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31 August 2018 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Dozens of additional concerning cases identified at scandal-hit NHS maternity unit

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On 31 August 2018 the Health Service Journal revealed that many more cases of concerning care have been uncovered at the NHS maternity service, which is already under investigation for 23 other cases where families have been failed.

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16 August 2018 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

The latest on the Parental Bereavement Bill

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Ali Cloak takes a look at the latest development on the Parental Bereavement Bill, which is now set to become law, and what this means for bereaved parents.

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14 August 2018 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Recent inquest appeal lowers threshold for establishing that someone has committed suicide

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In a judgment published on 26 July 2018, the High Court has changed the legal test to be applied in inquests when determining whether or not a person committed suicide.

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7 August 2018 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Is the Government finally ready to end inequality against families at inquests?

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An inquest into the death of a loved one is a difficult and emotional process. Without legal representation, it is the task of the families themselves to ask the right questions during the inquest to try and get vital answers about the circumstances of their loved one’s death. However, in the past the government has made this more difficult than it needs to be. So have recent calls to change been heeded?

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31 July 2018 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Shocking statistics show how the state continues to fail to protect lives

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Official figures released on 25 July have shown that deaths in police custody have risen by nearly 65% to their highest figure in 10 years, with 23 people dying in the last year alone. These deaths occurred either in police cells or whilst being taken to hospital following detention in a police cell or arrest.

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Tips for seeking legal advice – #SolicitorChat

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Our team got involved with the Law Society’s #SolicitorChat initiative, to help people on social media understand key topics around the legal profession. This time, Ali Cloak and Mark Hambleton offered their perspectives on instructing a solicitor.

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12 April 2018 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

The new Children’s Funeral Fund: what is it and who does it help?

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New Government funding announced last month means that no local authority will now be able to charge parents for the burial or cremation of children who have passed away.

This announcement follows a 28-year campaign by the MP Carolyn Harris and means that parents who are in the devastating position of losing their child will not have to struggle financially to provide their child with a dignified and respectful funeral.

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29 March 2018 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Medical Negligence, Opinion

The Parental Bereavement Bill – here’s why it’s important

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Currently there is no legal requirement for employers in the UK to provide paid leave for grieving parents, but a new bill – currently in parliament – could change that. Here’s what you need to know, and why it’s important.

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1 February 2018 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Chief Coroner’s Annual Report – what does it mean for care providers?

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At the end of 2017, the Chief Coroner published his annual report on inquests over the preceding year. The report provides useful insights for care providers on the common pitfalls in care provision that have been identified during inquests and how to avoid similar incidents being repeated.

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5 June 2017 0 Comments Posted in Opinion

Inquests: what happens after the inquest hearing?

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This is the latest blog in our series on inquests, with Ali Cloak considering what happens after the Coroner concludes the inquest investigation.

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22 May 2017 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Inquests: Conclusions

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Inquest specialist, Ali Cloak, considers the different conclusions which can be reached in an inquest and their implications.

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18 May 2017 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence

Inquests: the inquest hearing

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As part of her series of blogs dealing with the inquest process from start to finish, Ali Cloak considers what you can expect from the inquest hearing itself.

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