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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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COVID and The Duty of Care

08 Dec 2020

The NHS have been through a difficult time over the last few months. Back in March we were standing on our doorsteps supporting them, clapping our hands and banging our pans. Our day-to-day lives have continued to be restricted and we are facing a difficult winter where the NHS will be stretched even…

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Colon Cancer - Not just an older person's disease

06 Nov 2020

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 and…

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Negligence & COVID

03 Nov 2020

As we enter into a countrywide lockdown for the 2nd time, the NHS is likely to face significant strain once again. In March and April, as the number of COVID19 cases and deaths were increasing, the number of patients seen face to face in primary care fell sharply. GP's were facing a difficult…

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What can the placenta tell us about a birth injury claim?

23 Oct 2020

The placenta develops alongside the fetus in pregnancy supplying the fetus with oxygen and nutrients and removing waste. It is responsible for hormone production to support the pregnancy and provides protection against internal infection and transfer of protective antibodies to the baby. It joins the…

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Statutory Bereavement Award Finally Extended to Cohabitees

01 Oct 2020

After a long and arduous journey that started in 2017, The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 (Remedial) Order 2020 is finally set to come into force on the 6th October 2020, providing an amendment to extend the scope of people entitled to statutory bereavement awards, to cohabitees. The amendment to the law…

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