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Medical Negligence claims are complex – you need a specialist

Posted 22nd July 2014

The NHS Litigation Authority published its annual report recently, and suggests 2 main reasons behind an 18% rise in clinical negligence claims. First they cite a surge in claims taken on in the lead up to the implementation of the LASPO legislation on 1st April 2013; second, they argue that almost half of the clinical…

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NHS leader commits to admitting liability earlier for medical mistakes

Posted 24th June 2014

The Chief Executive of a leading NHS Trust has stepped up to the plate and taken a stance against the ‘stringing out’ of medical negligence claims by hospitals. Stuart Poyner of the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership has made a public commitment that his Trust will admit liability as early as possible in situations where…

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Why are elderly people too frightened to complain about hospital treatment?

Posted 16th May 2014

Elderly people are suffering in hospital but are too afraid to complain about how they are treated. Sadly, this is a common theme in medical negligence and we welcome the comments made in the press recently by the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman – Dame Julie Mellor – who has stressed the urgent need for changes…

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Earlier diagnosis essential for cancer sufferers

Posted 2nd May 2014

39 per cent of lung cancers and 32 percent of ovarian cancers are only diagnosed after admission to A&E. Macmillan Cancer Support’s report on the extent of late diagnosis – published this week – highlights that delays in cancer diagnosis are still affecting UK survival rates, now the poorest in Europe. The report echoes the…

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The NHS must be open and honest if patient safety is to improve

Posted 21st November 2013

Hospitals will be legally obliged to be open and honest with patients and their relatives about mistakes that have caused harm or death, under new Duty of Candour legislation. So says the Government in its full response to the recommendations in Robert Francis QC’s report on the failings at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. It…

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The cost to the NHS of medical negligence in the delivery room

Posted 8th November 2013

The latest report by the National Audit Office has pointed to the significant shortage of midwives and doctors on labour wards and has suggested that an additional 2,300 midwives are needed in order to improve safety for mothers and their babies; echoing the concerns made by the Royal College of Midwives.   NHS Maternity Services…

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