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Maternity Care - BBC Panorama Program One Born Every 40 Seconds

By Jane Kirkham @ Jul 25, 2011 in Medical Negligence

Jane Kirkham BBC Panorama will tonight run a program called "One Born Every 40 Seconds” which will report on the standards of care being provided in maternity units across the country but specifically in London. In 2009-2010 there were 42 maternal deaths in the London area alone, which the...

Stepping Hill Hospital under fire after three patients die

By Kelly Livesey @ Jul 18, 2011 in Medical Negligence

A 44 year old woman and two men, aged 71 and 84, have died in suspicious circumstances after receiving insulin in other medication. Although the 'cause of death' is unknown in each case, an investigation into the deaths is now underway at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, Greater...

Pressure Sores....Top offenders named and shamed.

By Kelly Livesey @ Jul 5, 2011 in Medical Negligence

Warrington and Halton Hospital Trust Medway Trust , Kent Southend University Hospital Trust in Essex Royal Bolton Hospital in Greater Manchester West Herts Trust Luton and Dunstable Hospital...

Giant cell (Temporal) Arteritis – At the forefront of your mind...

By Kelly Livesey @ Jun 24, 2011 in Medical Negligence

The BMJ are running a series of articles caused 'Easily Missed?' which hopes to highlight conditions that may be more common than many doctors realise or may be missed at first presentation. A few weeks ago the 'Easily Missed?' article focused on Giant Cell Arteritis or Temporal Arteritis....

Caesarean Section Cuts

By Jane Kirkham @ Jun 13, 2011 in Medical Negligence

Jane Kirkham Today's Metro Newspaper reported that a growing number of local health authorities have said that they will not cover the cost of Caesarean sections procedures if a hospital exceeds the national average of 23%.  I find this to be an extremely worrying stance by the Local Health...

Failings in hospital care of the elderly

By Kelly Livesey @ May 31, 2011 in Medical Negligence

Before the long weekend, an inspection report compiled by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) was published demonstrating "appalling levels of care" of elderly patients in some of the 12 hospitals surveyed. In fact, three NHS trusts; Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS trust, the Ipswich Hospital...

Flu death toll 2010 revealed

By Kelly Livesey @ May 26, 2011 in Medical Negligence

Yesterday figures were published by the Health Protection Agency, which shows that last winter's flu outbreak claimed 602 lives in the UK, with more than 70% of the deaths among 15- to 64-year-olds. The reasons for the particular demographics of the figures published are two fold....