Archive for the 'medical treatment' Category

Stem cell treatments threatened by European patents ruling – The Guardian

“Work on revolutionary medical treatments for incurable diseases is in danger of being wiped out by a European court ruling on embryonic stem cells, according to leading scientists.”

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The Guardian, 27th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Obesity surgery man loses court fight against PCT – BBC News

“A grandfather has lost his High Court battle over a health trust’s refusal to fund obesity surgery.”

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BBC News, 7th April 2011

Source: www.bbc.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

Injured by the NHS? Prepare for further pain – The Guardian

“Justice ministry hopes to remove clinical negligence from legal aid and make claimants pay fees and premiums out of damages.”

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Scrapping Legal Aid for medical cases ‘bad for justice and health’ – Daily Telegraph

“Plans to remove Legal Aid for clinical negligence cases would damage access to justice and allow risks taken by doctors to go unchecked, according to the father of a boy who died after a medical blunder.”

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Daily Telegraph, 31st January 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Women win £200,000 payout over pill implant pregnancies – Daily Telegraph

“Nearly £200,000 in compensation has been paid to women who have become pregnant or been hurt after they were fitted with a popular contraceptive implant.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th January 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Trust admits drug death blunder at Telford hospital – BBC News

“A hospital has admitted giving a patient with pneumonia and breathing difficulties a combination of drugs that led to his death.”

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BBC News, 14th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Stem cell doctor guilty of breaching good practice – The Independent

“A doctor who exploited ‘vulnerable’ multiple sclerosis patients by exaggerating the benefits of stem cell therapy faces being struck off after his fitness to practise was found to be impaired today.”

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The Independent, 10th September 2010

Source: www.independent.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

Bracknell woman in gastric bypass NHS legal challenge – BBC News

“A woman who was told she was not fat enough to have gastric bypass surgery on the NHS is taking health chiefs to court in a bid to overturn the ruling.”

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BBC News, 20th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Sons of man killed by German locum GP face prosecution – Daily Telegraph

“The sons of a man killed after being given ten times the recommended dose of painkiller by a German locum doctor face prosecution for calling him a ‘killer’ and a ‘charlatan’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th August 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Cosmetic ‘cowboys’ face wave of lawsuits – The Guardian

“Lawyers who usually act for victims of NHS blunders say increasing numbers of people are seeking to take legal action over ‘cowboy’ cosmetic treatment.”

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The Guardian, 18th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.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

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

‘Essex boys’ murderer wins dental pain payout – BBC News

“A man serving a life sentence for the ‘Essex Boys’ gangland murders has won £44,500 damages from the Home Office for negligent dental care.”

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BBC News, 25th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Cookham Wood jail breast cancer ruling quashed – BBC News

“A woman’s right to claim for damages after doctors failed to diagnose her breast cancer while she was in prison in Kent has been quashed.”

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BBC News, 18th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

‘Hospital hopper’ given criminal asbo – The Guardian

“A 41-year-old man has cost the NHS tens of thousands of pounds in hospital treatment for a range of fake illnesses over a three-year period.”

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The Guardian, 2nd June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Reading transsexual loses NHS breast op court battle – BBC News

“A transsexual has lost her High Court battle over an NHS refusal to fund a breast augmentation operation.”

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BBC News, 25th May 2010

Source: www.bbc.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

Doctors can be struck off if they ignore the right to die, GMC to announce – Daily Telegraph

“Doctors could be struck off if they fail to respect the wishes of terminally ill patients who want to die by refusing treatment, the General Medical Council is to announce.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th May 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Reading transsexual to wait for NHS breast op ruling – BBC News

“A transsexual who started a High Court battle for the legal right to NHS funding for breast augmentation surgery will have to wait for a judgement.”

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BBC News, 13th May 2010

Source: www.bbc.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

Transsexual cites human rights in call for breast enlargement on NHS – Daily Telegraph

“A transsexual has launched a legal challenge after the NHS refused to pay for a breast enlargement operation, claiming the decision breaches her human rights.”

