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Average British person commits 32 crimes a year Although 98% of British people consider themselves law-abiding citizens, on average we each commit 32 crimes a year. This is according to new research carried out by BT TV. This “crime wave”...
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We all rely on being treated fairly and with respect by officials and their agents, and on them carrying out their duties without inflicting physical harm on us. When they fail in this, determined action can bring compensation for the injuries suffered, as...
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Accident and Emergency department medics work long hours under pressure – but the law still expects them to maintain reasonable levels of competence. The Court of Appeal made that point in guaranteeing substantial compensation to a teenage meningitis...
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The diagnostic skills of GPs are the backbone of the NHS, but they are not infallible and it is only right that compensation is paid when negligent mistakes are made. In one case, a man whose skin cancer was misdiagnosed as a fungal nail infection won almost...
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Owners of animals that are known to be potentially dangerous are usually aware that if their animal causes an injury, they will most likely be held responsible. In a recent case, homeowners found that their failure to prevent their dog from causing harm...
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Those who suffer psychiatric injury as a result of witnessing shocking events that are caused by negligence can win substantial compensation. In one case that proves the point, the mother and grandmother of a baby girl who was born seriously disabled have...
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More than 5,000 NHS patients in England were not treated within 28 days of their operation being cancelled in the year to April 2016 - the highest figure for ten years. During the same period, nearly 75,000 NHS operations in England were postponed at the...
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Inspection reports on four private care homes, where distressed residents were ignored and left without help to eat, have been described as "horrifying reading.” The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found the homes in Cornwall were providing...
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Neglect by one of England's largest mental health trusts contributed to the death of a teenage boy, a coroner has ruled. Chris Brennan, 15, died at Bethlem Royal Hospital, south London, in August 2014, six weeks after he was admitted for self-harming. ...
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  The new head of Colchester Hospital has issued a "heartfelt apology" following the publication of a damning Care Quality Commission (CQC) report. The trust has been in special measures for more than two years. The latest inspection found...
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  The vast majority of hospitals in England are struggling to recruit enough nurses, figures show. Around 92% of the 225 acute hospital trusts in England did not manage to run wards with their planned number of nurses during the day in August 2016. ...
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Two nursing home carers trussed up an elderly woman like a mummy to ensure they got a quiet night shift. Blackpool Magistrates Court heard how married couple, Cosmin and Ana Focsa, who were members of a four-person night shift, and tightly bound the...
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  Care homes are banning relatives from visiting elderly residents over complaints about quality of care. In one case, a Somerset care home prevented a man from visiting his father, 93, and the children of a woman in an Essex care home say she was...
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Every surgical procedure requires the patient's informed consent and, if that is not given, compensation is payable whether or not an operation is negligently performed. In one High Court case exactly on point, a woman who was left in constant pain following...
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When a claimant is awarded a lump sum compensation payment, the actual amount they receive is adjusted to take into account the interest they can expect to earn by investing it. The law makes it clear that claimants must be treated as risk-averse investors,...
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The NHS is under a duty to take all reasonable steps to prevent mentally ill people under its care from harming themselves. In one case that illustrated this point, the widow and two sons of a patient who took his own life days after being discharged from...
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  A WEST YORKSHIRE care home provider was fined £190,000 for failing to provide safe care. St Anne's Community Services was prosecuted at Bradford Magistrates' Court following the death of resident, Mr Kevin McNally Mr McNally, 62, died...
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  A care home administration manager who stole £34,000 from an elderly resident with Alzheimer’s to spend on luxuries has been jailed. Mother-of-two Sarah Hargrave, 34, used money she stole from  David Litherland, 73, who was confined...
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Busy doctors do their best in what are often difficult circumstances, but mistakes that they make can have dreadful consequences. When this happens, it is only right that compensation should be paid. In one case, a woman who suffered a stroke after she was...
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A crisis-hit computer project for the NHS 24 telephone helpline will not be fully rolled out across Scotland until the end of this year - four years later than originally planned. The call handling and IT system is more than £40m above budget and was...
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The family of a retired solicitor stabbed to death by a mentally ill man following a minor vehicle shunt has criticised the NHS for failings that left him free to kill. Matthew Daley , 35, a paranoid schizophrenic, stabbed Donald Lock , 79, 39 times after...
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A new dementia atlas , published by the government, reveals patchy NHS care across England. While some regions appear to meet national standards in terms of offering regular reviews and support, others fall short, says Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. He...
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Obtaining compensation from the NHS if you are a victim of medical negligence may not always be easy, but one case involving a seriously disabled 14-year-old boy showed that specialist lawyers will fight to the end to achieve justice. The boy had been...
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An NHS trust has unreservedly apologised after a misdiagnosis led to a three-year-old boy having his legs and seven fingers amputated. Ms Lou Harvey-Smith took her son Reuben to Ipswich Hospital in July 2015 after he burned himself. Two days later she took...
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With the benefit of professional legal advice, a mother who had to learn to walk again after a dental infection spread to her brain has won £40,000 in compensation from a dentist who treated her negligently. The woman had to undergo emergency surgery...
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  A woman died from the untreated side effects of the combined contraceptive pill, a coroner has ruled. Charlotte Foster, 23, of Newport, Shropshire, who died from a blood clot after collapsing at work, had reported breathing difficulties and leg pain...
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Care services for the elderly and disabled could hit "breaking point" with the new National Living Wage, councils say. The Local Government Association says that the NLW could cost councils at least £330m in 2016-17 to cover increased...
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A patient died while waiting nearly a year for heart surgery because of unacceptable waiting times for tests, a public services ombudsman has said. Gareth Lewis Jones, from Neath Port Talbot, who had adult congenital heart disease (ACHD), died in March 2013...
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Network Rail has been fined £4m after the death of a former film actress at a level crossing. Brenda McFarland, known as Olive, was killed in August 2011 when she was hit by a train at the Gipsy Lane crossing in Needham Market, Suffolk. During her...
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Local authorities have to ensure that children living in their area are properly cared for, and it is only right that compensation should be paid if they fail to match up to their legal duties. In one High Court case, a teenager who endured an awful start to...
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Doctors bear a heavy burden but everyone is entitled to expect that the advice and treatment they give is competent. In one case, a widow whose husband spent years in a zombie-like state after being repeatedly prescribed a powerful psychoactive drug won the...
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A senior doctor who claimed she could cure terminal cancer invaded the deserted farmhouse of a patient who was undergoing treatment and left her a note saying: "I'm here for you", a medical tribunal heard. Consultant hematologist, Dr Finella...
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Poor morale among doctors could put patients at risk, the General Medical Council (GMC) has warne The doctors' regulator said there was "a state of unease within the medical profession across the UK that risks affecting patients as well as...
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A Gloucestershire hospital trust has breached its licence by not meeting A&E waiting times, the watchdog NHS Improvement, has found. NHS Improvement  - formerly known as Monitor - said Gloucestershire NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust had not met the...
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Victims of sexual abuse who understandably try to bury memories of their suffering can jeopardise their right to compensation if they delay speaking out. However, as one High Court case clearly showed, specialist lawyers can be trusted to listen...
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Accident and emergency departments in Oxfordshire's biggest hospitals missed waiting time targets every month for more than a year, a new report has revealed. The last time Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust met the national target of 95% of patients...
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Expert legal advice and appropriate compensation can help victims of medical negligence pick up the pieces and get on with their lives. In one case, a teenage girl who would not let injuries that she suffered during her birth stand in the way of her...
