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Brain Injury Support and Rehabilitation: An Interview With Andrew Pemberton

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Simon Pimlott , personal injury lawyer at IBB Claims, speaks to   Andrew Pemberton , Managing Director of Cardinal Management, and board member of the UK Council for Rehabilitation.  Andrew and Simon, discuss the implications and...

The Symptoms of a Brain Tumour: Why Your GP May Miss the Signs

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Transcript of the video: Malcolm : I am Malcolm Underhill a solicitor IBB Solicitors. I specialise in acting for those who sustained a brain injury or have been diagnosed with a brain tumour. However I'm particularly concerned about those with a...

Cancer delays 'leave patients at risk'

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The NHS is struggling to keep apace with demands for its services, and it is now estimated that every household will need to contribute £2,000 each year in taxes just to keep the system afloat [1] .  And that will only bring about modest...

The Growing Mental Health Crisis For Our Younger Generation

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This May, the Commons health and social care and education select committees made their thoughts known on the Government's proposals to make in-roads into the growing mental health crisis affected young people.  The plans, in the form of a green...

The Worrying Growth of Peer on Peer Sexual Abuse in Our Schools

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The BBC recently covered a deeply disturbing story regarding peer-on-peer sexual abuse by school age children.  According to the NSPCC, cases like this involving not only secondary aged children, but also primary schoolers, happen, “thousands...

Ex-football coach Bob Higgins was a 'predatory paedophile' exposed by charity helpline

Malcolm Underhill
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A former football coach for a number of professional clubs is on trial, accused of being “a serial abuser of young teenage boys’. Bob Higgins, 65, is being prosecuted for 50 counts of indecent assault at Salisbury Crown Court –...

Support For Brain Tumour Patients: An Interview With Becky Haggar

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Malcolm: I'm with Becky Haggar from the Hillingdon Brain Tumor and Injury Group . And I'm interested in learning, Becky, all about the group which I understand you set up some years ago. So how was it formed? Becky:  It was formed...

Is the law about to change to make upskirting a crime?

Malcolm Underhill
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For many, it may come as a shock that up-skirting, the act of secretly photographing under a skirt, is not illegal in England and Wales.  It seems inconceivable that such a gross disregard for the personal privacy of another person is not an...

Royal National Institute of Blind People Investigated After Sexual Abuse Allegation

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As a society, we put a great deal of trust, faith, and responsibility in the hands of charitable institutions to advocate, protect, care, and support those who are vulnerable or disabled.  But that trust has been significantly eroded over the past...

Rochdale Authorities' Response to Evidence of Child Abuse was "Careless and Wholly Inadequate" Inquiry Finds

Malcolm Underhill
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Authorities in Rochdale failed in their response to evidence of child abuse, at the council-run Knowl View Residential School , a new report has found. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) report into historic abuse at the...

Computer Glitch Causes 450,000 Women To Miss Final Routine Breast Cancer Screening

Malcolm Underhill
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Health Minister, Jeremy Hunt, has launched an urgent independent inquiry after revelations that up to 270 women may have died after being affected by a 2009 computer error that caused 450,000 women to miss crucial breast cancer screenings [1] . The...

Update: Epilepsy drug now banned during pregnancy

Malcolm Underhill
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In January 2018, we wrote about the epilepsy drug, sodium valproate , which had been linked to 20,000 cases of catastrophic disabilities in children in the UK.  At the time, MP Norman Lamb referred to the situation as an “extraordinary...

Sexual Abuse Awareness in 2018: Why Abuse Victims Need More Support

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(Transcript of a discussion between abuse lawyer,   Malcolm Underhill , and Uxbridge based psychotherapist   Keeley Taverner . Keeley : I'm Keeley Taverner , I'm a psychotherapist based in the heart of Uxbridge. I help...

The Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Relationships and Intimacy

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(Transcript of a discussion between abuse lawyer, Malcolm Underhill , and Uxbridge based psychotherapist  Keeley Taverner . Keeley: So, building trust is a massive factor when I'm working with victims of sexual abuse and often...

The Chichester Child Abuse Scandal - Normalising the Abnormal

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Chichester is a beautiful and historic cathedral city located in the South-West, between the lively seaside town of Brighton, and the naval city of Portsmouth to the west.  For many that have visited Chichester, and Sussex more widely, they will be...

Jehovah Witness Abuse Victims Coming Forward - Just The Tip Of The Iceberg?

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It has been reported that more than 100 people have spoken to the Guardian newspaper about allegations of child abuse in the Jehovah Witness church.  Many fear that given the size of the organisation, there may be hundreds or even thousands more victims...

We believe Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

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The Metropolitan Police Service has abandoned its policy of automatically believing victims of sexual abuse, according to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick. Speaking to The Times , Ms Dick said that she had “rethought” the...

