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NHS negligence responsible for baby deaths

Official figures have revealed that around 1,300 babies were injured or killed as a result of medical negligence within the NHS last year. Medical staff errors made during birth, which led to injury or death, cost the NHS £1b last year alone. Figures showed that one in four claims made against the NHS were successful, with the largest claims going to babies left brain damaged as a result of negligence.

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£8million payout following 7-year legal battle

The family of a seven-year-old boy who suffered serious brain damage as a baby have finally won compensation following a 7-year legal battle. The child, who remains anonymous, contracted jaundice as a baby. Medical staff at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust in south-east London, however, failed to recognise the symptoms, allowing it to spread and develop into the rare illness kernicterus.

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Daughter wins compensation for father’s mistreatment

A woman has been awarded over £3,600 in compensation after her father suffered a serious head injury whilst in care. 43-year-old Tracy Betteridge sued the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust after a health care assistant used physical restraint against her father, 76-year-old Ivor Betteridge, who then fell and seriously injured his head.

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Staff fighting to keep mental health patients safe

A whistle-blower has warned the NHS that hospital staff are struggling to keep patients safe within a failing mental health trust. The whistle-blower, known as Claire to maintain anonymity, says that very few improvements have been made within the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, despite the input of regulators since February.

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Workman suffers severe burns in electrical incident

An electrician has suffered serious burns to his legs, abdomen and face in an “electrical incident” while fixing traffic lights in Gloucester city centre. The man was working for Richings, a sub-contractor on behalf of Amey, called in to fix faulty traffic lights. It was heard that there was an “electrical incident” in Eastgate Street just before 0945 BST. Emergency services were immediately called to the scene, including an Air Ambulance. The electrician was rushed in an ambulance straight to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

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Care home dangerously inadequate

Following a recent inspection, a care home in Bradford has been found to be dangerously inadequate. Inspectors found that Cooper House Care Home, which cares predominantly for dementia sufferers, was very poorly managed and understaffed, making it highly “unsafe” for its patients. Cooper House Care Home was one of three care homes marked as ‘inadequate’ in the north of England following recent inspections.

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Prisoner has fingers severed

An investigation has been launched into Essex Police after a prisoner had three fingers severed while in custody. The 33-year-old was being detained in a Colchester police station in Essex when he grabbed hold of a toilet bowl in his cell during a struggle and lost the tips of three of his fingers. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has since launched an investigation.

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Dog attacks police officer

The owner of a Staffordshire bull terrier that attacked a police officer has saved his dog from destruction by claiming that he attacked due to fear of the high-viz jacket. Michael Leech’s dog, Milo, bit Pc Philip Raymond twice after Mr Leech and his girlfriend had an argument in the street. Milo was due to be destroyed by order of a judge at Manchester Crown Court, but a dog behavioural expert provided evidence that his aggressiveness could be stopped if he were to be ‘castrated’.

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Norovirus closes ward

Ward 3 of Walsall’s Manor Hospital has been closed until at least Sunday following an outbreak of the Norovirus.  A bay on Ward 10 has been closed due to the same outbreak and visitors with symptoms of sickness have been asked to stay away to stop the bug spreading.  Any visitors with friends or relatives were requested to stay away, even if they were in different wards, if they had experienced diarrhoea or sickness in the previous three days.

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Children die on holiday

Robert Shepherd, 6, and his sister Christianne, aged seven, lost their lives whilst on holiday with their father, Neil and his now wife, Ruth, on the island of Corfu in “what should have been a happy half-term break”, according to coroner David Hinchcliff at an inquest into their deaths. 

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4 years for dangerous driver

Robert Blackwell, 19, from Hayway Lane, Bampton, Oxfordshire, has been given a 4-year jail sentence after admitting dangerous driving resulting in the death of schoolgirl, Liberty Baker, 14, on 30 June.  Blackwell’s car mounted the pavement killing Liberty and injuring 2 of her friends as they walked to school in Witney, Oxfordshire.  Blackwell admitted causing death by dangerous driving and inflicting serious injury by dangerous driving, and admitted to having smoked cannabis on the day before taking to the road.  The incident took place in Curbridge Road and also involved Paul Cracknell who was walking on the pavement behind the girls.  Mr Cracknell is still receiving treatment for the serious leg injuries which he sustained.

