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The Care Quality Commission demands improvements to detox clinics

Kelly Withers
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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) published a briefing, developed with Public Health England (PHE) on 30 November 2017, demanding improvements to residential detox clinics. They raised serious concerns that people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs...

MPs accuse NHS of reluctance to admit mistakes

Kelly Withers
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MPs have accused the NHS of causing the costs of clinical negligence claims to spiral because there is a reluctance to admit mistakes when they have been made. The Law Society Gazette reports that cases now take, on average, 426 days to resolve, whereas...

Childhood obesity at shock levels

Laura Owen
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Results have been published in the Lancet Medical Journal from a pooling by researchers of over 2000 population based studies, with measurements for height and weight. This shows a staggering increase in the number of obese girls from...

Series of failings led to the death of one-day-old baby girl

Alexandra Gill
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An inquest has taken place into the sad death of one-day-old Niamh Hannah Casey-Patterson. On 9 November 2015, Niamh was delivered at North Manchester General Hospital. Niamh’s mother, Jane Casey, went into labour on 8 November 2015 and attended...

Have the NHS staff shortages reached crisis point?

Laura Owen
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It would appear that NHS staff shortages have persisted since the birth of the NHS in 1948.  Nearly 70 years on, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) have today published a report entitled ‘Safe and Effective Staffing: Nursing Against the...

Inadequate warnings given for risks of epilepsy medication in pregnancy?

Carla Duprey
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The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is currently reviewing whether patients were given adequate warnings regarding the use of the epilepsy drug, Sodium Valporate, during pregnancy. This review includes a Public Hearing where evidence is being given by...

Royal College of Midwives to end campaign promoting "normal births"

Gemma Crompton
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Since 2005, the Royal College of Midwives has run a campaign to try to encourage expectant mothers to have what was deemed “normal births”. The Royal College has recently confirmed that they will alter the language used for mothers who need to...

What impact will Department of Health proposals have on medical negligence cases?

Judith Thomas-Whittingham
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The Department of Health propose to introduce fixed recoverable costs in clinical negligence cases and place a restriction on the medical expert fees which are vital in investigating these cases. The current proposals set to introduce this regime for...

Rogue breast surgeon who 'committed grotesque, violent acts' jailed for 15 years

Laura Owen
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Following on from Gemma Crompton’s blog on 3 May 2017, Ian Paterson, who was a breast cancer surgeon, has been jailed for 15 years. He was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three counts of unlawful wounding against...

Misdiagnosis of broken bones in our A&E departments

Gemma Crompton
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A study in the Medico-Legal Journal has recently demonstrated a worrying trend of patients being sent home from A&E departments with undiagnosed fractures, particularly of the hand and hip. A delayed diagnosis of a fracture can lead to non-union of the...

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