Telford Child Sex Abuse Ring - Just Tip Of The Iceberg

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Idyllic Shropshire is hardly a county one would imagine a sex abuse scandal would occur in.  But unfortunately, in the past ten days, there have been a disturbing amount of reports coming from Telford about a child sexual abuse ring which could...

Shocking extent of sexual abuse in UK boarding schools revealed in new documentary

Malcolm Underhill
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The true scale of sexual abuse in UK boarding schools has been exposed in a new ITV documentary that has revealed hundreds of people are accused of abusing children in some of the UK’s leading private schools. The documentary, part of ITV’s ...

Oxfam sex abuse scandal widens following reports of abuse in charity shops

Malcolm Underhill
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The Oxfam sex abuse scandal has taken a new turn following reports that teenage volunteers in the charity’s UK shops have been abused. The charity's former head of safeguarding, Helen Evans, revealed that staff working in Oxfam’s charity...

Former football coach Barry Bennell found guilty of child sex abuse

Malcolm Underhill
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Barry Bennell, a former football coach who worked at top-level English clubs, including Manchester City and Leeds United, has been found guilty of multiple sex offences against boys he coached in the 1980s. The 64-year-old, who now goes by the name Richard...

If You Think the Risk of Asbestos Has Diminished...Think Again

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In 2018, you would easily be forgiven for thinking that asbestos was a concern of bygone years.  In fact, not only is asbestos still prevalent in many buildings and structures across the UK, the number of cases of diagnosed asbestos-related disease...

The Future Of Artifical Intelligence As A Tool To Help Brain Injury Victims

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It is no exaggeration to say we currently stand on the cusp of a new wave of innovations that will totally transform how humans live.  At present, we are very much finding our feet, and imagining the potential applications for technologies such as...

Victims still looking for justice over historic child abuse in Islington children's homes

Malcolm Underhill
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Islington Council has appointed a top Queen’s Counsel to investigate former Mayor Sandy Marks’ links to historic child abuse that took place in local children’s homes and the council from the 1970s through to the 1990s. Sarah Morgan QC...

New study shows a third of theatre workers have been sexually harassed

Malcolm Underhill
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Sexual harassment and bullying are “ingrained into the theatre culture” according to a new study carried out by The Stage . A poll of theatre professionals and students shows 43% have experiencing bullying and 31% have been sexually harassed...

Epilepsy Drug Sodium Valproate And Birth Defects - A Devastating Scandal

Malcolm Underhill
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Sodium Valproate, also known as Epilim, Episenta, Epival, and Convulex (as valproic acid), has been linked to catastrophic disabilities in around 20,000 children in the UK. MP Norman Lamb has called the situation an “extraordinary scandal”[1]. ...

Why NHS delays could lead to a rise in clinical negligence claims

Malcolm Underhill
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This winter has seen the National Health Service under perhaps the heaviest pressure ever, with NHS bosses ordering hospitals to cancel tens of thousands of operations and outpatient appointments in an effort to free up capacity to cope with demand on...

Huge Victory For Asbestos Claimants In Disclosure Case

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  Dring v Cape & Ors In December 2017 the High Court ruled in the case of Dring v Cape & Ors that historical documents setting out corporate knowledge of an asbestos hazard , due to be destroyed under the terms of an out-of-court...

Child Abuse In Catholic Schools: "Everybody Knew What Was Going On"

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A recent article in The Times by its chief travel writer, Stephen Bleach, has brought to the fore the terrible abuse suffered by past students at St Benedict’s in Ealing, West London [1] . At the end of November, Andrew Soper (or Father...

St Paul's Girls' School is Latest to Face Historic Sexual Abuse Claims

Malcolm Underhill
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One of the UK’s leading independent schools – St Paul’s Girls’ School – has received claims of historic sexual abuse after asking ex-pupils to share stories of sexual harassment related to the recent popular #metoo social...

Why Do Victims Delay Reporting Sexual Abuse?

Malcolm Underhill
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The 2 nd August 2017 saw a case of alleged sexual abuse against children reported in the media. East London doctor, Manish Shah, a GP practicing in Romford , was charged with 118 sexual offences [1] .  Dr Shah was charged with 65 counts...

How to Protect Your Child From Sexual Abuse: Both Off Line and Online

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54,898 sexual offences against children recorded by the police in the UK in 2015/16 1 . In the NSPCC report “How safe are our children? The most comprehensive overview of child protection in the UK 2017” a few key findings immerged: All UK...

Prosthetic Limbs: The Past, the Present and the Exciting Future

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If you are lucky enough to have all your arms and legs, chances are you take them for granted.  But consider for a moment what a remarkable biological machine the human body is.  Take the hand.  Its muscles are intricate enough to write...

