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People with learning disabilities continue to be failed

Nina Ali

Posted by Nina Ali | Partner
On 10th May 2018

The long-awaited publication of the Learning Disabilities Mortality Annual Report last week only served to tell us what we already know: people with learning disabilities keep being failed by the NHS. Every year the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership publishes a report which reviews the process for the deaths of people with learning difficulties.

This year’s report told us that 1,311 cases involving a learning disability were passed to NHS England between July 2016 and November 2017 and only 103 (8%) have been reviewed so far.

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NHS ghost wards – a ticking litigation time bomb?

Posted on 9th May 2018

In recently released figures which was reported in the Guardian, the number of ‘ghost wards’ in NHS hospitals has doubled from 32 in 2014 to 88 in 2018. The figures show that 1,429 beds were unavailable within these ‘ghost wards’ for use. In light of the well reported challenges that NHS trusts have faced this winter, it is worrying that a large number of beds were unavailable at such a critical time for the NHS.

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The myths of ‘rising NHS compensation costs’ and ‘the increasingly litigious society’

James Bell

Posted by James Bell | Partner
On 3rd May 2018

Listening to the BBC Radio 5 breakfast show yesterday morning I was disappointed to hear some of the comments made by Dr Pallavi Bradshaw, introduced as a senior medico-legal adviser for “Medical Protection” which was described by Nicky Campbell as a ‘not for profit legal support group for doctors’.

“Medical Protection” was of course a reference to the members defence organisation, the Medical Protection Society, which most legal observers would consider to be a quasi-insurance company. It was surprising to hear the MPS described in such terms on the BBC.

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