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The Dr Bawa-Garba case – will Jeremy Hunt’s recommendations improve patient safety?

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Judith Leach, barrister in our medical negligence team who also trained as an intensive care nursing practitioner and midwife, takes a look at Jeremy Hunt’s recommendations released yesterday in light of the Dr Bawa-Garba case.

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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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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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Lawyers aren’t bankrupting the NHS – here’s what is…

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Simon Elliman explores whether greedy claimants or their greedier lawyers are causing the NHS to “go broke” (as Donald Trump might put it). Here’s a hint: it’s neither of them.

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Group B Streptococcal infection in pregnancy: further research supports the need to change to universal screening rather than risk based management

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The UK has no universal antenatal screening programme to check whether a pregnant woman is carrying Group B Streptococcus (GBS) infection. Instead, assessment of likely GBS carriage is risk-based only. The charity Group B Strep Support campaigns for the introduction of universal screening to try to reduce the incidence of neonatal infection with GBS, which can have severe consequences for the new born. New research supports this campaign.

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Anticipated Group B Strep vaccination reported to potentially prevent over 100,000 baby deaths worldwide

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Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a common bacterium which around 1 in 5 women carry at any time, though usually it is entirely harmless. However, it can sometimes be transmitted to the baby around childbirth and can cause infection in the newborn baby. Sadly, this infection can cause catastrophic injuries or even death.

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Is male cosmetic surgery on the rise?

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Cosmetic surgery has been popular with women for a long time, however the topic has generally been a taboo subject among men. But, as more men seek out cosmetic surgery treatments, could this all be about to change?

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Group B Strep: New information leaflet now to be given to all expectant mothers

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Leading charity, Group B Strep Support, has joined forces with the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG) in order to produce an informative patient leaflet about group B Strep. This leaflet, the first of its kind, will be given to all pregnant women as part of routine antenatal care in England and Wales and represents a huge step forwards in giving expectant mothers the opportunity to make informed choices about GBS.

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3 things you need to know about the UK cosmetic surgery industry

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Is the cosmetic industry as safe as you are led to believe? Ben Lees explores the findings of the report published by the Nuffield Council of Bioethics, and what you need to know about the UK cosmetic surgery industry…

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Know the facts: the dangers of common cosmetic procedures

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London is a hub of cosmetic procedures and often at the cutting edge of new techniques. But is this growing industry as safe as some might want you to believe?

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What issues can Erb’s Palsy cause in adolescence?

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Erb’s Palsy is a birth injury with largely physical symptoms, but because the visible injury to the arm may demand focus, it could be hiding subtle injuries which are yet to become apparent. Here we look at the invisible injuries that can follow a diagnosis of Erb’s Palsy

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We need to stop treating maternal injuries as ‘just a part’ of shoulder dystocia

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Erb's Palsy Group UK

Adjusting to life after a birth injury is a difficult process for any family, and any birth injury is a permanent reminder of a potentially traumatic event. But if we are ever going to confront Erb’s Palsy, we need to change the way that we talk about it and some of the complications it can involve.

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