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Medical Accident Group and King’s Chambers raise £1500 for the Child Brain Injury Trust

  • October 23, 2018
  • On 11th October 2018 members of the Medical Accident Group hosted a gin tasting and networking evening in Birmingham in support of the Child Brain Injury Trust.   Over 60 people attended the evening, at King’s Chambers, where Louise Sharpe

    Call for evidence: Recommendations for improving the healthcare system

  • October 16, 2018
  • There is a call for evidence in relation to the following issues: Hormone Pregnancy Tests including Primodos Sodium valproate and other valproate medications for women of child bearing age Synthetic mesh for use in abdominal and vaginal pelvic mesh procedures The review is being led

    Use of restraints on disabled patients labelled as ‘shameful’, ‘absolutely shocking’ and ‘entirely unacceptable’

  • October 6, 2018
  • A recent report has revealed that the use of restraints on adults with learning disabilities within hospitals in England has risen by 50%. Statistics show that in 2017, restraints were used more than 22,000 times whereas in 2016 the total

    How many people can you save by being an organ donor?

  • October 3, 2018
  • With almost 6,500 people on the organ transplant list and just 170 organ donations (a record number resulting in over 400 life-saving operations last year) the current English ‘opt-in’ organ donation register process is under constant review and challenge. As

    Waiting times for cancer treatment at ‘worst level ever’

  • September 24, 2018
  • Background When an urgent referral by a GP for a patient to start cancer treatment is made, the patient should start treatment within 62 days. However, as we reported in a recent blog article, a census report carried out by

    Delays in diagnosis of cancer attributed to shortage of pathologists

  • September 24, 2018
  • Background A census report carried out by the Royal College of Pathologists (RCP) has highlighted only 3% of NHS histopathology departments have sufficient levels of pathology staff. Histopathologists are doctors and scientists who diagnose and study diseases including cancer by

    Outdated technology leads to calls to “bring the NHS into the 21st century”

  • September 12, 2018
  • Background The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has outlined plans to update technology across the NHS. The Health Secretary will announce a £200mn fund to help NHS trusts enhance systems so patient records can be stored safely. In 2017, a ransomware

    Many more maternity failings have been exposed

  • September 12, 2018
  • Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust, who are already under investigation for a number of failures, has now also been found to have failed patients in 60 separate cases.  The cases cover a 19 year period. An internal review is being

    54 deaths at Russells Hall Hospital A&E department, over 6 month period, leads to inquiry

  • September 10, 2018
  • Background The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has commissioned an independent review into the operations of Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley, West Midlands. Having carried out an inspection in June this year the CQC raised concerns about the number of deaths

    Majority of heart failure cases being missed by GPs as ‘target culture’ blamed for new medical emergency

  • August 30, 2018
  • It has been reported that two thirds of cases of deadly heart failure are being missed by GPs as a result of the NHS “target culture”. A recent study concluded that of almost 100,000 NHS heart failure patients found the

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