January 2013 Archive

Seat belts. Has it really been 30 years?

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It has been 30 years since it has been compulsory to wear seat belts, the law having been brought in on the 31 January 1983.  More …

Riding accident claim after rider broke neck while working at racing stables

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A claim being brought by Laura Coward who was working at Horse First Racing Ltd suffered a broken neck after riding one of the race horses. More …

Continuing frustration for victims of banned diabetic medication

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I was disappointed, although perhaps not surprised, to read reports yesterday in the national press that pharmaceutical giant, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) intends to continue to defend compensation claims in the UK relating to the diabetic medication, Avandia. More …

How safe are we when travelling on buses?

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I was alarmed to <a href="http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/district/fareham/10189160.Bus_roof_ripped_off_after_crashing_into_railway_bridge/?action=complain&amp;cid=11217388 ">read</a> of the recent accident involving a bus hitting a railway bridge and ending up with the roof torn off.&nbsp; Had anyone been sitting on the upper deck there would have been serious injuries. More …

Legal Restriction Placed on Number of Patients Admitted to A&E

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I was concerned to read about the results of an inspection carried out by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) at Queen's Hospital in Romford.&nbsp; The inspection concluded that patients were being provided with 'unacceptably poor care'. More …

Could a stiff upper lip prevent you from beating cancer?

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I was watching Daybreak this morning and it was briefly mentioned in their news bulletin that the British "stiff upper lip" culture may explain why we are so behind other countries when it comes to beating cancer. As a nation, researchers&nbsp; discovered that embarrassment often stopped Britons visiting the doctor. More …

Non-Medics Botox Ban

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'Only trained doctors, nurses and dentists should provide non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as Botox, say surgeons', in this BBC <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21228118 ">report</a>. &nbsp;I find it quite shocking that there was ever a time when it was felt appropriate for non – medics to give these treatments. More …

50% of PCT's restricting access to cataract surgery

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Then I was shocked to read in the Health Service Journal (HSJ) dated 17 January 2013 on page 9 that the NHS Medical Director, Sir Bruce Keogh, has admitted that about 50% of PCTs have restricted access to cataract surgery. More …

Judicial Review issued against UK Government

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I am very pleased to bring you this announcement which reached me just minutes ago:&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.apil.org.uk">APIL</a></em><em>, with the <a href="http://www.mass.org.uk/">Motor Accident Solicitors Society </a></em><em>&nbsp;has today issued a judicial review of the Secretary of State for Justice's decision to reduce the amount of fees payable for cases conducted through the road traffic accident (RTA) personal injury scheme.</em> More …

Does A&E Have a Rush Hour?

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I was very surprised to <a href=" http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-2115914">read </a>on BBC Health that the busiest time in Accident and Emergency departments in England is Monday mornings.&nbsp;&nbsp; More …