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The Value of a Childs Life and the Fight for Justice of Families of Children Killed by Hospital Blunders

Author: Peter Stefanovic  Bullet  Dated: 21/09/2015

The tragedy of Megan Storey and Jordanna Goodwin, both 16, who died along with three teenage friends in a car crash at Conisbrough, South Yorkshire highlights the sickeningly low amount of the statutory bereavement damages awarded in England and Wales for the wrongful death of a child of only £12,980.00. Read more>>

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Doctors and Nurses Walk Past Dying Patients and Hospital Bosses Are Accused of "Shamelessly Milking the NHS"

Author: Peter Stefanovic  Bullet  Dated: 17/09/2015

It was reported this week how burn out and stress among senior NHS Doctors is causing 8 out of 10 to consider early retirement. This comes just weeks after reports that the number of Consultants in A&E "halves at weekends" and NHS data which has shown that death rates can be up to 15% higher at weekends. Leading Medical Negligence Lawyer Peter Stefanovic at Simpson Millar says "It's easy to see that such a situation is likely to cause hospital blunders to rocket with serious injuries and death caused to patients". Read more>>

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HOSPITAL BLUNDERS "Likely to Rocket" as Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt Moves to Stop Claims by Families of Elderly Relatives and Infant Children Killed by Negligent Doctors

Author: Peter Stefanovic  Bullet  Dated: 14/09/2015

It was reported this week how burn out and stress among senior NHS Doctors is causing 8 out of 10 to consider early retirement. This comes just weeks after reports that the number of Consultants in A&E "halves at weekends" and NHS data which has shown that death rates can be up to 15% higher at weekends. Leading Medical Negligence Lawyer Peter Stefanovic at Simpson Millar says "It's easy to see that such a situation is likely to cause hospital blunders to rocket with serious injuries and death caused to patients". Read more>>

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Amputations Due to Diabetes on the Rise

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 04/08/2015

Amputations due to diabetes have reached an all-time high in England at 135 each week. However, with good diabetic and foot care, up to 80% of these amputations could be avoided. Read more>>

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A High Price To Pay For Justice

Author: Peter Stefanovic  Bullet  Dated: 27/07/2015

Peter Stefanovic, Specialist Clinical Negligence Lawyer at Simpson Millar looks at why the Government is failing victims of NHS blunders. Read more>>

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The NHS and the Dark Side of Litigation

Author: Peter Stefanovic  Bullet  Dated: 20/07/2015

Recent revelations that over the past 5 years the NHS and its lawyers have cost the taxpayer a staggering £1.125bn fighting valid claims by victims of medical blunders which should have been settled is no surprise to Peter Stefanovic, Specialist Clinical Negligence Lawyer and Partner at Simpson Millar. Read more>>

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NHS Lawyers Make Millions Fighting Victims of Medical Mistakes

Author: Peter Stefanovic  Bullet  Dated: 16/07/2015

A Sunday Telegraph investigation reveals NHS Trusts have paid out more than £4.5bn in the past 5 years for medical mistakes. About a quarter was paid to law firms to cover legal costs. The paper produced a chart showing the amount paid to the top 10 law firms between April 2010 and the end of 2014. Read more>>

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Warning Over Emergency Bowel Surgery Care

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 07/07/2015

An audit commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership on care in England and Wales has found that the treatment of people needing emergency bowel surgery is insufficient in some hospitals. Read more>>

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NHS Costs Tax Payer £250m Fighting Victims of Negligence in Cases Which Should Have Settled

Author: Peter Stefanovic  Bullet  Dated: 03/07/2015

It has emerged that the NHS wasted a staggering £250M in litigation costs last year fighting victims of Medical Negligence in cases which should have been settled at an early stage. Read more>>

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Care After a Brain Injury - Who Can Help?

