Archive for the ‘News’ Category

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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Birth injury rates in Britain the second highest in Western Europe

Posted 17th June 2015

Britain now has the second-worst infant mortality rate in Western Europe and lags behind most of Eastern Europe in its provision of maternity care – according to figures disclosed from a study by the University of Leicester. However, behind the figures, there is another story.   Failure to learn from mistakes One of the significant…

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Failures in Essex Health Services – new “success regime” announced

Posted 8th June 2015

There will doubtless be a mixed reaction to the news that health services in Essex – along with those in North Cumbria and parts of Devon – will soon come under the control of NHS Regulators.   Specialist medical negligence solicitor, Alan Mendham, explains why: “The Chief Executive of the NHS has conceded that there…

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Every day in the UK, three people will suffer a spinal cord injury

Posted 15th May 2015

Figures estimate that there are currently around 40,000 people in the UK living with a spinal cord injury. Such injuries are permanent and can change a person’s life – and that of their loved ones – drastically. Today is Spinal Cord Injuries Awareness Day, an annual event that aims to highlight the causes of spinal…

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Number of “never events” at Colchester Hospital are highest in the country

Posted 6th May 2015

NHS England provisional figures have raised concerns over the high levels of serious incidents at two NHS hospitals in Essex. In 2014 – 2015, Colchester Hospital University NHS Trust and Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust feature first and third highest respectively in the number of “never events” that occurred in England.   Additionally, Colchester Hospital…

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No call centres, no teams – personal service and specialist expertise

Posted 2nd April 2015

Be it a query about your utility bill or a complaint to your local council, there is a frustration that unites many of us:- having to explain our request to one faceless person after another as our call is passed through several departments before we finally get to speak to someone who can help.  …

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Patients to be warned of risks to help them make informed decisions

Posted 16th March 2015

Last week, the Supreme Court gave a decision that has redefined the law on informed consent to medical treatment. The Court was considering the case of Mrs Montgomery, whose son was born in 1999 with Erb’s Palsy and Cerebral Palsy as a result of his shoulders getting lodged in the birth canal during delivery –…

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