Vaginal Mesh Implants: Women Worldwide Claim Compensation For Pain and Complications

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Professor Carl Heneghan, who specialises in evidence-based medicine, stated that some of the devices used in vaginal-based procedures had not been clinically tested.  Furthermore, he was shocked by the number of women affected. The transvaginal...

Contaminated Blood Scandal Victims Will Now Sue Government

Malcolm Underhill
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Over 500 victims of the NHS contaminated blood scandal have been given leave to seek compensation from the government [1] . The claimants are a mix of survivors and relatives of those who died after being given infected blood products.  More than...

Child Abuse and its Effects on Self Love and Self Esteem: Observations By a Psychotherapist

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This paper serves as a window to the observations I have made while providing support to adult victims of child abuse over a number of years in my capacity as a psychotherapist. From the view of the therapist’s chair, the legacy of child abuse...

Risk of Need for Hysterectomy After Insertion of Sterilisation Device Essure

Malcolm Underhill
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An investigation by the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Show has found a number of women underwent hysterectomies to remove a sterilisation device, Essure , used on the NHS. Laura Linkson, who was fitted with the Essure device in 2013, told the BBC...

What is the process of recovery and rehabilitation for a traumatic brain injury?

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One of the most serious injuries a person can receive is one involving brain trauma .  The brain governs everything, from our behaviour and personality, to our ability to eat, walk and sleep.  An injury to the brain can have long term...

Four Ex-Teachers At Christ's Hospital School Charged With Historic Sex Abuse Offences

Malcolm Underhill
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The community of Horsham, West Sussex is in shock after it was announced yesterday that four former teachers at Christ’s Hospital School have been charged with historic sexual abuse of pupils. The incidents took place between 1980 and 1996. Gary...

The Grenfell Tower Fire: Why Were Residents' Concerns About Fire Safety Ignored?

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The Grenfell Tower fire is a tragedy that has left over 79 people dead and many missing and unaccounted for.  As public and criminal investigations are launched, many questions will need answering, not least; how in 2017 could a building...

Child Abuse Compensation Claims Against GPs and Other Medical Professionals

Malcolm Underhill
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The BBC has recently reported on child abuse claims made against a Shropshire GP who died 17 years ago. [1]   Hospitals, GP surgeries and medical centres are places upon which we all rely, often at times of weakness or vulnerability, when seeking...

Could Modern Medicine Have Saved Abraham Lincoln?

Malcolm Underhill
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Abraham Lincoln was the first US President to be assassinated, drawing his last breath at 7.20 am, on 15 th April 1865.  He died from a traumatic brain injury caused by a bullet, shot from almost point blank range as he watched a performance of Our...

When Childbirth Goes Tragically Wrong

Malcolm Underhill
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There are few women who do not fear childbirth, after all, less than 200 years ago giving birth constituted a major threat to a woman’s life.  Childbirth, however, remains highly dangerous for women in developing countries [1] .  Thanks to...

Time to stop burying head in the sand over chronic traumatic encephalopathy

Malcolm Underhill
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Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative brain disease, found in athletes, military veterans and others exposed to repetitive brain trauma.  Previously known as “punch drunk syndrome” and linked only to...

Will a Cycle Helmet Protect Your Head In an Accident?

Malcolm Underhill
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“Cool kids wear lids.”  “Protect your head or end up dead.”  “Keep calm and helmet on.”  These are just some of the catchy slogans associated with promoting cycle helmets.  Those in favour of making...

New Research Changes The Way We Understand Memory

Malcolm Underhill
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Extraordinary new research has been conducted into how memories are made and stored.  The findings, which contradict what scientists have believed for decades about how memories are made, could help doctors treat those suffering from severe brain...

The Shocking Cover-Up Of Abuse In Private Boarding Schools

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At the beginning of April, journalist Alex Renton wrote a detailed article in the Sunday Times about the abuse he suffered at Ashdown House, the Sussex boarding school where he was placed by his parents at the age of eight [1] . He talks of being full of...

How Nebulisers Help Those Gasping For Breath

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Few sensations are as terrifying as not being able to get enough air into your lungs.  The tightening of the chest, the hunger for air and the creeping onslaught of panic as you try to fill your lungs is one of the most frightening experiences...

NICE Releases New Guidance on Child Abuse and Neglect

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recently released guidance to be considered by all practitioners working with children and young people under the age of 18, including social workers, healthcare professionals and lead...

Let's Be Clear On Sexual Relations Between Teachers And Students Over 16

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It’s not OK. The law is crystal clear on this issue.  Under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 , any sexual relationship between someone who is in a position of trust, such as a teacher and a person to whom that trust extends, is criminal [1] . ...