Medical Negligence Claims For Non-Patients – ‘Secondary’ Victims

Can non-patients ever be owed a duty of care by a healthcare professional? In medical negligence claims the law draws a distinction between primary and secondary victims. A primary victim...


Proportion Of Clinical Negligence Claims Reaching Settlement Before Court Proceedings Reaches Record High

This week, NHS Resolution has revealed that the proportion of clinical negligence claims that have settled without the need for formal Court proceedings has reached a record high. NHS Resolution...


Clinical Negligence Claims For Perineal Tears During Childbirth

What is the perineum? Between the vagina and the anus is an area called the perineum. During the course of labour and delivery, this area can suffer a tear as...


Thousands Of Patients Waiting For Lifesaving Transplants

Reports this week have shown that almost 7,000 people are waiting for lifesaving transplants in the UK – the highest the number has been in six years. The reports have...


Calls Grow For An Inquiry Into The Nottingham Maternity Failures

It has been reported that the former health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has called for an independent inquiry into maternity failures at Nottingham University Hospitals following on from various reports of...


Cauda Equina Syndrome – An Overview

What is cauda equina syndrome? Cauda equina syndrome is a rare but serious spinal condition that happens when the nerve roots at the upper portion of the lumbar (lower back) spine...


Further Shocking Revelations About Nottingham University Hospitals Maternity Unit

In an article today, The Independent has revealed that “dozens of babies have died or been left brain-damaged after errors during childbirth” at the maternity unit at the Queen’s Medical...


Biopsies – Their Importance & The Consequences Of Failure To Take Them

What is a biopsy? A biopsy is a medical procedure that involves taking a small sample of body tissue so it can be examined under a microscope. When might a...


NHS Hospital Waiting List Reaches New High With Over Five Million In England

Figures released by the NHS have shown that the number of people awaiting hospital treatment in England is now in excess of five million (5.12 million at the end of...


Sheffield Maternity Services Downgraded From “Outstanding” To “Inadequate”

It has been confirmed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) that it has downgraded Sheffield’s Jessop Wing maternity unit from “outstanding” to “inadequate” following an investigation that was carried out...


Highly Critical Report Shows NHS & Social Care Staff Shortages Risking The Future Of The Health Service

The Health and Social Care Committee made up of MPs and chaired by Jeremy Hunt (former Health Secretary) has reported that NHS and social care staff are so burnt-out that...


No-Fault Compensation For Clinical Negligence – What Impact Will It Have On Patient Safety?

Ministers are working on a total overhaul of what they say is an ‘outdated’ system of clinical negligence compensation within the NHS. In this article, Matthew Olner, Partner in our...