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NHS Performance is deteriorating

Monday, 30 March 2015 13:16

The King's Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and heath care in England. They carry out research and analysis on practice and policy. They carried out a recent review of services in the NHS and England and their conclusions are very worrying. The review advised that waiting times for A&E, cancer care and routine operations had all started getting worse and that such drops in performance have not been seen for 20 years.

Soaring rates of skin cancer since the 1970s

Thursday, 26 March 2015 18:46

The BBC has highlighted statistics from Cancer Research UK showing the increasing rates of skin cancer or malignant melanoma : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27065916

Sunbed study finds repeated use increases skin cancer risk.

Thursday, 26 March 2015 18:26

Sunbed users are still at risk of skin cancer even if they do not burn their skin, according to a new study.

Delay in Diagnosing Meningitis

Thursday, 26 March 2015 17:12

Blog from Suzanne Williams at Davies and Partners Solicitors on the seriousness of delays in diagnosing Meningitis.

Clare Day, a Mother from Bristol, has brought a successful claim against University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust who delayed in diagnosing meningitis. As a result Clare has been left with a devastating brain injury which means that she now requires 24 hour care and assistance. In the High Court on 5th November 2014, a six figure settlement was approved.

The Kids Who Can't stay Awake – Channel 4

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 18:28

Channel 4 has aired a documentary which follows young people with
narcolepsy. Some children have developed this condition as a
result of vaccination with the swine flu jab. http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-kids-who-cant-stay-awake

Suzanne Williams at Davies and Partners Solicitors is acting for several clients who have developed the chronic neurological conditions narcolepsy and cataplexy weeks after receiving the Pandemrix swine flu vaccination.

First NHS devolved region

Monday, 09 March 2015 14:19

Greater Manchester is to become the first English region to get full control of its health spending. This plan will see local leaders and ultimately the new elected Mayor to control how budgets are allocated. Historically, since its creation in 1948, the NHS has remained separate from the Council run care system that oversees care in the home and care home places. These changes will allow these two systems to become joined.

 

Significant Increase in Court Fees

Monday, 09 March 2015 14:08

From 9 March 2015 there are significant increases to the court fees payable at the start of a money claim valued at more than £10,000. The new issue fee is calculated at 5% of the value of the claim up to a maximum of £10,000 (previously this was £1920). For claims valued around £200,000 this represents approximately a 600% increase.

 

Medical Innovation Bill rejected

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 14:11

We are pleased to report that the Medical Innovation Bill will not proceed further through the Parliamentary process and will not, therefore, become law.

The Bill's purpose was to promote medical innovation, but in actuality it targeted clinical negligence practitioners. The politician who championed the Bill, Lord Saatchi, felt that the threat of litigation in medicine was an obstacle to innovation.

Whilst the aim of the Bill may have been laudable (promoting medical innovation and dispensing with the threat of litigation in order for doctors to provide new treatments), it was fundamentally flawed.

 

Cornwall Hospitals ranked in worst 20% in staff survey

Friday, 27 February 2015 14:14

A recent survey has shown The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) to be in the lowest 20% in England for key areas, such as recommended place to work. The 2014 NHS staff survey collects the experience of NHS staff. The Trust scored 3 out of 5 in the category of staff recommending the Trust as a place to work or receive treatment.

The health workers union, Unison, said the low morale was due to extreme pressure on the services.

The RCHT said the NHS England survey results were 'extremely disappointing'.

Davies and Partners specialist medical negligence team have represented clients in claims against RCHT, where they have received poor and substandard treatment.

 

Delay in Diagnosing Childhood Strokes

Monday, 23 February 2015 14:24

Research funded by the Stroke Association which was recently published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry* found that diagnosis of an Arterial Ischemic Stroke (AIS) in children is delayed at every stage of the pathway. Most profoundly however this occurs when the first imaging that is used is CT scanning, which is non-diagnostic. The research strongly advised that MRI should be the initial imaging of choice in any suspected case of childhood AIS.

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