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Daily Telegraph, 12th May 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Private Powys GP banned from prescribing drugs by GMC – BBC News

“A doctor has been banned from prescribing drugs and told to take down part of her website after appearing before the General Medical Council.”

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BBC News, 29th April 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Media: British Chiropractic Association v Dr Simon Singh – Law Society’s Gazette

“While the northern hemisphere is paralysed by the seismic shift that has caused the Icelandic volcano, Mt Eyjafjallajökull, to erupt, the case of the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) against Dr Simon Singh promises to have an equally seismic effect on the legal landscape of libel in the UK and the defence of fair comment – especially in the area of scientific debate.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd April 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Composer wins contaminated blood payout challenge – The Independent

“An award-winning composer who contracted HIV and Hepatitis C through NHS treatment with contaminated blood products today won his legal challenge over compensation payments.”

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The Independent, 16th April 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

British Chiropractic Association v Singh – WLR Daily

British Chiropractic Association v Singh [2010] EWCA Civ 350; [2010] WLR (D) 96

“A statement, made by a scientific journalist in a newspaper article, that there was ‘not a jot of evidence’ to support a professional body’s claims of certain medical benefits resulting from its members’ treatment of patients was not an assertion of fact but a statement of opinion.”

WLR Daily, 12th April 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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

Simon Singh wins libel court battle – The Guardian

“Science writer Simon Singh today won his court of appeal battle for the right to rely on the defence of fair comment in a libel action.”

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The Guardian, 1st April 2010

Source: www.guardian.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

Massive rise in cost to NHS of settling compensation cases – The Independent

“The cost of no-win, no-fee legal claims against the National Health Service has risen 16-fold in five years. A breakdown of clinical negligence cases settled by the NHS under ‘conditional fee arrangements’ (CFA), in which solicitors get paid only if they win a case, shows that their value – in costs and damages – has risen from £6.5m in 2004-05 to £108m last year.”

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The Independent, 28th MArch 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Family wins payout over mother Lavinia Bletchly’s undiagnosed cancer – The Independent

“The family of a young mother who died after doctors failed to diagnose her cancer secured a six-figure pay-out from an NHS body today.”

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The Independent, 26th March 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Paramedic who failed to treat critically injured biker escapes being struck off – Daily Telegraph

“A paramedic who covered a critically injured motorcyclist with a tarpaulin and stopped treating him when he was still breathing has escaped being struck off.”

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Daily Telegraph, 12th March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Simon Singh in court to appeal ruling over Guardian article – The Guardian

“The science writer Simon Singh is in court today to appeal against a preliminary libel ruling over a Guardian article in which he criticised the British Chiropractic Association (BCA).”

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The Guardian, 23rd February 2010

Source: www.guardian.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

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

Judge leaves court to calm down during case of ‘abandoned’ sick child – The Times

“A senior family judge took the extraordinary step of leaving court to calm down because he was so angered by two local authorities who ‘abandoned’ a sick boy to save money.”

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The Times, 8th December 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Leading article: Hard cases and good law – The Independent

“The sad case of Baby RB, which has been argued to and fro before the High Court, ended summarily yesterday when the one-year-old boy’s father accepted the hospital’s case for withdrawing life support. This unexpected development had two immediate effects. The doctors are now within their rights to halt life support, so as to allow the severely disabled child – as the hospital put it – ‘a peaceful, calm and dignified death’. And the judge will not have to reach a decision – although he hinted what it would have been when he said that the outcome was, in his view, ‘inevitable’.”

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The Independent, 11th November 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Father fights to stop hospital withdrawing life support for baby son – The Guardian

“A father whose son was born with a rare neuromuscular condition will go to the high court tomorrow [2nd Nov.] in an attempt to stop a hospital withdrawing the support that keeps the child alive.”

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The Guardian, 1st November 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Waiting list patients will get right to go private – The Independent

“Patients forced to wait 18 weeks for treatment on the NHS will be given a new legal right to receive it from the private sector.”

