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Hospital apologises for surgeon error

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 11:52 -- martinn

An NHS Trust will pay compensation and has made a full apology after a surgeon removed healthy tissue during a brain operation which has left a man needing 24-hour care.

The surgeon’s blunder came after the man, John Tunney, who used to work as a paramedic, was in hospital for a biopsy on a tumour. However the surgeon treating him took off healthy brain tissue which caused a serious haemorrhage, leaving Mr Tunney with permanent brain injuries which mean that he is now incapable of looking after his own affairs and requires constant supervision.

Hearing told that doctor deliberately hastened death of patient

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 10:16 -- martinn

A tribunal has heard that a doctor gave a terminally ill man a lethal injection of a drug in order to hasten his death.

The doctor, William Barrett, who has admitted administering a fatal overdose of diamorphine but has denied intending to cause the patient’s death, is facing a misconduct hearing at the General Medical Council (GMC) and could be struck off and even arrested as two police officers are in attendance to listen to his evidence.

22-stone man goes to Court of Appeal in bid to get obesity surgery

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 16:26 -- martinn

A 62-year-old grandfather is continuing a legal battle to try and get his local health trust to fund obesity surgery by taking his case to the Court of Appeal.

Tom Condliff, from Staffordshire, who weighs 22-stone, is considering the action after a High Court judge refused his application for a judicial review over North Staffordshire PCT’s decision not to pay for a gastric bypass operation.

New test provides hope for Alzheimer’s sufferers

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 16:16 -- martinn

Scientists are hopeful that a new test will provide them with a valuable weapon in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Researchers at the Technical University in Munich have looked at levels of proteins in spinal fluid which are usually higher in those who go on to develop the condition. They have discovered in tests that two proteins in particular are powerful predictors when combined with a person’s age and that levels become raised very early during disease development.

Lansley to be sent details of DVT death

Thu, 06/23/2011 - 12:33 -- martinn

The Health Secretary Andrew Lansley is to be sent details of a case involving a woman who died from deep vein thrombosis after being diagnosed with muscular pain.

He will check whether necessary action was taken after the death of Rebecca Cain who suffered a blood clot in her leg in 2009, days after she had gone to an NHS walk-in centre for help. Mrs Cain, from Radford, Nottinghamshire, had gone onto a computer and was convinced that she had DVT but the nurses at the centre insisted that the pain she was suffering was muscular and sent her home.

Age discrimination in cancer care

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 08:59 -- martinn

A new study has claimed that elderly breast cancer patients are often denied treatments that are made available to those of a younger age.

The data, which is to be presented at the National Cancer Intelligence Network Conference, looked into the treatment given to 23,000 breast cancer victims between 1997 and 2005 and found that those aged over 70 were less likely to have surgery than other age groups.

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