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World Sepsis Day 2017 – raising awareness of deadly sepsis infection  

Posted 12th September 2017

Wednesday September 13th 2017 is World Sepsis Day – an initiative by the Global Sepsis Alliance that seeks to reduce deaths from sepsis, a serious condition that affects more than 30 million people a year worldwide. In the UK, sepsis is the leading cause of avoidable death. Around 44,000 people die of it each year…

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Medical errors that lead to baby deaths need to be challenged

Posted 4th August 2017

If inadequate maternity care led to your baby being stillborn or dying shortly after birth, wouldn’t you want answers as to why it happened? Wouldn’t you want someone to take responsibility for the mistake that caused it? And wouldn’t you want the hospital to make changes to help avoid the same mistakes happening to other…

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Husband donates £37,500 compensation to charities in India and Nicaragua

Posted 20th March 2017

Following the recent settlement of his medical negligence claim, Liam O’Hare has donated his compensation award to three charities in India and Nicaragua in memory of his late wife, Jane Oram. Jane died in July 2012, aged 64, at Stoke Mandeville Hospital where she was a long-term patient in the spinal injuries unit. Paralysed from…

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Seven figure compensation award for girl starved of oxygen at birth

Posted 20th January 2017

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust has agreed to pay a seven-figure sum to a nine-year old girl with Cerebral Palsy caused by brain damage at birth due to oxygen starvation. She was born in 2007 at Colchester General Hospital.   Medical negligence solicitor Gillian Gadsby acted for the girl’s family.   “We are so pleased…

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Investigation into NHS litigation costs welcomed

Posted 20th December 2016

The National Audit Office has announced it is to investigate the rising costs to the NHS of medical negligence litigation. Alan Mendham – a Partner at Gadsby Wicks Solicitors – has welcomed the news, saying that the review will help to show the significant savings that the NHS will make if it changes how it…

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Bereaved Families Failed by NHS

Posted 14th December 2016

  The latest report from The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has put treatment of bereaved families under the spotlight. The report highlights problems throughout the NHS in the way Hospital Trusts investigate preventable patient deaths. The CQC says failings are even more widespread when the patient has a mental health issue or learning disability.  …

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New compensation scheme for birth injuries welcomed

Posted 17th October 2016

A new scheme to help families of babies injured at birth has been proposed by Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. The Rapid Resolution and Redress scheme aims to provide more efficient settlement of birth injury claims and access to compensation to help towards providing for the care needs of the child.   Along with campaigners and…

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The Patients Association calls “never events” in the NHS “a disgrace”

Posted 23rd February 2016

  NHS “never events” are hitting the headlines again with provisional figures showing 254 incidents since April 2015. Katherine Murphy – the chief executive of the Patients Association – has said that this shows the NHS is still failing to learn from mistakes and called their prevalence “a disgrace”. The Royal College of Surgeons has…

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Gadsby Wicks Solicitors welcomes Tony Mitty to its expert team

Posted 5th November 2015

We are delighted to welcome Tony Mitty, an experienced and highly respected litigator, who joins our team of expert lawyers as Partner. Over the past twenty years, Tony has secured millions of pounds in compensation for people who have suffered personal injury and he is dedicated to continuing to do the same at Gadsby Wicks.  …

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New strategy to help GPs spot the signs of cancer

Posted 29th June 2015

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended that GPs should be able to order certain tests directly for patients displaying possible cancer symptoms instead of having to refer to a specialist first. The tests include MRI and CT scans, endoscopies and colonoscopies.   As well as more direct access to tests,…

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