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Hospital slammed over poor care before death

DAUGHTERS of a woman who died following an array of errors by Queen's Hospital staff have called for drastic improvements.

 

Ethel Sanders died at the Burton hospital after developing multiple organ failure, internal bleeding and sepsis due to a delay in surgery and poor care following her operation.

 

Evidence found by medical negligence lawyers at Irwin Mitchell who were investigating the services provided by the trust found there was a two-month delay in Mrs Sanders having surgery to treat colovescial fistula – a condition which affects the colon and the bladder, causing pain and infection.

 

They also found that when she did have surgery to treat the problem, it was performed negligently causing a tear to the ovarian vein.

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Aviva proposes removal of compensation for whiplash injuries | Wright Hassall

Aviva proposes removal of compensation for whiplash injuries | Wright Hassall | Medical and Professional Neglience | Scoop.it
Aviva, the insurance company, has certainly ruffled a few feathers with the publication of its recent report ‘Road to Reform: Tackling the UK’s Compensation Culture’ which proposes replacing compensation for minor injuries (the focus being primarily on whiplash) sustained in road accidents with payment for medical treatment. In addition the recommendations include restricting the involvement of personal injury lawyers in settling claims by raising the threshold at which they can act for claimants from £1000 to £5000; and banning referral fees for vehicle recovery, repairs and car hire.
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Reducing medical mistakes | Wright Hassall

Reducing medical mistakes | Wright Hassall | Medical and Professional Neglience | Scoop.it
All the talk around patient safety is finally showing signs of translating into action as three different initiatives came together in the same week. On 24 June, Jeremy Hunt formally launched the ‘Sign up to Safety’ initiative, announced in March (blogs passim) which is a voluntary scheme designed to reduce medical mistakes by a third. At the same time, NHS Choices launched its new microsite wherein a range of data relating to patient safety has been published; and a review into the reporting culture of the NHS, led by Sir Robert Francis QC, was announced.
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"...by being upfront, open and honest about shortcomings and medical mistakes, hospitals can avoid negligence claims"

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Maternity services under pressure | Wright Hassall

Maternity services under pressure | Wright Hassall | Medical and Professional Neglience | Scoop.it
A case in which I advised the parents of a four-day old baby who died in 2012 after being deprived of oxygen has recently been in the news as the family has only just received a five-figure settlement and an apology from Warwick Hospital. An inquest, held in June 2013, heard how failings in Daniel’s care during labour had led to his death. These included three different midwives failing to read his mother’s antenatal notes which would have revealed her as a medium risk patient; one of the midwives having a history of making mistakes; and a failure by staff to monitor the foetal heart properly.
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HIV and Hepatitis C sufferers demand fairer compensation from NHS

HIV and Hepatitis C sufferers demand fairer compensation from NHS | Medical and Professional Neglience | Scoop.it
HIV and hepatitis C sufferers, who were infected through negligent NHS blood transfusions, are campaigning for fairer compensation for those whose lives have.
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Payout for back surgery errors - Yorkshire Post

Payout for back surgery errors - Yorkshire Post | Medical and Professional Neglience | Scoop.it
Payout for back surgery errors
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A mother has been awarded five-figure compensation after a screw was incorrectly inserted during spinal surgery leaving her with permanent nerve damage.
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Sale of England’s NHS services shows need for health independence, says SNP

Sale of England’s NHS services shows need for health independence, says SNP | Medical and Professional Neglience | Scoop.it

Private healthcare firms in England are preparing for a £20bn windfall over the next few years, as the Tory-led Coalition government accelerate their privatisation of the English NHS as a strategy to attempt to curb the UK’s soaring deficit and contain Britain’s economic crisis.