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  THE family of a ‘super-fit’ woman are demanding answers after she died from a blood clot just days after she completed a marathon and in spite of making five visits to medics seeking help. Lisa Calladine, 36, a sales co-ordinator from...
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Five workers were killed at a recycling site in Birmingham when a retaining wall holding scrap metal collapsed. A spokesman for West Midlands Police said emergency services attended Hawkeswood Metal, Aston Church Road, Nechells, but the men were pronounced...
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A young girl who dreamed of studying at Cambridge died of sepsis after being sent home by an NHS weekend walk-in centre. An inquest in Derby heard medics missed opportunities to save twelve-year-old Franchesca Pawson when she visited the NHS centre twice in...
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A man and a woman were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence after a seven-year-old girl died after the bouncy castle she was playing on blew away in strong winds. Paramedics were called to Thurston fun fair, Harlow Town Park, Essex,...
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Giving birth is usually a joyful event, but there are risks and experienced legal representation will give you the help that you need if the worst happens. In one case, a twin girl who was born severely disabled due to a rare condition that caused the tragic...
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A new organisation designed to make the NHS in England safer must have its independence guaranteed in law, a committee of MPs says. The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB), which has a £3.6m budget, will carry out about 30 reviews a year. It...
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If an Employment Tribunal (ET) is called upon to assess general damages for personal injury, this is a matter of fact to be determined based on the individual evidence. The award is not liable to a successful appeal unless it can be shown that the ET has...
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Some mental health patients in England are being denied the prompt treatment promised by the government, recent figures show. The target timeline, intensive treatment within two weeks, was introduced in April 2016 to give mental health the same referral...
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Tens of thousands of operations were cancelled by English hospitals in 2015 but not officially counted, figures obtained by the BBC suggest. About half of trusts provided details of cancellations one to three days before admission. Hospitals must record...
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  A midwife whose errors contributed to the death of a baby boy has been struck off by a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) tribunal. Midwife, Lindsey Biggs, was among those caring for newborn Joshua Titcombe at Barrow's Furness General Hospital,...
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  A city banker who underwent heart surgery at a leading private hospital died after the ventilation tube that was helping him to breathe became blocked, an inquest heard. Robert Entenman, 57, an American who had lived in Britain for more than 30...
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Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has called for greater awareness about the symptoms of meningitis after a teenage schoolgirl died from a suspected case of the infection after being discharged from hospital. Bristol schoolgirl, Isabel Gentry, 16, was taken to...
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Ambulances have missed their target for responding to the most life-threatening calls for a whole year, new data shows. Crews are meant to reach patients who have had cardiac arrests or are not breathing - so-called Red 1 calls - within eight minutes. But...
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The NHS is an enormous organisation and failures of communication are an ever present risk. In one case, a man who was put through back surgery, despite a clear recommendation from a consultant that his condition should at first be treated conservatively,...
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A North Yorkshire care home run by health insurance company Bupa says it has made improvements after being given only a one-star food hygiene rating in an inspection by external assessors. Southlands Care Home, Harrogate, was told by the Food Standards...
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A 67-year-old woman has received compensation after her dentist failed both to treat her ongoing chronic gum disease and to detect substantial bone loss to her jaw. Philippa Haye began seeing the dentist in 1976 and attended for regular check-ups without...
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A York pensioner broke both legs when she fell as paramedics carried her upstairs. Ella Hirst, 70, had been discharged from York Hospital only hours after she was injured just yards from her flat. She was being carried up two flights of stairs to her...
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Children's accident and emergency services at a hospital with a recent record of difficulties have been suspended after senior staff said it was "not clinically safe." A shortage of staff with the right specialist training at Stafford's...
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Many clinical negligence victims are put off claiming compensation by the prospect of having to relive their agony in court. However, such concerns are generally misplaced as the vast majority of cases are settled long before trial. One typical case...
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Almost a third of patients in England and Wales are being given the wrong initial diagnosis after a heart attack - with women having a far higher chance of being affected, according to a new study. NHS data on about 600,000 heart attack cases during a...
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A retired Army Major died after falling from a hospital trolley as NHS staff wheeled him for a routine hip X-Ray. Major James Fyfe, a Dunkirk veteran who was 90 and had survived Second World War atrocities, fell from the hospital trolley, broke his neck and...
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  England’s district nursing service is at "breaking point" as unmanageable workloads have left patients at risk, a report suggests. The King's Fund review found there had been a big drop in nurse numbers, causing delays and fewer...
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A nurse who left a syringe full of drugs on a patient's bed and gave another patient the wrong medicine has been struck off. The nurse, Ide Warren, worked for Mid Essex Hospital Trust as a staff nurse in 2011 and 2012 when she was suspended from...
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Contrary to what some advertising campaigns might have you believe, it is not always necessary to prove fault in order to win compensation. That point was succinctly made by the case of a seven-year-old meningitis victim who won £1 million from a GP's...
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  Delays in discharging patients from hospital have risen 23% since June 2015, NHS England has confirmed. Every day more than 6,000 patients well enough to leave hospital are unable to do so because there is nowhere suitable for them to be discharged...
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  A Manchester GP surgery has been rated inadequate and placed into special measures by England’s Chief Inspector of General Practice following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). A specialist team of inspectors rated the Brooks...
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Hospital bosses could shut an A&E department at night to combat a staffing crisis. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust says it is considering reducing opening hours at Grantham and District Hospital due to a severe shortage of doctors. The trust...
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A woman who left an abusive message on the voicemail of a grieving mother works at the NHS trust in charge of the mental health unit where her son died, police have confirmed. The grieving mother was Sara Ryan who has campaigned for changes at Southern...
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A "heartfelt apology" has been issued by the new head of Colchester Hospital after the publication of a damning Care Quality Commission (CQC) report. The latest inspection at the trust, which has been in special measures for more than two years,...
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STAFF ridiculed and argued with elderly residents at a Hull care service, a healthcare watchdog inspection has found. Residents also told inspectors they had seen mice in their rooms at Hamshaw Court, Wellstead Street, Hull, while a Care Quality Commission...
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In an important case involving an army veteran who sought unemployability allowance (UA) after his career was ended by serious disabilities linked to his military service, a tribunal was called upon to define the concept of 'unemployability'. The Ministry...
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A West Yorkshire care group was fined £1.6m after an elderly resident in one of its homes froze to death. The Leeds-based Maria Mallaband Care Group was taken to court by Harrogate Borough Council following the death of the resident, who had...
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Two directors, a married couple, of a care home company have been disqualified after an Insolvency Service investigation found they had stolen money from residents. Thomas Gerald Atcheson and Linda Ann Atcheson, who ran Granby Lodge Care Home, Harrogate,...
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When doctors make a mistake, it is only right that those who suffer as a result should be fully compensated. Statistics released under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 show that the NHS has paid out more than £43 million in compensation in...
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  Accident and emergency departments in Oxfordshire's biggest hospitals have missed waiting time targets every month for a year, a new report says. The last time Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust met the national target of 95% of patients...
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A midwife alleged to have been involved in a recent baby death at a maternity unit  in Cumbria has been suspended in the interests of public safety. Barrow midwife Lindsey Biggs has been banned from practicing anywhere in the country for 18 months...