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 03/06/2015

One of the main fears for both a person suffering from a brain injury, and their loved ones, is how you will be able to cope with any current care needs, rehabilitation needs, and long term care. Read more>>

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Living With a Brain Injury

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 22/05/2015

Living with the physical changes a stroke can bring takes time and patience but we need to give more consideration to the psychological effects for the sufferer and those around them that are responsible for their care.Read more>>

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Action for Brain Injury Week - Support for Everybody

Author: Daxa Patel  Bullet  Dated: 18/05/2015

All this week we are supporting 'Action for Brain Injury Week', it's about campaigning for increased support for those who have suffered a brain injury and are vulnerable. Brain injuries can range from the mild to the severe, and not only affect the injured party, whatever end of the spectrum you're on, we can help you reach your full potential.Read more>>

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What Visitors Don't See - A Guide to Pressure Sores

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 13/05/2015

Research shows that 80 - 95% of all pressure sores, also known as pressure ulcers, could have been avoided, and 700,000 people are still being affected by pressure sores each year. But do you know what pressure sores are, and how do you know if your relatives are being cared for properly to prevent them?Read more>>

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The NHS - At Its Worst Since The 90's

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 01/04/2015

The NHS is in a poor state, the worst it has ever been in since the early 1990's.Read more>>

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'Fake' Doctor Allegedly worked as GP in England

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 19/03/2015

A woman has been charged with fraud after allegedly pretending to be a doctor at GP practices across the country. The suspected bogus medic is said to have posed as a locum to fill in for GPs at surgeries in Liverpool, Essex and the South East as well as a prison in the south of England. She is believed to have seen a total of 92 patients. The GMC said all employers had an obligation to carry out pre-employment checks to ensure their doctors are qualified and competent to carry out the duties they are being given.Read more>>

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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 18/03/2015

Ovarian Cancer is the 5th most common cancer in women and its incidence is rising. It is also called the �silent killer� because the symptoms are often difficult to recognise in the early stages because the symptoms are similar to those of less serious conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ovarian cysts, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and pre-menstrual syndrome.Read more>>

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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 16/03/2015

Every year over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer making it the most common cancer in men in the UK.Read more>>

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World Kidney Day

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 12/03/2015

Today is World Kidney Day which is organised by the International Society of Nephrology and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations.Read more>>

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No Smoking Day

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 11/03/2015

It's 'No Smoking Day' today and it's no secret that smoking is bad for you. However, did you know that smoking is the single biggest killer of people in the UK?Read more>>

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Morecambe Bay Investigation Yields Serious and Shocking Results

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 03/03/2015

Results from a report commissioned by Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt into the deaths of up to 30 new-born babies and mothers at Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust have been released today. The report has discovered "serious and shocking" failures in medical care resulting in the unnecessary deaths of 11 babies and one mother at the Furness General Hospital in Barrow, Cumbria. Read more>>

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Symptoms And Care

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 25/02/2015

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) refers to a number of progressive conditions including chronic bronchitis, emphysema as well as chronic obstructive airways disease. Whilst treatment can help to manage COPD, there is no cure. Read more>>

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Cauda Equina Syndrome

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 16/02/2015

Cauda Equina Syndrome is caused by the compression and swelling of nerves in the bottom of the spine and a narrowing of the spinal canal. It gets its name from the Latin, "horse�s tail", because the nerves at the end of the spine look like a horse�s tail. Read more>>

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Cholangiocarcinoma Awareness Month

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 09/02/2015

Cholangiocarcinoma (CC) is a liver cancer occurring within the bile ducts. It is extremely difficult to diagnose and treat, and is also known as a silent disease because the signs and symptoms can go unnoticed until the cancer is in the advanced stage, and only 5% of patients are likely to survive past a year. Read more>>

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Delays In Diagnosing Cancer

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 04/02/2015

Today is World Cancer Day, it may come as some surprise that The British Journal of Cancer states that the UK has poorer cancer outcomes than many other western countries. Differences in the stage of diagnosis are largely responsible, however, this is also due to late presentation and onward referral. Read more>>

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Doctors Rounds 16/01/2015

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 16/01/2015

NHS England has announced a new independent taskforce to develop a five-year action plan for cancer services that it is hoped will improve survival rates and save thousands of lives. Read more>>

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Doctors Rounds 07/01/2015

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 7/01/2015

A&E doors at Royal Stoke University hospital were apparently locked yesterday whilst Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge became yet another hospital in England to declare a major incident as of Tuesday evening. Read more>>

