Sodium Valproate and the Risk of Birth Defects: Why Weren’t Women Warned?
On 22 February 2018 the Health and Social Care Secretary at the time, Jeremy Hunt, launched a review into the NHS response to patient concerns relating to side effects from treatments. The review examined three specific NHS treatments: The hormone pregnancy test Primodos, (used up until 1978): The use of Primodos was alleged to have resulted
Police Inquiry Launched into Shropshire Maternity Negligence Scandal
On July 1 2020 West Mercia Police opened a criminal inquiry to investigate failings at two Shropshire hospitals where a number of newborns and mothers died. Described as “Britain’s biggest maternity scandal”, the investigation will focus on two hospitals run by the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust – the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Princess Royal
Do Stroke Victims in the UK Receive the Rehabilitation and Care They Need?
Despite strokes being one of the leading causes of death in the UK, many survivors feel that they are not receiving enough specialist stroke rehabilitation and support to enable them to function in day to day life. Despite the NHS Constitution pledging its support for a more comprehensive and universal healthcare system, community rehabilitation is
NHS Never Events: The Most Common Medical Accidents April 2019 – February 2020
The term ‘Never Event’ was first introduced by Ken Kizer, former chief executive of the National Quality Forum in the United States and was in reference to particularly shocking medical errors which should never occur if the available preventable measures are implemented. An NHS Never Event is an umbrella term for a series of avoidable
Why the Maternity Safety Training Fund Needs to be Reinstated
Everyone would agree that pregnant women, new mothers, and their babies should receive the highest standard of care. Unfortunately, that is often not the case. When maternity staff are not properly trained, mothers and their children suffer. What is the Maternity Safety Training Fund? In order to make sure that women and their newborn children
Endometriosis Month: March 2020
March is endometriosis month. The campaign aims to highlight the extent of this painful condition which affects an estimated 1.5 million women in the UK. Despite the number of women affected and the debilitating pain and menstrual bleeding associated with this condition, almost half of the population do not know what the condition is. Emma
A “Scandal” Which Has Left Thousands of Women in Pain: Vaginal Mesh
Introduced to the NHS in 1998 these vaginal mesh implants were used to treat urinary stress incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in women – particularly following childbirth or a hysterectomy. Despite the lack of rigorous testing, thousands of women received a mesh implant and many are now experiencing the following complications: Chronic and debilitating pain
Nearly one in five local hospitals are failing to hit key waiting-time targets
Analysis by the BBC shows that one in five local hospital services are constantly failing to hit any of their key waiting-time targets.
England Continues to Lag Behind on Cancer Care
A review by the Health Foundation suggests that England has failed to close the gap on the best-performing nations when it comes to cancer care despite 20 years of trying.
Patients face serious delays for crucial NHS tests
A BBC investigation has shown that a growing number of patients are facing long waits for crucial NHS tests.