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Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence Newsletter – April 2013

Welcome to the April 2013 edition of our Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence Newsletter from the Clarke Willmott claims team.

Our aim is to provide you with a brief overview of key developments and issues in the field of serious injury and clinical negligence.

 

If there are any issues you wish to discuss further, please contact a member of our team by calling free on 0800 316 8892, or visit our website for more information.

 

Concerns over Royal Bolton Hospital mortality rates

Investigation into potential misclassification of septicaemia deaths

As reported by the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-21600440), an investigation is underway into the number of recorded deaths at Royal Bolton Hospital attributed to septicaemia (blood poisoning).

The hospital has recorded 800 deaths from septicaemia between March 2011 and April 2012, which is four times higher than other hospitals of comparable size.

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Clarke Willmott helps raise over £1,700 for the Spinal Injuries Association

In conjunction with St John’s Chambers, Clarke Willmott’s Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence team hosted a successful spinal cord injuries seminar and drinks reception, raising over £1,700 for leading national charity Spinal Injuries Association (SIA).

The event was held at the Marriott Royal Hotel on 20th February and was attended by over 60 delegates. Guests had the opportunity to meet members of the SIA team, as well as learn more about the charity’s recent activities and the people driving them.

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Mid-Staffs NHS to be dissolved?

Scandal-hit Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust to go into administration

Further to our recent blog about the Francis Report concerning serious failings within Mid-Staffs NHS Trust, the BBC has today reported that the organisation is to be put into administration.

In addition to one of the worst scandals in NHS history concerning neglect, abuse and hundreds of avoidable deaths, the Trust also faced serious financial problems. The Government incurred £20 billion in 2012 to try and save the failing Trust.

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A new landscape of health care provision in England – Part 1

On 1 April 2013 a number of changes will be introduced by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 which aim to improve the quality of services offered by the NHS and help people make informed choices about their health and social care.

Jess Connelly, a Solicitor in the Court of Protection Team looks at how the changes will affect the care and support of mentally disordered and vulnerable adults. Jess has represented many vulnerable adults and their family members and has particular experience in advising in cases involving deprivation of liberty.

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A new landscape of health care provision in England – Part 2

Deprivation of liberty safeguards

Jess Connelly, a Solicitor in the Court of Protection Team looks at how the changes introduced by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 will affect the care and support of mentally disordered and vulnerable adults in deprivation of liberty cases

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