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Doctor's Rounds

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 3/12/2014

Leadership, management, culture and accountability are impacting on the quality of care provided by NHS Grampian and the potential for patient care and safety to be further compromised was overwhelmingly evident a report says. Read more>>

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Surgeons and Patient Complaints Taken to Task

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 21/11/2014

Surgeons have had their mortality rates published online this week whilst the NHS Ombudsman, the parliamentary body that deals with patient complaints, has been labelled "ineffective". Every week we hear about the failings of the NHS, does this mean there is change looming? Read more>>

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"Harm" Caused by Negligent Cancer Consultant

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 15/10/2014

Paul Miller, former consultant at East Surrey Hospital, has been sacked for causing "harm" to his former cancer patients. He will now be formally investigated by the General Medical Council (GMC), the body responsible for taking action against medical professionals who fall below the required standard. Read more>>

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'Missed Opportunities' To Spot Lung Cancer - Why?

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 15/10/2014

A study of 20,142 lung cancer patients over 30 has shown that 1 in 10 died within a month of diagnosis, rising to 1 in 3 after 90 days. Read more>>

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Update on the Morecambe Bay Inquiry into maternal and neonatal deaths

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 16/09/2014

More than 200 deaths of mothers and babies at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust have been investigated by an independent inquiry (Lintern, 2014). Read more>>

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"Risk of Injury and Infection" at Condemned Dentist in Winscombe

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 08/09/2014

Dirty and unhygienic practices were occurring at a dental practice in Winscombe that put patients at risk according to the Care Quality Commission (CQC). It was recently reported by BBC News that the 5,000 NHS patients that were treated at Woodborough Dental Practice were being exposed to insufficiently sterilised equipment, a lack of privacy when it came to their notes and incomplete medical histories. Read more>>

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Jail for a Surgeon's Mistake?

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 02/09/2014

No surgery is risk free, and before undergoing surgery, every patient should fully understand the risks and the potential complications. Read more>>

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Delayed Diagnosis of Fractures

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 15/08/2014

Failure to diagnose a fracture can have long-lasting effects that go beyond just pain. It is possible for some fractures to heal without treatment but usually early diagnosis and treatment is needed to optimise recovery and a return to full function. Read more>>

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Did Your Doctor Miss Your Pancreatic Cancer?

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 08/07/2014

Pancreatic cancer (cancer of the pancreas) is the 9th most common cancer in the UK. Read more>>

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Sepsis Awareness - NHS Mistakes led to Misdiagnosis and Tragic Death

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 07/07/2014

Dame Julie Mellor, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman found that a 3 hour delay cost Sam Morrish, 3, from Devon, his life. Read more>>

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MMR Is Not a Risk to Young Children - The Wrong Medication Might Be

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 03/07/2014

A story has surfaced recently in the Telegraph, regarding a 2 month old baby who was given the MMR jab. Read more>>

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My Hernia Was Missed � What Should I Do Now?

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 24/06/2014

A hernia can cause a lot of pain and suffering but many people are unaware of what it actually is and how it may affect you long term if misdiagnosed or left untreated. Read more>>

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NHS Ranked Number 1 - But Staff Tell a Different Story

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 19/06/2014

The NHS in the UK has beaten the USA to the top spot when it comes to the quality and service of healthcare. The USA came last after numerous reports of under satisfaction and heavy costs. Read more>>

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Bone Cement Hip Replacement Killing Patients

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 18/06/2014

Despite concerns being raised 5 years ago, the NHS continues to use dangerous 'hip replacement cement' on patients who are at risk. Read more>>

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Is the Denial Letter the end of my Compensation Claim?

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 27/05/2014

Patients unhappy with their healthcare provision often do not feel that their complaint was dealt with adequately, or the questions they asked were not fully acknowledged. This can lead to feelings of anger, frustration and a lack of redress for the suffering that they have experience as a result of poor medical care. Read more>>

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What is the Health Ombudsman, how can I utilise it?

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 21/05/2014

The Health Ombudsman, or to give it it's full name the 'Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman' (PHSO), investigates complaints from the public if they are unhappy with the service they have received at the dentist, hospital, doctors or any other service provided by the NHS. Read more>>

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Is Your Treatment Making You Ill?

