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Ali joined the Clinical Negligence Team in 2011. Ali specialises in claims relating to all aspects of medical and dental treatment.
On 26 March 2018, Southern Health NHS Trust was fined £2 million over the death of two vulnerable patients in its care, which the Trust admitted were “both preventable and should not have occurred”. We take a look at the history to the case as well as the regulatory investigations that led to a prosecution of the NHS Trust in the criminal court and a significant fine being imposed.
A significant increase in the number of deaths in England and Wales this January and February have rung alarm bells amongst health experts who believe the NHS is struggling to cope.
Is the Government doing enough to establish the cause of the increase, putting in place the changes and resources necessary to stop the trend, and ensuring those who are sick get appropriate and timely treatment?
Hillsborough is now a part of the public consciousness; everyone knows the story of that tragic day in 1989. Recommendations to change the law could help ensure other families don’t have the same experience as those of the 96.
Children’s Grief Awareness Week is about raising awareness of the need of those affected by the loss of a parent or sibling and emphasising the free, professional support available. Here’s why it’s important to our team.
This is the latest blog in our series on inquests, with Ali Cloak considering what happens after the Coroner concludes the inquest investigation.
Inquest specialist, Ali Cloak, considers the different conclusions which can be reached in an inquest and their implications.
As part of her series of blogs dealing with the inquest process from start to finish, Ali Cloak considers what you can expect from the inquest hearing itself.
Metal-on-metal hip replacements have recently been the focus of much negative media coverage. This blog considers what they are, why they are used and why this type of joint replacement surgery is making the news.
New draft guidance published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), highlights the need for health professionals to recognise early warning signs of sepsis and to carry out treatment in severe cases within one hour to prevent avoidable patient deaths.
Recent figures published by the Ministry of Justice show a worrying increase in the number of incidents involving assault, self-harm and self-inflicted deaths in prisons.
Ali Cloak considers the recent report published by Cardiff University which reviewed all patient safety incidents involving children over a ten year period, particularly those involving the NHS 111 telephone service, and whether the service is providing safe patient care.
Ali Cloak considers new report findings that dangerously low staffing levels at present mean that half of women experience at least one ‘red flag’ event during childbirth.
Our latest blog, part of a series on the inquest process, considers when and how a Coroner must call a jury and the role of a jury in the inquest process.
Inquest Solicitor Ali Cloak considers the recent inquiry by the Care Quality Commission, the independent health and social care regulator, which has identified system-wide failures in respect of the investigation of patient deaths.
As part of a continuing series of blogs covering the inquest process from start to finish, Ali Cloak considers current practice in respect of disclosure of information to, and by, Coroners.
Ali Cloak considers Pre-Inquest Review Hearings – when and why they are held, and the benefits of such hearings when preparing for an Inquest.
As part of her series of blogs considering all aspects of inquest law, Ali Cloak, considers the increasing use of post mortem imaging to determine a cause of death as an alternative to an invasive surgical autopsy.
This blog, the latest in a series written by inquest specialist, Ali Cloak, looks at the role of the Coroner, the necessary qualifications and how Coroners are appointed in England and Wales.
July is Group B Streptococcus Awareness Month, organised by leading charity Group B Strep Support. This blog considers the implications of Group B Strep infection and why increased awareness is so important, particularly amongst pregnant women.
In the next of a series of blogs considering all aspects of inquest law, solicitor, Ali Cloak, explores what it means to be an ‘interested person’ in an inquest and the rights conferred by the title.
Ali Cloak considers the findings of recent research suggesting that, on average, 15 babies are stillborn every day in the UK and that there is an alarming disparity in the rates of stillbirths across the country.
In the next of a series of blogs considering all aspects of inquest law, specialist inquest solicitor, Ali Cloak, discusses what a post mortem entails and when one is likely to be necessary.
A blog to raise awareness of cervical cancer and the importance of the national screening programme in ensuring early diagnosis and treatment.
Ali Cloak considers recent evidence in support of the ongoing campaigns to ensure that routine screening for GBS infection is available to all pregnant women.