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Posted on 22nd January 2018

Legacy Claims In Medical Negligence

Dating back over 20 years, the cost of legacy medical negligence claims has risen to a five-year high. Last year, legacy claims rose to £27.7 million which was a 13% increase.

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Posted on 4th December 2017

Ulcer Ignored By Medics Caused Leg Amputation

A 47 year old woman repeatedly attended her doctors because she had a leg ulcer but medics advised her there was no infection. Now the patient has had to have a below the knee amputation.

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Posted on 1st December 2017

Manchester Baby Left Brain Damaged By Medics

In 2008 a pregnant lady gave birth to a healthy baby boy in Trafford General Hospital. The newborn baby developed jaundice not long after being born but midwives failed to spot the condition.

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Knee joint
Posted on 29th November 2017

Botched ACL Surgery Compensated

In 2013 an amateur footballer was playing football and felt his knee “pop”. Upon investigation by a hospital in the West Midlands, he was told he required an operation to repair his ACL.

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Posted on 24th November 2017

Record Compensation Award For Wrongful Birth

In 2006 a woman attended her GP and asked for a test to be carried out for the haemophilia gene because she had just found out a relative had the condition. In a mix up, the woman was given the all clear.

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Tear Duct
Posted on 17th November 2017

Foreign Body Left Inside Patient

In March 16, a 79 year old man went to hospital to have one of his tear ducts widened. 13 months later he notices a piece of plastic tube was protruding from his lower eyelid.

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Jaundice phototherapy
Posted on 15th November 2017

Midwives Fail To Spot Jaundice

The boy was born in February 2009 at a hospital in Birmingham but midwives failed to spot and treat his jaundice. This led to the boy developing a preventable rare brain injury called kernicterus.

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Posted on 30th October 2017

Diabetes Type 3c Misdiagnosed As Type 2

Type 3c diabetes is caused when either the pancreas becomes inflamed or part of the pancreas is removed. Medics often misdiagnose type 3c for type 2 a new study finds.

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Blood test
Posted on 25th October 2017

Welsh Hospital Failed To Spot Signs Of Sepsis

A 79 year old man was declared fit for discharge but died a few days later because of sepsis. In a catalogue of serious errors, two consultants failed to record their examination findings and final checks were not carried out.

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Posted on 2nd October 2017

Birth Injured Girl Awarded Significant Amount

A girl injured during birth in October 2006 has been awarded £22m by the High Court because failings by Peterborough hospital left her with cerebral palsy following a hypoxic brain injury.

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Leg in plaster
Posted on 27th September 2017

Hospital Put Cast On Toddlers Wrong Leg

A two year old child had a cast placed on her wrong leg after her mum took her to A&E and insisted on an X-ray on both legs. The hospital told the mum that she should have seen the mistake.

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Posted on 11th September 2017

Government Cuts Blamed For Rise In Compensation Claims

Last year the cost of compensation claims rose by 72% to £28.9m and the rise has been blamed on Government cuts. NHS Resolution claim that successful claims with a primary or secondary caused by “inadequate nursing care.”

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Posted on 6th September 2017

Hospital Doctors Confused Meningitis for Bruises

A girl of six years old was rushed to Royal Oldham Hospital because she had a high temperature, headache and stomach ache. Medics diagnosed bruising when in fact she was suffering from Meningococcal Meningitis. The youngster died in the early hours the next morning.

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Hip replacement
Posted on 1st September 2017

Hospital Failed To Spot Broken Hip

In 2013, a man tripped over whilst putting air in his car tyres, in pain he attended the A&E department in Chorley. Whilst in A&E, he was told he had just bruised his hip.

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Posted on 30th August 2017

Pregnant Mum Dies Of Heart Failure

A 36 year old mum died due to heart failure whilst pregnant with twin boys. At 32 weeks the mum started to feel sweaty and breathless, she experienced bouts of dizziness and vomiting.

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Posted on 21st August 2017

Paramedic Could Have Saved Young Mum

A 32 year old mum of four died after she suffered a fit whilst in Court could have been saved if the paramedic in attendance hadn’t delayed giving her heart shock treatment.

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Pregnant woman
Posted on 16th August 2017

23 Percent Rise In Brain Damaged Babies

In 2016 / 2017 the number of babies born with brain damage rose by 23% on the previous year to 232. The cost of providing care for those babies could exceed £20m per child.

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Old man in a care home
Posted on 7th July 2017

One Third Of Nursing Homes Failing Safety Checks

The Care Quality Commission have found that one in three nursing homes are failing on safety and inspectors have experienced staff putting residents back to bed after being washed and dressed as a way of easing workloads.

