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Hospital which serves 2.5 million people has been rated “inadequate” – Whipps Cross University Hospital. (20 December 2016)

A review of East London’s Whipps Cross University Hospital has received the lowest rating in a review of surgery, diagnostics and outpatient care. The hospital, run by Barts Health NHS Trust, was placed in special measures last year over care quality concerns.   Read more...

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Ambulance waiting times- is the service at breaking point? (6 December 2016)

The BBC has reported that ambulance services across the UK are struggling to reach seriously ill and injured patients quickly enough.  Read more...

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Wales invests 10million GBP upgrading cardiac care units (21 November 2016)

The Welsh government has announced more than £10 million in funding to enable hospital cardiac units to replace key laboratory equipment.  Read more...

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Wales publishes revised Cancer Delivery Plan (16 November 2016)

The Welsh Government has published a revised Cancer Delivery Plan to deliver better results for cancer patients in Wales.  Read more...

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Doctors call for a helpline for prescription drug addicts (7 November 2016)

The British Medical Association (BMA) has called for a 24-hour helpline to be introduced to help patients addicted to prescription drugs.  Read more...

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Welsh government announces £18m investment in neonatal care for Wales (27 October 2016)

Welsh Assembly Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has approved new funding to build the new Sub-Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Centre (SuRNICC ) at Ysybty Glan Clwyd.
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Welsh campaign to attract more GPs, nurses and health professionals “a clear commitment” to investing in primary care (25 October 2016)

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones has said that a new campaign to train and attract more GPs to Wales shows that “Wales is a fantastic place to train, work and live”.  Read more...

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A&E Delays in accepting ambulance patients (19 October 2016)

Ambulance patients can sometimes face long delays before they are seen by accident and emergency staff.   Read more...

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Birth injuries new fast-track compensation scheme will apparently “save NHS millions” (19 October 2016)

A new “rapid resolution” scheme has been revealed by the Government in an apparent attempt to save the NHS millions and end what the Government calls the “litigation culture”.   Read more...

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DoH launches safer maternity care action plan to improve care and avoid birth injury claims (19 October 2016)

The Department of Health (DoH) has announced the safer maternity care action plan, which provides resources for trusts to improve their approach to maternity safety – including £8 million for multi-disciplinary training, with at least £40,000 available to each NHS trust in England.  Read more...

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Surgical Complications? Duncan Lewis’ Clinical Negligence Team Can Help (19 October 2016)

In cases where gallbladder stones become trapped in a duct or moves from the gallbladder into other parts of the body, your doctor will recommend a procedure called a Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy which removes the gall bladder. Duncan Lewis’ clinical (medical) negligence team have acted on behalf of clients in civil negligence claims for damages where the bowel has been perforated during a Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy.  Read more...

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Pregnancy test drug victims are losing confidence in current inquiry (17 October 2016)

Labour and Conservative MPs criticise the public panel examining evidence that Primodos, a pregnancy test drug, is connected to birth defects.   Read more...

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A teenager shared photos of her body to raise awareness of meningitis when diagnosed late (12 October 2016)

Charlene Colechin, an eighteen-year-old teenager from Chesterfield in Derbyshire, has shared photos of her body online after she was treated for bacterial meningitis. She hopes that sharing her photos will raise awareness and prevent other people from suffering the life-changing effects of the disease.  Read more...

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Preventable Stillbirth Ignored by Short-Staffed Hospital (12 October 2016)

Heavily pregnant mother of two, Angela Owens was told to go home from hospital despite suffering severe pains whilst on a shopping trip. After refusing to leave she was advised by a midwife to get into a birthing pool to relieve the pain. Mrs Owens continued to suffer from excruciating pain and it was only a while later that she was told doctors could not find her baby’s heartbeat. The baby, named Ella, was stillborn. Tests showed Mrs Owens suffered placental abruption.  Read more...

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Don’t suffer in silence: injuries sustained during childbirth (6 October 2016)

One study in the British Journal of Gynaecology has revealed that 85% of women have some form of tear during their first childbirth. The number of women who suffer from severe third and fourth-degree tears increased from 2% to 6% between 2000 and 2012.  Read more...

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Family devastated after not being told about a cancer operation error at University Hospital Coventry (16 September 2016)

Mother-of-three, Mrs Deborah O’Hara suffered from a cancerous tumour and underwent surgery on 10 June 2015 at University Hospital Coventry. During the procedure she had her kidney removed and mistakenly, blood supply from two arteries was cut off. Two days after her surgery she died and the O’Hara family were not told about the hospital’s surgical mistake.  Read more...

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Public Health England cancer roadshow visits Wirral (12 September 2016)

Public Health England’s Be Clear on Cancer roadshow is to visit Birkenhead in the Wirral on 16 and 17 September, to raise awareness of respiratory illness and lung cancer.  Read more...

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Cornwall launches co-responder paramedic service for medical emergencies in St Ives (12 September 2016)

Cornwall emergency services are combining to provide an improved response to medical emergencies, with four qualified on call firefighters from St Ives Community Fire Station providing a co-response to medical emergencies, in partnership with South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT).  Read more...

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Hospitals to provide more information for private healthcare patients (8 September 2016)

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said that hospitals must help provide better information for private patients.  Read more...