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A nurse who left a syringe full of drugs on a patient's bed and gave another patient the wrong medicine has been struck off. Ide Warren worked for the Mid Essex Hospital Trust as a staff nurse in 2011 and 2012 and was suspended from practise in 2012...
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  A YORKSHIRE care home provider has been fined £190,000 for failing in its duty to provide safe care. Leeds-based St Anne's Community Services was prosecuted at Bradford Magistrates' Court following the death of resident Mr Kevin...
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The law often lags behind when it comes to keeping up with the speed of social change, as was illustrated by a recent case in which the High Court urged Parliament to bring about reform so that unmarried partners of those who lose their lives as a result of...
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A teenager died after test results that showed dangerously low levels of potassium in her blood were pushed under her GP’s door while he was away instead of being dealt with as a medical emergency, an inquest heard. A childcare student, Stephanie...
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A 10-year-old boy left facing a lifetime of disability owing to hospital negligence at the time of his birth has been awarded a compensation package worth up to £9.4 million over his lifetime. The boy suffered injury due to oxygen starvation. He is...
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An optometrist who failed to spot an eye condition in an eight-year-old boy who later died has been given a two-year suspended jail sentence. Honey Rose, 35, from Newham, east London, was sentenced after Vincent Barker, known as Vinnie, died in July 2012...
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A woman who had suffered domestic abuse who agreed to let Greater Manchester Police (GMP) use details of her case to instruct officers how to handle such cases, provided her personal details remained anonymous, has been awarded £75,000 in compensation...
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Fifty people have taken their own lives in Scottish hospitals over the past four years, according to a BBC investigation. The deaths occurred in spite of repeated warnings over health and safety measures, including ones at Glasgow's new £842m...
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. A newborn baby was left gasping for breath as he lay dying alone on a resuscitation table after an error by doctors who declared him dead too early. Sebastian Sparrow revived himself an hour and a half after his parents were told he had died, an inquest...
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A woman has secured substantial damages after two different GPs advised her that a mole on her foot, which turned out to be cancerous, was harmless. The woman made two visits to her surgery after the mole had changed in appearance and had begun to itch. She...
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The family of a retired solicitor stabbed to death by a mentally ill man following a minor road accident has criticised the NHS for failings in care that allowed the man to be free to kill. Matthew Daley , 35, a paranoid schizophrenic, stabbed 79-year-old ...
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An ambulance trust is being investigated after reports of bullying and harassment and an "unfit for purpose" dispatch system. Long call waits and out-of-date maps are said to have affected the service of South East Coast Ambulance Trust (Secamb),...
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  The chief executive of an NHS ambulance trust which was severely criticised after it came under under intense scrutiny about how it handled emergency callouts has left his job. Paul Sutton, who had been on a leave of absence from South East Coast...
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. A surgeon who tried to cover up that he had cut off a man's testicle in error has been struck off. The organ was removed at the private BMI Chiltern Hospital, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, in April 2014. The Medical Practitioners Tribunal...
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When an insurer obtained evidence that a claimant had fraudulently misrepresented the extent of his injuries in a personal injury claim that was settled in 2003, it took the case all the way to the Supreme Court to obtain a repayment. The original claim was...
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Reaching a successful outcome in a compensation claim depends both on expert legal knowledge and, perhaps even more importantly, negotiating skills. In one case that proves the point, the family of a ten-year-old boy who faces a lifetime of disability as a...
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  A mother of two was left in a coma after paramedics allegedly refused to take her to hospital because they thought that she was drunk. Claire Mozaffari, 33, had just returned to her home in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, from a night out in Newcastle...
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Compensation awards made to gravely injured victims of clinical negligence often run well into seven figures – but they are no more than is needed when ever-rising care costs and life expectancies are taken into account. In one recent case, the High...
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  A West Yorkshire GP surgery has been rated ‘Inadequate’ and placed into special measures by England’s chief inspector of general practice following a critical inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). A specialist team of...
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The NHS could save millions of pounds if families and doctors were offered mediation when they disagreed on treatment, a leading consultant has proposed. An anaesthetist at Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, Dr Chris Danbury, said it should be made a legal...
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A SEVEN-year-old girl was wrongly diagnosed with a stomach bug two days before she died from acute appendicitis. Chelmsford Coroner’s Court was told that Malaika Adam, from Polsteads, Vange, had been complaining of diarrhoea for two days before seeing...
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Staffing levels at East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) are inadequate to meet the needs of patients in a "timely manner", a new report says. The report follows concerns that the NHS trust has been struggling financially and has some of the ...
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The GP for a seven-year-old girl who died unexpectedly has said that he never heard of the rare lung condition responsible, an inquest has heard. Esmee Polmear collapsed at Perranporth School and later died at Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, in July 2015. ...
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  Elderly people are reluctant to make complaints about poor health care or do not know how to, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman says A report says that 56 per cent of people aged more than 65 who experienced a problem did not complain...
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AN 11-day-old baby died from an undiagnosed heart condition, less than six months before a new test that could have detected it was introduced at York Hospital . York Coroner’s Court heard that Tommy Marshall John McKellar died in February 2015, only...
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  A Leicestershire GP surgery has been placed in special measures after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) which found the quality of care to be Inadequate. England’s Chief Inspector of General Practice placed The Billesdon...
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  Urgent action has been taken by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to remove the registration of a Scunthorpe GP practice, which was failing to safely care for patients. A specialist team of inspectors visited Market Hill 8-8 Centre, operated by...
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Victims of accidents or medical negligence sometimes unnecessarily hold back from claiming compensation because they fear the trauma of a court hearing. However, one case in which a boy's legal team achieved a £350,000 settlement of his claim against...
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 The NHS mental health trust which ran a care unit where a teenager drowned in a bath is continuing to put patients at risk, inspectors claim. Southern Health, which provides services in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire,...
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Action has been taken by The Care Quality Commission (CQC) to remove the registration of a Grimsby GP who was failing to safely care for patients. Following concerns raised by NHS England, CQC conducted an unannounced comprehensive inspection at the...
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Medical staff have placed "do not resuscitate" (DNR) orders on thousands of patients in England without telling their families, a new audit suggests. One-in-five families were not consulted where doctors decided not to revive their relative, a...
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More than 5,000 NHS patients in England were not treated within 28 days of their operation being cancelled in the year to April - the highest figure for 10 years. During the same period, nearly 75,000 NHS operations in England were postponed at the last...
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A DECISION by a NHS 111 call handler to ignore and overrule a red warning to send an ambulance to a woman struggling to breathe probably cost the patient her life, a Bradford inquest heard. Dinner lady Maureen Johnson, 52, had been waiting six hours after...
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A national care agency has closed its York branch after it was rated inadequate by the healthcare watchdog and criticised for poor risk management. Allied Healthcare, which supports people in their own homes in York, Harrogate and Northallerton, has...
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Clinical negligence cases are by no means always cut and dried – but a good lawyer can win you compensation with or without an admission of blame. In one case, an NHS trust which vigorously denied liability for brain damage suffered by a baby boy...
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The family of an eight-year-old boy who suffered devastating brain damage during his birth, due to the admitted negligence of hospital staff, have succeeded in obtaining a compensation package worth £9.5 million to pay for the lifetime of care he will...
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  A mother claims she was given a Caesarean section after she had already given birth naturally. Amber Hughes, 21, from Leicester, said doctors were baffled after performing the surgery and finding no baby. She says medics at the Leicester Royal...
