Category: Clinical Negligence

Montgomery in the Supreme Court – A new legal test for Consent to Medical Treatment

Montgomery in the Supreme Court – A new legal test for Consent to Medical Treatment

Article by Ampersand’s Lauren Sutherland   The Supreme Court has handed down a landmark decision in the case of Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board after a hearing before a bench of seven Judges, (including the...

Bell v Alliance Medical: a warning to employees

Bell v Alliance Medical: a warning to employees

It is trite that an employer will be vicariously liable for the negligent acts of their employees (when done in the course of their employment). But it is often forgotten that the employee remains jointly...

Victims of clinical negligence – Cuts vs Access to Justice

Victims of clinical negligence – Cuts vs Access to Justice

Victims of clinical negligence When a person becomes the victim of clinical negligence their life as they know it can change irrevocably.  The new challenges they must face can be daunting and costs in...

UK sunbed owners could face claims for damages

UK sunbed owners could face claims for damages

UK SUNBED owners could find themselves facing claims for damages following a landmark case in Australia. Jay Allen, 35, regularly used sunbeds over a four-year period at two Fitness First centres. He was later...

2015 strains on NHS A&E waiting times

2015 strains on NHS A&E waiting times

Recent reviews on the NHS across the UK suggest that A&E waiting times are exceeding the target set nationally. The target set was a maximum four hour A&E waiting time, for at least 98%...

Does it matter who gets blamed for medical negligence?

Does it matter who gets blamed for medical negligence?

Patients are understood to have taken advice about making medical negligence claims against an NHS hospital, after minor operations by a private provider prompted complaints.

NHS NICE Report Danger Levels

NHS staff ratio guidelines fail to set a dangerlevel

New guidelines on NHS staffing levels have been criticised for failing to indicate a minimum nurse-to-patient ratio for high-quality care. The guidance, issued in July by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), is designed to flag-up dangerously low staff numbers in relation to patient need.

’Compensation Culture’ targeted by government

’Compensation Culture’ targeted by government

To tackle the compensation culture and address the fear from businesses of being sued for trivial or excessive claims ­we will extend the current scheme that caps the amount that lawyers can earn