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  1. News Article
    A doctor has accused England's health and care regulator of "moral corruption". Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Shyam Kumar says the Care Quality Commission misled the public over patient safety. Mr Kumar alleges he was unfairly dismissed from his role as a special adviser to the CQC because he acted as a whistleblower. His claims were made during an employment tribunal hearing in Manchester. Seconded by his employer, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, Mr Kumar had been giving the CQC expert advice on surgical departments during hospital inspections.
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    One hundred people with learning disabilities and autism in England have been held in specialist hospitals for at least 20 years, the BBC has learned. The finding was made during an investigation into the case of an autistic man detained since 2001. Tony Hickmott's parents are fighting to get him housed in the community near them. Mr Hickmott's case is being heard at the Court of Protection - which makes decisions on financial or welfare matters for people who "lack mental capacity". Senior Judge Carolyn Hilder has described "egregious" delays and "glacial" progress in finding h
  3. Content Article
    On 22 September 2021 the Health and Social Care Select Committee launched a new inquiry examining the case for reform of NHS litigation, identifying concerns regarding a significant increase in clinical negligence costs and missed opportunities for learning to improve patient safety. The Committee stated that the existing system was “failing to meet its objectives for both families and the healthcare system”.[1] Here we will provide an overview of our response to this Inquiry, which focused on four key areas: Learning from avoidable harm in healthcare Improving redress for p
  4. News Article
    An acute trust has been fined £2.5m after pleading guilty to charges of failing to provide safe care after the deaths of two patients. The Care Quality Commission brought charges against The Dudley Group Foundation Trust earlier this year over care failings in two separate cases which the regulator said exposed two patients to “significant risk of avoidable harm”. The trust pleaded guilty to the charges in July and was fined during a sentencing hearing today. The cases, involving 33-year-old mother of six Natalie Billingham, and 14-year-old Kaysie-Jane Bland [also known as Kaysi
  5. News Article
    A boy who suffered "catastrophic brain injuries" when doctors failed to see he had a virus and sent him home after he had a seizure has been awarded £27m. The boy, who cannot be identified but is now 13, suffered seizures as a toddler more than a decade ago. Details of the settlement between the boy's father and Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust were published in a written ruling. High Court judge Mr Justice Fordham said it was a "sensible settlement". Trust bosses admitted "breach of duty" and "causation of loss and damage", the judge said. The jud
  6. News Article
    There have been more than 30 serious security breaches at NHS hospital mortuaries in the past five years, The Independent can reveal. The figures come as local MPs demand a public inquiry into the crimes of NHS electrician David Fuller who sexually abused 100 corpses, including three children, over a period of 12 years. The calls for a full inquiry have also been backed by Labour’s shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth who said on Friday: “It is important the secretary of state listens to the concerns of the local MP and the families of those who have been involved, and establish
  7. News Article
    The High Court in Canberra, Australia, has ruled against big pharma giants Johnson and Johnson's application to appeal the Federal Court’s decision in favour of the survivors of their defective medical devices in November 2019. This means the decision of the Full Federal Court, in favour of the Lead Applicant and group members, will stand. Shine Lawyers', which has led the class action, has launched further actions against American Medical Systems (AMS), another manufacturer of mesh and tape implants supplied in Australia. The AMS implants, which are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse a
  8. News Article
    Trusts are still spending at least £1m a year on settlement agreements with staff containing ‘gagging clauses’ despite a crackdown on these conditions in recent years, HSJ research reveals. Freedom of information responses reveal 214 settlement agreements with confidentiality conditions worth £4.6m across three years NDAs — which are also known as “confidentiality clauses” or “gagging clauses” and prevent parties to a settlement agreement from disclosing its details — also seem to be becoming less popular. HSJ’s FOIs revealed 119 settlement agreements with an NDA with a total value o
  9. News Article