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Hospital-acquired infections can affect one in 10 - The Star Online

Hospital-acquired infections can affect one in 10 - The Star Online | Medical and Professional Neglience | Scoop.it
Hospital-acquired infections can affect one in 10 The Star Online “If a doctor has exercised all the right things in his clinical process, as would others with similar experience, but despite all that, his diagnosis is not the right one, it is not...
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The Mid Staffs fine won't bring cultural change to the NHS - Reuters (blog)

The Mid Staffs fine won't bring cultural change to the NHS - Reuters (blog) | Medical and Professional Neglience | Scoop.it
The Mid Staffs fine won't bring cultural change to the NHS
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This is largely because only a rare few of the cases of NHS hospital doctors and nurses falling short actually result in a successful compensation claim.
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East Lancs mum left 'traumatised' after waking up moments before operation - Burnley and Pendle Citizen

East Lancs mum left 'traumatised' after waking up moments before operation - Burnley and Pendle Citizen | Medical and Professional Neglience | Scoop.it
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East Lancs mum left 'traumatised' after waking up moments before operation
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A MOTHER who was left 'traumatised' when she woke up on an operating table has won compensation from the hospital.
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Revealed: £213m bill to NHS in negligence claims

Revealed: £213m bill to NHS in negligence claims | Medical and Professional Neglience | Scoop.it

MEDICAL negligence payouts have cost the NHS in Scotland more than £200 million over the past six years, with the cost of hospital blunders set to rise further after a near-20% surge in claims being filed.

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Farmer Paul Waterfall, 39, denies manslaughter by gross negligence

Farmer Paul Waterfall, 39, denies manslaughter by gross negligence | Medical and Professional Neglience | Scoop.it
A woman's account of the moment a bull killed her husband as they walked together is played to a court.
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How much do we want to keep the NHS publicly funded and free?

How much do we want to keep the NHS publicly funded and free? | Medical and Professional Neglience | Scoop.it

Lord Warner's report proposing a £10 monthly charge for using the NHS has raised an important and fundamental question, says Bob Hudson.

 

Lord Warner, the former Labour health minister, must be delighted with the reaction to his report proposing, among other things, a £10-a-month NHS "membership fee" and the imposition of £20-a-night "hotel" charges for hospital stays. An obscure report from an obscure right-wing thinktank, co-authored by an obscure and unelected politician, has resulted in a media splash beyond expectations. Why is this? The answer is that despite the criticism heaped upon his ideas (and upon him personally), Warner has posed an important question – "how much do we want to keep a health service publicly funded and free at the point of delivery?"

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Personal injury solicitors blamed for rise in medical negligence claims | Wright Hassall

Personal injury solicitors blamed for rise in medical negligence claims | Wright Hassall | Medical and Professional Neglience | Scoop.it
The NHS Litigation Authority’s (NHSLA) recent annual report’s statistics relating to the rising number and cost of medical negligence claims have made alarming headlines - roughly translated as ‘medical negligence claims up by 18% - personal injury solicitors to blame!’. As with most stories, the reality is rather less straightforward; yes, the number of medical negligence claims are up by 18% from 2012/13 – but numbers of claims have been steadily increasing, year on year, for the past 10 years. As for personal injury solicitors shouldering the blame – again the reality is not quite so black and white.
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Claims for birth injuries have risen by 80%

Claims for birth injuries have risen by 80% | Medical and Professional Neglience | Scoop.it
The principal causes of birth injury claims are: failure to detect anomalies from antenatal ultrasound investigations
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The ethics of end of life care | Wright Hassall

The ethics of end of life care | Wright Hassall | Medical and Professional Neglience | Scoop.it
A recent legal case regarding resuscitation and a national audit carried out by the Royal College of Physicians in partnership with Marie Curie, have reopened the debate about end of life care for those dying in hospital. In 2013 the Neuberger report into the Liverpool Care Pathway (an initiative to introduce a hospice level of palliative care into hospitals) found that, in too many cases, the framework was not being used appropriately and people in the last stages of life were suffering needlessly. The resulting phasing out of the LCP in favour of individually tailored ‘end of life’ plans is, in the eyes of some professionals, a case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
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Health and social care integration – can it be done? | Wright Hassall

