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Increase in delays of urgent referrals for suspected cancer

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The National Audit Office (NAO) has this week identified that up to 740,000 urgent referrals for suspected cancer were missed by GPs in England during the course of the pandemic with one Oncologist calling the situation ‘the biggest...

The impact of COVID-19 on NHS waiting lists

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As the country slowly recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic the impact on NHS waiting lists is becoming increasingly apparent. As a direct result of shutdowns of medical services over the last 18 months, the NHS faces now a huge backlog of...

Artificial intelligence - the future of diagnosing illness?

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It is estimated that there are currently around 850,000 people in the UK who suffer from dementia and that figure is increasing year on year. Currently it requires the interpretation of several scans and tests, likely performed over a period of many...

Parkinson's Awareness Week

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This week (11 to 17 April 2021) is Parkinson’s awareness week. Parkinson's is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world, affecting around 145,000 people in the UK alone. To put this into context there are currently more people...

Milestone in the development of Covid-19 vaccination

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The 9th of November 2020 was a milestone day in the development of a potentially effective Covid-19 vaccination with developers Pfizer and BioNTech reporting promising initial results from their recent trial. 43,500 people were involved in the...

Funding a medical negligence claim - the options

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The funding of medical negligence claims is understandably very important to clients and, in my experience, prevents some people from attempting to access justice. I am regularly asked for reassurance from potential clients that they won’t...

The impact of COVID-19 on our health

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As restrictions are gradually eased, and we take our first tentative steps towards a new normal, we are only now able to begin to truly appreciate the significant impact that the recent pandemic has had, and will have, on everyday life. At the time of...

What is the process of making a medical negligence claim?

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Pursuing a medical negligence claim might initially seem daunting – especially as the vast majority of people are unlikely to have gone through the process before. The aim of this blog is therefore to provide a brief summary of the...

Can costs associated with surrogacy be recovered if medical negligence caused infertility?

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Last month the Supreme Court heard the case of XX v Whittington Hospital NHS Trust. XX is a clinical negligence claim in which the NHS Trust admitted that there was a delay in diagnosing cancer and that, as a consequence of this delay, Ms X required...

What is the difference between an infection and sepsis?

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A few weeks ago, the Press Association released an alarming statement that hospital admissions for sepsis in England have more than doubled in three years. The rises relate to all age groups – including the very young . Sepsis can be...

Could NHS re-organisation lead to improving standards?

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NHS England has recently warned that by 2020-21 the gap between rising costs and the budget for hospital and GP care could reach £30billion. By the end of the year, NHS England will publish a document giving some indication of the scale of reform...