October 2016 Archive

The Safer Maternity Care Initiative

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Pregnancy, safe maternity care

The Department of Health recently announced that plans are in place to improve maternity care, provide more training to staff and to provide more funding to enable that training. More …

New Guidance on informed consent for surgical procedures

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informed consent form

The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has revealed new guidance regarding Informed Consent, advising that patients need to be fully aware of all of the available procedures and associated risks before giving their consent to surgery. More …

Duty of care – guarding against foreseeable risks

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Personal Injury specialist Malcolm Johnson reviews the case of Edwards v London Borough of Sutton [2016] EWCA Civ 1005, examining issues of duty of care in common law negligence cases. More …

Do Jeremy Hunt’s proposals for brain injury cases in babies chip away at access to justice?

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt recently attracted headlines when he announced a scheme aimed at more swiftly settling claims involving brain damage in babies. However, our expert argues that there are many misconceptions around these proposals. More …

'Wear it pink' – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Breast Cancer Awareness

October marks breast cancer awareness month. 'wear it pink' is a national campaign to remind people to support breast cancer awareness month, and above all to remind everyone to check their breasts. More …

Insurers are continuing to take advantage of motorists

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car insurance

An article in the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers' PI Focus in September is a stark reminder of how motor insurers are benefiting from changes in personal injury litigation but are not passing on the benefits to drivers by way of lower premiums. More …

Cosmetic surgery patient checklist – a good start but it doesn’t go far enough

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Cosmetic fillers

The UK cosmetic surgery industry is booming with more patients than ever opting to go under the knife, alongside the respected, responsible, well-qualified surgeons there has sprung up a worrying number of unscrupulous, poorly-trained and often dangerous practitioners More …

Visit to Wessex Neurological Centre, Southampton

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brain scan

As a new trustee of Smile4Wessex charity, I was delighted last week to be invited by my fellow trustee Mr Diederik Bulters, to meet the team at the Wessex Neurological Centre. I was even more thrilled to be able to actually watch Diederik and his team in action, and see the equipment that the charity has funded in use. More …