November 2012 Archive

Is there a crisis in care?

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Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health in a speech to the Kings Fund, claimed that poor care had become the biggest problem in the NHS . More …

Do roadside barriers cause more harm than good for motorcyclists?

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This was the question that was posed in Motorcycle News last week, and before you ask I was bored and flicking through my husbands copy of his weekly delivered paper, or comic as I like to call it!  More …

Is the NHS failing to prevent Stillbirths?

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I have <a href="/blog/why_is_the_stillbirth_rate_so_high">previously blogged on stillbirth rates</a>. However, I was shocked to read <a href="http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/health/news/article3613505.ece">a report</a> by the Times Health Correspondent Chris Smyth about stillbirth rates across the country. The NHS will be held to account if it does not reduce these rates, ministers promised yesterday after&nbsp;<a title="http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/health/news/article3612548.ece" href="http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/health/news/article3612548.ece">an investigation by&nbsp;<em>The Times</em></a>. &nbsp; More …

Five a day … but not grapefruit?

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I was interested to hear on the BBC Today programme this morning about the adverse side effects of mixing grapefruit with a number of drugs including medication for blood pressure, steroids and statins. &nbsp;Between 2008 and 2012 the number of medications with the potential to cause serious harm by interacting with grapefruit increased from 17 to 43. More …

Government plan to improve prosecutions for female genital mutilation

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The Royal College of Midwives is behind the move to put a stop to FGM. It is a criminal offence and has been since 1985 - though there has never been a prosecution. Here is an overview of the action plan the Government is bringing in to combat FGM. More …

A quick 'nip and tuck' before Christmas?

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The festive season will shortly be in full swing and for many of us we will be struggling to fit into that party dress that just slipped on last year. Rather than following the motto to eat less and run more, many people are turning to cosmetic surgery for a quick fix. More …

Forging a Gas Safety Document

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Landlords are legally responsible for the safety of their tenants in relation to gas safety. By law &nbsp;they &nbsp;must repair and maintain gas pipe work, flues and appliances in a safe condition. &nbsp;Landlords must also ensure they check the safety of each appliance and flue on annually and maintain a written record of these checks.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp; More …

Blake Lapthorn enjoys AvMA's 30th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

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On Friday 23 November, I was fortunate enough to attend the AvMA 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration dinner, along with a number of my colleagues from the clinical negligence team at Blake Lapthorn. More …

Cosmetic filler injections

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I was interested to <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9700361/More-women-suffer-botched-filler-injections.html">read</a> on The Telegraph online this morning that there has been an increase in women suffering effects from botched filler injections. More …

Cyclists family advocate wearing a helmet

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The family of PC Dicky Coetzee say he would not be making the fantastic recovery he is if it wasn't for the fact that he was wearing a cycle helmet.&nbsp; More …