Poor NHS Care for Women with Heart Failure

A recent article in the Daily Mail revealed that a study by Oxford University found female patients receive ‘sub optimal care’ when it comes to diagnostic tests, prescriptions and follow-up appointments.  The research was led by Dr Nathalie Conrad, a PhD student who focuses on the epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases. ‘Heart failure is a severe condition Read More …

Maternal Infection could be Halved if Antibiotics are Given

Sepsis is a problem in the UK. According to an article recently published in the Daily Mail, sepsis is the biggest cause of maternal death in the UK When it comes to childbirth, assisted births (forceps or ventouse) increase the risk of sepsis. A study has revealed that if antibiotics were given to mothers who Read More …

Giving Birth at Night or During the Weekend – an increase in medical negligence and compensation claims?

According to research conducted by the Daily Mail (following information obtained under the Freedom of Information Laws), three quarters of maternity units have no Consultants during the night. Apparently, the majority of Consultants go home at night and leave the care of women in labour to midwives and junior doctors. According to the Daily Mail, Read More …

Medical Negligence: Reduction in Stillbirths Rates

Well done to Hull Women’s and Children’s Hospital! According to the Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust website, the Trust have reduced stillbirth by 36 per cent from 25 in 2016/17 to 14 so far in 2018/2019. The Trust have adopted national guidelines to save babies’ lives. It puts helping women to stop smoking, monitoring Read More …

A Rise in Medical Negligence Claims Due to Longer NHS Waiting Times Warns the National Audit Office

A knock on effect of the increase in NHS waiting times may be the increase in medical negligence claims. The National Audit Office published the “NHS Waiting Times for Elective and Cancer Treatment” https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/NHS-waiting-times-for-elective-and-cancer-treatment.pdf which documented that the waiting times nearly doubled between March 2013 and November 2018, growing from 2.7 million to 4.2 million. Read More …

Misdiagnosis of Cancer Claims and Failure to Diagnose Cancer Claims

It was recently reported in the media that more than 500 patients have received compensation from the NHS since 2014 for failing to spot cancer in patients. Misdiagnosis of cancer claims has cost the NHS £46.9 million in compensation and it is alleged that misdiagnosis of cancer cases occur as often as three times a Read More …

Each Baby Counts: Update

“Each Baby Counts” is the Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologist’s (“RCOG”) national quality improvement programme to reduce the number of babies who die (stillbirth or neonatal death) or are left severely disabled as a result of incidents occurring during labour (see earlier blog and https://www.rcog.org.uk/eachbabycounts for more information). The salient points from the report Read More …

RESEARCHERS CALL FOR A BAN ON METAL-ON-METAL HIP IMPLANTS

Gregory Abrams Davidson are currently acting for approximately 150 clients who have been affected by the DePuy ASR recall. We are 1 of 6 lead Solicitors across the country that have formed a group to work together on ensuring that patients affected by this recall receive the compensation they deserve. In addition, we are currently Read More …

British Hip Society Statement: 1 March 2012

The British Hip Society (BHS) has recently issued a statement in respect of large diameter metal-on-metal bearing total hip replacements. The statement came following an annual meeting during which recent data in respect of metal bearing hips were discussed. The following was unanimously agreed: * Large diameter metal-on-metal primary total hip replacements using bearings of Read More …

How Do I Find Out the Name of the Implant I had Fitted?

The recent MHRA guidance (see previous article) in respect of Metal-on-Metal implants has sparked a surge of media interest. The guidance is in respect of large head implants (36mm or more) and therefore, it does not apply to those patients who have had a ceramic, plastic or small metal head implant fitted. We are aware Read More …