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Winter Woes for the NHS

11th December 2014

Recent statistics from NHS England have shown that the NHS has come under unmitigated pressure earlier than ever this year as winter starts to set in, particularly in their Accident and Emergency departments.

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Meet Our Trainee Solicitors – Ajith

5th December 2014

Ajith has been working in our Medical Negligence department since January of this year. He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University and is currently studying his LPC and Masters at the University of Law.

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Meet Our Trainee Solicitors – Joanne

4th December 2014

Joanne joined our RTA department 18 months ago after studying as a mature student at Lancaster University. She graduated in 2008 and went on to complete her LPC in 2009, all whilst looking after her three children.

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Meet Our Trainee Solicitors – Nicola

3rd December 2014

Nicola joined us in 2011 after graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University in Law. She went on to complete her LPC over a year and a half part-time at the University of Law in Manchester. We caught up with Nicola to ask her about her role and what she hopes to achieve in the future.

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Meet Our Trainee Solicitors – James

1st December 2014

James has worked at Fletchers for just over two years and has just been offered one of our Period of Recognised Training Contracts. He works in our Medical Negligence department, working on some of our most high value complex cases, progressing from initial acceptance call to completion of the claim.

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WANTED: MIDWIVES

28th November 2014

Giving birth is the most common reason to be admitted to hospital in England. The birth of a child should be one of the happiest and most memorable occasions of your life – but what happens if you are not given the help and support you need from a trained professional? There is one apparent issue in maternity care; there simply are not enough midwives.

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Fletchers Solicitors Gives Hundreds of Law Books to University

24th November 2014

Fletchers Solicitors, one of the UK’s leading clinical negligence and serious injury law firms, has donated the contents of its library to Edge Hill University. The law firm, based in Southport, has handed over 600 books to the university, many of them textbooks that students can use to learn about significant legal cases and refer back to in their academic projects.

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Will an ‘Honest and Open’ Culture Improve the NHS?

13th November 2014

A report by the Patient Association has found that half of the 1,200 people surveyed felt that their quality of care would be compromised if they made a complaint and almost as many said that their complaint was badly handled when complaining to the NHS.

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What Is Care Home Neglect and Has My Relative Been Mistreated?

24th September 2014

When placing the care of family members into the hands of professionals, you could be forgiven for thinking that their every need will be catered for in a safe and comfortable environment. However, sometimes these standards are not met and it may be unclear who you can turn to.

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Why Are Patients Gaining Consciousness During Surgery?

17th September 2014

A recent study has found that some patients have gained consciousness during surgery. It is thought that in the UK and Ireland, more than 300 patients a year have felt some level of ‘awareness’ during an operation.

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How Do I Know If Mistakes Were Made During the Birth of My Baby?

12th September 2014

Each pregnancy and birth is different and every experience is an extremely special event, both for the parents and their families. If the mother or baby sustains injuries or health problems during the birthing process, this could be a result of medical negligence should be investigated as soon as possible. At Fletchers Solicitors we are here to support you through the process of making a claim of negligence as we know the whole experience can be very upsetting and stressful.

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Would You Use Experimental Treatment on the NHS?

9th June 2014

There is a debate at the moment about whether normal medical treatment is enough to meet the needs of patients, or whether we should be experimenting with radical new ‘experimental’ treatment.

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Our Study Shows That the NHS Complaints Procedures Are ‘Inadequate’

2nd June 2014

We recently carried out some research which found that NHS frontline staff are spending more of their time dealing with patient complaints rather than concentrating on delivering vital care and treatment because bosses are failing to adequately deal with people’s grievances.

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Hospitals Need to Keep the NHS Pledge

27th May 2014

With the recent NHS Change Day taking place, employees and users of the NHS have pledged to make a positive difference to the organisation.

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Dying Patients Deserve Better Care

20th May 2014

Around half of all deaths in England happen in hospitals so you’d expect an extremely high level of care from hospital staff in a patient’s last moments. But recent research has found that some dying patients do not receive proper care and are not treated with dignity in many NHS hospitals around the country.

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What Help Is Available When Cosmetic Surgery Goes Wrong?

14th May 2014

Recent reports from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons suggest that cosmetic surgery is ‘booming’ in the UK, with procedures such as breast augmentation, liposuction and tummy tucks remaining some of the more popular surgeries.

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Helping Those Who Have Suffered From Birth Injuries

25th April 2014

The birth of a new baby is a very special time for the whole family, however if things go wrong during the birth this happiness can be taken away in an instant. If the baby or mother is harmed due to medical negligence, a claim for compensation can be made to help overcome the adversity and alleviate the stress it can cause.

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Funding Is the Key for Improving the NHS

14th April 2014

A review into the performance of the NHS has found that the NHS in England is continuing to perform slightly better than the other UK nations, but the gap is getting smaller.

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Capital Gains? Not for the NHS

28th February 2014

London is one of the most famous cities in the world and there’s a reason that visitors flock there from all around the globe.

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NHS Change Day Is A Good Idea – But Is It Enough?

13th February 2014

Once again it’s almost time for NHS Change Day, when employees and users of our health service focus on pledges designed to make a positive difference to the organisation. The campaign itself has a nice story behind it, having grown from the grassroots rather than being a PR stunt designed by people in suits. But is it enough?

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Helping Those With Head Injuries

28th January 2014

Winter is well and truly with us and as usual it brings with it a legion of skiers and snowboarders jetting off to spend a week or two on the slopes. Most of them will wear ski helmets but some of them won’t, despite the recent publicity that’s resulted from Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher’s accident whilst skiing in the French Alps.

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Why the NHS Has to Listen to You – #NHSListening

20th January 2014

One of the founding principles of the NHS is that patients should have an active say in how its services are run. Written into its constitution is the commitment that the “system of responsibility and accountability for taking decisions in the NHS should be transparent and clear to the public, patients and staff.”

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New Year, New NHS?

7th January 2014

To say that the NHS had a bad time of it in 2013 is putting it mildly considering the wave of negativity which threatened to engulf it as the year wore on. Scandals about lack of resources, funding, whistleblowing and the type of individual cases of negligence which we see at Fletchers all made the headlines and it could be argued that the NHS finished the year in worse shape than ever before. So is it right to think that the only way is up? Can things get any worse or have we reached rock bottom?

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