LegalNews on legal cases in the health sector
PERFORMANCE: A 13 hour delay in treatment caused a former police officer to have to undergo an avoidable leg amputation it has emerged.
Doctors who decide not to disclose details of their performance will be “named and shamed” by the government, it has emerged.
Doctors will be given the opportunity to opt out of new league tables assessing their performance, it has emerged.
Sir David Nicholson has insisted he “absolutely refutes” allegations he has been complicit in a “cover up” about the use of gagging orders in the NHS.
A mother was forced to have a stillbirth after being prescribed acne drugs which are not suitable for pregnant women.
A review of deaths at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust by Staffordshire Police has identified 200-300 cases in which alleged neglect may have contributed to the death.
Health minister Lord Howe has said he is “nervous” about the proposal by Robert Francis QC for individual healthcare staff to be liable for criminal sanctions.
Police have been asked to investigate a “malicious campaign” against a hospital doctor after letters alleging poor care were sent to three patients and their families.
Senior figures have warned of “unintended consequences” of rushed legislation in response to the Francis report.
The Care Quality Commission will be able to order Monitor to put trusts into special administration over quality failures, under new powers set out in the Care Bill.
The deluge of retrospective claims for continuing healthcare funding that flooded into the NHS last year will take at least half a decade to be resolved, lawyers have warned.
73 per cent of hospital chief executives believe the government’s proposed overhaul of regulation and inspection will be ineffective
A team of specialist lawyers is likely to take on an attempt to bring a private prosecution against NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson
Boards of organisations providing NHS care which breach the government’s proposed new statutory duty of candour could face criminal prosecution.
NHS providers could face an increased risk of being prosecuted for major patient safety problems, which breach health and safety law, under government proposals responding to the Francis report.
High level announcements about restrictions on the use of confidentiality clauses have “limited significance” but may help to clarify their effect for staff, lawyers have told HSJ.
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