Nursing errors

The advantages of having a nurse in your clinical negligence team

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Sam Ward discusses how being a nurse has helped in her role as a Clinical Negligence Advisor. Read more about Sam's role and how her knowledge and experience benefits clients looking to make a clinical negligence claim. More …

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 …

Hospital A&E wards in crisis over shortage of emergency doctors.

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Hospital A&E wards in crisis

There is a lot of talk of the NHS being in crisis due to funding - Patricia Wakeford explains how this might impact on Clinical Negligence claims. More …

"Never" events

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The BBC reports that over a 1,000 NHS patients in England in the past four years have suffered from medical mistakes, which are described as "never events." More …

Cancer drugs fund due to make drastic cuts to spending

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It was announced that the Cancer Drugs Fund in England will be taking steps to curb spending costs by proposing to remove various drugs used in the treatment of cancer. More …

Duty of Candour - What does it mean?

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Following a key recommendation of the Mid Staffordshire Enquiry, in November 2014 a new statutory duty of candour was introduced for secondary NHS healthcare bodies in England. More …

New mothers and babies discharged too soon after birth

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A survey, commissioned by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), of over 2000 midwives, student midwives, midwifery support workers and new mothers has revealed concerns that up to 40% of new mothers are being discharged home from hospital before they are ready. More …

Weekend nurse - patient ratio on stroke units found to adversely affect mortality

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I read with interest a piece of research which adds to the debate regarding increased mortality of patients admitted to hospital at weekends. More …

IV fluids guidelines should improve outcomes for patients

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Mismanagement of IV fluid therapy can cause serious harm and damage to often very unwell patients. New guidelines from NICE should help with more careful management of drips or IV fluids in hospitals More …

Sepsis and new mums

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Today I discussed the article from the BBC with my colleague Patricia Wakeford, who was a midwife before she qualified as a Solicitor. I hadn't realised that sepsis is the leading cause of death in new mothers in the UK. More …