LegalNews on legal cases in the health sector
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.
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.
Former United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust chief executive Gary Walker did seek to be treated as a whistleblower when he approached Sir David Nicholson with patient safety concerns, a document seen by HSJ reveals.
The providers involved in the first merger between two foundation trusts have signed up to undertakings restricting how they can communicate with each other.
PERFORMANCE: Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust has said it “sincerely regrets” the shortcomings in the care provided to a man with mental health problems who was found dead at his home last year.
Sir David Nicholson could face a private criminal prosecution for corporate manslaughter over deaths at the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust, HSJ can reveal.
FINANCE: Medway Foundation Trust accepted a fine for beaching health and safety laws, according to board papers presented in January.
WORKFORCE: A member of staff at a neuro-rehabilitation unit has been suspended and a police investigation launched after a complaint from a patient’s family about their care.
Lawyers have warned that new procurement rules due to come into force in April could see significant changes in the provision of NHS services.
PERFORMANCE: Salisbury Foundation Trust is being sued by a patient who had the wrong testicle removed during surgery and can no longer have children.
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