RCOG highlights proof babies could be saved with better care
Maternity initiatives introduced by the government in 2015 may have begun to bite as the number of stillbirths fell for the first time in a decade. The bad news is that too many babies still die because of inadequate maternity care.
Outgoing prison ombudsman regrets a prison system 'in crisis'
Outgoing PPO inspector Nigel Newcomen says the statistics on deaths in prison, combined with high levels of violence and incidents of significant disorder, indicate a prison system 'still very much in crisis'.
As litigation funding gets murkier, legal aid remains a beacon for families devastated by birth injuries
Lord Faulks QC flagged his concern in the Times about the potential conflict of interest imposed on a case by third-party litigation funding.
Fieldfisher supports the Royal London Trauma Cyclethon
To support the work of the trauma team at the Royal London Hospital, members of our Personal Injury and Medical Negligence team took part in the Royal London Trauma Cyclethon on 17th May.
Arti Shah highlights Cervical Screening Awareness Week with a device that could make testing more comfortable
Scientists at Duke University, North Carolina have developed a new device that will hopefully make smear tests less uncomfortable for women, cheaper and more readily available.
The psychology behind admitting a fatal mistake
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine believe that better training in the social psychology behind how we're affected by making mistakes can help doctors to be more open when things go wrong.
Fundamental errors in midwives training risks the lives of more babies
The Times reported yesterday that during the inquest of baby Billy Wilson, who died at three-days old, the midwife in charge of Billy's mother, Carla, at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield did not know how to use the CTG machine.
Christina Gardiner highlights worrying similarities in baby death investigations
The number of baby deaths at the Countess of Chester Hospital draws worrying parallels with one of our own cases regarding substandard medical care provided at Watford General Hospital.
Fieldfisher wins Personal Injury Team of the Year award 2017
The team here at Fieldfisher have won Personal Injury Team of the Year at the 2017 Solicitors Journal Awards.
To prevent mistakes, the government must not ignore the stats on birth injuries
The alarming figures revealed by the BBC this week detailing the number of mistakes routinely occurring in maternity wards around the country must be taken very seriously by the Government.
Fixed costs: The end of patient justice
A letter from the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), the charity for patient safety and justice, published in the Telegraph this week, asked the Health Secretary to reconsider proposals concerning fixed costs in clinical negligence claims.
TVT mesh: the biggest health scandal of our time?
Thousands of women have been left in excruciating pain having undergone what was for years mainstream NHS surgery to cure incontinence, usually following childbirth.
Jennifer Buchanan welcomes an initiative to improve the lives of children missing a limb
The Department of Health has earmarked £750,000 funding for research into child prosthetics; bringing together clinicians and academics working in the field and the children who use prosthetics every day.
Why are British teenagers so unhappy?
In a stark report following a survey of half a million 15-year-olds, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has found that British teenagers are more anxious, more likely to be bullied and less satisfied with life than other teenagers in the rest of the world.
Judges agree realistic rate of return to protect the injured
In a landmark judgment in 1998 (Wells v Wells), the House of Lords stated that the purpose of an award of damages made to someone injured long-term in an accident was to "put the plaintiff in the same position, financially, as if he had not been injured".
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