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Local hospitals face £24m cutbacks



By Sean Gordon, Senior Solicitor, Neil Hudgell Solicitors

The debate surrounding the declining quality of hospital care continues to rage, as local NHS outlets, Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham, announce funding cuts of £24m.

Despite having already been forced to make savings of £95m since 2010, both Hull Royal and Castle Hill are now set to experience further financial strain, with job losses and increased workloads expected across the board.

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07/08/2014 No Comments

Are UK roads too dangerous for cyclists?

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The British cycling team at the 2012 Olympics won twelve medals, eight of them gold.  The legacy of that outstanding achievement is evident today in the increasing number of cyclists on our roads.  This weekend the Tour de France starts in Yorkshire.

Cycling, it seems, is riding on the crest of a wave, but apparently it has unseen dangers lurking beneath, because half of British adults believe their local roads are too dangerous to cycle on, according to a BBC poll.

Olympic medallist and British Cycling policy adviser Chris Boardman said: “People don’t feel safe when riding their bikes on our roads,” adding that a commitment was needed from government and local authorities to “prioritise the safety and needs of cyclists in all future transport schemes.”

My team at Neil Hudgell Solicitors deals with a range of personal injury claims by cyclists, predominantly due to poorly maintained roads or negligent motorists.

A DfT spokesman said: “Cycling isn’t just great exercise, it has wider benefits for the environment and the economy, which is why we are committed to ensuring more people feel safe enough to use two wheels.”

At Neil Hudgell Solicitors we place a lot of emphasis staff wellbeing, and colleagues are encouraged to walk or cycle to work whenever possible.

Claire Francis, Head of Policy for the walking and cycling charity Sustrans, said: “Employers who encourage cycling can increase their profitability and have employees who take fewer sick days. Cycle parking and showers in an office should be as common as a printer and a coffee machine.”

Claire added: “But we also need the government to deliver better infrastructure and slower speeds on our roads, so that people feel safe to leave home on their bikes.”

The Department for Transport said it had “doubled funding for cycling to £374m to help deliver safer junctions”.

Martin Lucas-Smith, from the Cambridge Cycling Campaign said “things like narrow cycle lanes” and “badly maintained roads” led to cyclists feeling unsafe in many UK places. “We’d like to see proper allocation of space on these roads which can almost always be achieved simply by a bit of redesign, so people can cycle safely and easily.”

Double Olympic gold-medal cyclist Ed Clancy said: “The more people that get involved in cycling, not just as a sport but for the commute to work or just having a laugh on the mountain bike at the weekend, is good all round.”

So, the message is: on yer bike, but take care!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-28093374

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02/07/2014 No Comments

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to name and shame doctors who misdiagnose early stage cancers



By , medical negligence expert and senior solicitor at Neil Hudgell Solicitors

‘Nothing to worry about’ is the diagnosis we all like to hear.  We trust our GPs, and we’re happy not to question them.

But the spectre of mis-diagnosis lurks in the background, and with so many cancers now treatable in the early stages, we need to be absolutely sure that our GP has got it right.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt plans to single out doctors found to be dismissing cancer symptoms and failing to send patients for hospital tests soon enough, by identifying them with a ‘red flag’ on the NHS Choices website.  If they quickly refer patients to hospital, they will be ranked as ‘green’ for cancer.

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01/07/2014 No Comments

Hitting treatment targets or ensuring a right to justice: why NHS patients are losing out



By Vince Shore, Senior Solicitor and Clinical Negligence manager, Leeds

A CHANNEL 4 programme which was filmed in York Hospital focussed on the financial penalties and payments affecting Accident and Emergency departments.

The Dispatches programme, A&E’s Missing Millions was filmed at the hospital during a busy period in December at the time of a norovirus outbreak. It showed the experiences of staff and patients over a 24-hour period and, revealingly, it looked at the cost and consequence of financial penalties imposed on hospitals when government targets to treat emergency cases are missed.

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20/02/2014 No Comments

Government recommendations on PIP implants

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The French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) have ceased trading amid the recent discovery that the silicone breast implants they have supplied to a number UK clinics have been found to contain an industrial material that is not suitable for surgical procedures.

The implants were used in cosmetic surgery clinics throughout the UK in the period 2001 to 2010.

When news of the defect in the product hit the UK press at the start of this year we were contacted by many women who were concerned for their safety; worried about the damage that could have already occurred and anxious about the prospect of having to face further surgery.

A large number of women contacted us seeking advice.   Others had undergone scans which showed whether their implants had ruptured or not; some women had been so concerned they had undergone surgery to remove the implants, incurring the full cost of the procedure.

The Report has established that whilst the PIP implants show no evidence of significant risk to human health they have a higher risk of rupture and are more likely to leak silicone than any other implant on the market.

The Government have now recommended that all women with PIP implants should be contacted by the cosmetic clinic who provided their service and offered a specialist consultation together with any appropriate investigations to determine if the implants are still intact or whether any rupture has occurred.   If there is sign of rupture then again, the Government have stressed that the clinic should offer an explanation to the woman and provide guidance on what options are available.

The Report suggests that should the patient wish to have the implants removed, the clinic should support that decision and carry out the surgery.

If that patient decides not to have the implants removed then she should be offered an annual follow up and guidance should be given to help her recognise early signs of potential rupture.

What is not clear is who is to be responsible for the cost of this procedure.   It is our opinion that these recommendations should be provided free of charge to all women.

What is clear is that women are still expected to pay should they wish for the implants to be replaced.  This is a costly procedure in the region of £4,000 not to mention the recovery time following the procedure.

Our advice to anyone with PIP implants is to contact the clinic where they had their surgery and request a consultation.  A scan should be performed to determine if the implants have ruptured.  Further advice should then be given dependent on the results of that scan.

Any woman who cannot get hold of the clinic, or receives a negative response from that clinic should contact their General Practitioner for further guidance.

Should they decide to proceed with the removal and replacement of the implants we would also recommend that they contact us for free advice regarding their rights to recovery of this cost and associated expenses.

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21/06/2012 No Comments

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