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 20/05/2014

In an ideal world, you should be able to trust that your doctor, pharmacist or care home has given you the right medication. Much of the time, people do not check the package that their medication came in and because of this end up taking the wrong medication not once or twice but over an extended period. Read more>>

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How Misdiagnosed Bowel Cancer Can Change Your Life

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 19/05/2014

By now, we are all aware of Stephen Sutton, an inspirational young man who, with the help of some newly acquired celebrity friends, raised �3.2 million for the Teenage Cancer Trust. However, there is a darker side to his story that can affect many young people in the same position. Read more>>

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Bad Treatment Costing the Vulnerable an Arm and a Leg?

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 15/05/2014

People with diabetes are having their limbs unnecessarily amputated due to the difference in treatment across the NHS. A shocking distinction is being seen across the board, with amputations in the south west in adults for diabetes being twice as high as those in London. Read more>>

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NHS Staff to Blame for Death or Significant Harm of 250 Patients Each Day

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 14/05/2014

Shocking figures have been released, showing that members of NHS staff cause the death of, or significant harm, to 250 patients each day. Read more>>

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Dying for a Drink?

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 24/04/2014

According to an NHS study, around 1,000 patients each year are dying due to dehydration and poor care. Doctors and nurses are equally responsible for failing to meet the care needs of their patients. Read more>>

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High Infection Rates Are a Costly Burden to the NHS

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 17/04/2014

The "very real threat" of hospital infections has been identified by a government health agency. According to the report, 1 in 16 people who are treated in an NHS hospital fall ill with some kind of infection. Considering the after effects of catching infections in hospital, this figure is shocking. Read more>>

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Danger of Prostate Cancer Understated by Testing Regime

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 14/04/2014

According to a new Cambridge study, up to 50% of men with prostate cancer are not being given the full facts about its dangers. Read more>>

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19 Year Old Dies From Cervical Cancer � Could She Have Been Saved?

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 20/03/2014

In 2003, the law in England changed to only allow women over the age of 25 to be invited for a cervical smear test. Previously it was women over 20, which is still the case in Wales. Read more>>

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Nursing cuts could lead to more hospital deaths, says Lancet

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 28/02/2014

The distinguished medical journal analysed nurse-patient ratios in 9 European countries, examining 300 hospitals and over 420,000 patients. Read more>>

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Fresh Concerns Over Bristol Royal Infirmary 20 Years On

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 19/02/2014

Over 20 years on from the original Bristol Royal Infirmary scandal, fresh concerns have arisen about the care babies and young children receive before and following heart surgery. Anxious parents are claiming that the hospital is still in denial about what happened to children 20 years ago, and this is having an impact on the current care given. Read more>>

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Waiting for Elective Surgery? You're Not the Only One

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 30/01/2014

The National Audit Office (NAO) has found that patients waiting for elective, non-emergency surgery for operations concerning the knees or hips (orthopaedic surgery), have been subjected to inconsistent and unreliable waiting times. Read more>>

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Negligence Bill - When Sorry Is Not Enough?

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 17/01/2014

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that he wants to cut the NHS' multi-million pound bill for negligence claims by making doctors and nurses own up to their mistakes and apologise to patients. Read more>>

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Cervical Cancer Prevention Week � Have You Been Tested?

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 16/01/2014

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week begins on the 19thof January, a Europe-wide initiative from the European Cervical Cancer Association (ECCA) to raise awareness highlighting the symptoms, causes, and ways to prevent cervical cancer. Read more>>

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3 Different Hospitals, Multiple Deaths � Were They Avoidable?

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 06/01/2014

At any hospital, situations can arise where deaths are unavoidable, however these deaths should never be the result of improper care and consideration taken by medical professionals. Read more>>

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Is Your Eye Clinic At Breaking Point?