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New test reveals when some breast cancer patients develop drug resistance (5 September 2016)

Researchers at The Institute of Cancer Research in London and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust have announced that a new blood test can detect when the most common form of breast cancer has become resistant to treatment.  Read more...

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The hidden benefit of the Package Holiday (1 September 2016)

Many of us have taken to the internet to book our own flights and accommodation. We enjoy the benefits of flexibility and lower costs. Have we considered the disadvantages? One important and often over looked advantage of the Package Holiday is that you enjoy the benefit of Package Travel Regulations.  Read more...

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Public Health England calls on all new students to be vaccinate against meningitis and sepsis this summer (18 August 2016)

Public Health England (PHE) is advising young adults heading to university or college this September to make sure they are vaccinated against meningitis and sepsis (also called septicaemia).  Read more...

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NHS Wales meets cancer treatment waiting targets (26 July 2016)

NHS Wales has announced that cancer treatment targets are continuing to improve, with 98.3% of patients – 794 out of 808 people – referred via the non-urgent route where cancer was not initially suspected starting treatment within 31 days of the decision to treat them.  Read more...

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DoH announces reforms to infected blood payments scheme (19 July 2016)

The Department of Health (DoH) has announced that those who receive payments under the infected blood compensation scheme will now receive annual payments, including an extra £500 winter fuel payment without the need to apply for it.  Read more...

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Suspended sentence for care worker whose actions led to death of woman (13 July 2016)

Leeds Crown Court has sentenced a senior support worker, after a severely disabled woman choked on a sweet and later died while in her care.  Read more...

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DoH announces improved cervical screening test to detect cancer earlier (7 July 2016)

The Department of Health (DoH) has announced changes to the cervical screening process, to improve detection of cancer of the cervix.  Read more...

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Public Health England providing support to hospitals over C.auris outbreak (4 July 2016)

Public Health England (PHE) has said it is providing ongoing advice about infection control in hospitals and care homes, after an outbreak of the drug-resistant yeast infection Candida Auris (C.Auris), which has been ongoing since 2013.  Read more...

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Wales should be proud of cancer care improvements, says Health Minister (27 June 2016)

Welsh Assembly Health Minister Vaughan Gething has said that NHS Wales should be proud of a rise in the number of people surviving cancer – but improvement is still needed.  Read more...

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NHS Wales “achieves high levels of patient satisfaction” (17 June 2016)

Welsh Assembly (WA) Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, Vaughan Gething, has said that a recent survey has revealed high levels of patient satisfaction in the Welsh NHS.
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Hiding or interfering with evidence in NHS safety investigations “should be made an offence” (16 May 2016)

A report by the independent Expert Advisory Group (EAG) has said there is room for improvement for investigation capability throughout the NHS.  Read more...

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MHRA alerts GPs over digital device used to assess risk of heart disease (16 May 2016)


The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is investigating a digital calculator used by GPs to assess the potential risk of heart disease in patients.  Read more...

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Making a Cerebral Palsy Clinical Negligence Claim (19 April 2016)

The month of March marked cerebral palsy awareness month. In raising awareness of this life-changing disorder, Leah Kesby of the Duncan Lewis Clinical Negligence department tackles how a claim for cerebral palsy, as a result of clinical negligence, can be brought.  Read more...

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Torbay Council supports Bowel Cancer Awareness month (7 April 2016)

Torbay Council is supporting Bowel Cancer Awareness month in April, during which Bowel Cancer UK wants to raise the awareness of bowel cancer through communities – and highlight the symptoms of cancer which can lead to early diagnosis.  Read more...

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Wales invests in hospital infection control technology (29 March 2016)

The Welsh Government is investing £1.9 million from the Efficiency through Technology Fund in a new system called ICNet, which will provide case management and surveillance for health boards and allow real time monitoring of infection outbreaks in Welsh hospitals.  Read more...

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Government publishes details of how the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch was set up (21 March 2016)

The government has published details of how the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) was set up, in a speech written in March 2015 and now published.  Read more...

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Cancer treatment targets in Wales reach six-month peak (17 March 2016)

New figures show that waiting times for a key cancer target in Wales have improved to the best performance in six months.  Read more...

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NHS to improve response to mistakes, including legal protection for whistleblowers (14 March 2016)

The Health Secretary has announced a series of measures to end the cover up culture in the health service when mistakes are made.  Read more...

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NHS Wales hitting cancer treatment targets (22 February 2016)

New figures show that cancer waiting times in Wales have improved, with NHS Wales meeting the 98% target for treating cancer within 31 days in December 2015.  Read more...

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Councillors to question North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust after CQC report raises care concerns (8 February 2016)

A senior Hartlepool councillor has raised concerns after the University Hospital of Hartlepool was described as “requiring improvement” in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection report.  Read more...

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Manchester NHS rolls out seven-day GP services (22 January 2016)

Alistair Burt MP has called the introduction of a new seven-day service by Manchester GPs “great news” for the city.  Read more...

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Work begins on first UK proton beam therapy centre in Wales (21 January 2016)

Work has officially begun on the UK’s first Proton Beam Therapy centre in Newport, South Wales.  Read more...

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Screening for cervical and bowel cancer updated (19 January 2016)

The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) has published a number of recommendations on screening for bowel cancer and other conditions.  Read more...


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