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Compensation for Medical Negligence

The care received in hospitals in the UK is generally of a high standard, but sometimes mistakes are made, which can have tragic consequences for patients and their families.

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Woman Awarded Compensation for Husband’s Death

A woman has been awarded compensation amounting to £335,000 after medical staff failed to prevent the death of her husband from heart failure, reports the Daily Mail.

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Compensation Awarded for Medical Failings

A boy who sustained severe brain damage as a result of failings by medical staff after his birth has been awarded compensation amounting to over £6 million, reports the Doncaster Free Press.

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Family Compensated Following Hospital Death

An English NHS Trust has agreed to pay substantial compensation to the family of a patient who died after receiving substandard care at one of its hospitals, reports the Mirror.

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Being Honest about Medical Mistakes

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has given its response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on imposing a ‘duty of candour’ for healthcare providers, in which it says that medical and social care staff should be open and upfront about medical mistakes.

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Report Published into Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry

The recently published Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry Report has revealed that 143 patients tested positive for Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) at the hospital during the period January 2007 to 31st December 2008, and CDI was a factor in the deaths of 34 of those patients.

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Compensation Awarded for Mother’s Death

A woman has been awarded a five figure sum of damages following the death of her mother, who died after receiving “below standard care” at a hospital in North Staffordshire, reports the Daily Mail.

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European Action to Improve Patient Safety

The European Commission has recently published details on how the Commission and EU countries are addressing the challenge of patient safety.

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Widow Compensated after Incorrect Diagnosis

A widow has been awarded £50,000 in compensation after a GP failed to realise that her husband was suffering from bowel cancer, reports the BBC.

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Cut birth injuries to cut the compensation bill, say lawyers

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee recently published its report into maternity services in England.

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Compensation awarded for birth injuries

A mother has been awarded compensation after she claimed that her son’s cerebral palsy was the result of alleged medical negligence, reports the BBC.

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Report into patient safety incidents

The NHS Commissioning Board Authority has published the latest set of Organisation Patient Safety Incident data.    

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Improving patient safety

Health Secretary Alex Neil has launched a set of ‘must do’ patient safety essentials at a conference on the Scottish Patient Safety Programme.

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Death rates after surgery double that of recent estimates

National estimates of death following general surgery have been too optimistic, according to the first large-scale study to explore surgical outcomes across Europe, led by Queen Mary, University of London.

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