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The Independent, 31st October 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Boy, 10, awarded £7.1m over medical negligence at birth – The Independent

“A 10-year-old boy with a ‘great zest for life’ was awarded a compensation package totalling £7.1m today over medical negligence at birth which left him with severe brain damage.”

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The Independent, 13th October 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Doctors ‘forced’ to allow suicide – BBC News

“Doctors were forced to allow a suicidal woman who had swallowed anti-freeze to die, because she refused medical help.”

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BBC News, 1st October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Killer wins birthmark op battle – BBC News

“A man serving a life sentence for a double murder has won a High Court victory over his right to have cosmetic surgery on the NHS.”

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BBC News, 2nd September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

NHS compensation costs rise to £807m – The Guardian

“The NHS spent more than £800m settling legal claims last year as complaints of medical negligence against the service rose sharply.”

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The Guardian, 19th August 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

NHS faces huge claim for damages – BBC News

“Lawyers are preparing a multi-million pound damages claim against the NHS for adults with learning difficulties who were abused while in care in Cornwall.”

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BBC News, 1st July 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Medical law too often doffs its cap to the doctor’s white coat – The Times

“‘It’s up to you what you do with your own body,’ goes the rhetoric. But when you dive away from abstractions into the real world of suffering and desire, things are not so simple.”

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The Times, 21st May 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

R (A) v Secretary of State for Health – WLR Daily

R (A) v Secretary of State for Health [2009] EWCA Civ 225; [2009] WLR (D) 113

“A failed asylum seeker was not ‘ordinarily resident’ within the United Kingdom for the purposes of entitlement to treatment as of right by the National Health Service free of charge. The Guidance as to how a health body should exercise such discretion as it had to grant or withhold treatment in such a case was unlawful for lack of clarity.”

WLR Daily, 1st April 2009

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.

Regina (A) v Secretary of State for Health – Times Law Reports

Regina (A) v Secretary of State for Health

Court of Appeal

“A failed asylum seeker was not ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom so as to be entitled to free treatment by the National Health Service.”

The Times, 2nd April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Parents lose court battle to keep baby son alive – The Guardian

“A hospital ventilator keeping a nine-month-old baby alive could be turned off today after his parents lost a legal battle with a hospital yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 20th March 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Court challenge to NICE over osteoporosis treatment – The Times

“The medicine regulator faces a legal challenge this week over its ruling that thousands of women with thinning bones should be denied effective treatment on the NHS.”

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The Times, 19th Janaury 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Teenager wins right to die after hospital tried to force her to have heart transplant – Daily Telegraph

“A terminally-ill teenager has won the right to die after she was taken to court by her local hospital in an attempt to force her to have a heart transplant against her wishes.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th November 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Fears over new drug orders for mental health patients – The Guardian

“Campaigners have expressed concern about the potential misuse of new powers for the compulsory treatment of people with mental illness that come into force in England today.”

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The Guardian, 3rd October 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Divers face jail over £250,000 NHS swindle – Daily Telegraph

“Two professional divers are facing jail terms after being convicted of swindling £250,000 from the NHS by claiming to have treated non-existent patients for cases of the bends.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th August 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Deafness fear for girl facing deportation – The Guardian

“A toddler who underwent a series of operations to improve her hearing is facing a lifetime of total deafness after the Home Office refused her family permission to stay in the UK.”

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

N v United Kingdom (Application No 26565/05) – Times Law Reports

N v United Kingdom (Application No 26565/05)

European Court of Human Rights

“The removal of an alien suffering from a serious illness to a country where the facilities for treating that illness were inferior to those available in a state party to the European Convention on Human Rights might raise an issue under the Convention but only in a very exceptional case where humanitarian grounds against removal were compelling.”

The Times, 6th June 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Court rejects HIV asylum seeker – BBC News

“An HIV-positive Ugandan woman’s claim to stay in the UK has been rejected by the European Court of Human Rights.”

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BBC News, 27th May 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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