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The importance of medical negligence claims

11th October 2018

By Hannah Ashcroft, Solicitor in the Medical Negligence team I, along with the nation, have been thoroughly gripped by the best-selling book “This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of…

Medication Woes

4th October 2018

The recent report from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence (APPG) which was published on 2 October 2018 served to highlight what many patients on long term…

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – October

27th September 2018

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in the UK, with 1 in 8 women being diagnosed in their lifetime. Breast…

Midlands Hospital Trust takes over 18 GP Practices 

26th September 2018

  GPonline has reported that the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which has already taken control of 10 GP practices through its ‘vertical integration’ programme, has commenced working towards taking over…

World Sepsis Day – the facts about Sepsis

18th September 2018

    September 13th is World Sepsis Day – a disease that affects around 30 million people worldwide. To mark the day and raise awareness, Fletchers Solicitor, Jennifer Argent, has…

Too many images but not enough pairs of eyes

5th September 2018

    Written by Natasha Perkins, Solicitor at Fletchers.  It has been reported in the news over the last couple of months, more recently over the last fortnight, that there…

Regulators warning over cosmetic vaginal procedures

1st August 2018

The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which is responsible for regulating health devices and medicines in the US has issued a statement expressing concerns over the unregulated use of “vaginal rejuvenation” devices.

Bristol bowel surgery patients recalled for case review

9th July 2018

Southmead Hospital in Bristol has widened its review into patients who have previously undergone controversial bowel prolapse surgeries known as mesh rectopexy amid concerns that  poor outcomes are not confined solely to procedures performed by surgeon Antony Dixon.

“Ineffective or risky” Procedures

5th July 2018

In its 70th year we are all extremely proud of the service the NHS provides us through a team of hard working and dedicated staff.  It is no secret however, that financially the NHS is under huge strain leading to numerous cuts and long waiting times.

Artificial Intelligence in the NHS

27th June 2018

It has been reported recently that Lord Darzi, whose report into the future of the NHS is to be published later this month, is calling for a radical shakeup of the technology within the NHS.

Is there a fear of litigation?

21st June 2018

Today the Health Secretary, Mr Jeremy Hunt, has spoken out on BBC Radio 4 in relation to the hundreds of deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

Breast screen error could have been found earlier

25th May 2018

Professor Peter Sasieni is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Cancer Prevention at Queen Mary University of London has written an open letter to the Lancet expressing concerns that the error with regards to breast cancer screening patients age 60-70 may have extended as far back as 2004/5 rather than just 2009.

Data protection for the 21st century

25th May 2018

Europe’s data protection rules are have undergone sweeping changes. To keep up with the huge amount of digital data being created, rules have been re-written and are now enforced.

GDPR: The Final Countdown

24th May 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force tomorrow, on 25th May 2018.

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High Court hip replacement legal battle

22nd May 2018

Judgement in the group action against Depuy International Ltd in respect of their Metal-on-metal hip prosthesis, Pinnacle Ultamet® was handed down yesterday in the high court.

‘Never events’ in dentistry

15th May 2018

Medical negligence lawyers have long been familiar with the concept of ‘never events’, namely incidents that simply should not occur but for the care delivered falling below the standard of a responsible medical practitioner.

Cauda Equina – Red flags updated

9th May 2018

The Medical Protection Society (MPS) and National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) have recently combined to prepare and update to the clinical knowledge summary (CKS) for recognising cauda equina syndrome.

Is women’s health taken seriously?

1st May 2018

A recently BBC article told the story of Alex Flower’s struggles with her physical and mental health after feeling like she wasn’t in control during her daughter’s birth.

Government figures show claims are dropping

25th April 2018

The latest figures from the Government’s Compensation Recovery Unit have revealed that the number of personal injury claims, including clinical negligence claims, has dropped to the lowest it’s been in a decade.

Is enough done for vulnerable mental health patients?

19th April 2018

Since 1992, every April has been a designated stress awareness month. So it is only right that we should all take a moment to make sure that we and the people around us, both at home and at work, are happy, health and coping well.

Medical Manslaughter

21st March 2018

On 6th February 2018, Jeremy Hunt announce a rapid review into the application of the offence of Gross Negligence Manslaughter (GNM) to healthcare professionals.

DNA tests for UK’s nuclear bomb veterans

21st February 2018

It has been announced that British servicemen who were exposed to atomic radiation as part of military tests in 1950’s will undergo DNA tests to determine whether they have sustained recognised genetic changes as a result.

What price to sign a liver?

15th January 2018

A liver surgeon who branded his initials on the livers of two patients has been recently received a £10,000 fine and been sentenced to 12 months community order.

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