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Medical Negligence

Response to Department of Health change of policy on fixed costs for clinical negligence claims

17th October 2016

Today’s release of the CPRC minutes from 8 July reported that there had been a change in policy at the Department of Health and that they intended to consult in respect of claims up to £25,000 which comprised approximately 60% of clinical negligence claims. The material worked up by the subcommittee on a draft Protocol…

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AvMA Chief Executive visits HJA team

23rd September 2016

Thanks to Peter Walsh, CEO of AvMA (Action Against Medical Accidents) for coming to meet with our Medical Negligence team to discuss current challenges and AvMA’s important campaigning on behalf of patients. On a lighter note, we also had great fun discussing fundraising events with Phil Walker, AvMA’s Fundraising Manager. The HJA team were represented…

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Inquest concludes into death of baby at St Richards Hospital

4th July 2016

The inquest into the death of a baby girl who lived for just 20 minutes after her birth at St Richards Hospital in Chichester has concluded that her death may have been avoided if a caesarian section had been performed earlier. Leilani Chute, known as Lily, was born on 5 August 2015, weighing 6lbs 14oz…

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Inquest set to open into death of baby at St Richards Hospital

24th June 2016

A three-day inquest into the death of a baby girl who lived for just 20 minutes after her birth at St Richards Hospital in Chichester will open at West Sussex Coroner’s Court on Monday 27 June at 10am. Leilani Chute, known as Lily, was born on 5 August 2015, weighing 6lbs 14oz at St Richards…

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Inquest into death of 29-year-old man finds failings by Cygnet Healthcare contributed to his death on St Austell railway

20th June 2016

Today, a jury at the inquest into the death of David Knight, a 29-year-old man from St Austell in Cornwall, has found that failings in risk assessments and communication with David’s local treatment team were inadequate and contributed to David’s death. Mr Knight had been suffering from paranoid schizophrenia for a number of years and…

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