Archive for the 'hospitals' Category

Public will be ‘barred’ from justice in legal aid reform, warn lawyer group – Daily Telegraph

“The public will be effectively barred from fighting incompetent doctors and councils in the courts under plans to cut legal aid, the body representing lawyers warned yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st April 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Hospital accused over girl’s glue injection – The Guardian

“Great Ormond Street being sued by 11-year-old after operation left her with extensive brain damage.”

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The Guardian, 15th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

NHS faces £85.8m compensation bill over maternity blunders – The Guardian

“The NHS is facing a spiralling bill for blunders made by maternity-unit staff during labour that result in a baby dying or suffering brain damage or disability, the Guardian can reveal.”

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The Guardian, 14th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Price of suing the NHS too high – The Guardian

“Suing the NHS for medical negligence may become too costly in the wake of cuts to both legal aid and lawyers’ success fees.”

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The Guardian, 29th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Woman pays £1 for MRSA legal claim against hospital – BBC News

“A woman seeking compensation from a Norfolk hospital after taking over an MRSA sufferer’s damages claim could set a legal precedent, a court has heard.”

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BBC News, 24th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Legal action over closure of children’s heart surgery unit – Daily Telegraph

“Managers of a children’s heart surgery unit are to launch legal action to stop it being closed under a long-awaited national review.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Heartlands Hospital in £7m brain damaged boy pay-out – BBC News

“The family of a boy who suffered severe brain damage due to hospital failures have received a £7m settlement.”

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BBC News, 16th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Plymouth hospital threatened with safety prosecution – BBC News

“The Plymouth NHS Hospitals Trust must improve safety – including preventing swabs being left in patients – or risk prosecution, a watchdog has said.”

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BBC News, 23rd February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

NHS chiefs back calls to reform assisted suicide law – Daily Telegraph

“One of England’s largest health authorities has said it is not opposed to assisted suicide and called for a change in the law to give patients more ‘choice’ over how they die.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

NHS could be sued for neglecting elderly under new law – Daily Telegraph

“Elderly patients who believe they have been treated badly because of their age could sue the National Health Service under new rights to be unveiled by ministers next month.”

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Daily Telegraph, 15th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Compensation paid over stillbirth – The Independent

“An NHS Trust has paid out a five-figure compensation settlement to a couple whose son was stillborn following a series of ‘basic errors’ in ante-natal care.”

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The Independent, 14th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Man left brain damaged at birth awarded £5.7m payout – BBC News

“A man brain damaged at birth due to complications has been awarded a £5.7m payout from health chiefs.”

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BBC News, 14th December 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

No compensation for hepatitis C blood transfusion woman – BBC News

“A woman who was infected with hepatitis C during a blood transfusion more than 20 years ago has lost a High Court bid for compensation.”

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BBC News, 1st December 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ex-model challenges infected blood damages scheme – The Independent

“A former model infected with hepatitis C after being given a blood transfusion more than 20 years ago is challenging the legality of the Government’s compensation scheme.”

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The Independent, 23rd November 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Maidstone hospital error leads to £4.5m pay-out – BBC News

“The husband of a woman left brain damaged by a delay in treating a tumour has said a £4.5m compensation pay-out cannot make up for what she has lost.”

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BBC News, 18th November 2010

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Portsmouth hospital kidney donor claims £14m damages – BBC News

“A man who nearly died during an operation to donate a kidney to his sick father is claiming High Court damages of more than £14m.”

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BBC News, 1st November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

NHS trust pays compensation to victims of ‘appalling’ patient care – The Guardian

“An NHS trust is paying out hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation to bereaved relatives and victims of its ‘appalling’ patient care.”

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The Guardian, 31st October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bedford hospital pays £515k for baby birth scan error – BBC News

“A mother who had a disabled baby after antenatal scans at Bedford hospital failed to pick up that he had spina bifida has won a £515,000 pay-out.”

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BBC News, 28th October 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Mental health patients ‘locked up in hospitals without legal authority’ – The Guardian

“Mental health patients are increasingly being locked up in hospitals without legal authority, a practice which may infringe human rights law, the health regulator said today.”

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The Guardian, 27th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Fine after Worcestershire worker contracts virus – BBC News

“A health care worker contracted hepatitis C after injuring herself on a needle, it has emerged.”

