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Breast surgeon Ian Paterson – hundreds of potential victims yet to be contacted

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Despite the fact a year has passed since the independent review into breast surgeon Ian Paterson and his treatment of patients, it is understood that hundreds of his former patients have yet to be contacted in the ongoing patient recall. It may be that approximately 6,500 of Paterson’s patients have been contacted, but a total of 11,000 may still need to be reviewed.

Paterson is currently serving a 20-year sentence after being convicted of wounding with intent. His unnecessary practices, such as mastectomy procedures that were not required, were not only dangerous, but also incredibly traumatic for the victims, leaving them with physical and mental scars.

We believe that it is not only Paterson who should be held accountable – the hospitals in which he worked in have a lot to answer for too. It is shocking that such treatments completely bypassed hospital management, and it suggests that systematic failings allowed Ian Paterson to get away with his harmful actions. As such, we believe that there are many of Paterson’s patients who may still be able to make a medical negligence claim. If you have been contacted by the hospital involved, or if you believe you have been affected, do not hesitate to contact us for advice on your potential claim.

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Lung Cancer Referrals down 50% due to COVID-19

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Cancer Research UK has revealed that lung cancer referrals are said to be down 50% over the last few months due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Fewer patients may be visiting their GP with lung cancer symptoms due to the similar nature of coronavirus symptoms, and this is seen as a cause for concern.

Cancer Research UK is said to be concerned not just about the apparent lack of lung cancer referrals, but also the lack of referrals for all types of cancer. They fear that the Government’s ‘stay home, protect the NHS, save lives’ messaging may have impacted people’s decision-making to visit their GP and, as a result, hindered early diagnosis of cancers and, perhaps, the outcome of treatments.

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Concerns over anti-depressant prescriptions for children

A shocking number of anti-depressant prescriptions for children has been revealed. It has been said that 1,572 infants were prescribed anti-depressants to stabilise their moods between 2015 and 2019, which is a cause for concern.

This is an astonishing statistic considering that the NHS guidance recommends not prescribing under-18’s anti-depressants. Whilst this kind of medication can be vital for those who need it, it is concerning to learn so much use of the drug is taking place for children.

Whilst medical advice must always take precedence, we must not end up in a situation where there is an over-reliance on such medication that could have an adverse effect on children. We have seen such instances where an over-reliance on prescriptions has caused widespread problems, and this is a situation that must be avoided at all costs.

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Royal Derby Hospital Gynaecologist Malpractice Compensation

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You could be eligible to claim clinical negligence compensation arising from the Royal Derby Hospital gynaecologist malpractice investigation.

At the Injury Lawyers, we may be able to represent you on a No Win, No Fee basis. The more women that come forward who have been affected by this, the better – as there can be strength in numbers. A large group of women who may have been subject to the gynaecologist’s alleged malpractice making compensation claims together can allow for a group or multi-party action to form, which can be beneficial for all. In any cases where someone has suffered, that is where they may be eligible to claim.

It is believed that the number of women who could be affected by issues could be around the 272 mark, which has come from the ongoing investigation data so far. If you have not been contacted by the Trust but have gone through a procedure that may form as part of this, and something has gone wrong, you could be eligible to claim.

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Pelvic mesh inquiry shows patients have been failed

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Media coverage of the pelvic mesh inquiry results has led to a new wave of people contacting us for help and advice about No Win, No Fee compensation claims.

The brief of the findings is that there are patients who have been failed and badly let down, with their suffering and their pleas for help ignored. Victims of negligence should be entitled to compensation, and this is what we do as a way of getting some form of justice for victims of vaginal mesh issues.

Here’s our take on the inquiry and how we can help people today.

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Families come forward in wake of Shrewsbury and Telford maternity scandal

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More families have come forward to speak to the inquiry into the recently discovered Shrewsbury and Telford maternity scandal.

There are families who have been battling for justice for years that are now a part of hundreds of families speaking to the inquiry. Others who had no idea something wrong had even happened have had their eyes opened since news of the scandal hit the headlines and are also coming forward.

The leaked report from November will hopefully allow more victims and families to receive the justice and closure they need from the 40-year scandal. Special measures must be put in place to also ensure that there’s never a repeat of this scandal ever again.

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NHS cancer screening programmes under heavy criticism

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NHS cancer screening programmes in the UK have come in for some heavy criticism after MP reviews deem systems as “unfit for purpose”.

It’s understood that there are some 360 different IT systems being used by the NHS for bowel, breast and cervical cancer screening. Some of those systems are 30 years old, and programmes “consistently fail” to hit targets.

This is worrying news that comes a year on from the NHS breast cancer screening scandal of 2018 which saw hundreds of thousands of women miss out on lifesaving check-ups because an IT glitch meant their invitation for screening was never sent. We’re taking legal action over that particular scandal having been approached for help and representation.

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Criticism over new vaginal mesh guidelines

The new vaginal mesh guidelines introduced by NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) have already been hit with heavy criticism.

A lack of focus on the long-term impact to women who have suffered complications, as well as a lack of clarity on the use of non-surgical methods, have been questioned.

The guidelines appear to accept that there’s a lack of knowledge about the long-term impact, yet there are thousands of women who could tell their stories. As a law firm who are representing women whose mesh procedures have failed, we can tell you from experience just how bad it can be.

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Police dealing with mental health issues more and more

Instances of the police dealing with mental health issues is on the rise, and it’s an incredibly worrying trend with a dangerous underlying cause.

Information from a damning report has labelled the state of mental healthcare in the UK as a “national crisis”. The lack of funding and resources has led to the police “picking up the pieces” of a broken system.

The government’s austerity measures have been blamed, with the already overstretched police force now having to step in and deal with mental health issues more and more.

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NHS staff shortages costing £1.5bn in temporary staff

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According to recent research conduct by the Open University, NHS staff shortages are apparently costing the taxpayer around £1.5bn a year in temporary staff.

With the Royal College of Nursing saying there’s around 40,000 nursing vacancies, and widespread shortfalls in staff across the country, the cost of plugging the rota gaps is putting an even greater financial strain on the NHS funding situation. It’s thought that around half a billion pounds could be saved if these shortages were plugged with permanent staff instead of temps.

This all makes for worrying reading.

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