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Investigation into cluster of NHS baby deaths

18th May 2017

Posted by: Your Legal Friend

According to a BBC investigation, there have been at least seven avoidable baby deaths in less than two years at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust. Following which, the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has asked NHS England and NHS Improvement, the regulator, to contact the families involved in the deaths to make sure that they have been properly investigated.

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Baby loss awareness week

28th September 2016

Posted by: Your Legal Friend

Whilst infant mortality rates have decreased due to improvements in healthcare, midwifery, and neonatal intensive care, losing a child during or soon after birth is a tragic event that still affects thousands of families in the UK each year.

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ONS cancer survivability statistics - why speed of diagnosis is vital

17th August 2016

Posted by: Your Legal Friend

In 2016, around 1000 people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer each day according to MacMillan Cancer Support. The stage at which the disease is identified is vital. It can mean the difference between the need for more intensive treatment or a quick recovery. This post looks at the four stages of cancer development, the importance of a quick diagnosis and what support is available if you suffer a delay in treatment.

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Accidents with driverless cars: what are the legal implications?

27th July 2016

Posted by: Your Legal Friend

Whilst driver error is responsible for most road traffic accidents, driverless vehicles shift the accident risk from the individual to the vehicle and the manufacturers’ systems.  This raises the key issue of who is ultimately liable when there is an accident?

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Understanding Cumberlege: The right to quality maternity care

27th July 2016

Posted by: Your Legal Friend

Whilst maternity care standards have improved dramatically over the decades, there are still risks associated with childbirth and complications can occur. However, this risk can be compounded when those responsible for supporting mother and baby are negligent.

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Action Mesothelioma day - the importance of being awake

22nd June 2016

Posted by: Your Legal Friend

Action Mesothelioma Day takes place on the 1st July and is an important day for raising awareness of a deadly, but almost entirely preventable, form of cancer. This disease has a devastating effect and the UK has seen almost a 500% increase in incidence since the 1970s.