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NHS 111 call handling failings

The chief executive of The South Western Ambulance Service has admitted to failings surrounding the handling of 111 calls.  He said the service has “failed to deliver the performance required”, particularly in the handling of weekend calls.  In one week alone, nearly 900 people seeking non-emergency advice in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset abandoned their calls due to their poor handling by call staff.  The trust is currently reviewing their staff as a result.

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Policeman wins £9,000 for pothole fall

A policeman has been awarded £9,000 in compensation after tripping on a pothole in a station car park in Eastbourne, East Sussex. The Sussex officer, who remains unnamed, is one of many who have claimed compensation from the force for a work-related injury. This follows a Freedom of Information request which found police officers to be claiming thousands of pounds in compensation for minor injuries every year. The officer injured her ankle after tripping in February 2011, and was awarded compensation through an out-of-court settlement.

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Motorist survives 80ft cliff fall

A motorist has survived an 80ft cliff fall after his car slid from the road and into the sea near Brighton. The man managed to free himself from the submerged vehicle and swam back to the rocks with only minor injuries.  The 33-year-old said that he was lucky to have missed the Undercliff promenade during the fall, and instead landed on rocks in the sea.

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Ambulance attacks not always recorded

Union officials have stressed that many ambulance attacks are going unrecorded as staff are unable to use the computer recording system. The South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) said that 104 members of staff were attacked on duty between February 2013 and January 2014. 

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Police officer receives compensation for dog attack

A Sussex police officer has been awarded compensation after a dog bit him while on duty.  Figures were recently released as part of a Freedom of Information Act request, which detailed the claims made by Sussex Police over the last three years.  Alongside the dog bite, another officer received compensation for slipping on a wet floor, and a third officer contracted hepatitis A.

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Surgeon erased from medical register

Following 75 complaints made by patients, previously sacked surgeon Dr David Jackson has been removed from the medical register all together.  Dr David Jackson was sacked and suspended in 2007 but has not managed to appear before a disciplinary hearing due to poor health.  As a result, A Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) has granted him “voluntary erasure”.  A spokesperson from East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust said that £651,000 has already been paid out to 15 of his past patients.

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5-year-old receives compensation for nursery injury

A 5-year-old girl has been awarded with compensation after getting her finger trapped in a door at nursery when she was just 8-months-old.  Mackenzie Miller, from Amble, got her finger caught in a fire door at Brambles Childcare Centre in 2009.  A judge at Morpeth County Court ruled that the nursery had a duty of care, and ordered them to compensate the young girl for her injury.  Mackenzie has been left with a deformed finger as a result of the accident.

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School injury claims at an all-time high

Over the last year alone, Bradford Council has seen personal injury claims concerning injured pupils almost double.  With claims ranging from children tripping over chairs to children being hit by a swinging school bell, Bradford Council has been bombarded by claims in the past financial year.  One teaching union said that the figures were a reflection of our “compensation culture”.

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‘Do something different’ to improve NHS care

As part of NHS Change Day, thousands of people working for the NHS across the country are ‘doing something different’ for the day to improve the care provided by the NHS.  This idea came about after two doctors attended an NHS leadership course, which sparked the idea of introducing an NHS Change Day.  This day is to help raise awareness and improve care standards within the NHS by encouraging its employees to ‘do something different’ for a day.  2013 saw 189,000 people pledging online as a result of NHS Change Day, with the hope that 500,000 people will pledge this year.

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Cyclists pay the price for Britain’s potholes

With claims being made by the Central Government that councils are to blame for the country’s pothole problem, cyclists seem to be paying the price.  According to numerous cycling charities, over 1000 cyclists are injured as a result of potholes every year.  Councils, however, argue that the problem is down to a lack of funding for road maintenance.

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2-year-old and woman found on street in critical condition

A two-year-old girl has died and a woman has suffered serious injuries after the pair were discovered unconscious on a street in Bradford yesterday.  West Yorkshire Police are urging people to come forward with any available information.  The couple were found on Delamere Street behind a property on Tuesday morning.  Both were in a critical condition and were taken immediately to hospital: the 2-year-old girl died shortly after reaching the hospital.

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NHS cash shortage 'harmful'

Figures released last week have highlighted that the cash shortage within the NHS is potentially harmful to care standards.  Following the Stafford Hospital scandal last year, the NHS has been pushing to improve the level of care provided by the UK’s hospitals.  Experts, however, say that financial pressures will make this exceedingly difficult.

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£4.5m payout to 10-year-old

Colchester Hospital has agreed to payout £4.5m to a young girl who suffered a “catastrophic brain injury” shortly after being born at the hospital.  It was heard at The High Court that numerous mistakes were made during Samantha Singleton-Parkes’s birth in December 2003.  The young girl now suffers from cerebral palsy and will spend the rest of her life requiring around the clock care.  Samantha, who now lives with her family in Brightlingsea in Essex, is due to receive a lump sum and annual payments.

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Patient contracted hep c from hospital

NHS Lanarkshire has apologised after a patient became infected with hepatitis C during their time at hospital.  The health board said that they were unsure as to how the patient became infected with the blood-borne virus, but said that infection control procedures at their hospitals had been tightened as a result.  The patient had been at Monklands Hospital in April 2012 when the virus was detected, alongside seven other patients who were all checked for the infection.

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Injury centre for jockeys to open later in the year

After councillors approved the building of a centre for injured jockeys earlier this year, work on the £3m rehabilitation centre has officially begun. The Jack Berry House, in Malton in North Yorkshire, is expected to open later in the year to accommodate jockeys who have sustained severe injuries while involved in the sport.

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Health secretary demands that health workers apologise for poor care

The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said that doctors and nurses must start apologising directly to patients if things to wrong.  He said that a ‘culture of defensiveness’ has developed under Labour, which is no longer welcomed by the NHS.  Doctors and nurses will be encouraged to be honest with patients when accidents occur, taking a step towards patients regaining trust in the NHS.    

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Hospital sees major improvements following concerns

Bedford Hospital has been deemed “fully compliant” after recently having sanctions imposed on it following an inspection that revealed numerous faults.  Out of the eight problem areas highlighted by inspectors, seven of these are now in accordance with national standards.  With areas such as nutrition, patient respect and staffing levels seeing major improvements, a minor concern remains about systems of quality monitoring.

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24/7 air ambulance service launched

The South East of England has seen the launch of Britain’s first ever air ambulance that will be in action 24/7.  The helicopter, which will operate from Redhill, will allow an additional 500 patients to be treated every year in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.   The air ambulance has extended its service to ensure that patients can be treated overnight, with their previous service only running between the hours of 07:00 and 19:00.  The ambulance will be in operation 365 days a year with two pilots, a paramedic and a specialist doctor onboard.

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Are Shropshire’s maternity services safe?

After a commissioned report deemed Shropshire’s maternity services “safe” following the death of a baby in 2009, her parents still believe that this is not the case.  Kate Stanton-Davies died shortly after being born with anaemia in Ludlow Community Hospital and was transferred to Birmingham’s Heartlands Hospital before she died.  Rhiannon Stanton-Davies argues that the review was not thorough enough, and that she feels that “no lessons have been learnt” from the accident.

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Needle left inside patient following surgery

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust has apologised for a recent incident involving a patient leaving surgery with a needle still inside them.  It was discovered that, despite the patient having left the operating theatre at the end of the procedure, one of the surgical needles had been left under the patient’s skin.

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