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Prevention of Suicide

01 Jul 2022

Suicide is a national crisis in the United Kingdom, with over 5000 suicides in England alone in 2021. The impact of every single one of them undoubtably devasting. This has been demonstrated by the suicide prevention charity CALM's Southbank exhibition in June 2022. 'The Last Photo'. The…

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999 cover up

24 May 2022

How long it takes an ambulance to arrive may determine the outcome for that person. In the case of Kent v Griffiths (2000), the unanimous judgement in the Court of Appeal held that the acceptance of a call and dispatch of an ambulance established a duty of care. In that case an ambulance…

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Never Never Land

23 May 2022

The Times Newspaper reports that "Between April 2021 and March 2022 more than 400 patients in England's hospitals suffered errors so serious that they should never have happened. They include the wrong hips, legs, eyes and knees being operated on, and diabetic patients being given too much…

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Glaucoma - The importance of monitoring and treating the eye

09 May 2022

The importance of monitoring and treating the eye for the presence and progression of glaucoma has been highlighted in a BBC article . In this case an 80-year-old woman lost her sight in one eye after regular hospital eye clinics were cancelled due to the pandemic. In 2019 she reports being…

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Taking Mental Health Seriously

09 May 2022

Each time we consider a new 'suicide case' we know what failings to look for and the far reaching impact on the family left behind. We see the same mistakes by the NHS and their private partners. Whilst researching another unnecessary death I came across a Sunday Times article highlighting…

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Burnt On The Operating Table

25 Apr 2022

The Times report this week about the hidden risks of burns on the operating table. 'Hidden' risk of patients burnt on operating table | News | The Times The normal risks of anaesthesia and surgery are not the only ones that patients face in operating theatres. The possibility of fire…

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Times Report - Trust Failures Result in Tragedy

12 Apr 2022

The Times newspaper has reported today on the sad case of Matthew Caseby . The 23 year old escaped by jumping over a fence at the Priory Hospital in Woodbourne, and was killed by a train during a psychotic episode. Matthew's care has come under scrutiny, because it was known that vulnerable…

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Unsafe Maternity Services

11 Apr 2022

Times newspaper reports that "Babies' lives are at risk because maternity units are still unsafe" https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/almost-half-of-nhs-maternity-services-in-england-are-unsafe-lf7q7jlbm?shareToken=4b0b88dfae12089971ee8efb94febf24 The headlines continue about…

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Brachial Plexus Injuries at Birth

11 Apr 2022

What is Brachial Plexus? Obstetric brachial plexus injury (OBPI), also known as birth brachial plexus injury (BBPI), is an injury more commonly seen in new-born children. It is an injury to the brachial plexus nerves. An injury occurs when the nerves are stretched, compressed, torn/pulled/…

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