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Where is the NHS now, and where is it going?

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Following recent announcements from the NHS, Paul Rumley takes a look at the current state of our NHS and asks – is patient safety set to improve?

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Lasting Powers of Attorney – How to avoid misuse

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The Office of the Public Guardian is dealing with an increasing number of Lasting Powers of Attorney applications for registration. Unfortunately, there will always be cases of misuse and abuse where trust is involved. Here are steps that can be taken to minimise the risk of misuse or abuse if you make a Lasting Power of Attorney.

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Smart motorways – are they really as smart as they claim to be?

Posted by , Senior Claims Handler

How safe would you feel stranded in a broken down vehicle, or attending an emergency, on a motorway with no hard shoulder?

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Deathbed weddings – why are they becoming more common for cohabiting couples?

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There has been a recent increase in cohabiting couples marrying at the last minute. So-called ‘deathbed weddings’ are to ensure that the surviving partner receives financial support when their spouse dies. The problem is that cohabiting couples are not treated the same as couples who are married or in a Civil Partnership, and could therefore suffer some shocking consequences as a result.

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The growing pressures and strains on our A&E departments: what can NHS Trusts do and what responsibilities do patients have?

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With increasing pressure on A&E departments across the country, Stephanie Maggs from our medical negligence team asks: what can hospitals and patients do to try and reduce the strain?

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New support group to help asbestos disease sufferers

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Last month, Jennifer Seavor and Rachel James from our Industrial Diseases team attended the launch of the South West Asbestos Support and Awareness Group (SWASAG).

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Tips for coping at Christmas following a bereavement

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Christmas can be an especially hard time when you’ve experienced bereavement. Ali Cloak, specialist in inquests and fatal claims, shares some tips for managing through the holiday period.

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What to do if you’re an executor of an estate involving cryptocurrencies…

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Contributing authors: Hilesh Chavda, Hannah Welbourn, Bridget Maier and Abby Spittle

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As people look for alternative ways to invest their money there are increasing numbers of estates which include digital currencies. However there are several issues that can arise, which can make dealing with their administration complex, time consuming and in some cases can mean that the asset is lost in its entirety. 

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How can we reduce the cost of claims against the NHS? Ensure they follow recommended guidelines for group B strep

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On 3 December 2018 Group B Strep Support (GBSS) published its report entitled “The cost of group B strep infection”. The charity is dedicated to eradicating group B strep (GBS) infections in babies, and their report makes a number of recommendations for achieving this aim whilst also saving the NHS money.

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Heart attacks kill more women than they should – why is this and what can be done?

Posted by , Trainee Solicitor

The British Heart Foundation have highlighted that Coronary heart disease ‘kills twice as many women as breast cancer every year, yet coronary heart disease is still perceived as a “man’s disease”’ . Katie Shaw takes a look at why this might be, a recent example which demonstrates the danger of this, and what symptoms of heart attack women should look out for.

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The 10 tips for communicating a mesothelioma diagnosis, from RADIO Meso

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Dr Bethany Taylor attended our study day in London in October and told us about the results of a recent Mesothelioma UK funded project called RADIO Meso.

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Probate fees set to increase in April 2019 to fund courts service

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The Government has announced plans to introduce a new fee structure for probate fees. This will see estates valued at more than £2m pay a fee of £6,000, a rise of 3,771% on current charges. This increase has been controversial in many ways not least the view that the charges have gone from being an administrative charge for a service to a ‘stealth tax’ that subsidises other areas of the courts system.

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