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Baby feet
Posted on 21st June 2017

Hundreds of baby deaths preventable with better care

A report by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists concluded, in 2015, of 1136 babies who died or suffered brain damage either straight after birth or during labour, 75% may have had a better outcome if given different care. Around one in two hundred babies are stillborn.

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A&E department
Posted on 25th April 2017

GPs regularly miss signs of cancer

In 2010 - 4,637 visited their hospital’s A&E department with signs of cancer and it was found in recent research that 41% (1,901 of the 4,637) had been to their own GP three times or more but were not diagnosed correctly with the disease.

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Dr Paul Miller
Posted on 24th April 2017

Consultant using experimental techniques harmed cancer patients

Urologist Dr Paul Miller burned away prostate cancer cells using an experimental technique causing almost 30 men serious and significant harm. Ten of the patients had since passed away but there is nothing to show that Dr Miller’s actions caused those deaths.

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Zimmer Biomet Shoulder Joint
Posted on 4th April 2017

Recall of Zimmer Biomet shoulder joint

In late 2016, the medical device manufacturer Zimmer Biomet issued an urgent recall of its reverse shoulder tray due to an increased risk of the device failing once implanted.

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Posted on 29th March 2017

Inquest into why a 10-month old baby died at hospital

An inquest is investigating why 10-month-old Léo Stacey died at Luton and Dunstable Hospital on the morning of October 6, 2015, just hours after he was taken to the hospital’s A&E department by ambulance. Baby Léo died from a bowel condition in which the wall of the bowel folds in on itself and disrupts the intestine.

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Posted on 28th March 2017

Hospital scientists strike over patient safety concerns

Scientists were on strike last week in a dispute with hospital bosses over ‘unsafe’ shifts at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, leaving them with concerns for patient safety. Last week, biomedical staff at Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trusts staged a week-long strike in protest at short staffing and working hours.

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Posted on 24th March 2017

Virtual GPs could be offering instant advice soon

NHS doctors and researchers at Essex University are working on an app that can deliver instant medical advice, a “virtual GP”. Intended to help people with minor tummy complaints, colds and flu, it will be piloted in East Anglia.

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Bristol's Children's hospital
Posted on 23rd March 2017

Family receive £100,000 for death of little boy

The parents of Luke Jenkins have been awarded £100,000 in compensation following the death of their seven-year-old son at Bristol’s Children’s Hospital. Luke Jenkins died from a cardiac arrest just days after heart surgery at the hospital in March 2012.

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Private ambulance
Posted on 22nd March 2017

Private ambulances are a risk to patients

Overstretched hospitals are increasingly relying on private companies to help them move vulnerable patients. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said that some of the vehicles used by the private companies are dirty and that some drivers lacked training to drive blue light ambulances.

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Posted on 21st March 2017

Hospital bosses warn things are to get worse

In an unprecedented warning to ministers, hospital bosses have warned that they will soon be unable to deliver the level of required to keep patients safe. For the first time ever, trusts have warned that hundreds of thousands of patients will not be treated within the A&E target of four hours and will have to wait longer than 18 weeks for surgery.

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Prosthetic leg
Posted on 20th March 2017

Diabetics warned trial drugs double the risk of amputation

A drug trial that is looking at protecting diabetics against heart and kidney disease has warned participants that they could double their risk of toe, foot or leg amputation. It is believed that dozens of people across Europe have had amputations after volunteering for Canagliflozin trials.

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Doctor with elderly patient
Posted on 17th March 2017

Doctors failing to spot dementia

People are being encouraged to see their doctor if they are suffering from memory problems, as an early sign of dementia, but GPs are not spotting dementia. The campaign urging people to see their doctor with memory lapses saw a rise consultations but not in diagnoses.

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Asthma Inhaler
Posted on 16th March 2017

Doctors missed 11 chances to save boy

A nine-year-old chess champion died from a chronic asthma attack just days after doctors discharged him from hospital describing him as “hysterical”. An inquest has heard how Michael Uriely, was taken to the Royal Free Hospital in London twice in the days before his death in August 2015.

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Nurse at work
Posted on 14th March 2017

Nursing shortages is leaving patients to die suffering

The think tank, King’s Fund, have warned that people at the end of their life are being left for hours at a time without the pain relief they need, due to nursing shortages. They looked at sexual health services, district nursing, planned hip operations and neonatal care, all areas which have been subjected to rationing of funds and where patient care has been affected.

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Posted on 9th March 2017

NHS blunders exposed by ITV

An ITV Tonight investigation has found that one preventable mistake is happening in the NHS in England and Wales every day. The show, which aired this week, spoke to a woman who had wrongly been diagnosed with cancer and a father who died after a lump of gauze was left inside him.

