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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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Maternity Scandal - Update

29 Apr 2020

Further to our previous article, The Maternity Scandal published on 4th December 2019, The Independent has now reported that the number of cases under investigation has increased from around 600 to 1,170. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the review is continuing into the maternity care at the…

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Covid-19: Should emergency measures excuse medical negligence?

28 Apr 2020

The extra demand and pressure placed on the NHS because of the COVID-19 outbreak has led to emergency measures within the health service. Retired doctors have been called back into service, while final year medical students have started work early and in primary and secondary care, doctors are working…

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Covid-19: What Does This Mean for Your Clinical Negligence Complaint

08 Apr 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the NHS has 'paused' the investigation of some new and existing complaints. This is to let staff focus on patient care, as well as allowing complaints teams to provide vital support to the NHS and allow all healthcare providers in all sectors to concentrate their…

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Mediation and the NHS

12 Mar 2020

Mediation is a way to resolve clinical negligence and personal injury claims without the delays of a trial, cost, uncertainty and stress of going to court. It is increasingly used in clinical negligence cases to narrow the issues or resolve the case. With a trend towards this type of resolution…

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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

02 Mar 2020

March is ovarian cancer awareness month and here at Forbes we understand the importance of early diagnosis. In the UK the five-year survival rate for ovarian cancer is below the European average. The common symptoms of ovarian cancer included on the NHS website are: · feeling…

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The Paterson Inquiry: What You Need to Know

17 Feb 2020

You may remember the headlines about Ian Paterson, the cancer surgeon, who treated thousands of patients and performed botched and unnecessary operations in NHS and private hospitals, as well as exaggerating or inventing cancer risks and claiming payments for more expensive procedures over a 14-year…

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NHS facing huge clinical negligence fees

28 Jan 2020

There has been a number of recent news articles in relation to the NHS facing huge clinical negligence fees. The article on the BBC states that, through a Freedom of Information request, it has come to light that the NHS in England faces paying out £4.3billion in legal fees to settle outstanding…

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Are You Blood Cancer Wise?

13 Jan 2020

Bloodwise, the UK's leading blood cancers research charity, has analysed NHS data in England and found that 28% of patients diagnosed with blood cancers are done so via emergency admissions to hospital rather than via their GP, which is significantly higher than cancers on average, which is 19…

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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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