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  1. News Article
    A mother from County Down will receive "substantial" undisclosed damages over alleged hospital treatment failures and care given to her daughter. Christina Campbell from Ballygowan brought medical negligence lawsuits over treatment she received at the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald after her daughter, Jessica, died in 2017 with a rare genetic disorder. The claim said that failure to test Ms Campbell during her pregnancy meant the condition went undetected. Damages were also sought for an alleged "ineffective" end of life care plan for the four month old. Jessica was diagnosed with
  2. Content Article
    "I’d like to see health care make a significant effort to identify which processes are universally critical to the delivery of care and develop uniform standards — not just here in Massachusetts but across the country. That is why I think the Betsy Lehman Center and the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors are so important. I wish every state had similar groups. A national coalition of these groups could join together and start doing this very important work." "I’m convinced we can drive unnecessary variation out of health care, but it will take leadership to help
  3. News Article
    Pelvic mesh implant manufacturer Johnson & Johnson group has reached a $300m settlement in two class actions, after thousands of women worldwide reported complications from the mesh products including chronic pain, painful sexual intercourse and incontinence. It marks the largest settlement in a product liability class action in Australian history, and is subject to federal court approval. Shine Lawyers led the Australian class actions and alleged Johnson & Johnson failed to properly test the devices and played down their risk to both surgeons and patients. Women have suffere
  4. Event
    This Westminster conference will discuss the next steps for addressing rising clinical negligence costs in the NHS. It will be an opportunity to examine the future direction for reform, following the government consultation on lower value clinical negligence claims. Sessions focus on the way forward for learning from mistakes and litigation, improving patient safety, and supporting healthcare staff involved in clinical negligence claims. Delegates will also examine options for streamlining the processing of claims, international best practice, and the potential for moving toward
  5. Content Article
    What is an Early Day Motion? Early Day Motions are motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons for which no day has been fixed, and as such very few are debated. They are used to put on record the views of individual MPs or to draw attention to specific events or campaigns. By attracting the signatures of other MPs, they can be used to demonstrate the level of parliamentary support for a particular cause or point of view. Early Day Motion 349: Financial redress for victims of surgical mesh, sodium valproate and hormone pregnancy tests This Early Day Motion has been signed
  6. Content Article
    To share learning from clinical negligence claims with healthcare professionals, NHS Resolution has now published a suite of six information leaflets relating to medication errors. The ‘Did You Know’ series covers: Maternity Heparin and anticoagulants Extravasation High-level medication errors General Practice medication errors Anti-infective medication errors
  7. Content Article
    Extravasation injuries occur when some intravenous drugs leak outside the vein into the surrounding tissue causing trauma. From 1 April 2010 until the 1 December 2021, NHS Resolution received 467 claims relating to extravasation injuries. This virtual forum featured a panel discussion with the following speakers: Andrew Barton, Chair of NIVAS and IV nurse consutlant (NIVAS and Frimley NHS Trust) Alison Macefield, Deputy Head of Midwifery (Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust) Jorge Leon-Villapalos, Consultant in Plastic Surgery and Burns (Chelsea & Westmins
  8. Content Article
    Did you know? Key causes of anti-infective medication error claims: Failure to check allergy status. Failure to cross-check the ingredients of a medication against allergy status. Failure to adjust dose of medication to the patient’s weight. Failure to adjust dose of medication according to renal function. What can you do? When prescribing antibiotics, refer to the British National Formulary (BNF) for guidance on adjusting dosages according to patient weight, kidney function and the frequency of monitoring. Refer to the traffc light system for
  9. News Article
    Survivors of the contaminated blood scandal have been awarded interim government payments after a 40-year battle, but thousands of parents and children of the victims have still received nothing. Ministers have accepted the urgency of the need to make the £100,000 payments to about 3,000 surviving victims, after being warned that those mistakenly infected with HIV and hepatitis C were dying at the rate of one every four days. But parents and children of the victims accused the government of perpetuating the scandal by failing to recognise their own trauma and loss in today’s announce
  10. News Article
    Legal costs in some lower-value medical negligence claims can be double or even triple the amount of compensation paid to patients. Figures in the Medical Defence Union’s (MDU’s) annual report for 2021 reveal the average sum paid in claimants’ legal costs on medical claims settled for up to £10,000 was in excess of £18,500. For claims settled between £10,000 and £25,000, the average was nearly £35,000. The not-for-profit indemnifier called on the Government to proceed quickly with the reforms needed to the clinical negligence system to make disproportionate legal costs a thin
