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Duty of Candour fails again

Emma Wray

Posted by Emma Wray | Senior Associate
On 18th November 2016

News that an inquest into the death of a newborn baby has been adjourned after a midwife stated that evidence had been removed from her witness statement by an NHS Trust’s legal advisers should be of great concern to both health care professionals and lawyers alike.

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‘Openness and transparency’ or ‘conceal and cover up’ in our NHS?

Emma Wray

Posted by Emma Wray | Senior Associate
On 18th October 2016

Following publication of an independent report into 10 deaths at the hands of mental health patients under the care of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, the Trust tweeted a quote from their CEO speaking on this morning’s Today programme: ‘Today’s report is about people. It’s about the lives of families which have been devastated. I’m acutely aware of that’.

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‘Be Seen Not Hurt’ Campaign

Karen Mann

Posted by Karen Mann | Associate
On 10th October 2016

With Autumn approaching, children returning to school and with the days becoming shorter, it is of no surprise that more incidents will occur on the roads. The Department for Transport reported in June 2016 that there were a total of 186,209 casualties of road traffic accidents in 2015. Some of these incidents have involved pedestrians.

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Cosmetic surgery – more practical guidance for patients

Andrew Harrison

Posted by Andrew Harrison | Partner
On 5th October 2016

Following the guidance for doctors who offer cosmetic surgery issued by the General Medical Counsel (GMC) in April this year, the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has now issued some very helpful practical guidance for patients, surely long overdue! You may have seen that this was featured on BBC1 today.

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‘Political maladministration’ contributes to unsafe discharge from hospital

Emma Wray

Posted by Emma Wray | Senior Associate
On 29th September 2016

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) has followed up the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) report on unsafe discharge from hospital by accusing the government of ‘political maladministration’ in failing to tackle the structural disconnect between health and social care.

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