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#BowelCancerAwarenessMonth A Guide to Bowel Cancer

07 Apr 2021

What is Bowel Cancer? Bowel Cancer, also known as Colorectal cancer includes large-bowel cancer (colon cancer) and rectal cancer. The large bowel has five sections (ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon, sigmoid colon and the rectum). Cancer develops as a result of cells changing and…

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#BowelCancerAwarenessMonth - Not just an older person's disease

07 Apr 2021

Bowel Cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and the second biggest cancer killer*. On the 28th of August 2020, Chadwick Boseman Star of 'Blank Panther', died aged 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer, a stark reminder that colon cancer is not just an older persons disease…

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Victoria Coe -v- Dr Manjooran -

23 Feb 2021

This was a Clinical Negligence claim against the Claimant's GP for failing to identify an abdominal condition, despite carrying out blood tests and failing to advise the Claimant of the results which resulted in her being admitted to Hospital for emergency treatment and surgery, where she was an…

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Hospitals Failing to Test for Deadly Pregnancy Bacteria Group B Strep

10 Feb 2021

Last week The Times reported on the issue of UK hospitals failing to carry out a test to check whether pregnant women have the potentially deadly bacteria Group B Strep, despite guidelines from Public Health England and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). The test costs just…

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National Apprenticeship Week

10 Feb 2021

National Apprenticeship Week began on 8 February. This year's theme is 'Build The Future.' With 20 years of experience in progressing employees through apprenticeships, Forbes Solicitors has helped build futures and this year has been no different and has been as successful, despite the…

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The Fundamental Test for Clinical Negligence and How It Has Evolved.

03 Feb 2021

There is a distinction between a complaint and a clinical negligence claim . The NHS Complaints Procedure can address the former, but if a claim for compensation is required it is done through legal action. There is a threshold test from a case of Bolam v Friern H.C.C (1957), which has formed…

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Cervical Cancer Awareness Week

18 Jan 2021

During cervical cancer awareness week, it seems appropriate to highlight the benefits of this screening. The NHS estimate that if everyone attended screenings regularly 83% of cervial cancer cases could be prevented. Cervical screening currently prevents 70% of cervical cancer deaths. It is offered…

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Looking after your mental health in lockdown and post lockdown

14 Jan 2021

A lot of people are now spending a lot of time at home and many people who live alone can find this very distressing, especially for those individuals without a support bubble. It is important now more than ever to look out for signs of mental health problems, identify symptoms and to be there for…

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What will the Ockenden Report mean for maternity services and NHS England?

11 Jan 2021

The Chair Donna Ockenden has been tasked with leading the inquiry into more than 800 allegations of poor care at the Shrewsbury and Telford Trust dating back 40 years to the 1970s. The team of experts led by Donna Ockenden will review "multiple maternal deaths, many avoidable baby deaths and many…

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How is the cost of non-professional care claimed in a case?

16 Dec 2020

The idea of compensation is to put the injured person back in the position they would have been in, before their injury. The purpose of an award for non-commercial care is 'to enable the voluntary carer to receive proper recompense for his or her services. (Hunt v Fevers 2004 AC). When…

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