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‘Multiple-birth’ care raises questions

A recently released report has flagged up some serious concerns surrounding ‘multiple-birth’ antenatal care. The report published by the Twins and Multiple Births Association and the NCT found that the care varies drastically across England. A survey of 1,400 parents found patients in the South East and West Midlands to be receiving the worst care, while those in the North East had the best.

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Wedding ruined by foot injury

47-year-old Lesley Hegarty has been awarded a five-figure sum of compensation after an injury suffered during the morning of her wedding ruined her entire day. The incident happened at Liverpool’s Adelphi Hotel in May 2011. At 9:30am Mrs Hegarty went through the main entrance’s revolving doors to go outside after her breakfast. As she went through the doors, however, she hit the back of her right heel. As she shouted for help, she realised there was blood everywhere. It was found that a screw had been missing from the brass plate at the bottom of the door, causing it to slice into her heel.

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Weekend babies have “significantly” greater chance of death

New research has revealed that babies born over the weekend in England have a “significantly” higher chance of dying than those born during the week. The research was carried out by the Imperial College London, which found that there were 7.1 deaths per 1,000 babies delivered during weekends. The study took over 1.3million births into account.

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Health watchdog reports ‘shocking’ care

A health watchdog has uncovered a number of ‘shocking’ care cases, as presented by a recently released report. Healthwatch Oxfordshire produced a report with Age UK, based on 161 patients and 57 staff members completing questionnaires, as well as 6 focus groups and 10 case studies. The report found a number of worrying care cases, with Healthwatch Oxfordshire noting “workforce pressures” as a major contributory factor.

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Nurse found guilty of manslaughter

Following an extensive investigation, it has been found that a nurse was responsible for the death of a six-year-old boy whose resuscitation was wrongly called off. Jack Adcock, who suffered with Down’s syndrome, had been admitted to hospital with pneumonia in February 2011. When sepsis was triggered by a bacterial infection, he suffered a cardiac arrest and died 11 hours after his admittance.

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Home proven guilty of drugging

Former Gravesend Church of England children’s home, Kendall House, is to be subject to an investigation following revelations of forcible drugging of its residents.  Following a BBC investigation instigated in 2009, it has been alleged that some residents were drugged up to 1200 times with tranquilisers, anti depressants and drugs to combat the side effects of the aforementioned during the 1980s.

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Child cyclist death

A seven-year-old girl died in May after losing control of her bike and putting herself into the path of an oncoming car in North Somerset. April Reeves was hit by the car when out for a cycle with her mother in Locking on 28 May. It was heard during the inquest that she “wobbled” and swerved onto the A371 where a car hit her at 60mph; she was killed “instantly”.

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Car crash victim awarded £4m in compensation

A man has received a compensation payout of £4million after a car crash in 2009 left him with life-changing injuries. Jack Mitchell was seventeen when he was involved in the car accident. The crash left him with severe brain damage, to the extent that he has been dependent on 24-hour care since. Scans after the accident revealed that he damaged his frontal lobe in the collision, which left him with memory and concentration problems, as well as anger managements issues and extreme fatigue.

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NHS 111 ‘dangerously understaffed’

A former NHS 111 helpline employer has spoken up about how “dangerously understaffed” the helpline is, with 75% of calls going unanswered as a result. Irsah Tahir had been an NHS 111 call handler in the Derby centre before leaving as a result of the “massive” pressure. She said that the helpline was “swamped” with calls, resulting in the majority of them going unanswered. She added that nurses were often not available to provide assistance, so call staff were forced to provide medical advice.

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Police custody care has ‘deteriorated considerably’

A recent inspection by HM Inspectorate of Prisons found that the care of people arrested by Cumbria Police has “deteriorated considerably”. The report made some worrying findings, including the fact that mental health assessments and support for young people and vulnerable adults was not always given quickly enough to those in custody. Cumbria Police Criminal Justice Unit Ch Insp Gordon Rutherford said that the force has already started to address these concerns.

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Multiple festival mudslide injuries

According to the medics that worked at this year’s V Festival in Weston Park, Staffordshire, a number of people were quite badly injured because of the mud. A storm hit the festival on the Saturday, which saw torrential downpours flood the campsites and arenas. It was recorded that ambulance crews were called to the scene of the festival 178 times because of mud-related injuries, treating a total of 1,000 people on site. A total of 36 people required hospital treatment.

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Weed killer flame gun proven fatal

A flame gun, typically used to kill garden weeds as a replacement to chemical killers, has killed a man after exploding into flames. 86-year-old Francis Dunlop was a keen gardener and had been using the device in his back garden in Bourne, Lincolnshire when the accident happened in June. An alert has been sent out throughout the EU warning anyone who has this product not to use it due to “serious risk” or burns or fire.

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Delivery driver loses back injury claim

A delivery driver who attempted to sue his employer following a fall has had his claim rejected. 43-year-old Adrian Punter had claimed £100,000 in damages against his former employer, Wincanton Group, after he slipped on chocolate sauce while making a delivery to a south London supermarket in 2010. He said that the fall left him in severe pain, to the extent that he would not be able to return to work.

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Scheduled review of newborn health care

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced that it will be carrying out a review of the health care available to newborn and young babies with severe health problems. Where incidents in the past have tainted the reputation of newborn health care, such as the case of Elizabeth Dixon who died fourteen years ago after a breathing tube was not inserted properly, the CQC says that it wants to carry out a series of inspections to identify the barriers that are preventing the NHS from providing ‘outstanding’ care.

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Firm ‘deeply regrets’ refinery death

Five years after the death of Robert Greenacre at the TOTAL Lindsey Oil Refinery, the firm says it has made numerous changes and improvements. Mr Greenacre died in an explosion at the oil refinery in 2010, caused by a series of miscalculations. It was heard in court that the mistakes resulted in the wrong flange being opened, causing the disaster.

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Man misses near injury on ‘holiday from hell’

A British family has described their all-inclusive Thomas Cook break as a ‘holiday from hell’. Alan and Sarah O’Rourke from Cheshire had high expectations after spending £1,500 on the family holiday at the four-star Cabogata Mar Hotel & Spa in Spain, which were quickly shattered. Mr O’Rourke narrowly missed serious injury after the bathroom tiles began to fall on him in the shower, followed by the family being served raw sausages in the hotel restaurant.

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Billions paid out over NHS negligence

Recently released figures have shown that a total of 20 hospital trusts have paid out £1.1billion for medical negligence in the last five years. When legal costs were included in the bill, more than £4.5billion was paid out for the medical mistakes. According to a recent Telegraph investigation, the legal bill for medical negligence has quadrupled in the past decade.

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Two men to receive £100k payout from police force

Two men are suing Dorset Police for more than £100,000 after they were unnecessarily pepper-sprayed after a night out in Weymouth. The two brothers-in-law, John Naylor and Darren Corbridge, are to receive five-figure sums each, and the police have agreed to pay legal costs of around £90,000 following the incident in August 2010.

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Aircrew launch personal injury claims

Airline crew members, from numerous different British airlines, have launched around 17 civil cases concerning ill health caused by contaminated air. Airline crew members continue to come forward, claiming that they suffer with Aerotoxic Syndrome – an illness caused by exposure to contaminated air in aircrafts.

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PE teacher wins £41,000

Following recent conferences, it was found that hundreds of teachers made claims amounting to £26million last year alone. One claim saw a PE teacher win £41,000 after injuring himself during a long jump demonstration. Another teacher was awarded £75,000 for tripping over a carpet.

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