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Making childbirth safer – the results of the ESMiE enquiry

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Although most babies are delivered without complications, the National Heath Service is continually striving to make child birth safer. On 21 May 2020, a confidential enquiry was published, reviewing the quality of care received when babies have died in a midwifery-led setting(i). The enquiry highlights what can be done to further enhance the safety of midwifery led deliveries.

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Five post-bariatric surgery suggestions for eating well during lockdown

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Dr Mabel Blades, a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist who has experience working with bariatric surgery patients, gives her tips for post-surgery diet in lockdown.

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Statutory bereavement award increased from 1 May 2020

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Earlier this month, the statutory bereavement award in England & Wales was increased. This blog explains about the change in the bereavement award and when the award is payable to those bringing a claim.

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The Shrewsbury and Telford Maternity Review – a final appeal to families

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Kerstin Scheel explains the current status of the Ockenden Review into Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust, and what you can do if you think you have been impacted by the issues raised so far by the review.

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NHS Resolution’s Early Notification Scheme – is it working and what is happening regarding early financial resolutions of claims?

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In March 2017 a consultation was undertaken by the Department of Health (DoH) as to the viability of an NHS run scheme (then entitled “The Rapid Resolution and Redress Scheme”) to provide early compensation to children, who, on the face of it, had incurred a neurological brain injury at the time of their birth due to clinical errors in care.

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What The Coronavirus Act 2020 means for society’s most vulnerable

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The Coronavirus bill introduces a wide variety of emergency powers that are set to have a huge impact on support for disabled people, their carers, and their families.

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What is the effect of Coronavirus on ongoing inquests and coroner’s investigations

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Coronavirus is having a major impact on nearly all aspects of our lives. But what if you were already due to have an inquest hearing to find out how a loved one died? What do you do if you were awaiting information from the coroner just before the outbreak?

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Are poorly implemented electronic medication systems putting patients at risk?

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The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB), a government funded organisation which conducts independent investigations of patient safety concerns in the NHS across England, has highlighted that poorly implemented electronic medication systems can result in potentially fatal medication errors.

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SeeSaw: the charity helping people to cope with loss as a community

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Lucy Crawford from our Medical Negligence team highlights one charity from Oxfordshire that helps people to cope with loss by creating a sense of community – here’s how you can help them.

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Trouble at the DWP: shocking, but certainly not a shock

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Joachim Stanley, as a representative for clients with injuries that have resulted in permanent disability, reacts to the recent reports that the Department of Work & Pensions has lost more employment tribunals relating to disability than any other employer in Britain since 2016.

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The story of Sands: in conversation with Bel Mooney

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Sarah White from our Medical Negligence team speaks to the co-founder and patron of Sands, a charity dedicated to supporting people who have experienced neonatal loss or stillbirth.

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How obstetrics and orthopaedics can work together to help children with Erb’s palsy

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Our specialist Erb’s palsy team talks through how medical experts working with the condition can help when making a claim for compensation and after.

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