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  A mother claims she was given a Caesarean section after she had already given birth naturally. Amber Hughes, 21, from Leicester, said doctors were baffled after performing the surgery and finding no baby. She says medics at the Leicester Royal...
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A care home patient with Down’s Syndrome died from a severe, million-to-one, allergic reaction to lentils in her lunchtime soup, an inquest has heard. Deborah Molloy, 52, had been a long-term resident at Warwick Mews residential home, Macclesfield,...
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A national review of end-of-life care says most hospitals are failing to provide face-to-face palliative care specialists around the clock. The review , the first review since the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway was scrapped , shows only 16 of 142...
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  The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says it will monitor the heart unit at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital heart unit for the foreseeable future. Data from the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgeons showed the cardiac surgical...
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In awarding more than £380,000 in compensation to the victim of a violent crime, a Tribunal has ruled that his payout should not have been reduced to take account of his own criminal convictions, which lay long in his past. The man suffered a serious...
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The High Court has been assured that lessons have been learned after a teenage mother died unnecessarily from a common illness following a call to an out-of-hours medical helpline. Her son was less than a year old when orphaned and the company which runs the...
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  A hospital has been rated inadequate for a second year with some patients at "high risk" of harm and equipment often out of date, according to a report by Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors. In its latest inspection report, the CQC...
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  An Indian restaurant owner with a "cavalier attitude" to safety has been jailed for six years for the manslaughter of a customer with a nut allergy after he was supplied with a curry containing peanuts. Paul Wilson, 38, was...
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One of the UK’s largest construction companies, Carillion, has been fined £200,000 after the death of a Doncaster worker. After the case, the rail union, RMT, said the fine was "wholly inadequate" after a series of health and safety...
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A woman is believed to have broken her pelvis and legs in a 25ft (7.6m) fall down a lift shaft in a Starbucks coffee shop The woman is understood to have tried to use the lift but plunged down the shaft at the branch on Solihull High Street. She was rescued...
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A wrong judgment call made by an ambulance crew in the midst of a dire medical emergency has left a baby boy facing a lifetime of acute disability. However, thanks to tenacious legal action taken on his behalf, the Court of Appeal has upheld his right to...
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A Nottinghamshire health centre has been placed in special measures by England’s chief inspector of general practice following a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection which rated the overall quality of care as ‘Inadequate’. Inspectors...
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The NHS trust which ran Stafford Hospital has been fined £500,000 for "basic" blunders linked to the deaths of four patients. The now-defunct Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust previously admitted four charges relating to elderly people...
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The mother of a man whose death sparked an inquiry into a health trust has criticised a lack of response after it was revealed that it failed to investigate hundreds of deaths. The mother of Connor Sparrowhawk, 18, who drowned in a bath while in Southern...
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Staff at an ambulance trust which missed response time targets five months in a row are being "pushed to the limit every day", its director claims. National standards stipulate that ambulances  should reach the most serious 999 calls within...
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  A hospital doctor who gave a patient a vasectomy by mistake will be allowed to continue to practise, a medical panel has ruled. Although Dr Nanikram Vaswani should have removed only scar tissue from a patient at Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool, he...
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A GP has been unable to run his London practice until this month (May 2016) after failing to overturn a decision to suspend his registration. A tribunal unanimously dismissed Dr Mujib ul Haq Khan’s appeal against a Care Quality Commission (CQC)...
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A leading doctor who was an expert witness for parents accused of killing their children has been found to have misled courts. The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) ruled that Dr Waney Squier had given irresponsible evidence outside her area of...
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A doctor who conquered childhood disability to achieve success – but whose career was destroyed by a series of hospital blunders after he fell down the stairs at home – has been awarded more than £450,000 in compensation after succeeding in...
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  The owner of theme park Alton Towers has been told it faces a large fine after admitting responsibility for the Smiler rollercoaster crash in June last year (2015) after which two people needed leg amputations. Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd...
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A cancer survivor who held a doctor responsible for years of unnecessary suffering has been awarded an interim payment of £100,000 to enable her to meet vital care needs until her full award can be assessed. The former solicitor and mother of four has...
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A North Yorkshire care home has been placed in special measures after an inspection by regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), judged it to be unsafe for residents. Riverside Court, Boroughbridge, was ordered to make improvements and follow an...
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The deaths of four patients have triggered a police investigation at a medical practice in Alderney in the Channel Islands. The Eagle Medical Practice, Ollivier Street, St Anne's, is run by Dr Rory Lyons, who has been suspended by the Medical...
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Disabled adults living in care homes were shut in and left alone in empty rooms for so long they wet or soiled themselves, a court heard. The rooms at Vielstone and Gatooma care homes in Devon had been used more than 1,000 times, Bristol Crown Court was...
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England’s health watchdog, The Care Quality Commission, is "not yet an effective regulator", MPs say. Staff shortages, and weaknesses in the consistency, accuracy and timeliness of inspection reports, have been identified as areas of concern...
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THE variations in care women receive when giving birth in English hospitals in England is worrying, experts say. The warning from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' follows a review of more than 550,000 births which found...
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Lawyers representing a 60-year-old man who suffered a brain haemorrhage the day after he was sent home from hospital have negotiated a £330,000 settlement of his clinical negligence claim against the NHS. The man had been born with learning and...
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An NHS trust providing adult mental health services must "significantly improve", inspectors have again warned.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust was not "always safe, effective,...
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A GP practice in Billesdon, Leicestershire, has been placed into special measures by England’s chief inspector of general practice following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The action was taken after the CQC inspection found the...
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Unlike the rest of Europe, the UK has no statute of limitations for serious sexual crimes. Whilst victims of sexual abuse may derive some comfort from seeing perpetrators imprisoned, there is a general lack of awareness that they are often also entitled to...
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Two North West companies have been fined after the death of two workers at a Merseyside woodchip factory in a case described by a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector as one of the most horrific he has ever dealt with. The two workers, James Bibby,...
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A 16-year-old girl from Manchester has received £10,000 in damages after she had to have two teeth extracted because her dentist failed to spot that she was suffering from tooth decay. Matilda Bruchard suffered months of pain before the teeth that...
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The consequences of negligence on the part of hospital staff can be dreadful, but a good solicitor can at least help to make them more bearable. In one case, a woman who endured years of needless agony after breaking her wrist during a football match has...
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A Lincolnshire medical practice has been placed into special measures following a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection. Crossroads Medical Practice, North Hykeham, was put into special measures by England’s chief inspector of general practice...
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A fresh inquest has been called for after a review of the circumstances surrounding the death of a three-year-old boy at Stafford Hospital  two years ago. Jonnie Meek, from Cannock, died while being fed through his stomach in August 2014. The...
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The North Yorkshire coroner has criticised the care of a mentally ill patient who died after stealing and crashing an ambulance. The patient, Michael South, 40, from York, was being transported to a mental health hospital when he took the vehicle, which has...
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  Care services for elderly and disabled people in England are "at breaking point" and planned council tax rises are not enough to cover the growing costs, local authorities say. Nine out of 10 councils say they expect to increase bills by...
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An eight-year-old girl, who faces a lifetime of acute disability due to negligent management of her birth in hospital, has been awarded £7.5 million in compensation in settlement of her case against the NHS. Despite warning signs that she was in...
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Two nurses, who failed to carry out blood glucose tests on stroke ward patients and then faked the results, have been jailed. Lauro Bertulano, 46, and Rebecca Jones, 31, neglected patients at Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend. A third nurse, Natalie...
