9 April 2015

Haemophilia and hepatitis compensation

David Cameron recently made a public apology in the House of Commons for what was called “the worst treatment disaster in the history of Britain’s public healthcare”.

He was referring to a period in the 1970s and early 1980s in which the NHS did not have a proper screening programme for obtaining blood products, which were often taken from high risks donors, such as prostitutes and intravenous drug users.  As a consequence blood products became infected with HIV and Hepatitis C, and over 7,000 people, many of them haemophiliacs, went on to contract HIV and Hepatitis after being given contaminated blood products during the course of their treatment.  Approximately 2,000 of those patients went on to die.

Terrence Donovan

5 March 2015

Can I litigate without publicity? - Anonymity in personal injury and clinical negligence claims

A recent Court of Appeal decision has made it easier for children and “protected parties” (adults who lack mental capacity to conduct their affairs) to have their identity protected when settling a claim for personal injury or clinical negligence. 

Suzanne Farg

7 August 2014

The Medical Innovation Bill

The second draft of Lord Saatchi’s Medical Innovation Bill was introduced in the House of Lords on 5 June 2014.  It is still a Private Members Bill, and so the introduction was effectively a paper exercise, with no debate. 

Terrence Donovan

21 October 2013

After the FMLM conference - what now?

Judging by the Twitter feeds (trending on Tuesday!) we were not the only ones inspired and motivated by the FMLM conference in Edinburgh this week.  It is rare to enjoy such informed and interested debate and to be surrounded by so many from all levels of the medical profession and from outside it,  coming together to examine and encourage change, in action and approach, to improve the lives and experience of patients and staff within the National Health Service.  

29 May 2013

Pilot of fixed costs scheme for clinical negligence claims

Suzanne Farg discusses the NHSLA's proposed pilot of fixed costs scheme for clinical negligence claims.

Suzanne Farg

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