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Patient’s Rights Revisited

On 27th October 2015

In recent years there has been a gradual shift away from a “doctor knows best” model of care towards a patient-directed approach, of which informed consent is an important feature. Continuing the trend, propelled forward by this year’s decision in Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] UKSC 11, again consent has come to the fore in Kathleen Jones v Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust [2015]…

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74% of English hospitals ‘unsafe’ according to CQC annual report

Lauren Tebbett

Posted by Lauren Tebbett | Associate
On 23rd October 2015

The Care Quality Commission (CQC), the regulator of health and social care in England, released its annual State of Care report last week which found that a staggering 74% of the hospitals assessed under its new inspection regime have safety problems, with 13% rated as inadequate for safety.

On the face of it, this is an extremely concerning statistic for a 21st century healthcare system…

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Birth after Previous Caesarean Birth

Emma Wray

Posted by Emma Wray | Partner
On 23rd October 2015

New Green Top guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (October 2015) has recommended that there should be a very clear pathway when a lady has had a previous caesarean section in terms of management of subsequent labour and delivery.

Women should be offered a proper discussion with an obstetrician about her options but this should not automatically be another caesarean section: she should be given comprehensive information about the risks in general and any specific risks in her case and be allowed to choose for herself what the best means would be for her…

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Safer London for Cyclists?

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On 23rd October 2015

Over the recent years there has been an increased number of cyclists on the streets of London. This has in part been promoted through the London Self – Service Cycle Hire Scheme, also known as the ‘Boris bikes’…

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