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Category Archives: Clinical Negligence

Kate Oldfield, Managing Partner and Head of Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence at Davis Blank Furniss

Kate Oldfield – Managing Partner and Head of PI and Clinical Negligence – discusses funding for inquests: the latest disappointment

An inquest is a public enquiry carried out by a coroner. The coroner has to decide who the deceased was, when and where they died, the medical cause of their death and how they came by their death.  It is usually the “how” question that becomes the main focus of the inquest and the most... Read the rest of this entry →

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Kate Oldfield – managing partner and head of Clinical Negligence – looks at the Turnaround for Tameside

We are all extremely disappointed when local services fail to supply a good standard of care. Over the last few years, one of our local hospitals, Tameside Hospital, has had a particularly troubled past. Put into special measures after an investigation into mortality rates, the hospital was taken out in September 2015 with a condition... Read the rest of this entry →

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Kate Oldfield – managing partner and head of Clinical Negligence – discusses the Significant Rise in Dispensing Errors

Davis Blank Furniss continues to see a significant increase in clients complaining of dispensing errors. A typical example is that a client will visit their pharmacist, they are provided with medication, they take the medication for a few days and then realise that it is incorrect and that they have been provided with either the... Read the rest of this entry →

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Kate Oldfield – managing partner and head of Clinical Negligence – discusses Deaths of Patients with Mental Health Issues and Learning Disabilities

In 2015, NHS England commissioned a review into the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. It was concerned about how the Trust investigated the deaths of mental health patients and those with learning disabilities. It focused on the period between April 2011 and March 2015. Sadly the result of the report identified a number of failings... Read the rest of this entry →

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Kate Oldfield – managing partner and head of Clinical Negligence – discusses Clinical Negligence Mediation: Complaints against NHS Hospitals

A couple of months ago the NHS Litigation Authority launched a new Mediation Service. Helen Vernon, the Chief Executive of NHSLA, announced that: “Mediation is an excellent forum for dispute resolution and provides injured patients and their families with an opportunity for face-to-face explanations and apologies when things go wrong and reducing the need for... Read the rest of this entry →

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Edward Moss – solicitor in our Medical Negligence team – discusses GP consultation times.

It seems that every other day there appears to be a news story about the growing problems facing the NHS. Research carried out by the Health Foundation has looked at the average consultation length for GP appointments in the UK. The research found that average consultation length is 10 minutes. This is thought to be... Read the rest of this entry →

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Edward Moss – solicitor – discusses the pressures on the NHS

Recent press coverage has again showed that the NHS is struggling to cope with the pressures currently being placed upon it. Despite the NHS’s budget being ring-fenced from spending cuts, NHS Trusts in England has been unable to control its spending and has overspent its budget by approximately £2.45bn in the financial year to March... Read the rest of this entry →

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Davis Blank Furniss announces new partner, promotions & NQ appointment

We are delighted to announce that Anita Shepherd has been promoted to partner in our Family team. Anita joined the firm in 2012 and works out of the Manchester and Glossop offices. She handles all aspects of family law and is also a Resolution Advanced Accredited Specialist with a focus on domestic abuse and advanced... Read the rest of this entry →

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Edward Moss – solicitor – discusses ‘Never Events’ and the possible reasons behind them.

Over the past few weeks, NHS England has been the subject of press coverage regarding so called NHS ‘Never Events’. The NHS categorises a Never Event as: a serious incident that is wholly preventable, as there is guidance or safety recommendations that provide strong systemic protective barriers and these should have been implemented by all... Read the rest of this entry →

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