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PTSD and traumatic childbirth.

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A successful birth is a satisfying occasion for the medical staff involved, the majority of whom care deeply for the welfare of the mothers and babies in their care and who find assisting them at a crucial time to be very rewarding. ...

Care funding in an age of austerity.

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The case of a family, which claims the NHS ‘turned its back’ on their sick mother and cost them £250,000, is another example of the complexities of providing care for an ageing society. Russell Byfield, from West Yorkshire, and his...

Stillbirths - a CNCI special report.

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STILLBIRTHS: “IT IS A LIFE SENTENCE: SOMETHING YOU NEVER GET OVER” In spite of advances in medical science and healthcare training, there are still thousands of stillbirths in the UK each year. In this special report, CNCI looks...

Health and safety - essential for saving lives.

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An inquest into the death of an engineer killed by an ammonia leak at a brewery has concluded. David Chandler, from Bridgnorth, Shropshire, died at the Carlsberg plant in Northampton on 9 November 2016. The 45-year-old died after inhaling...

Action for Brain Injury Week.

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Our experience at working with, and for, individuals who have suffered a serious brain injury has made it clear that it is not just the individual that is impacted. Brain injuries change the lives of those who have suffered injury and...

Time limits for abuse claims.

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It is common for those who have experienced abuse in the past to ask questions about the time limits for bringing a claim. The time limit for a civil court action in respect of personal injuries is governed by statute and is often expressed as...

SIA patient safety initiative.

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The Spinal Injuries Association raised an important issue in their Forward magazine of February 2018. They point out that neurogenic bowel dysfunction has a significant impact on all aspects of an individual's life, following a spinal cord...

NHS mistakes - paying the price.

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Recent media reports claim that payouts given to NHS patients who have been victims of negligence should be reduced because they are "unsustainable". The claims are being made by various organisations involved with the health service....

Specialist team 'best in region'.

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Our specialist clinical negligence and catastrophic injury (CNCI) team has been identified as the best in our region, based on feedback from fellow legal professionals, and shortlisted for a nationwide award to be judged early next year by Legal 500, the...

Occupational stress - a serious issue.

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Stress undoubtedly enters most people’s professional lives at some time or another. The extent to which stress is an issue is not determined by the type of profession in which you work or the salary you earn. Occupational stress can affect...

Baby Loss Awareness Week 2017

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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 charities in the UK. SANDS, and...

Side lined families and a failure to learn from past mistakes?

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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...

Primary care - the legal costs.

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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...

Time to listen.

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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...

Experience and expertise.

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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...

Care in crisis.

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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 exaggerating how frail they are to meet...

Five indicators of neglect in care homes

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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...

When sorry seems to be the hardest word

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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...