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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.
Paul Rumley reacts to the news that the NHS will begin to use AI to diagnose heart conditions this summer.
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.
Rhiannon Wilson looks at a recent study which highlights the merits in patients and families talking about death more openly.
Ben Lees writes about the vital work of the charity SANDS and why we are supporting their awareness campaign this month.
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.
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.
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.
Lucy Crawford considers the present legal challenge being brought by a long term partner who is not entitled to the statutory ‘bereavement award’ following the death of her partner due to medical negligence.
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.
Hannah Blackwell summarises the recent report from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, which highlights that there are too many poor quality investigations into babies who are stillborn or suffer severely brain damaged during labour.
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.
Simon Elliman considers a recent episode where a 14-year-old girl died after an emergency procedure had to be carried out by torchlight on a ward, due to insufficient anaesthetists or emergency staff being available to open another theatre, and asks what the implications are for NHS resourcing.
Simon Elliman comments on a recent report about the lack of investigation into deaths at one of the country’s largest mental health NHS Trusts, and considers the wider implications of the findings about the failures identified in the report.
A further blog considering the investigation into the death of 3 year old Sam Morrish in December 2010 in light of the recent report of another tragic and avoidable child death from sepsis.
Kerstin Kubiak, Clinical Negligence Solicitor, considers reports of the investigation by NHS England into the tragic death of a 1 year old child from sepsis and the series of failures in his care which led to his death.