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Will Seven Day Health Services Work?

18th October 2013

NHS policy chief Sir Bruce Keogh has recently pledged to increase patients access to GPs and consultants at weekends and in the evenings. But actually how beneficial will it be for GPs’ surgeries to be open seven days a week?

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How Burnout Is Damaging Emergency Medical Care

14th October 2013

Burnout. It’s not just a term for motorsport enthusiasts, but one which describes an increasingly real problem for the UK’s healthcare profession, as well as the public it serves.

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The Changing Face of Serious Injury Law

7th October 2013

In April, a nation-wide ban ended the practice of law firms paying claims management companies for referring new clients. The ban aimed to make personal injury litigation more accessible to people in need, as well as to improve accountability.

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Are Polite Patients at More Risk of Medical Negligence?

30th September 2013

As part of our survey into changing attitudes on pursuing legal action against medical negligence, we asked more than 600 NHS staff if they felt hospital conditions would be improved were patients to complain more at the time they noticed a drop in the standard of their care.

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Top NHS Managers Used to Combat UK Medical Negligence

23rd September 2013

The decision to pair strong senior managers from the nation’s top performing NHS hospitals with those facilities now under ‘special measures’ came into effect this week, with the potential to initiate an unprecedented shift in patient care.

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Can the NHS Offer Internationally High Standards?

13th September 2013

New revelations this week that NHS hospitals are being outperformed by health services in the US have forced us to revisit the findings of July’s Keogh mortality review and question what action can be taken to improve standards of care nationwide.

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œ10 Million Case Settled for Spinal Injured Client

6th September 2013

While we at Fletchers would stress that compensation isn’t everything, funds awarded in cases of serious injury and medical negligence can certainly make a difference in rebuilding a person’s life. We are thrilled to announce that our client Darren Russell, who was left paralysed from the neck down after an accident in 2008, has now received one of the biggest compensation payouts in the UK.

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On Your Bike – Because Life Doesn’t Stop After Serious Injury

19th August 2013

As medical negligence and serious injury specialists, we see our fair share of life-changing injuries. From road accidents to sudden illness, or the incalculable effects of a medical misdiagnosis, the experiences of our clients serve to both challenge and inspire.

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New Poll Gives Insight Into NHS Staff Opinions

12th August 2013

In June we launched a survey to gauge public opinion about the ethics of suing services like the NHS. Our aim was to reveal the real issues affecting our healthcare system, with the online poll acting as a platform for concerned individuals to share opinions absent from news reports and government reviews.

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Fletchers client lends her voice to campaign for NHS change

5th August 2013

This week we launch an awareness campaign asking patients and their families to take action against sub-standard medical care. The campaign adopts the refrain ‘challenge, collect and change’ as a memorable way to prompt people who suspect medical negligence to act.

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Seven ways for the NHS to become more transparent

29th July 2013

Earlier in the year we suggested means by which the NHS can seek to raise standards of care and in doing so, reduce the strain of legal action against it. Here, Fletchers Solicitors puts forward seven ways for our national provider to improve its transparency.

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CEO Ed Fletcher asks what Keogh means for the future of the NHS

22nd July 2013

Last week, the Keogh Mortality Review delivered its verdict on the state of 14 NHS trusts with above-average death rates recorded between 2011 and 2012. The findings point to widespread failures within our hospital system, exemplified in the worst possible way ? avoidable patient deaths.

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