Delay in Medical Diagnosis Treatment

The National Audit Office has highlighted more than 4.2 million patients are now on waiting lists for surgery, a 55 per cent rise in five years. The number waiting more than 18 weeks for operations has tripled over the same period, with 528,000 patients forced to wait longer, as key NHS targets have been repeatedly Read More …

Finding Comedy in the NHS

It’s not all doom and gloom with the NHS.  At the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018, comedian, Mark Thomas, began touring a show that specifically concentrated on the NHS – Check Up. Whilst he highlighted the strengths of the NHS and commitment of its dedicated employees, he equally criticised the organisations complacency, under-investment and creeping privatisation. Read More …

Testing announced for group-B Strep (GBS)

Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is one of many bacteria that can be present in our bodies. It doesn’t usually result in damage. It is relatively common with 1 in 5 pregnant women carrying GBS in their vagina or digestive systems. GBS in some cases can cause complications as around the time of labour and birth, Read More …

Advice on Waiting Times in A & E

If you are unfortunate enough to attend A&E, does the receptionist have a responsibility to provide you with accurate information regarding waiting times? That was the question before the Supreme Court in the recent case of Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust. The facts of the case were relatively simple. Mr Darnley who was Read More …

Complaining about Hospital Treatment – the Guide

Medical treatment is usually very good and the vast majority of people experience a favourable outcome. Unfortunately sometimes treatment can go wrong and this article aims to explain your options with regards to the right to complain and in some circumstances when legal action is appropriate. It concerns medical treatment which is provided by a Read More …

Call for New Clinical Negligence Liability Test

It has been reported in the Legal Gazette that Sir Peter Jackson, Former Court of Appeal Judge has suggested a change in the legal test for Clinical Negligence cases. It was acknowledged that such a move would be likely to increase the number of claims for compensation brought as a consequence of Clinical Negligence. Therefore, Read More …

Tripping accidents

Local authorities are principally responsible for the maintenance and repair of highways and carriageways ( pavements and roads) and if a person is injured in a fall involving a defect in a pavement or road then a claim for compensation can be made. Some pavements and roads are not the responsibility of the local authority Read More …

Doctors Warn Metal on Metal Hip Resurfacing Operations Have High Failure Rate

Hip resurfacing operations have an “unacceptably high” failure rate in women, and should no longer be offered to female patients according to a recent article published in The Lancet. A team from Bristol University studied the National Joint Registry data to determine the number of hip resurfacing operations that failed within seven years compared to Read More …

Trademark Hijackings, Part Deux

Internet Sales On 22nd September 2011 the Court of Justice of the EU reached its long awaited decision in the Interflora v Marks & Spencer case. Interflora sued M&S for buying “Interflora-themed” Google Adwords (see previous blog entry entitled “Trademark Hijackings” on the use of Trade Marks as Search/Adwords terms) such that when customers searched “interflora” Read More …

Bribery Act – Prosecution #1

Bribery Act 2010 The first prosecution under the Bribery Act 2010 which came into force earlier in 2011 is of a court clerk, Mr Patel at a county court in Essex. The CPS said “It is alleged that Patel promised an individual summonsed for a motoring offence that he could influence the course of criminal Read More …