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Opportunities to save the lives of hundreds of babies in the UK are being missed by hospitals, an investigation into stillbirths has found. A detailed investigation into 85 stillbirths found care could have been better in at least two-thirds of cases. In...
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A young dancer was killed by a common infection that caused a brain abscess after he was twice turned away from an accident and emergency department in Wales. Jason Langton, 20, who had sinusitis - a common condition in which the lining of the sinuses...
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A hospital trust has apologised for placing a "do not resuscitate" (DNR) order on a patient with Down's Syndrome - and listing his learning difficulties among the reasons for doing so. The family of Andrew Waters was not consulted or informed...
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Victims of clinical negligence are sometimes reluctant to complain, but they need not suffer in silence and seeking expert legal advice is the first step in obtaining just recompense. In one case, a man who was in so much pain after a flawed operation that...
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The biggest ever rise in public dissatisfaction with the NHS was recorded in 2015, according to a long-running survey. The 2015 poll, by The British Social Attitudes Survey, which has been tracking NHS satisfaction since 1983, shows that nearly 2,200 people...
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England and Wales has suffered the biggest annual rise in deaths for almost 50 years, according to new figures, which have prompted warnings of an urgent crisis in elderly care . Initial data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows that in...
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Babies born in English hospitals at the weekends have a "significantly" greater chance of dying than those born on weekdays, according to research at Imperial College, London. The study of more than 1.3m births found there were around 7.1 deaths...
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A York care home, which caters for up to 80 older people, has been placed into special measures after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). CQC inspectors described the care home in the city’s Acomb area as 'inadequate' in three...
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  A thousand babies could be saved each year if midwives and doctors worked together better and the NHS learnt from its mistakes, an official report is likely to conclude. A review of maternity services for NHS England will demand an end to...
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Premature babies in England and Wales may be missing out on vital health checks to spot serious disabilities, a report warns. Major concerns that intellectual, and other developmental problems, may be noticed too late, so children miss out on specialist...
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  NEARLY half of all care homes fall below expected standards, according to a damning assessment by the official regulator. The Government’s chief inspector of care homes claims four in 10 care homes do not meet regulations, while one in three...
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The NHS is missing many of its key targets with more patients getting stuck in hospital, latest figures show. New data from NHS England in autumn 2015 showed the health service missed its A&E target to see, treat or discharge patients within four hours....
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Doctors cannot be expected to be infallible, but it is only right that patients who suffer as a result of negligence on their part should be compensated. In one case, a man who suffered a life-threatening blood clot in hospital has secured £200,000 in...
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  DOCTORS "failed" a toddler by not diagnosing a brain tumour that later killed him, an inquest has said. Ayaan Hussain died at Bristol Children's Hospital on December 11 2014. The toddler, who was 23 months old, had been rushed to...
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A paedophile doctor was able to abuse young cancer patients without being discovered after clues about his behaviour were missed by colleagues, an independent investigation has found. Myles Bradbury was jailed for 22 years in 2014, which was later reduced...
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A YORK care home has been placed in special measures after inspectors assessed it as 'inadequate' on the third visit. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) issued critical reports about Haisthorpe House, Holgate Road, which looks after up to 30...
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THE number of cosmetic laser clinics in Wales being investigated for not being registered has increased significantly. Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) currently checks premises providing non-surgical laser or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) skin procedures...
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THE NHS trust that ran Stafford Hospital has pleaded guilty to criminal charges in connection with four deaths. Charges were brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) against Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, which is now defunct. The charges...
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A CHIROPRACTOR whose behaviour towards female patients – including pulling their knickers down without consent and massaging their buttocks – was said to be ‘sexually motivated’ has been struck off. Peter McCann, of Beneficial...
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  An Italian doctor has been suspended from practising medicine in the UK after failing English language tests. Dr Alessandro Teppa is among the first EU doctors to face disciplinary action over language skills following a change in the law in 2014. ...
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AN NHS ambulance trust has been criticised by the health service regulator after it dodged national response targets to gain more time to assess some seriously ill patients. In a pilot project, South East Coast Ambulance delayed sending help for certain...
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With specialist legal advice, victims of medical negligence can swiftly win compensation to help meet their immediate care needs. In a case which showed how fast the law can move in these circumstances, a seven-year-old boy has been awarded more than...
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Doctors often work under extreme pressure, but the standard of care which they are expected to give their patients is unwavering. In one case, a man who suffered heart failure and a stroke four years after attending a hospital accident and emergency...
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In personal injury cases, a defendant is normally considered to have been negligent if they failed to do something that a reasonable person would have done, or did something that a reasonably prudent person would not have done. In medical negligence cases,...
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SAFETY standards across the NHS and care sectors is 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 trusts...
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It is not unusual in personal injury cases where a claim is made on behalf of a person who has suffered life-changing injuries for the courts to acknowledge the devotion and selflessness of family members who care for their disabled loved ones without...
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Maternity units are being forced to shut more often as the NHS comes under increasing pressure, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) warns. A midwives shortage is having a major impact and mistakes "will almost certainly be made", with patients put...
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NHS trusts in England created a £930m deficit in the first three months of the financial year - more than the entire 2014-2015 over spend. Eight in 10 trusts are in the red with overspent accounts covering hospital, mental health, ambulance and some...
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The family of a 10-year-old boy who faces a lifetime of disability due to negligent post-natal care have secured a compensation package worth more than £6 million to cover the cost of his future care needs. The boy suffered a severe and enduring brain...
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ONE in five mentally ill children referred for NHS treatment are being rejected, new figures show. The most common reason given is that is their condition was 'not serious enough' to reach the threshold for treatment. Many NHS services have been...
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A woman who went into hospital for what should have been routine hip replacement surgery – but emerged with serious and disabling nerve damage – has won the right to substantial compensation from the NHS. Following the operation, the woman's...
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  North Yorkshire building firm Peter Wright has been fined after the death of one of its staff in an accident. The Thirsk-based firm, which trades as PW Joinery and Building Services, was fined £10,000 with £19,000 costs. The employee,...
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Inquests will be held into the deaths of patients at care homes at the heart of an alleged abuse scandal in Wales. Wales’ first minister, Carwyn Jones, published an update on a report by Dr Margaret Flynn into one of the owners, Prana Das, which...
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  YORK Hospital trust has been told it must improve following an inspection which raised questions about the safety of its services. York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has overall been rated as requiring improvement by the Care Quality...
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Police officers have a difficult job to do, but society expects them to show the highest standards of behaviour. In one case, two young men were awarded thousands of pounds in damages after they were battered and verbally abused by an officer who gave vent...
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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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Compensation claims normally have to be lodged within three years of an accident and seeking prompt legal advice is therefore essential. However, that time limit was waived in the case of a young mother who claimed that her life was wrecked by a contaminated...
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TWO-thirds of older and disabled people in England who ask their local authorities for help with care are turned away, new figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show. Almost 1.85m requests for support were made last year, but only...
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A North Yorkshire businesswoman has appeared in court in London accused of health and safety charges after the manager of a Clapham launderette died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Caroline Whalley, 58, was summonsed to court in October under 2007...
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A doctor has been found guilty of the manslaughter-by-gross-negligence of a six-year-old boy. Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, 38, of Leicester, was accused of medical failings in the death of Jack Adcock after he was admitted to Leicester Royal Infirmary on 18...
