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Should Doctors be Immune from Medical Negligence Claims While Fighting COVID-19?

The COVID-19 virus is one of the most serious healthcare issues in the history of the NHS. Medical professionals have been required to manage a number of complex issues and situations. This includes performing procedures outside their expertise, delays in screening/treatment of non-coronavirus illnesses, ethical dilemmas, and legal concerns surrounding negligence claims.   With the
“Numerous Mistakes” by NHS Trust Lead to Baby’s Death During Breech Birth

Frimley Park Hospital, Portsmouth admitted mistakes in failing to recognise a breech birth or to act appropriately once noted, leading to the death of baby Theo Ellis from oxygen starvation in April 2019. This comes at a time when East Kent Hospitals University Trust and Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust are under scrutiny over similarly
Amputation Negligence Claims Against the NHS Increase by 75% Within a Decade: FOI Investigation Reveals

Drawing on figures obtained via Freedom of Information requests from NHS Resolution (a government body responsible for managing medical claims against NHS Trusts), 122 amputation negligence claims were settled in 2018/2019. This was the highest annual figure recorded in a decade—representing a 75% increase from 70 negligence claim settlements in the 2009/2010 period. Number of
A&E Delays: New NHS England Initiative Set to Reduce Waiting Times

It has recently been announced that NHS England plans to remove the four-hour waiting time target for A&E patients, in an effort to reduce time spent in emergency departments. Since its introduction in 2004, the four-hour target, which requires 95 per cent of A&E patients to be seen within the set time frame, will be replaced
Rise in Cases of Impacted Fetal Head Injuries During Childbirth

Despite modern advances in medicine, childbirth can still be dangerous for both mother and child. One particular risk is that of an impacted fetal head injury. An impacted fetal head generally occurs in an emergency caesarean section attempted during the second stage of labour. In this second stage, the mother’s cervix has already opened to
National Investigation into Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring During Labour

A child who suffers a neurological injury due to the failure in identifying and responding to fetal distress may be entitled to claim compensation for medical negligence. Safety issues affecting fetal heart rate monitoring include the unavailability of the monitoring equipment, an inability to understand the equipment, and misinterpretation of the fetal heart rate. The
Surge in the Number of NHS Claims for Lack of Informed Consent to Treatment

According to academic research, the number of negligence claims lodged against the NHS for failing to inform patients prior to medical/treatment procedures has increased dramatically over the last few years. A patient is legally and ethically entitled to an explanation of the facts concerning the nature of a procedure and the potential risks, as well
124 Questionable Baby Deaths in 7 years: East Kent Hospitals University Trust Investigated for a Possible Cover-Up

East Kent Hospital University Trust maternity services are run from two of its major hospitals, the William Harvey in Ashford and the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in Margate and support over 750,000 residents. The Trust is currently being investigated for the death of 15 babies amid accusations of covering up sudden and avoidable baby
Family Awarded £37 Million in the Largest NHS Maternity Negligence Claim

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has agreed to a settlement of £37 million after admitting fault in one of the largest medical negligence compensations claims against the NHS. The victim, a child,  was left brain-damaged following incompetence during the delivery by the medical staff. The large payout comes amid calls for a national
The Impact of the Coronavirus on Cancer Care

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to overwhelm health care systems in the UK, patients suffering from other illnesses are struggling to find treatment. In particular, the lockdown announced by the UK government on March 23 has drastically impacted cancer care—in terms of diagnoses, urgent referrals, and treatment. The coronavirus has slowed down progress at every

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