Health and social care integration – can it be done? | Wright Hassall | Medical and Professional Neglience | Scoop.it
When the new Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, made his inaugural speech in May to the NHS Confederation in Liverpool, setting out what he saw as the priorities for a reformed NHS, concerns about the future affordability of the NHS in its current guise continued to pepper the front pages. The most pressing worry is the impact of an aging population on health and social care resources. A solution to the difficulty of coordinating medical and social care provided by two different entities on different charging bases is the creation of the Better Care Fund, due to be launched in 2015.
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£70000 payout for 'wrong' spinal op - The Northern Echo

£70000 payout for 'wrong' spinal op - The Northern Echo | Medical and Professional Neglience | Scoop.it
£70000 payout for 'wrong' spinal op The Northern Echo A spokeswoman for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are sorry for the pain and discomfort caused to this patient as a result of this operation and we hope the compensation...
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The family of a baby who died after hospital failings has won a five-figure pay-out | Wright Hassall

The family of a baby who died after hospital failings has won a five-figure pay-out | Wright Hassall | Medical and Professional Neglience | Scoop.it
Daniel Kunigiskis died aged just four days after errors made at Warwick Hospital during the baby’s delivery in October 2012. An inquest in June 2013 heard how Daniel suffered a lack of oxygen at birth, resulting in a severe brain injury.
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NHS negligence counting the cost | Wright Hassall

NHS negligence counting the cost | Wright Hassall | Medical and Professional Neglience | Scoop.it
Patients deserve better than many of them are receiving and the cost to the NHS runs into billions.
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Parents face 'lifetime of uncertainty' over final resting place of babies - Telegraph.co.uk

Parents face 'lifetime of uncertainty' over final resting place of babies - Telegraph.co.uk | Medical and Professional Neglience | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk Parents face 'lifetime of uncertainty' over final resting place of babies Telegraph.co.uk The others - who want a public inquiry, and in many cases are planning legal action seeking compensation - know only that the ashes could have...
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Complaining – just what the doctor ordered | Wright Hassall

Complaining – just what the doctor ordered | Wright Hassall | Medical and Professional Neglience | Scoop.it
The Commons Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) has just published a report ‘More Complaints Please!’ in which it makes various recommendations for public bodies (including Government) to sharpen up their act when it comes to responding to, and dealing with, complaints from the public. The report, prompted by the Stafford Hospital scandal, which might have been avoided had complaints about poor standards of care been dealt with properly, looked at the experience of both the private and public sectors, including the NHS. The main message is, unsurprisingly, if complaints are dealt with quickly and sympathetically they tend not to escalate – and in the case of the NHS this should lead to a dramatic reduction in the number of medical negligence claims made.
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A day in the life of ... a children's orthopaedic surgeon

A day in the life of ... a children's orthopaedic surgeon | Medical and Professional Neglience | Scoop.it
Jim Huntley is frustrated by well-meant directives that render his job more difficult
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Mr Fyfield denies manslaughter through gross negligence, while the mine's operators MNS deny corporate manslaughter.

Mr Fyfield denies manslaughter through gross negligence, while the mine's operators MNS deny corporate manslaughter. | Medical and Professional Neglience | Scoop.it
Water was always present in a Swansea Valley mine where four men died in 2011, a former owner and manager tells a court.
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Counting the cost of safety in the NHS | Wright Hassall

Counting the cost of safety in the NHS | Wright Hassall | Medical and Professional Neglience | Scoop.it
It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the NHS with a new chief executive, Simon Stephens, taking up the reins at NHS England and outlining his vision for a better, more caring NHS; the Barker Commission releasing its interim report on pooling budgets for social and health care; and Jeremy Hunt launching ‘Sign up for Safety’, a voluntary initiative designed to reducing medical accidents by a third. The common thread is the tacit acknowledgement that patients deserve better than many of them are receiving.
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