22 June 2020

Living with a Spinal Injury

Sustaining a spinal injury is a life changing event.  A variety of symptoms can present.  For example, loss of limb function, sensory disturbance or loss of bowel and bladder function.  This makes it essential that an individual who has suffered a spinal injury accesses specialist medical and rehabilitative treatment as soon as possible to achieve the best possible outcome.

Richard Lodge

16 March 2020

Report reveals secrecy and fear in maternity unit in a Devon hospital

We heard from the BBC news today that a report that they had finally gained access to, revealed a lack of trust and low staff morale contributing to a series of problems in maternity care at North Devon Health Care NHS Trust between 2013 and 2018.  

Kate Rohde

24 February 2020

Delay in Diagnosis of Bowel Cancer due to NHS Understaffing

Cancer Research UK estimate that 42,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK. The director of research and external affairs at Bowel Cancer UK, Dr Lisa Wilde, has stated that “Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but it doesn’t need to be: it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early.”

Punam Sood

14 February 2020

Bereavement damages: an award or an insult?

The Ministry of Justice has announced that there will be no substantial reform to the current bereavement damages system in England and Wales.

24 January 2020

Duty of Candour threatened by hunt for Whistleblowers

A recent Guardian article revealed that managers at West Suffolk Hospital had demanded fingerprints and handwriting samples from staff in order to uncover a whistleblower. The widower of a 57 year old woman, Susan Warby who died five weeks after an operation to treat a perforated bowel in 2018, received an anonymous letter outlining what went wrong during his wife’s treatment. 

Kirsty Allen

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