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 28/11/2013

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has revealed that eye clinic staff are being pressurised under chaotic working conditions. Read more>>

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Misdiagnosed DVT caused Mother's Death

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 22/10/2013

A coroner's inquest has heard how deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in a 48-year-old mother led to her death. Read more>>

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C Diff Outbreak Calls for Manslaughter Inquiry

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 04/10/2013

The biggest health board in Wales, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) is under fire after 96 cases of Clostridium difficile (C-Diff) have occurred, leaving 30 patients dead. The outbreaks occurred between January and May. Read more>>

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Unbearable Tamoxifen Symptoms may lead to a Rise in Breast Cancer

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 12/09/2013

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the UK. However, survival rates of the disease have been steadily increasing over the past decade, because of innovations in breast screening, early diagnosis and treatment. Read more>>

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Patients with a head injury to receive CT scans within an hour

Author: Peter Stefanovic  Bullet  Dated: 12/09/2013

NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) has called for patients with head injuries to receive CT scans within an hour of arriving at hospital. Read more>>

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Revolutionary Lung Cancer Study to Boost Knowledge of the Disease

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 09/09/2013

A ground-breaking new study into how lung cancer develops is to be launched after receiving �14million in funding for a 9-year project.

Lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer to cause death in the UK and only 9% of those that develop and survive it last beyond 5 years. Nine out of ten cases of lung cancer occur in smokers, but due to a steady rise in the number of non- smokers catching the disease it has prompted researchers to delve deeper into its development. Read more>>

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Inaccurate test strips lead to warning for diabetics

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 22/08/2013

A health regulator has advised diabetics to avoid using strips which gauge blood glucose as the strips might incorrectly measure blood sugar levels.

In light of the warning from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), over 1.7million strips have been recalled. Read more>>

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Health Ombudsman promises action on hospital complaints

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 20/08/2013

According to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO), the number of NHS complaints it will investigate this year could be 10 times more than in 2012. Read more>>

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Problems for NHS as more GPs leave the UK to work abroad

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 19/08/2013

The British Medical Association (BMA) has warned that the NHS could be "dangerously" affected by general practitioners leaving the UK to work abroad.

According to statistics published in the doctors' journal Pulse, the number of GPs who called on the General Medical Council (GMC) for Certificates of Good Standing (CGS) has increased by over 33% since 2008. Read more>>

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Ultrasound could prevent kidney complications after surgery

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 15/08/2013

US researchers believe that treatments based on ultrasound technology could halt the complications that frequently occur after major kidney procedures.

The researchers from the University of Virginia, who carried out the study on mice, said the ultrasound technique could quickly be translated to humans. Read more>>

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Prison for "reckless" NHS nurses and doctors?

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 13/08/2013

A new Government-sponsored review has suggested that NHS staff whose care for patients is "wilfully reckless" could face custodial sentences.

Doctors and nurses may be subject to prison terms of up to 5 years if the suggestions of the Berwick report are heeded. Read more>>

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Care "rationed" by NHS nurses, says report

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 08/08/2013

Nine out of ten nursing staff are too busy to cope with all their duties of care, according to a new report.

The study, which questioned 76 hospitals and 3,000 nurses, says "time poor" hospital nurses have to ration care as they have too little time adequately to look after patients. Read more>>

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Stafford nurses struck off for falsifying waiting times

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 09/08/2013

Two nurses at Stafford Hospital have been struck off the nursing register for falsifying A&E discharge times.

The pair had "brought their profession into serious disrepute", said the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).Read more>>

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Six year-old dies of heart attack following "mix-up" at a hospital

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 08/08/2013

An inquest has been told that a 6 year-old with Down's syndrome might have avoided a heart attack if he had received better treatment.

Jack Adcock died of pneumonia after his admission to Leicester Royal Infirmary in February 2011. Read more>>

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�500m boost to ailing A&Es "papering over the cracks" say doctors

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 08/08/2013

Following a Commons warning over planning inadequacies, the Government has promised a �500m bailout for A&E departments.

The new funding, which is intended to control waiting times, will be introduced between now and 2015. Read more>>

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New device keeps patients airways open during breathing difficulties

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 30/07/2013

NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidance has given support to a revolutionary device that will improve the way health professionals keep patients airways open during unexpected problems. Read more>>

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Diabetes UK study finds diabetics are denied crucial kidney checks

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 29/07/2013

According to new research by the UK's leading diabetes charity, Diabetes UK, 25% of people suffering from diabetes do not receive crucial kidney checks. Read more>>

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Keogh report calls for improvements to patient care in hospitals

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 26/07/2013

Following some delay and high expectation, the Keogh report on excessive fatalities at NHS hospitals has been published.

