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Prevention is better than cure

22 Mar 2019

Obstetric claims represent 10% of clinical negligence claims by number and account for 48% of new claims reported. Birth injuries have significant human and legal cost. The consequence of such can result in permanent, catastrophic injury. Lawyers are often blamed for spiralling costs, but…

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A Change In The Face of Dentistry

13 Oct 2018

Over the last 10 years there has been a huge change in cosmetic dentistry with a move away from the use of crowns or veneers, towards techniques to orthodontically align and whiten the front teeth. There has been a large increase in the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment for cosmetic…

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Wrongful Birth

09 Apr 2018

Such cases are different to wrongful conception cases as here the Claimant did not seek to avoid conception itself but instead the negligence has caused them to lose the opportunity to terminate a pregnancy ( for example through negligent pre-natal screening). The case of Meadows v Khan (2017) means…

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Could you identify a 'never event'?

07 Mar 2018

In 2018 the Government published the Revised Never Events Policy and framework. A never event, should as the words suggest, not happen. It is a serious and entirely preventable event because at National level there are safety recommendations and guidance providing a strong protective barrier which…

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A study suggests that cervical cancer screening might only be required on 3 occasions during the lifetime of a woman vaccinated against a human papilloma virus (HPV)

10 Nov 2017

All girls can get the HPV vaccine free from the NHS from the age of 12 until their 18 th birthday.  Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under the age of 35 in the UK and it helps protect against it. Gardasil is the vaccine used by the NHS to protect against 4 types of HPV which cause…

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The decade long campaign for normal births has been dropped by midwives

22 Aug 2017

The review made by the midwifery standard body will seek to replace the word 'normal birth' with 'physiological birth'. The connotations of 'normal birth' have long been associated with birth without medical interventions such as caesareans, epidurals and instrumental delivery.   Delivery by these…

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