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Freeman Hospital Newcastle
Posted on 8th March 2017

Woman dies after a surgeon’s blunder

Surgeons inserted a heart valve upside down in 71-year-old great-grandmother which caused massive internal bleeding. What should have been a routine operation at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne, caused irreversible damage to her heart.

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Surgeon in theatre
Posted on 7th March 2017

Over half of Britons think the NHS is getting worse

Last month a survey found that the number of Britons who think the NHS is getting worse and are fearing for its future, is growing. The polling company Ipsos Mori found that 57 per cent of people believe the NHS’s ability to deliver the care and services it provides has worsened over the last six months.

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Doctor taking a patients blood pressure
Posted on 6th March 2017

Private health companies pushing pointless medical examinations

GPs are under further pressure, due to paitents wanting to discuss the results from medical examinations they have paid for privately. A survey of GPs carried out by the industry magazine for doctors, Pulse, found that GPs in middle class and affluent areas are having to reassure worried patients who have undergone unnecessary and sometimes bogus tests privately

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Pregnant lady
Posted on 2nd March 2017

NHS Failing to treat severe morning sickness

A new report has found that some pregnancy women with severe morning sickness are being refused help from the NHS and are having abortions as a result. Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) leaves women with debilitating levels of nausea and vomiting.

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Posted on 27th February 2017

Baby dies because midwives lack basic maths skills

A 42-year-old mother had to suffer the loss of a healthy baby, due to the lack of basic arithmetic by her midwives. A report has found that several opportunities to identify Mrs Clarkson’s age were missed by staff at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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Full figured person
Posted on 24th February 2017

Doctors avoid telling patients to lose weight

A survey by the GP magazine, Pulse, found that overweight patients take offence at being told to lose weight by their GP. In a poll of 1,141 doctors, 32 per cent said overweight patients had not reacted well to their advice, despite the warnings of obesity.

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Posted on 22nd February 2017

110,000 more people suffer from sepsis, than originally thought

The York Health Economics Consortium suggests that 260,000 Britons develop sepsis each year, 110,000 more than estimated. The life threatening condition gained publicity after the death of one-year-old William Mead in 2014. 111 mishandled his mother’s call, and doctors failed to spot the condition.

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Posted on 21st February 2017

Over 100 men have lost testicles because of NHS blunders

According to figures from the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA), over the past five years, 109 men have had testicles removed by mistake. Most cases are due to delayed diagnosis of illnesses, which if caught sooner would have saved the testicle.

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Leicester's lifesaving sepsis team
Posted on 17th February 2017

First lifesaving sepsis team in a UK A&E department

Leicester Royal Infirmary is the first A&E department in the UK to get their own dedicated sepsis team. The unique medical team, the first of its kind to be set up in the country, are based in the department to spot signs of the potentially deadly condition, sepsis. It is important that anyone with sepsis, also known as bloody poisoning, is treated quickly.

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Leicester Royal Infirmary
Posted on 16th February 2017

Man wins seven-year fight to prove medical negligence

A man has won a seven-year fight to get a hospital to admit to medical negligence, following the death of his wife. Alison Taylor, 29, died just 16 days after giving birth to her daughter from a pulmonary embolism caused by deep vein thrombosis, known as DVT, in one of her legs caused by her pregnancy.

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Accident and Emergency Sign
Posted on 13th February 2017

NHS could be headed towards another scandal

The rift between the government and NHS bosses could lead to a repeat of the Mid Staffordshire hospital scandal. Sir Robert Francis, QC, led the public inquiry into the Mid Staffordshire Trust’s failings, which saw the trust shut down.

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Posted on 10th February 2017

Delays at A&E hit worst level yet

Data leaked to the BBC show that A&E wards were hit with their worst delays in a decade last month. More than 60,000 people waited between 4 and 12 hours for a bed. There were a further 780 who waited over the recorded 12-hour limit.

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Posted on 7th February 2017

Mental health-related deaths double

The amount of unexpected deaths linked to mental health trust has doubled in three years. The new figures, from a freedom of information request by BBC’s Panorama found that in 2012-2013 there were 2,067 unexpected deaths, by 2015-16 the figure had risen to 3,160.

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Vials of blood
Posted on 6th February 2017

New doctors to face basic skills test

The General Medical Council (GMC) say that thousands of newly qualified doctors are unprepared to do basic tasks, such as taking blood. All newly qualified doctors and foreign applications must sit a standard test that will be the same for every medical school.

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Chemo drugs
Posted on 2nd February 2017

Cancer could become untreatable

The UK’s chief medical officer has warned that cancer could become untreatable after a woman died from a superbug that was resistant to 26 different antibiotics. Leading the fight against antibiotic resistant infections, Professor Dame Saly Davies warned that more people will die if the world didn’t act now.

