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“Missed opportunities” caused patient death

A coroner in Essex has ruled that there were “missed opportunities” that could have saved the life of Matthew Leahy. The 20-year-old was found hanging in his room at a mental health centre in Chelmsford. He was found dead on 15 November 2012 after being affected by several health trust failings.

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DJ suffers life-changing injury

A well-known DJ has suffered a life-changing injury after an audience member let off a compressed air horn next to his ear. Lil Louis, real name Louis Sims, made an appearance at Sankeys nightclub in Manchester on 24 January but ended up in hospital. The DJ posted on his Facebook page, saying: “[the unknown audience member] may have ended my career”.

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Union fears over fire ambulance project

A union has called for additional measures to be introduced in a project that sees fire crews respond to medical emergencies in ambulances. The project, ‘The Joint Ambulance Conveyance Project’ (JACP), was introduced in September and has already seen crews at three Lincolnshire fire stations called out seventy times. Where The Fire Brigades Union said that they supported the idea, bosses admitted that they were “chancing it” if a fire were to occur while crews were in ambulances.

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Two hospitals ban paramedic

Two hospitals in Worcestershire have banned a whistleblower paramedic after he spoke out about severe overcrowding in their accident and emergency departments. Stuart Gardner, of the West Midlands Ambulance Service, had the ban imposed on him after detailing the extreme pressure that the A&E units were dealing with, describing them as “not safe” to the BBC. Following this, the chief operating officer (COO) of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust told him that he was no longer welcome at either of its hospitals.

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Dog owner banned from owning animals

A dog owner has been banned from owning pet dogs in the future after her dog bit four people.  The attacks happened on separate occasions between January and May 2014.  The owner, Heather Macdonald, allowed her German shorthaired pointer to run off the lead while on its walks along a busy Derbyshire path. The dog bit three women and one man.

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Disabled teen wins £8million

A teenager that was left severely disabled following injuries as a baby is to receive £8million in compensation.  The teenage boy from Belfast had been admitted to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast shortly after his birth because of an infection. Because hospital staff failed to treat the infection adequately, he suffered spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy.  On top of this, he also developed epilepsy and serious learning difficulties.  He now requires around-the-clock specialist care.

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Apology over hospital death

The health secretary has apologised to the family of a man who was sent home from hospital with an undiagnosed ruptured spleen. 20-year-old John Moore-Robinson died in 2006 after staff at Stafford Hospital failed to accurately diagnose his injuries. He had been involved in a mountain bike accident and was diagnosed with bruised ribs. A few hours later he collapsed and died at home.

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Investigation over mental health care

Staff at a mental health unit have been suspended following an allegation of mistreatment. A police investigation was launched at the mental health unit of Royal Blackburn Hospital after a patient was left screaming and covered in excrement for several hours. The Lancashire Care Foundation Trust, who runs the unit, is also investigating the allegation.

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Building site wall collapse kills man

A man was killed today (Wednesday 3 December) after a wall, which was under construction, collapsed onto him.  The wall had been part of former pub in east London that was undergoing construction work to make way for new flats. The accident happened at around 9am. Emergency services were called immediately to the old Anchor and Hope pub on Westferry Road on the Isle of Dogs. Despite great efforts to resuscitate the victim, he died at the scene of the accident. 

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Hospital still needs to make improvements

Four months after a hospital was rated “potentially high risk”, inspectors found that there is still a lot of room for improvement.  A Care Quality Commission report rated Kettering Hospital as on the verge of being ‘high risk’, with the report flagging up problems regarding the A&E department, the medical care being provided (especially for the elderly), and surgical procedures. Four months later, inspectors have identified improvements, but said that the trust is still not providing a particularly high standard of care to patients.

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Laundry firm fined over worker injury

A Telford-based laundry firm has been fined £8,000 after a worker suffered “serious injuries” from the machinery.  19-year-old Matthew Brown had been working at the Cleantex Ltd launderette when the accident happened.  He had been retrieving clothing from one of the industrial machines when he became trapped, leaving him with serious leg and spinal injuries.

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Dentist suspended following hygiene concerns

A Nottinghamshire dentist has been suspended after 22,000 dental patients had to be recalled for screenings following hygiene concerns. The hygiene concerns were raised following the death of Amy Duffield in August 2013, shortly after she received treatment from Desmond D’Mello.  Following her death, NHS England discovered that Mr D’Mello failed to wash his hands and used the same instruments for different patients without sterilizing them in between appointments.

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Bakery to compensate worker £4k

A Premier Foods bakery in Trent Vale is to pay one of its workers £4,000 in compensation after he suffered a serious injury.  Jonathan Wain was a mixing bay operator at the factory, and as part of weekend cleaning duties he had been asked to clean one of the ‘cages’ in the mixing bay. Whilst he was carrying out this task, a metal pipe fell and struck him on the head.  It had been part of the cage but was not securely fixed in place.

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Pothole damage payouts on the rise

New figures have revealed that in the last year alone, pothole compensation payouts have increased by 20%.  The figures show that Lincolnshire County Council has made 1,500 payouts to motorists since January 2012, with the sum increasing from £133,015 paid out in 2012 to £157,266 in 2013.  Lincolnshire County Council was labeled ‘pothole capital of Britain’ as a result of these findings.

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Health trust apologises over cancer care

A health trust has apologised to the cancer patients treated by a consultant who was recently dismissed. A total of 27 patients received letters in the post apologising for consultant Paul Miller’s treatment between 2006 and last December.  Mr Miller had been working at East Surrey Hospital, treating bladder and prostate cancer patients.

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Mother awarded £2.25m compensation

After a woman’s son was born prematurely after she was fitted with a contraceptive device during pregnancy, she has been awarded £2.25 million in compensation. Cian Bowen, now seven-years-old, was born with severe brain damage and now suffers with cerebral palsy even though his intellect is still intact.

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Schools payout £1.5m in compensation

Over the last five years alone, Greater Manchester schools have paid out £1.5million in compensation to injured school children. With the majority of accidents stemming from ‘basic health and safety failings’, health and safety consultants argue that not enough is being done to protect children in schools.  Accidents ranged from children being hit by falling goal posts to fingers being trapped in broken gates.

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Poor pavement conditions cause injury

A Westbourne councillor has claimed that more needs to be done to maintain public pavements. Cracked and damaged pavements are putting members of the public at risk of injury every day, with some in need of very urgent repair. Brighton and Hove City councillor for Westbourne, Graham Cox, said that he receives hundreds of pavement-related complaints every month, affecting almost every street in Hove.

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Doctor was unaware of spleen rupture

A Stafford Hospital doctor discharged a patient with a ruptured spleen despite a paramedic classing his condition as “life-threatening”.  20-year-old John Moore-Robinson had gone to Stafford Hospital after he fell off his bike near his home in Sileby, Leicestershire.  Even though the telecommunications engineer informed the hospital that he had a life-threatening condition prior to his arrival, the doctor that dealt with him said he only had bruised ribs and discharged him the following day.  Mr Moore-Robinson died at home a few hours later.

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Pensioner receives compensation for failed cosmetic surgery

69-year-old Pearl Richman has been awarded over £40,000 in compensation after a facelift caused her to develop a skin condition called necrosis. Mrs Richman underwent the procedure in 2010 but was left with open flesh wounds and a cell injury called necrosis, which causes the premature death of skin cells.  Following the botched procedure, Mrs Richman took her case to a country court hearing in April, where the judge awarded her compensation against the negligent doctor.

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