  11. News Article
    A scheme handing payments to those affected by the contaminated blood scandal will be announced this week, as ministers scramble to help those harmed by the “historic wrong”. Whitehall sources confirmed that a programme handing interim payments will be confirmed in the coming days, once officials have ironed out issues to ensure that victims are not taxed on the payments or have their benefits affected by them. It is thought that ministers accept recent recommendations that infected people and bereaved partners should get “payments of no less than £100,000”. More than 4,000 people ar
  12. News Article
    Pelvic mesh campaigner Kath Sansom has met with the health secretary Steve Barclay to discuss financial redress for those suffering complications from the procedure. The UK government decided last year not to provide compensation to women whose lives had been affected by vaginal mesh implants. But Kath Sansom, a Cambridgeshire mum and former journalist for this news outlet, has continued campaigning and says she will put pressure on the health secretary to revisit the issue. It also comes as the government revealed victims of the 1970s and 1980s blood scandal will receive compen
  13. News Article
    Three former health secretaries have called on the government to urgently pay compensation to victims of the contaminated blood scandal. The chairman of the public inquiry into the scandal, Sir Brian Langstaff, has recommended that each victim should receive a provisional sum of £100,000. One woman who developed hepatitis C from infected blood told the BBC the news was "incredibly significant". The government has said it will urgently consider any recommendations. Former health secretaries Andy Burnham, Jeremy Hunt and Matt Hancock told the BBC it was important to act quick
  14. News Article
    Almost 75 years since its foundation, the NHS is struggling with delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the “greatest workforce crisis” in its history. A report from MPs on the health committee this week showed 105,000 vacancies for doctors, nurses and midwives, as thousands quit owing to burnout, bullying, pension rules and low pay. Jeremy Hunt, the committee’s chairman, said that the “persistent understaffing in the NHS poses a serious risk to staff and patient safety”. Lawyers warned that the crisis risked increasing the number of negligence claims. Spending on claims
  15. News Article
    Maternity failings continue to account for the majority of billions of pounds spent by the NHS on clinical negligence claims, as an NHS body warns of the “devastating” consequences of poor care. Two-thirds of the £13bn spent by the NHS in 2021-21 in respect of negligence claims was related to maternity care, according to new data. A report released by NHS Resolution said it was “a stark reminder that although the NHS remains one of the safest healthcare systems in the world within which to give birth, avoidable errors within maternity can have devastating consequences for the child,
  16. News Article
    A jury ordered Becton, Dickinson and Co to pay $255,000 to a man who sued the company, alleging he had been injured by its hernia repair surgical mesh, according to a court filing. The verdict in Columbus, Ohio federal court comes in the second bellwether trial in a multidistrict litigation over the company's hernia mesh products, which were sold by C.R. Bard Inc before its 2017 acquisition by Becton Dickinson. The first bellwether trial last year ended with a verdict in favour of the company. More than 16,000 cases have been consolidated before Chief U.S. District Judge Edmund Sargu
  17. News Article
    Thalidomide survivors living in Scotland will receive lifelong financial support, the Scottish government has announced. Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said he hoped the commitment to provide grants would reassure those affected. There are 50 known survivors of the banned pregnancy drug living in Scotland, most now in their 60s. They are among thousands born with limb deformities after their mothers took thalidomide while pregnant. The drug was commonly used to treat morning sickness from 1958 to 1961. In 2013 the Scottish government committed £14.2m to help survivors over a
  18. Event
    NHS Resolution’s Safety and Learning team, in partnership with the National Infusion and Vascular Access Society (NIVAS), is hosting a virtual forum on extravasation injury claims, learning and guidance. The purpose of this forum is to raise awareness from the extravasation injury claims and to help spread learning and process review across health providers. The format is interactive, with delegate questions and panel discussion. Andrew Barton, Chair of NIVAS and IV nurse consutlant (NIVAS and Frimley NHS Trust) Alison Macefield, Deputy Head of Midwifery (Royal Devon and Exe
  19. News Article
    Three trusts have lost out on more than £1m in rebate from the maternity clinical negligence scheme (CNST) after they ‘mis-declared’ that they were compliant with safety requirements. University Hospitals Sussex Foundation Trust, University Hospitals Morecambe Bay FT and Doncaster and Bassetlaw FT have all received a small amount of funding to implement their action plans but a much larger rebate on the NHS Resolution maternity section of the clinical negligence scheme for trusts has been withheld. This amounted to a loss of close to half a million pounds for Doncaster and Bassetlaw