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Surgeon fined following 'professional arrogance'.

  A liver, spleen and pancreas surgeon who burned his initials on to patients’ livers during transplant surgery has been given a 12-month community order and fined £10,000. The surgeon, Simon Bramhall, 53, used an argon beam, usually...

Worcestershire hospital letters not sent to GPs.

Tens of thousands of hospital appointment follow-up letters were not sent to GPs due to a computer system glitch. Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said it had a backlog of 22,000 letters, from 2011 to 2017, about patient appointments and care. ...

Millions of women denied mental health care.

Millions of women throughout the UK are being denied vital NHS care to help them cope with mental health problems triggered by pregnancy and childbirth, doctors say. The patchy provision of services means that pregnant women and new mothers in a quarter...

Investigation into saline bag tampering.

Hospital managers are continuing to work with police in an investigation launched after saline bags at Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary were tampered with. A spokeswoman for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the infirmary, said...

Maternity Ward Closures.

Almost half of the maternity wards in England responding to a Freedom of Information request closed their doors to expectant mothers at least once in 2016. The Freedom of Information figures show that 42 out of 96 trusts shut maternity wards temporarily 382...

Girl Struck By Streptococcus Bug Soon After Birth Wins £3.5 Million

Babies are very vulnerable in their first few days of life and, if things go wrong because of negligence on the part of medical personnel, it is only right that compensation is payable. In one case on point, the family of a 15-year-old girl who was struck...

Patient Who Fell Out of Hospital Bed Wins Seven-Figure Damages

Hospitals can be dangerous places and clinical mishaps are not the only hazard that patients can face. In one case, lawyers representing a woman who fell out of her hospital bed following surgery succeeded in winning her multi-million-pound compensation from...

Post-partum psychosis - a mother's account.

  Post-partum psychosis (PP) is one of the most severe and frightening conditions among a wide spectrum of post-natal mental health problems. While post-natal depression affects around one in 10 women, around one-in-500 to a 1,000 women develop PP,...

Midwives Who Failed to Deal With Language Barrier Ruled Negligent

In an ever smaller world, medical and other professionals must be able to conquer language barriers, and a failure to do so can be negligent. In a recent case, the High Court found that hospital midwives breached their duty by failing to explain to a...

Ambulance workers' trauma.

Ambulance workers and other paramedics are twice as likely to suffer mental health problems than the wider public and much less likely to seek support, according to mental health charity Mind. Those who have to respond to an emergency, such as the Grenfell...
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