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Multimillion-pound payout to brain damaged siblings

Following serious errors in the delivery of brother and sister Natasha and Patrick Jackson by the Sharoe Green Hospital in Preston, an “unprecedented” compensation payout of around £13m has been made.  Natasha, 23, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a result of errors made during her delivery. She has been awarded £7m.  Her brother Patrick, 22, received a £6m payout in 2010 for the same condition, also caused by errors at the same hospital.  Patrick was diagnosed with the condition aged 18 months.  Their mother, Paula McKay described how she was “devastated” to learn of Natasha’s condition shortly after her birth, and that it “ripped her heart out” to learn of Patrick’s condition at 18 months.

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A&E targets missed nine months running

Derriford Hospital in Plymouth’s A&E department has missed the national four-hour waiting time target for the ninth month in a row, according to a recent report. Chief Executive of the hospital, Anne James, said that the A&E department had been dealing with “significant pressure” recently as a result of a “sustained increase” in patients attending the department. The hospital is currently on ‘black alert’, meaning that its services are in extremely high demand.

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Dog attack brothers suspended sentence

Two brothers have been issued suspended jail sentences after their dogs attacked a woman and bit her more than 60 times. Teresa Stinton was attacked by the dogs in Leominster, Herefordshire in June 2014 while out walking. The owners of the dogs - 27-year-old Kenneth Stutchberry, and brother, 22-year-old Andrew Stutchberry – both pleaded guilty to owning dangerously out of control dogs that caused injury. Both men have been banned from keeping dogs for the rest of their lives.

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Firefighter wins six-figure sum

A severely injured firefighter has been awarded a six-figure compensation payout four years after he fell from a broken ladder. Michael Hollings had been working in the service for eight years when he suffered the injuries during a training exercise. He had been climbing a 13.5m ladder when it cracked and he fell to the ground in May 2011.

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Woman wins compensation following childhood trauma

A woman has finally been awarded compensation after nearly drowning as a child, which left her with a severe brain injury. The accident happened when Annie Woodland was only 10 years old during a swimming lesson at school. Neither her teacher nor the lifeguard realised that she was struggling in the swimming pool, which caused her to be drowning for far longer than she should have been.  Ms Woodland, now 24, suffers with the effects of the brain damage she sustained in the accident.

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Ambulance death investigated

A man is trying to “bring up a case of manslaughter” after he found his mother dead ten hours after she called 111 and the ambulance that was sent to her turned back. Ann Walters phoned the NHS helpline from her home in December and the call was referred on to 999. After an ambulance was sent to her Portsmouth home, it was recalled minutes before reaching her house.

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Injured holidaymaker wins compensation

A woman from Dagenham has been awarded compensation after she claimed to have tripped over a sleeping flight attendant on a British Airways flight. 42-year-old Shaunna Baynes had been travelling business class on a flight from Memphis, Tennessee to London when she tripped over a member of staff sleeping across an aisle. She said that the incident left her in such severe pain that she was forced to use a mobility scooter for six weeks.

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Family win compensation following holiday illness

A family has been awarded over £12,000 in compensation after they all fell ill while on holiday in Mexico. The Blakeway family booked their holiday through Thomas Cook, which quickly turned into a disaster when they all contracted a severe gastric bug. After recovering from the illness, Mrs Blakeway fell on her way to the restaurant, leaving her with soft tissue injuries and in severe pain.

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NHS complaint system ‘inadequate’

A recent review carried out by the office of the health service ombudsman found that over 40% of NHS investigations into patient complaints do not meet standards. The review looked at a total of 150 individual cases into allegations of avoidable harm or death, of which 61 had failed to handle the complaints adequately. Alongside these individual cases, the review looked at statements, records, the quality of the investigations and the evidence relied on.

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