The review, under NHS England Medical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, was set up earlier this year in the wake of the scandal at Mid-Staffordshire hospital. Read more>>

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Hepatitis C needs to be prioritised to provide better NHS care

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 24/07/2013

A report by the Hepatitis C Trust has found that only 25% of local authorities in England know the number of individuals in their region with hepatitis C.Read more>>

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Thousands could be saved by new cancer database

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 12/07/2013

A new database of cancer cases has been announced by the government department responsible for the protection and improvement of health in England. Read more>>

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Rehabilitation guideline for stroke victims launched by NICE

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 11/07/2013

To improve outcomes for almost 1 million people in the UK laid low by strokes, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a new guideline. Read more>>

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National Transplant Week, 8-14 July 2013

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 09/07/2013

More than 10,000 people in the UK currently need a transplant. For every 1,000 people each year - 3 people a day - die because there are not enough organs available. Only 31% of us have joined the NHS Organ Donor Register. Read more>>

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Hospital complaints guidelines "deny patients' access to justice"

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 08/07/2013

Campaigners for patient safety are legally challenging the Health Secretary, claiming hospitals are using the law to prevent inquiries into medical errors. Read more>>

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Resignations after Manchester's Tameside General Hospital comes under fire

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 05/07/2013

2 health bosses at Tameside General Hospital in Manchester have resigned following previously unpublished criticism of poor levels of care, management and leadership. Read more>>

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Caring for those who have suffered a heart attack

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 26/06/2013

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is to provide important new guidance to improve the care of people who have survived a heart attack. Read more>>

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GP care in crisis

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 25/06/2013

A poll of 258 GPs carried out by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) between 5 � June 2013 has found that GP�s are under "overwhelming pressure" and are concerned about the ability to provide safe patient care. Read more>>

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Small lifestyle changes can reduce risk of stroke

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 18/06/2013

According to a study by the American Heart Association you can reduce your risk of having a stroke by making small lifestyle changes. Read more>>

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Almost Half of Brits Will Get Cancer in Their Lifetime by 2020

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 18/06/2013

Research by Macmillan Cancer Support has found that by 2020 almost half of Brits will get cancer in their lifetime, but 38% will not die from the disease. This is attributed to an ageing population paired with better quality cancer treatment and research. Read more>>

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Severe Dehydration and Medical Mistakes Lead to Death of WWII Gran

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 17/06/2013

A catalogue of medical mistakes at Leicester Royal Infirmary led to the death of Lydia Spilner, an-100 year Second World War refugee. Read more>>

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Easy Test to Combat Misdiagnosis of Bowel Conditions

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 14/06/2013

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have advised doctors to use a simple stool sample test to reduce misdiagnosis of more serious inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn�s disease and ulcerative colitis. Read more>>

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Lives at risk as older women fail to attend cervical screening

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 13/06/2013

There has a steady decline in the numbers of women attending their cervical screening whilst at the same time diagnoses for cervical cancer are increasing, according to Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. Read more>>

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Complications with Intravenous Infusions Caused by Undertrained NHS Staff

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 30/05/2013

A consultation by the National Institute for Care and Excellence (NICE) has discovered that overworked and under trained NHS staff may be putting lives at risk when dealing with patients in need of an intravenous infusion (IVI). Read more>>

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Too Few Nurses Leads to Medical Mistakes

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 30/05/2013

Care provider �Harmoni� is Britain�s biggest out-of-hours care provider for medical practitioners to hospitals and medical bodies for overnight shifts. They are responsible for the care of millions of patients and makes around �100 million a year from NHS contracts. Read more>>

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Paramedic refused to administer drugs to dying patient

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 23/05/2013

An inquest has heard how a patient suffered a fatal cardiac arrest because a paramedic refused to administer lifesaving drugs. Read more>>

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GP Poll highlights concerns at local hospitals

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 07/05/2013

The telegraph has reported that a recent poll carried out by Pulse magazine of more than 300 General Practitioners has found that 41% had contacted local hospitals about concerns in the last 12 months, but that no action was taken to address those concerns highlighted. Read more>>

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Detecting Breast Cancer early is vital, don't delay talking to your GP

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 03/05/2013

According to the latest statistics released by Cancer Research UK, the number of women under 50 diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK has risen to more than 10,000 for the first time.

