led to the patient being...
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