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THE Commissioner for Older People in Wales has said that she is “extremely disappointed” at the Welsh Government’s response to a call for action to protect residents in care homes. Wales’ Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales...
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The widow and five children of a man who died following an operation at a private hospital that was meant to relieve the pain of his bad back have achieved a seven-figure settlement of their claim against a negligent surgeon. A vein was damaged during the...
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  AN intensive care doctor apologised in a coroner’s court to the family of a patient who died after he accidently gave him the wrong drug. Crash victim Arnold Harper, 56, was expected to survive when he was airlifted to Royal Preston Hospital...
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  Families are "all too often" paying too much for care in England because of confusing, or incorrect, information from local authorities, a new report says. Some people are not offered an affordable care option in their area, the report by...
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A teenage girl had to have emergency surgery to remove her stomach after drinking a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen. Gaby Scanlon of Heysham, Lancs, was out celebrating her 18th birthday with friends in Lancaster when she had to be taken from...
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A man whose hip became infected after an operation but who was not treated with antibiotics for more than ten days has won a settlement from his local NHS trust after its negligence ultimately led to his having to have his leg amputated. The man had a...
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Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust was told there were no mental health beds available across England, a senior official has has claimed. The trust’s medical director, Dr Bohdan Solomka, said in a TV interview that the lack of beds applied across...
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  A locum optometrist is believed to be the first in Britain to be charged with manslaughter following the death of an eight-year-old boy. Ms Honey Rose, 34, who was working at Boots in Ipswich, is accused of gross negligence after Vincent Barker died...
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More male care workers are needed to look after older people, the chief executive of Care England says. Prof Martin Green says the government should do more to recruit men into front-line adult social care roles. Government statistics show 84% of carers...
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A London health centre has apologised after accidently revealing details of 780 patients, many of who are living with HIV Afterwards Health secretary Jeremy Hunt ordered an inquiry into how the NHS handles confidential medical information after the...
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  A young woman has died after losing her battle with cancer which doctors dismissed as ‘growing pains.” Kirstie Wilson, 21, from Bexleyheath, was diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer when she was 17 after refusing to accept the...
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Three nurses have been struck off for poor care - some of which led to patient deaths - at a Welsh care home. A Nursing and Midwifery Council panel (NMC) found failings by five nurses at Brithdir Care Home, near Bargoed, Caerphilly, amounted to misconduct...
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A Blackpool care home has been severely criticised by healthcare watchdogs and condemned as “unsafe, ineffective and uncaring” in a damning new report. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said that The Orchard Lodge Care Home failed to carry out...
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More investment is needed to improve the "inconsistent and often poor" care of dying people, say palliative care experts. The King's College London lecturers also fear relatives are sometimes excluded from "critical conversations"...
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A teenager with cerebral palsy caused by an injury to his brain at birth has won the right to compensation from the NHS to pay for the lifetime of specialist care that he will need. The 18-year-old suffered oxygen starvation during his mother's labour. As a...
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Victims of violent crime generally have to apply for compensation within two years – however, in one exceptional case, a pensioner had her hopes of a payout boosted almost 50 years after the father of her children was knifed to death. The 70-year-old...
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A multimillion-pound turnover food manufacturer, part of Hull-based sausage, pork and bacon producer, Cranswick Plc, and one of its directors have been fined after a worker was crushed by a forklift truck at its factory. The incident occurred on 29 July...
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  There could be a "catastrophic collapse" in the number of care homes if the National Living Wage is introduced, according to the five biggest providers. They say, in a letter to chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, that staffing...
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A review of the health care available to newborn babies and those who may need special help has been announced by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The review will draw on the case of Elizabeth Dixon, from Hampshire, who died 14 years ago after a breathing...
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A Leeds care home with ‘visibly dirty’ wards has been issued with a formal warning by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) that it must make urgent improvement to its standards of care. Waterloo Manor Independent Hospital, Garforth, Leeds, has been...
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Yorkshire Ambulance Service has been told by England's chief inspector of hospitals that it must improve some of its services following a Care Quality Commission inspection. A team of inspectors found that the trust delivered services that were caring,...
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Potentially harmful infections are being carried on the uniforms of nurses who launder them at home because they are not washed in high enough temperatures, a new report says. The report by the Textile Service Association (TSA) calls on the Department of...
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A 'delightful and determined' nine-year-old girl who was left with a dysfunctional arm after excessive force was used during her forceps delivery is to receive compensation of £486,000 from the NHS. The plexus of nerves serving the girl's left arm and...
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A Farnborough doctors’ surgery has been told it must improve after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). North Camp Surgery had previously been asked by NHS England to not carry out any immunisations until the outcome of an...
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  Three Bradford district care homes have been told to improve after inspections by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC also said that care provider Twenty Four Seven Recruitment (Yorkshire) Limited, Ilkley , was inadequate for safety and...
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    A Kent mental health Trust has been issued with two warning notices after inspectors found care on a ward for elderly dementia patients was “inadequate and unsafe”. Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust has been...
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  Cancer survival rates in England are improving but remain a decade behind other countries with similar healthcare systems, a major new study shows. Researchers the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine found that, due to late diagnosis...
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In a landmark case, a man who risked his life when his uncle set himself alight whilst in the grip of 'florid paranoid schizophrenia' has won the right to compensation for the severe burns and trauma he suffered. The nephew had courageously tried to rescue...
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  The high numbers of patients being re-admitted to hospital is almost certainly down to how staff are discharging them, a report based on a year-long inquiry says. The report, following an investigation by Healthwatch England, says many hospitals...
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Compensation paid to negligence victims is strictly ring-fenced and can normally only be used in their best interests. However, in one case, a judge has ruled that a boy's private school fees can be met out of his disabled sister's £5 million damages...
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A CARE home has been told to make urgent improvements after a surprise visit by inspectors found it was failing to keep its elderly residents safe. The unannounced inspection of Care Home, Church Lawton, Cheshire, found several serious failings. As a...
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A 96-year-old pensioner fell to her death at a care home in Wales after her wheelchair was accidently pushed into an empty lift shaft. The pensioner fell to her death at Pontcanna House, Pontcanna, Cardiff, weeks after the owners had been warned by...
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  New draft guidance has been put forward by England’s health watchdog to improve the care of adults in their final days. The new guidance, from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) comes amid concerns that misuse of the...
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  Neglect by medical staff at Barnsley Hospital contributed to a patient’s death, an inquest heard. Coroner Julian Fox said grandmother Lorraine Hargreaves, 64, of Elsecar, near Barnsley, was ‘forgotten’ in the system and linked her...
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A Welsh health board has been placed in special measures after a report identified “serious and outstanding concerns” as a result of activity which which may have violated the patients’ human rights. The move follows a report that revealed...
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Two firms have been fined a total of £550,000 after a diabetic hospital patient died after he was injected with insulin syringes containing no insulin. Neil Judge, 58, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, who was being treated at Sheffield's Northern...
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Forty-four elderly and vulnerable residents - who were not washed and had no hot water - have been moved from a Liverpool care home which has been closed by magistrates following an inspection by watchdog, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) Mossley Manor...
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Fresh concerns about the level of support that people with dementia and their carers get from the NHS and UK social services have been raised by GPs as the number of diagnoses continues to rise. The Royal College of GPs also says that, until the situation...
