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Call for mental health deaths to be independently investigated

Thu, 02/16/2012 - 12:41 -- martinn

The Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody (IAPDC) has called for mental health deaths to be independently assessed in the same way as those in prison or police custody.

Figures show that 261 sectioned hospital patients died in England last year, whereas there were 189 deaths in prison and 31 in police custody yet, while those in police, prison and immigration custody are all subjected to independent investigation to comply with Article 2, the right to life, of the European Convention of Human Rights, mental health deaths have not been subjected to the same scrutiny.

Former hospital trust manager wins nearly £1m in race discrimination case

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 16:03 -- martinn

Elliot Browne, a former senior manager with Central Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, has won almost £1m in damages after being sacked following 34 years with the NHS.

He won his case for unfair dismissal and racial discrimination after an employment tribunal ruled that he had been faced with “persistent discrimination” and an “intimidating environment” before he was suspended and then sacked from his post. 

Record high in people catching infections at hospital

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 15:08 -- martinn

New figures are showing that the number of patients who have contracted serious infections whilst in NHS hospitals has almost doubled within two years.

The figures, from the NHS Information Centre, show that the number of people who had a “nosocomial condition”, which is any infection acquired in hospital or another medical environment, stood at 42,712 last year, over a third higher than the 31,447 recorded in the previous year and almost double the 22,448 figure for 2008/09.

GMC calls for tougher measures for foreign doctors

Wed, 09/21/2011 - 12:05 -- martinn

The General Medical Council (GMC) has reacted to the continuing unease about foreign doctors working in the UK by insisting that they undertake a basic training test before starting work for the NHS.

The GMC will run induction courses for those coming to the country from overseas as well as graduates from British medical schools after it claimed that many doctors came over with little or no preparation and with no support to help them adjust to the demands of the job.

Hospital admits liability after girl is left paralysed

Fri, 09/02/2011 - 10:27 -- martinn

A hospital has admitted liability after a routine operation left a schoolgirl paralysed from the waist down.

Sophie Tyler, now aged 17, from south Wales will spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair after medical negligence from a spinal anaesthetic was left in too long following surgery at Birmingham Children’s Hospital to remove gallstones.

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