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The Ockenden Report - looking to the future.

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In the week that the Ockenden report was published, another article appeared – on Tuesday, 29 th March – in The Guardian. The article suggested that a shortage of more than 2,000 midwives meant that women and babies would remain at risk...

The Ockenden Report - the caesarean option.

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One issue that is highlighted in the Ockenden report is that of women being discouraged from having caesarean sections. This appears, at least at one time, to have reflected wider concern against child birth becoming overmedicalised and about...

The Ockenden Report - listening and learning.

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The television coverage of the Ockenden report this week has revealed the human cost of the failings at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust. The scale of the tragic results of those failings becomes apparent when it is reflected in whole empty...

The Ockenden Report - in numbers.

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The Ockenden report, published today, was prepared following a review that examined 1592 cases at the Trust. The numbers revealed in the report indicate the systemic problems at the Trust, and the devastating impact that failings will have had on...

Key Findings of The Ockenden Report

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The Ockenden Report published today, Wednesday, 30 March 2022, was commissioned after a series of problems were identified in maternity care at the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust. Senior midwife, Donna Ockenden, completed the report after...

Publication of The Ockenden Report

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The Ockenden report is published today. In a series of blog articles we will address the background to the review, the findings of the report and explain how events at Shrewsbury & Telford Trust impacted upon hundreds of families over more...

Getting the best from your GP.

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Our work in the field of medical law has shown us that one of the biggest threats to successful and effective medical care is poor communication, by the patient or their GP, especially at an initial consultation. Many people who need to see a GP,...

Giving women a voice, and a choice over their medical care.

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Earlier this summer the then health minister, Nadine Dorries, urged women unhappy with their medical care to demand different treatment. In guidance aimed and ending a gender imbalance in UK healthcare, Ms Dorries said that unconscious biases...

Mental healthcare provision ... and the pandemic.

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An earlier blog article addressed mental health provision and the problems highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic. This article looks in more detail at the effects of the pandemic, the challenges that current funding proposals will have to address, and the...

Psychiatric injury - evidence and impact.

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The current pandemic has created a perfect storm for those who suffer mental health difficulties. Just as awareness of mental health problems is increasing and those who are experiencing difficulties are being encouraged to seek support...

Occupational Stress claims - how we can help.

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Recent emphasis in the media upon issues relating to mental health have highlighted for all of us, the pressures that we can encounter in modern life. Employers too are becoming increasingly aware that the stresses and strains of working life can be so...

Coronavirus legislation and the vulnerable.

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Emergency legislation giving the British government wide-ranging powers during the Coronavirus pandemic, including relaxing rules around detention under mental health laws and altering some social care procedures, has become law after being backed by the...

Time for concussion checks in sport.

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Television audiences for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, and for the current Six Nations competition, will be familiar with players occasionally having to leave the pitch to undergo head injury assessments. The risks of concussion and the...

Information - shoulder dystocia

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Shoulder dystocia during a vaginal birth is considered an obstetric emergency, as the potential consequences for both mother and baby can be devastating. The complication arises if a baby’s shoulder gets lodged in the mother’s pelvis...

Communication and consent.

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Recent press coverage of a claim for compensation by a mother, whose son was diagnosed with Down's syndrome, has provoked a significant amount of comment. The claim was brought by the child's mother against the Royal Berkshire...

Spinal injuries and sport.

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The world of elite sport is also, often, a world of risk and sometimes, of devastating injury. Life-threatening injuries occur in just a fraction of a second and careers can be ended, or significantly disrupted , as we saw recently...

Birth Trauma - an end to suffering in silence.

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We know that advances in medical care have resulted in childbirth being safer now for mum and baby than ever before. Even where complications arise, specialist obstetric and neonatal care helps to ensure that the vast majority of difficult...

Headway campaign - brain injury fatigue.

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Those of us who work closely with survivors of serious head injuries are aware of the particular challenges associated with fatigue as a consequence of brain injury. Headway have recently reported that it is the most commonly cited symptom...

Call to end postcode lottery for stroke treatment.

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In an article for Neuro Rehab Times the chief executive of the Stroke Association, Juliet Bouverie, has called for an end to the postcode lottery for stroke care. Bouverie points out that in some areas even basic stroke treatment is not being...

Valuable support from the SIA for our clients with spinal cord injuries.

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The CNCI Team have recently received their updated Certificate confirming corporate membership of the Spinal Injuries Association. We are proud to be associated with this organisation. We are pleased to be able to support the SIA in...

Concerned about historic medical care? Family of brain-damaged man shows long-term claims can be successful

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The tragic case of a man in his 20s, who was left disabled as a child after contracting a brain infection in hospital, but has now received a multi-million pound compensation package 22 years later, shows it is possible to win such cases even many years...

Maternity care ... failings and investigations.

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There has been much in the media recently about the problems and alleged failings with maternity care at Shrewsbury & Telford NHS Trust. Issues have arisen that suggest long term difficulties at the Trust from the 1990's until just a...

Claiming compensation for a child's injuries.

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Those who have suffered serious injury as a result of clinical negligence may not initially feel that legal advice is a priority. Coping with the effects of injuries may dominate the lives of the injured person and family members. Later, when questions...

Childbirth injuries to mother.

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Where there are problems at the time of childbirth, the focus is often, and understandably, the potential impact upon the health of the child. However, it is important to remember the potential impact that negligent care can have on the...

Cerebral palsy awards...and NHS funds.

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Media portrayal of the financial plight of the NHS, and of cases where millions are awarded to victims of clinical negligence, can raise concern amongst the public. Those who rely upon the NHS for all aspects of medical care from cradle to grave...

Birth options - choosing a caesarian.

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In good, modern, medical practice patients are routinely advised of their options for treatment, and the pros and cons of each. This allows patients to opt for the level of intervention that is right for them. In theory this should...

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. ...

CICA "same-roof" rule due for abolition.

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Those who have suffered injury as a result of violent crime may find they have no alternative other than to seek compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. Awards made by the CICA are assessed way of a tariff. ...

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...

Thousands of elderly go hungry in residential care, research claims

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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...

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...

Complaints Legal Challenge.

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Patients who have concerns about medical treatment may opt to follow a complaints process, or seek legal advice. Many opt to do both. At a difficult and often distressing time patients and their families understandably want to make sure they have...

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...

The Francis Report and the Duty of Candour.

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What happened at Mid Staffs between 2005 and 2009 was failure at all levels, affecting thousands of patients and leading to "appalling and unnecessary suffering". There was a wholesale "lack of care, compassion, humanity and leadership"....

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...

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...