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BBC News, 8th October 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Disabled girl wins payout over Norwich hospital birth – BBC News

“A girl who suffered oxygen starvation during her birth at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital has won the right to millions in compensation from the NHS.”

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BBC News, 7th October 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Baby P clinic doctor Kim Holt to sue NHS – BBC News

“A doctor who raised concerns about the clinic where Baby P was seen days before his death is suing the NHS, claiming she was forced out of her job.”

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BBC News, 20th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Payout after Nottingham doctor fails to diagnose tumour – BBC News

“A former clergyman left disabled after a delay in diagnosing a brain tumour has received undisclosed substantial damages from a Nottingham hospital.”

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BBC News, 9th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

‘Failings’ over diabetic who died at Stafford Hospital – BBC News

“A systemic failure to provide adequate nursing facilities and staffing contributed to the death of a diabetic, an inquest jury has ruled.”

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BBC News, 7th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Compass sues NHS trust for £2.3m in row over out-of-date ketchup – Daily Telegraph

“Compass has filed a £2.3m lawsuit against an NHS trust amid claims the catering group faced ‘grossly exaggerated’ penalties for minor contract failures including holding a fire door open with a spoon and supplying out-of-date tomato ketchup.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

£4 million compensation for cerebral palsy teenager – The Independent

“A teenager who has severe cerebral palsy is set to receive a £4 million compensation package.”

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The Independent, 1st September 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Payout for Nottingham brain damage teenager – BBC News

“A Nottingham teenager left brain damaged and paralysed after a series of medical errors has won a multi-million pound payout.”

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BBC News, 7th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Hospital trust pay-out for brain-damaged taxi driver – BBC News

“A taxi driver who suffered brain damage after a hospital scan was not properly interpreted has been awarded a multimillion-pound pay-out.”

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BBC News, 5th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Fox and others v North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust – WLR Daily

Fox and others v North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust [2010] EWCA civ 729; [2010] WLR (D) 169

“In order for there to be a stable employment relationship it was not necessary for there to be a succession of short term or intermittent contracts.”

WLR Daily, 2nd July 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Transsexual to get legal aid to help fight NHS over breast surgery row – Daily Telegraph

“A transsexual, Miranda Lee, who was left ‘half man, half woman’ will get tax payers’ money in her legal fight for a breast enlargement.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st July 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Multimillion-pound compensation for birth delay boy – BBC News

“A six-year-old Wearside boy has been awarded multimillion-pound damages after mistakes at his birth left him severely disabled.”

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BBC News, 24th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Kent bug scandal NHS boss awarded damages – BBC News

“The former boss of a Kent NHS trust where 90 people died in a superbug outbreak has been awarded more than £190,000 in damages.”

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BBC News, 24th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Rabone and another v Pennine Care NHS Trust – WLR Daily

Rabone and another v Pennine Care NHS Trust [2010] EWCA Civ 698; [2010] WLR (D) 152

“Health trusts did not have an obligation to take special preventive measures to protect voluntary mental patients from the risk of suicide, even where that risk was ‘real and immediate’. The obligation existed in the case of persons for whom the state had assumed responsibility by their detention under the Mental Health Act 1983.”

WLR Daily, 21st June 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note that once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Parents sue Bradford hospital over daughter’s death – BBC News

“The parents of a teenager who died just over 24 hours after being admitted to hospital are suing a NHS Trust.”

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BBC News, 17th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ex-NHS boss jailed for £200,000 fraud – The Independent

“A former senior NHS manager who doctored invoices totalling more than £200,000 to pay for the running of her stud farm business was today [10th June] jailed for two years and nine months.”

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The Independent, 10th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Hospital fined £50,000 over death of disabled man – The Guardian

“A hospital where a severely disabled man died when he caught his head in the rails around his bed was today fined £50,000.”

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The Guardian, 8th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Edwards v Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – WLR Daily

Edwards v Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust [2010] EWCA Civ 571; [2010] WLR (D) 135

“An employee who suffered damage as a result of findings of personal or professional misconduct leading to dismissal and loss of professional status that were made against him in disciplinary proceedings conducted in breach of contract, and which would not otherwise have been made, could recover damages at large.”