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Cardiac Machine
Posted on 1st February 2017

Hundreds unaware they are carrying faulty heart gene

Sudden death and coronary heart disease could be a risk for up to 620,000 people in UK who carry a faulty gene. The British Heart Foundation said that the figure was 100,000 more than they had originally thought. However, they said there is a better understanding of inherited conditions.

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Dementia patient
Posted on 24th January 2017

Hospital stays could increase dementia decline

A fifth of older patients admitted to hospital will develop delirium when they are admitted to hospital. Delirium is a condition that starts with a shock and can accelerate memory problems and dementia in elderly patients.

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Prescription drugs
Posted on 23rd January 2017

Patients will be hit by drug cost-saving plans

Patients in England may face delays in getting new drugs as NHS bosses try to cut costs by trying to negotiate the costs of the most expensive treatments. As the pressure on the health service increases, NHS management are entering talks with drug companies to try and get the prices down.

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Posted on 17th January 2017

Failed cancer checks killed mum

The mum-of-three fell ill in August 2012 and received the devastating diagnosis that she had an advanced form of bowel cancer that was related to her condition. She died two months later.

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Toothbrush and toothpaste
Posted on 16th January 2017

Rotten teeth in children at record high

Last year at least 160 operations a day were carried out on children to remove several rotting teeth. The number of under 18s are having more than one toot extracted at hospital reached a total of 40,800 procedures, costing the NHS more that £35million.

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Doctors coat
Posted on 14th January 2017

A&E wards unsafe, warn doctors

After the busiest day on record for the NHS, doctors have warned that more than a quarter of accident and emergency units are dangerously overcrowded.

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Posted on 11th January 2017

Two patients die each day from starvation or thirst in hospitals and care homes

Figures from the Office of National Statistics have found that in 2015 856 people died from hunger and thirst, whilst in care. The figures looked at those who died in care homes and hospitals. The Sun reported that malnutrition was mentioned on 297 death certifications and dehydration on 429, of those people who died in hospital.

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Posted on 18th October 2016

Mother dies following caesarean

A mother died after losing three litres of blood when her twins were delivered by caesarean section. Estelle O’Sullivan, 37, had a condition which prevented her blood from clotting properly. An inquest heard that she should’ve been given a massive blood transfusion.

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Doctor typing
Posted on 3rd October 2016

NHS medical negligence claims hit £1.4bn

In just 8 years the cost of medical negligence claims has risen from £583m to more than £1.4bn. The NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) handles the claims on behalf of the trusts. It says the rises are due to an increase in the number of claims and legal costs from claimants. The NHSLA told the BBC that it was trying to reduce the costs.

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Posted on 26th September 2016

More than 40% of children didn’t see a dentist last year

The British Dental Association say that regular dental check-ups are key to prevent tooth decay in children and these figures are embarrassing. The most common reason for children to go to hospital is tooth decay. Guidelines recommend children see a dentist once a year.

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Posted on 9th September 2016

Risks of statins exaggerated, says new review

Clinical Trial Service Unit at the University of Oxford looked at 10,000 patients taking an average of 40mg of statins a day, over a five-year period. Where possible they examined the evidence of any possible effects the medication was having on the patients.

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Amanda Walker
Posted on 1st September 2016

Patient left with dislocated jaw after operation

In 2010 Amanda Walker was admitted to hospital following a miscarriage of twins. During surgery she suffered a dislocated jaw. Her injuries were caused by a medical mask that was keeping her airway open at Harrogate and District NHS foundation Trust Hospital.

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Posted on 23rd August 2016

National Archives reveals secret drugs trial on children

The BBC have uncovered files that show the Home Office gave the go-ahead for experimental drug trials on children at two approved schools in the 1960s. The two schools were Richmond Hill Approved School in North Yorkshire and Springhead Park Approved School in West Yorkshire.

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Posted on 8th August 2016

To floss or not to floss

AP have released research that states there is no reason to floss. An investigation by the Associated Press in the US has found that there is a lack of proof that flossing is an essential part of oral hygiene.

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Posted on 2nd August 2016

Four patients died because of staff failings

North Middlesex hospital has admitted that four patients died after errors made by staff in A&E and other departments. The Guardian have seen documents that show safety failings at the hospital since 2014, and that the A&E unit has been threatened with closure on safety grounds.

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X-Ray Never Event
Posted on 8th July 2016

Never Events

The Press Associate carried out an investigate that revealed these mistakes had happened to 1,100 people since 2012, and include more than 400 people who have had the wrong part of their body operated on – known as wrong site surgery.

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