Whilst it is not clear why breast cancer is rising in the under 50�s there are a number of factors thought to be playing a role and increasing that risk, namely:

  • increasing alcohol intake
  • hormonal factors such as having fewer children and having them later in life, and
  • the increased use of the contraceptive pill may be playing a role
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Baby dies after Midwives at a Manchester Hospital Failed to Notice he had been Born

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 19/04/2013

An inquest into the death of baby Maninder Singh has heard how he was starved of oxygen and later passed away after midwives had neglected to notice that he had been born under bed sheets. Read more>>

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Cervical Screening Test Mistakes

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 17/04/2013

It is estimated that screening prevents up to 3,900 cases of cervical cancer each year in the UK, but do all women need smears? Do women who have been in monogamous or even celibate relationships, or women who have only had sex with other women actually need regular testing? Read more>>

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Fatal medical mistake during keyhole surgery

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 15/04/2013

An inquest has heard how a 16 year old boy died after keyhole surgery when a surgeon pierced a major vein using the wrong instrument due to 'great pressures over delays'. Read more>>

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Girl dies after doctor's says going to hospital would be a 4 hour waste of time

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 12/04/2013

It has been reported in the news that a 5-year-old girl died from meningitis after being told by a doctor that referring her to hospital would be a "4-hour waste of time". Read more>>

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Untrained GPs blamed for 2,000 child deaths

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 09/04/2013

The Independent newspaper recently claimed that "almost 2,000 British children a year die from 'avoidable' causes because family doctors lack training in paediatric care". Read more>>

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Amiodarone could increase risk of cancer

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 09/04/2013

New research published in the journal Cancer suggests that Amiodarone, the drug used to treat irregular heartbeats, could raise a person's cancer risk. Read more>>

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Low survival rates in GI Bleeds still a problem

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 04/04/2013

Despite major advances in the management of gastrointestinal bleeds over the last 50 years - not least the development of the fibre optic endoscope, a camera that allows doctors to look inside the gut - there's been hardly any improvement in survival rates. Fifty thousand people end up in hospital every year in the UK because of bleeding from the top end of the gut and around 1 in 10 of them will die. Read more>>

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Study Adds Little to Tonsil Surgery Debate

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 04/04/2013

Based on a study that found that adults with recurrent severe sore throats had fewer sore throats if they had their tonsils removed, a number of news papers have reported that the NHS "should remove more tonsils," describing how we should "return closer to the 1950s culture of whipping tonsils out in spite of the cost". Read more>>

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Rise in Bowel Cancer

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 02/04/2013

Men�s bowel cancer rates in the UK have risen by nearly 30% in the last 35 years, while women have seen an increase of only 6%, according to new figures from Cancer Research UK. Read more>>

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Oesophageal cancer could be triggered by obesity

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 30/03/2013

The Independent recently reported that "obesity may be behind big rise in cancer of the gullet". Read more>>

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New test for cancer

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 28/03/2013

Almost 100,000 cases of breast, prostate and ovarian cancer are diagnosed each year and, together, the 3 diseases claim more than 25,000 lives a year. However, it has been widely reported that a saliva test costing just �5 could soon be routinely used to detect patients with a high risk of cancer. Read more>>

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UK health lacking in European Health League table

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 09/04/2013

Research published in the Lancet (the world's leading general medical journal) compared health data compiled over the last 20 years with figures from 18 other countries. Whilst life expectancy has risen by 4 years since 1990, the UK is lagging behind other countries. It states that the UK needs to increase its strategies for tackling preventable problems such as heart disease and stroke. A new division of the Department of Health, �Public Health England�, which will come into force in April 2013, advised that the report was a wake-up call. Read more>>

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