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What can the placenta tell us about a birth injury claim?

23 Oct 2020

The placenta develops alongside the fetus in pregnancy supplying the fetus with oxygen and nutrients and removing waste. It is responsible for hormone production to support the pregnancy and provides protection against internal infection and transfer of protective antibodies to the baby. It joins the…

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Statutory Bereavement Award Finally Extended to Cohabitees

01 Oct 2020

After a long and arduous journey that started in 2017, The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 (Remedial) Order 2020 is finally set to come into force on the 6th October 2020, providing an amendment to extend the scope of people entitled to statutory bereavement awards, to cohabitees. The amendment to the law…

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Avoidable Deaths in the NHS

30 Sep 2020

The Daily Mail recently reported that Mr Hunt, previous Health Secretary and now Chairman of the Commons Health Select Committee has reported that ¾ of hospitals are refusing to publish reliable data on the number of avoidable deaths of patients in their care. Only 15 out of 59 hospitals have…

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Half of patients struggle to get appointments with their local GP

01 Sep 2020

It has recently been reported that patients are struggling to book an appointment with their GP because of the current crisis. More than half of patients who have tried to book an appointment, have struggled. In July, all GP practices received a letter from the chief executive of NHS England, advising…

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How is COVID-19 going to affect the value of your claim?

18 Jun 2020

General damages (injury award) This is unlikely to be affected. General damages are assessed in line with the Judicial Studies Board guidelines and on past case law. Loss of Earnings If there is going to be an economic downturn it could affect the sector in which the Claimant was working…

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Update: Doctors Challenging the Government Over PPE

16 Jun 2020

Further to our previous article " Doctors Challenge the Government Over PPE ", the doctors have now issued a High Court Challenge against the Government. The Telegraph reports that the claim for judicial review has been lodged with the Court by the Doctors' Association UK, Hourglass (a…

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Covid-19 and the NHS: Is it Business as Usual or Unusual?

15 Jun 2020

As lockdown begins to ease, more businesses are starting to open up in a bid to get back to 'normal' (or the new normal) but what does this mean for the NHS getting back to 'normal'? During the pandemic, the NHS understandably closed many services to protect both patients and staff…

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Doctors Challenge the Government Over PPE

30 Apr 2020

Married doctors, Dr Meenal Viz (a clinical fellow) and Dr Nishant Joshi (a GP trainee), who are both employed by the NHS, have launched a legal challenge over the guidance by the government on personal protective equipment (PPE), as they say it has exposed them to Covid-19. The Guardian reports…

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