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Leonie Millard

About Leonie Millard

Leonie is a Partner within the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Department at Forbes Solicitors. Leonie’s blogs cover her specialism in clinical negligence, especially in relation to birth injuries. She also covers cases against hospital Trusts, GP's, dentists and private practices.

Wrongful Birth

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 … Read more

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Could you identify a ‘never event’?

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 … Read more

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Maternity Mistakes – 276,767 mistakes were reported by maternity care services In England – the equivalent of one mistake every 5 births

The BBC has today reported these figures.  They would appear to point to an alarming number of incidences.  It is important however to distinguish the nature of the incidents and near misses and look at the reason for the rise. … Read more

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A welcome change for families suffering with a full term still birth or life changing injuries to babies

Jeremy Hunt has announced a welcome change for families suffering with a full term still birth or life changing injuries to babies who will be offered an independent investigation by a Coroner. Currently they only look into the death of … Read more

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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)

All girls can get the HPV vaccine free from the NHS from the age of 12 until their 18th birthday.  Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under the age of 35 in the UK and it helps … Read more

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

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.  … Read more

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Reported high emergency surgery cancellations

It is reported in the Times that it is the first time that there has been more than 4000 cancelled urgent operations in the year from July to June, with the highest number in June.

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Investigations into a cluster of NHS baby deaths highlight the pitfalls of the ‘wait and see policy’

Investigations into a cluster of NHS baby deaths highlight the pitfalls of the ‘wait and see policy’ adopted by many hospitals during childbirth. A BBC investigation has identified at least 7 deaths during childbirth in less than 2 years at … Read more

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Safe Space at the Cost of Patient Safety

October 2016 saw the rise of the consultation “Providing a ‘safe space’ in health care safety investigations”. The briefing on the Department of Health proposal is to extend the ‘safe space’ arrangements to all patient safety investigations.  Effectively it proposes … Read more

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#LeonasStory – Forbes Solicitors Brain Injury Awareness Campaign

Forbes Solicitors have launched a campaign to raise awareness surrounding the issue of brain injuries caused by medical negligence. According to Headway findings, acquired brain injury hospital admissions have increased by 10% since 2005-6 and in 2013-14, a staggering 162,554 … Read more

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