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Botox with your shopping? – Superdrug is setting a potentially dangerous precedent

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In an interesting turn of events, the high street cosmetic store Superdrug has announced that they are going to be offering a new ‘Skin Renew Service’ in some stores. Concerns have been raised about the safety and oversight of such treatments.

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Once again, frontline staff are blamed for institutional failings in the NHS – it has to stop

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As a leaked, and now published, report reveals how a hospital’s internal politics and culture put the lives of patients in jeopardy, Ben Lees highlights the importance of proper oversight and the need for the NHS to learn from its mistakes.

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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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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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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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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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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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Contributing authors: Mark Hambleton

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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What you need to know about Group B Strep

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Babies feet in hands

This month we are raising awareness of this common and avoidable condition which can have devastating consequences for children at birth.

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Rising medical negligence costs – what is the real story?

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With NHS Resolution identifying that costs for medical negligence claims are increasing, Paul Rumley – Partner in our team – comments on whether the outcry we’ve seen in the media actually tells the whole story.

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The Gosport Hospital scandal – how did the ‘Dr Opiate’ case even happen, and what can be done about it?

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The inquiry into Gosport War Memorial Hospital has now reached its verdict. Here, Lucy Crawford from our inquest and fatal accident team asks how the scandal might have happened, and what could be done to set things right.

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The so called “Dr Opiate” and failings of numerous organisations to investigate hundreds of deaths.

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The long-awaited report into the deaths of 833 patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital between 1988 and 2000 is due this week.

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