WLR Daily, 27th May 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Class action protocol drawn up for NHS litigation – Law Society’s Gazette

“Lawyers have agreed an innovative collaboration process to handle a class action against a Liverpool hospital that is designed to save the NHS millions of pounds.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th May 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Widower to sue Lincolnshire hospital trust over death – BBC News

“The widower of a Lincolnshire woman who died after doctors missed a six-inch piece of plastic embedded in her buttock has begun legal action.”

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BBC News, 19th May 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Hospital fined £100,000 after wrong drug killed new mother – The Guardian

“A hospital trust has been ordered to pay £100,000 after a new mother ‘needlessly’ died when an epidural anaesthetic was mistakenly fed into her veins.”

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The Guardian, 17th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

More than 200 patients sue Liverpool Women’s Hospital – BBC News

“More than 200 patients are preparing to sue Liverpool Women’s Hospital over the poor treatment they allege they received from a doctor.”

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BBC News, 12th May 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Family of man whose fatal disease was missed by doctors to sue NHS – Daily Telegraph

“The family of a man who died in agony after doctors repeatedly mistook a fatal bowel infection for a groin strain are to sue the NHS.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th May 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Parents win compensation after son born with cerebral palsy after hospital error – Daily Telegraph

“A midwife whose son was starved of oxygen at birth leaving him disabled has won compensation to pay for his care.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd May 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Parents sue over E.coli outbreak – Daily Telegraph

“Families are suing a hospital where two babies died following an E.coli outbreak after it emerged that staff may have spread the infection by not washing their hands.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Essex NHS trust must pay brain-damaged boy £1.75m – BBC News

“The parents of a brain damaged boy from Essex have been awarded £1.75m compensation by the High Court.”

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BBC News, 31st March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Removing crucifix would violate her Christian faith, nurse tells tribunal – The Guardian

“A devout Christian who is fighting a hospital trust over her right to wear a crucifix at work said today that removing or hiding it would violate her beliefs.”

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The Guardian, 29th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Hospital chief who stepped down after infection scandal claims payout – Daily Telegraph

“The former hospital executive at the centre of Britain’s worst ever superbug outbreak has launched an appeal at the High Court to claim £175,000 for the loss of her job.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Whiston v London Strategic Health Authority (successor body in law for the Queen Charlotte’s Maternity Hospital) – WLR Daily

Whiston v London Strategic Health Authority (successor body in law for the Queen Charlotte’s Maternity Hospital) [2010] EWCA Civ 195; [2010] WLR (D) 66

“A claimant bringing an action in negligence for personal injury out of time had constructive knowledge of the relevant facts for the purposes of s 14 of the Limitation Act 1980 if, considered objectively, he had the knowledge which he might reasonably have been expected to acquire having regard to all the circumstances of the case.”

WLR Daily, 8th March 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Widow wins damages from negligent Essex hospital – BBC News

“The widow of a solicitor who died while being treated for respiratory failure in hospital has been awarded an undisclosed six-figure sum in damages.”

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BBC News, 15th February 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Judge approves £5.6m compensation package for disabled teenager – The Independent

“A High Court judge described being ‘humbled’ today by the devoted care given by the family of a girl brain-damaged at birth as she gave her backing to a £5.6 million compensation package.”

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The Independent, 1st February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Bridgend teenager disabled at birth is awarded £6.5m – BBC News

“A teenager who was left profoundly disabled at birth is to receive £6.5m.”

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BBC News, 25th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Liverpool hospital payout for birth paralysis girl – BBC News

“A girl from Merseyside whose arm was paralysed during childbirth has been awarded a six-figure payout.”

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BBC News, 19th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Rights for NHS patients now law – Daily Telegraph

“Rights for NHS patients to be treated with dignity and respect are now enshrined in law for the first time, ministers have announced.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th January 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Hospital payout for birth blunder – BBC News

“An eight-year-old boy affected by behavioural problems as a result of a hospital blunder during his birth has won £1.4m in damages.”

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BBC News, 30th November 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Woman wins £3m birth injury award – BBC News

“A woman is to receive about £3m in compensation for injuries that were caused to her when she was born 37 years ago.”

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BBC News, 30th November 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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