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Freedom to speak up

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In February 2013 the shocking findings of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry were published. Specifically the report detailed an appalling culture that existed within the NHS. The Chair of the Inquiry, Sir Robert Francis, called for an urgent change in behaviours across the NHS and he set out the importance of an… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Why Mayo Wynne Baxter has the edge when acting for you in a clinical negligence claim

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Much has been written recently about why non specialist solicitors should not be taking on complex, high value clinical negligence claims such as brain injury claims, but why should a patient or the family of a patient who has suffered injury seek the specialist advice of the team at Mayo Wynne Baxter? The clinical negligence… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Informed consent

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I was speaking with a client recently who had been asked by his surgeon to sign a consent form about half an hour before the surgery was due to take place. Feeling under pressure the client duly signed the consent form without fully understanding the risks associated with the procedure he was about to undergo…. Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The importance of early diagnosis

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Research shows that in many cases the sooner cancer is diagnosed and treated the better a person’s chance of recovery. What then is the impact on a person who is told that as a result of failings in care the opportunity to diagnose their cancer at an earlier stage was missed? It goes without saying… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Rise in young people opting for plastic surgery

DIY Probate has its risks

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) said last week that its surgeons carried out 50,122 cosmetic procedures in 2013, a 17% increase on 2012.  There is no age breakdown however BAAPS president, Michael Cadier, says that they are seeing an increasing number of young people approaching its surgeons for cosmetic procedures. There is… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

With cosmetic surgery on the rise – know the risks.

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Statistics show that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of cosmetic procedures within the last decade.  Between 2010 and 2011 alone there was a 9% increase in the number of procedures performed. The Department of Health defines cosmetic surgery as follows: “Cosmetic surgery comprises operations or the procedures that revise or change… Read the rest of this post (1 Comment)

Is the NHS fit for purpose?

It is now over  six months since the findings of the public inquiry into the Mid Staffordshire Hospital scandal were published. Through the 290 recommendations made by Robert Francis QC, who chaired the inquiry, the Government as well as the NHS have had to provide for a cultural change within the NHS with a greater… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Settlement agreed in obstetric claim

It was reported this week that a six-figure settlement has been agreed for a woman who suffered serious injury arising from the events surrounding the birth of her fourth daughter. The claimant, Candi Kaya, was admitted to Hospital in June 2008 to undergo a planned Caesarean section. During the procedure the doctors failed to recognise… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Until recommendations are implemented, hospital problems will remain.

Another week, another bad news story about the state of our NHS. This week the story involved the findings of the Quality Care Commission following its inspection in May and June at Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone. The Commission found that the hospital had failed to protect the safety and welfare of patients and… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Is the NHS prepared for next winter?

It is easy to forget the harsh winter of 2012/2013 as we are basking in the current temperatures. However the Commons Health Select Committee is looking forward to next winter and asking how prepared the NHS is for it. Although NHS England have said it was considering various measures to take pressure off A&E units… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)