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Too many hospital patients are dying following emergency bowel surgery, say experts who have carried out a comprehensive audit of care across England and Wales. One in 10 patients dies within 30 days of undergoing an urgent, unplanned laparotomy and the...
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  A West Yorkshire care home rated 'inadequate' by a watchdog in 2014 has been told it still needs to make improvements. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says Hollycroft Care Home, Ilkley, has made significant progress since inspectors found...
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A retired businessman, who has been plagued by severe pain and disability since botched knee replacement surgery, has achieved a settlement of his claim against the NHS Commissioning Board worth £380,000. The man, aged 79, had been on the NHS waiting...
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A 99-year-old care home resident with dementia was put in a scalding hot bath because her female care assistant was in a "bad mood", a court has heard. The resident, Margaret Wheatley, one of three men and five women, is said to have been...
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The inspection regime for GPs in England should be suspended because it is "overly bureaucratic" and "nit-picking", doctors say. Medics at the British Medical Association's annual conference said they were being asked to do...
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Obtaining compensation in clinical negligence cases very often requires extensive negotiation and compromise. However, proof of fault is by no means always necessary. In one case, a schoolboy who was born seriously disabled won the right to at least £1...
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An 18-year-old girl who was left to face a lifetime of disability after medical staff failed to pick up a hormonal abnormality following her birth has won an NHS compensation package worth £6.25 million to pay for the care she will always need. The...
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The annual bill for NHS negligence in pregnancy has reached £1bn after more than 1,300 babies were killed or maimed last year. One basic error accounts for a quarter of payouts, with campaigners saying it was a “scandal” that the health...
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People in England who need urgent mental health care are receiving inadequate support, The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says. The CQC reviewed the help given to people in mental health crisis , including those who feel suicidal, are having serious panic...
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  A doctor and two nurses from a Marie Stopes clinic have appeared in court charged with the manslaughter of an Irish woman who died hours after an abortion. Aisha Chithira, 32, who was 22 weeks pregnant, died after the procedure at the Ealing clinic...
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  A farm manager has been jailed for the manslaughter of two workers who died after being sent into a nitrogen-filled store while holding their breath to try to retrieve apples for an agricultural competition. Scott Cain, 23, and Ashley Clarke, 24,...
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A pensioner who was left with a weak, husky and painful voice as a result of negligence on the part of the doctor who had operated on her at an NHS hospital has won £35,000 in compensation. As a result of her injury, the 70-year-old woman has...
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A vet who was left paralysed and dependent on around-the-clock care after he was negligently manhandled by an ambulance paramedic after falling down the stairs at home is in line for a very substantial compensation payout from the NHS. An ambulance was...
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A whistle-blower at a failing mental health trust - the first in England ever to be placed in special measures - says staff are still fire-fighting to keep patients safe. A senior clinician known simply as Claire has spoke to the BBC in an exclusive...
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Adult social care firms are struggling to hire, retain and train staff because of local authority budget cuts, a survey of senior officials suggests. Local authorities in England are facing a £1.1bn shortfall this year, on top of "almost...
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There are many illnesses that carry an enhanced risk of developing other health problems, and the courts are taking an increasingly hard line when medical staff fail to warn patients of those risks and the patient suffers as a result. In a recent case, a...
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An NHS trust responsible for mental health services in York has lost a £190m contract to continue running the service.  Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) has run mental health and learning disability services in the...
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A Merseyside residential care home has been told by The Care Quality Commission (CQC)  that it must make improvements or face further enforcement action. Inspectors who made an unannounced inspection at Speke Care Home (Residential), Liverpool, in...
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NHS Trusts in England ran up a total deficit of £822m in 2014-15, compared with £115m the previous year, according to a report for health regulator, Monitor. A report shows that, as part of this, Foundation Trusts spent £1.8bn on contract...
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An investigation into the Tawel Fan ward of Bodelwyddan's Glan Clwyd Hospital, Wales, has proven a string of allegations following initial concerns raised in December 2013. The report's author, health specialist, Donna Ockenden, found the...
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A talented young photographer whose life and career were blighted by a negligent delay in diagnosing and treating a serious back condition has won a £2.4 million compensation payout after the NHS admitted blame for her injuries. The woman had...
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A former midwife whose behaviour was said to have contributed to the deaths of two babies at Furness General Hospital is to be struck off, a misconduct tribunal has ruled. Marie Ratcliffe, who worked at the hospital in Barrow, Cumbria, where a report...
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Thousands of dying patients are being let down by poor end-of-life care provision, the health ombudsman has said. A Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s report, Dying Without Dignity , detailed "tragic" cases where people's...
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A Filipino nurse has been jailed for 35 years after being convicted of murdering two patients and poisoning 20 others at a Greater Manchester hospital. Victorino Chua killed Tracey Arden, 44, and Derek Weaver, 83, at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport by...
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An international arrest warrant has been issued for an anaesthetist, Dr Nadeem Azeez, understood to have returned to Pakistan after being charged with gross negligence manslaughter  following the death of a patient. Frances Cappuccini, 30, died...
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The family of a 13-year-old boy, whose right arm was left almost useless as a result of nerve damage suffered during his difficult birth, have succeeded in winning him more than £650,000 in compensation from the NHS. The boy was an unusually large...
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A hospital trust at the centre of a police investigation into data manipulation had the highest number of serious patient safety breaches in England last year. Colchester Hospital University Trust had nine "never events" - errors so serious they...
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Carers at a North Yorkshire nursing home short-staffed on the weekend that the Tour de France visited, stepped over the body of a choking resident as paramedics battled to revive him, an inquest heard. The inquest at Harrogate Magistrates Court into the...
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A Glasgow-based doctor has admitted taking 53 photos of two vulnerable patients without their consent. Dr Christopher Brett Valentine took the photos at addiction clinics in the city and showed them to colleagues after storing them on his iPad and computer....
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  A nurse who filmed himself raping two patients while they were unconscious in A&E has been jailed for 18 years. Andrew Hutchinson, 29, raped the women, aged 18 and 35, after they were brought into the John Radcliffe hospital, Oxford, where he...
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A Harley Street plastic surgeon molested a patient after he "dimmed the lights" in his surgery and asked her to dance to Julio Iglesias, a medical tribunal has been told. Dr Mohammad Ali Jawad, 56, is alleged to have drunk vodka with the woman,...
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  Hundreds of twins and triplets are dying, or suffering severe disabilities such as cerebral palsy, every year because so few hospitals are following clinical guidelines during their birth, a charity has warned. The  Twins & Multiple Births...
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  A YORK care home for residents with mental health needs and learning disabilities has been judged to be inadequate once again after a second inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CCQ). An initial CQC inspection of Haisthorpe House, Holgate ...
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Just because the NHS denies blame for injuries suffered by a patient does not mean that it will not pay compensation. In one such case, lawyers representing a young girl achieved a £3 million settlement of her clinical negligence claim even though...
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A teenage girl who has been left facing a lifetime of acute disability because of a delay in diagnosing a life-threatening brain tumour has achieved a £7.5 million settlement of her claim against an NHS trust. The girl's parents had been reassured by...
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  A Manchester residential care home has been told by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) that it must improve or face further enforcement action. During an unannounced inspection at Lindenwood Residential Care Home in November 2014, inspectors found...
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  Services in the NHS in England are deteriorating in a way not seen since the early 1990s, a leading health think tank says. A review by The King’s Fund says waiting times for A&E, cancer care and routine operations are worsening and...