    A mental health trust ‘scapegoated’ a psychiatrist over the death of a patient amid systemic issues, an employment tribunal has found. Judges called the conduct of two senior directors — one of whom is a current NHS trust medical director — into question after ruling they had colluded to scapegoat Bernadette McInerney for issues that would have damaged the trust’s reputation. Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust was found unanimously to have unfairly sacked and victimised Dr McInerney, a former consultant forensic psychiatrist at Rampton secure hospital, in a decision
  10. Content Article
    During an online meeting with the Patient Engagement Advisory Committee of the US Food and Drug Administration, I was struck by the huge problems that continue to exist around medical device recalls. I have been campaigning on these issues since 2015 and progress has been painfully slow. Although the meeting had a US-focus, the issues addressed are global. Medical devices travel across the world to be implanted in or used by patients - we have the technology to keep track of them and if we don’t start using it, an increasing number of patients will be harmed. Here are some of the issues r
  11. Content Article
    About APIL The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has been fighting for the rights of injured people since 1990. A not-for-profit campaign organisation, APIL’s 3,000 + member lawyers (mainly solicitors, barristers and legal executives) are committed to protecting and enhancing access to justice, improving the services provided for victims of personal injury, and campaigning to change the law wherever appropriate. Over the years APIL has grown to become the leading, most respected organisation in this field, constantly working to promote and develop expertise in the practis
  12. News Article
    NHS Highland says it expects to pay £3.4m in settlements to current and former staff who have complained of bullying. Whistleblowers exposed a "culture of bullying" at NHS Highland in 2018. A Scottish government-commissioned review suggested hundreds of health workers may have experienced inappropriate behaviour. So far 150 cases have been settled since the start of a "healing process", costing the health board more than £2m. Whistleblower Brian Devlin told BBC Scotland the scale of settlements made so far was "heartening", but he added that he continued to have concerns about
  13. News Article
    Police have launched a criminal investigation into a number of deaths at a Glasgow hospital, including that of 10-year-old Milly Main. It comes as a separate public inquiry into the building of several Scottish hospitals is being held. Milly's mother recently told the inquiry her child's death was "murder". A review in May found an infection which contributed to Milly's death was probably caused by the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital environment. The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has now instructed police to investigate the deaths of Milly, two
  14. News Article
    The health service ombudsman has warned he will ‘be in no position to investigate’ the behaviour of another watchdog under the government’s health service reforms. Rob Behrens, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, said plans to create a “closed safe space” for the information provided by clinicians to the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) will mean a reduction in his powers and he will not be able to hold HSIB to account. Mr Behrens, speaking at HSJ’s Patient Safety Congress, said that although coroners would be able to access information gathered by HSIB inves
  15. News Article
    Negligent maternity care in the NHS has cost taxpayers an “eye-watering” £8.2bn over the past 15 years, The Independent reveals. Ministers face calls to urgently increase spending to ensure maternity units are safe for women and babies by providing adequate staffing levels, training and equipment. New data, obtained by The Independent from NHS Resolution, which handles clinical negligence costs for the service, reveals that total payments made following settled cases and legal costs rose from £271m in 2006-07 to an estimated £920m in 2020-21. The number of maternity claims being
  16. Content Article
    The Ombudsman transparently and thoughtfully reflects on improvements needed in the Ombudsman’s service. Derek reflects on the improvements he is looking for from other organisations and the healthcare system. Messages and themes include: not listening to the concerns of the mother and failings during labour and birth patients having to join the dots to get information and investigations confusing system and organisational responsibilities for responding to complaints is the system is learning and taking action to prevent future avoidable harm?
  17. News Article
    A child safeguarding expert who faced vilification after raising concerns about the safety of children undergoing treatment at a London NHS gender identity clinic has won an employment tribunal case against the hospital trust. Sonia Appleby, 62, was awarded £20,000 after an employment tribunal ruled the NHS’s Tavistock and Portman trust’s treatment of her damaged her professional reputation and “prevented her from proper work on safeguarding”. Appleby, an experienced psychoanalytical psychotherapist, was responsible for protecting children at risk from maltreatment. The tribunal