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Mild brain injuries – can they cause lifelong problems?

Mild brain injuries have often caused both medics and lawyers significant problems in understanding the true effects on people. It is perhaps obvious that mild brain injuries are more likely to recover than serious ones, but at the same time there can be a wide variety of outcomes. A recent...

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North Devon Healthcare NHS Trust requires improvement

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has produced a report critcising the services provided at Barnstaple Hospital. The Trust has been told that it must make ‘significant improvements’ in quality and safety. Although the CQC identified 21 areas where the Trust needed to improve, worryingly Inspectors raised particular concerns about maternity...

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Maternity care failings

A register of mistakes during maternity care over two years to March 2017 has revealed that around one in five births are affected by mistakes. Fortunately, most do not result in serious harm but some do with 288 deaths reported between April 2015 to March 2017 and 479 incidents recorded...

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Silent but deadly – what are we not being told about ambulance deaths?

Just days after our latest blog following Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s announcement that NHS hospitals will be compelled to disclose data relating to avoidable deaths, responses to a Freedom of Information Request have just revealed that the number of deaths relating to ambulance treatment have more than doubled in recent...

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Data on hospital deaths to be made public

All NHS hospitals to disclose data relating to avoidable deaths The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has announced that all NHS hospitals will be compelled to disclose data relating to avoidable deaths in hospital care. The NHS estimates that up to 9,000 patients die in hospital each year due to failings...

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Government announce plans to deliver safer maternity care

Safer maternity care The Department of Health has published a report on 28 November; ‘Safer Maternity Care: Progress and Next Steps’ in support of its ambition to halve the number of stillbirths, deaths and brain injuries by 2025. Jeremy Hunt has acknowledged that the NHS must improve to learn from...

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NICE approves life extending drugs for cancer patients

NICE recommends life extending drugs become routinely available Drug companies Pfizer and Norvatis have agreed to reduce the price the NHS pays for their drugs Palbociclib and Ribociclib to allow them to be made routinely available to people with hormone receptor (HR) positive, HER2 negative and locally advanced or secondary...

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A guide to personal injury compensation

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), a not-for-profit campaign organisation dedicated to improving the services provided for victims of personal injury, has produced an information booklet explaining: compensation for personal injuries; why it is important that injured people are compensated; what it takes for an injured person to receive...

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Limbless Association Stepping Forward Seminar at Clarke Willmott

Clarke Willmott delighted to host Limbless Association seminar On 26 October 2017, Clarke Willmott, panel members for the Limbless Association, hosted the second in the Limbless Association series of engagement seminars. The event was attended by amputees and those working in the amputee field. Limbless Association Vice President David Rose,...

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Maternity Audit Report to assist NHS in delivery of service

The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA) has published a report on 9 November 2017 which identifies both opportunities for improvement and highlights areas of good practice. The report concludes that a significant variation exists in maternity care in England, Scotland and Wales. Although some of the variation is as...

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