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A London GP is unable to run his practice until May after failing to overturn a Care Quality Commission (CQC) decision to suspend his registration. An appeal by Dr Mujib ul Haq Khan was unanimously dismissed by a tribunal which said that it was an...
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  A medical practice in Alderney in The Channel Islands is being investigated by Guernsey police after the deaths of four patients Eagle Medical Practice, Ollivier Street, St Anne's, is run by Dr Rory Lyons who has been suspended by the...
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A North Yorkshire podiatrist, Simon C Valente has, been struck off the HCPC Register for misconduct after ‘persistent failings and a reckless disregard’ of the need to keep proper records of patient assessments and care following home visits. A...
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  A Cleveland care home has been told by The Care Quality Commission (CQC) that it must make improvements or face further enforcement action. During an unannounced inspection to Dinsdale Lodge Care Home, Hartlepool, in December 2014, inspectors...
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A formidably energetic mother-of-four, whose active life was blighted when she suffered a devastating stroke, has won £150,000 in compensation after the High Court ruled that her GP had been negligent in failing to diagnose a dangerous heart infection....
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A West Yorkshire care home has been told by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) that it must make improvements or face further enforcement action. The warning to Southfield Care Home, Bradford, followed an unannounced inspection in October 2014 when...
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A legislative bill aiming to remove the threat of litigation for doctors who administer innovative treatment to patients is unnecessary and should not become law, an audience comprising  mostly medical professionals and lawyers has voted in a debate at...
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A barrister who specialises in representing medical negligence victims was cursed by a similar fate to many of his clients when doctors made a catalogue of errors whilst operating to remove his appendix. He suffered long-term consequences, for which the High...
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A mental health trust has been declared ‘not a safe service’ by independent regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and become the first of its kind in England to be put in special measures. NHS regulator Monitor will now help support...
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The failure of an NHS computer system has been blamed by a coroner for the death of a child heart patient. Three-year-old Samuel Starr was born with complex congenital cardiac disease and, when he was nine months old, underwent an operation at Bristol Royal...
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Two men and a woman who were owners and helped to run a former Nottingham care home have been charged with gross negligence manslaughter after the death of an 86-year-old resident. The resident, Ivy Atkin, died on 22 November 2012, shortly after being moved...
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  A Manchester GP has appeared before Blackpool magistrates charged with sexually assaulting two elderly women patients at the medical centre where he worked. Dr Abid Ali, 27, from Old Trafford , faced two separate counts of sexual assault. NHS ...
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A “lethal mix” of failings at almost every level led to the unnecessary deaths of one mother and 11 babies in the maternity unit of a Cumbrian hospital, an independent report says. The investigation into deaths at Furness General Hospital,...
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A nurse who suffered years of agony following botched surgery at an NHS hospital has won almost £650,000 in compensation for her suffering. The settlement includes more than £50,000 to assist her in achieving her greatest wish – to become a...
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The family of a man who died following an asthma attack has been guaranteed a six-figure sum in compensation for their loss after a judge ruled that the treatment he received from an emergency ambulance crew was negligent. The man, a clerk in a barristers'...
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A Harley Street cosmetic doctor has been suspended for 12 months after acting "dishonestly" and encouraging nurses to obtain Botox illegally. Dr Mark Harrison was exposed by an undercover BBC London investigation. A nurse went undercover posing as...
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Three GP practices – two in the North West and one in Berkshire - have been placed in "special measures" as part of a new inspection regime. The Care Quality Commission said "significant areas of concern" had been uncovered at the...
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A nursing home that stank of urine, had stained carpets and mould on the walls has been closed following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Merok Park nursing Home, Banstead, Surrey, shut on December 9 after Inspectors concluded that the...
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A young woman with stomach pains who typed her symptoms into Google and found she had eight out of the nine signs of ovarian cancer was diagnosed with terminal cancer six months later - when doctors found she had a tumour the size of a melon. University...
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Several services must be improved at Shropshire's main health trust, hospital inspectors have said The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said it found "considerable pressure" on nurses at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospitals Trust due to staffing...
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A leading kidney transplant consultant, who had an extra marital affair relationship with a woman patient, has been suspended for 12 months. Dr Richard Smith, 53, also lied during a hospital trust investigation into his conduct, the Medical Practitioners...
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A male nurse murdered three patients by putting poison in saline drips and leaving them as ‘ticking time bombs’ for other medical staff to administer, a court has been told. Filipino Nurse, Victorino Chua, 49, is alleged to have poisoned 21...
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  A former doctor at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, where disgraced DJ Jimmy Savile abused patients, has been jailed for 18 years for indecent assaults and rape. Former consultant paediatrician, Michael Salmon, 80, was convicted of nine indecent assaults...
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A 'beautiful and engaging' seven-year-old girl who is severely disabled as a result of admitted negligence on the part of medical staff during her birth has won more than £10 million in damages from the NHS. The girl was starved of oxygen during her...
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A young man who lost his sight because hospital staff negligently failed to diagnose a virulent infection before it was too late has won a £5 million damages payout after an NHS trust admitted full liability for injuries which will have a serious...
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A Harley Street cosmetic doctor has been suspended for 12 months after acting "dishonestly" and encouraging nurses to obtain Botox illegally. Dr Mark Harrison was exposed by an undercover BBC London investigation. A nurse went undercover posing as...
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  At least 168 pensioners in care homes were left so dehydrated in 2014 that they had to be admitted to a hospital ward - but the true figure could be much higher. Three pensioners are rushed to hospital every week because their care home has let them...
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A nursing home in the Yorkshire Dales has been told by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) that it must make improvements or face enforcement action. Anley Hall Nursing Home, Skipton Road, Settle, North Yorks,  was told after an unannounced inspection in...
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A grandmother of six who died at Christmas time in 2010 as a result of contracting a flesh-eating bug would have survived if medical staff had done their job properly, a judge has ruled. The decision entitles her widower to substantial compensation from the...
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  A  Wiltshire doctor raped and indecently assaulted young girls thinking he was “bomb-proof” because no one would accept a child’s word against his, Reading Crown Court has been told. Michael Salmon, 79, was employed at...
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Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust has been recommended to be placed in special measures by England's chief inspector of hospitals after a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection gave it an overall rating of ‘Inadequate’. The inspection...
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A woman who doctors failed to diagnose with cancer after 25 appointments in 12 month, has been told that her condition is terminal. Kim Major, 48, from Ewell , visited her GP at the Fitznells Manor Surgery, Ewell, 25 times in 12 months complaining of ...
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A North Yorkshire care home has been told by the  Care Quality Commission (CQC) to make improvements or face enforcement action. Care Quality Commission inspectors made an unannounced inspection at Lake and Orchard Care Centre, Riccall, York, in July...
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A series of ‘major incidents’ were declared remain at hospitals across England at the start of the year as NHS staff struggled to cope with the number of patients. Hospitals in Staffordshire, Gloucestershire, Cambridgeshire, London and Surrey...
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A young mother whose life-threatening meningitis went undiagnosed for months, resulting in a devastating brain injury which left her requiring 24-hour care and assistance in looking after her six-year-old son, has won a six-figure sum in compensation from...
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A North Yorkshire care home worker who subjected dementia patients to horrendous physical abuse and ridicule has been jailed for 18 months after being reported to police by her own brother. Siobhan Koralewski, 30, terrorised elderly victims at Roundstones...