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Unsafe Syringes Used in NHS for Many Years

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Only four days after the Gosport Hospital independent inquiry report [1] was released on the inappropriate administration of opioid drugs which reduced the lifespan of patients, a whistleblower close to the inquiry raised a new alert.  Speaking...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Risk of Need for Hysterectomy After Insertion of Sterilisation Device Essure

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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...

We Need To Talk About Mental Health And Suicide

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If you are worried about someone’s mental health or are having suicidal thoughts, you can contact the Samaritans  on freephone 116 123 or your GP.  If you or someone you know is in an emergency situation, please call 999 [CM1]  ...

Overburdened NHS Sometimes Fails To Diagnose Minor Head Injuries

Malcolm Underhill
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This week is Road Safety Week and IBB Claims is proud to be a supporter of this event, which aims to inspire communities to take action on road safety and promote life-saving messages throughout the country. Road traffic accidents account for 50% of all ...

Could Your Doctor Have Missed Your Bowel Cancer Symptoms?

Malcolm Underhill
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A new study by the British Journal of cancer released last week reported that one in five ‘red flag’ symptoms that indicate the presence of bowel cancer have been missed by GPs [1] .  The study also found that 16% of patients presenting...

The Tragedy of Cancer Misdiagnosis

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When someone receives a  diagnosis of cancer it can feel like their heart drops to the pit of their stomach.  Unless someone has been through it themselves, it is difficult to comprehend the swell of emotions a person feels in the first few days;...

'Never Events' Cause Never Ending Distress

Malcolm Underhill
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A patient’s entire testicle removed instead of the cyst on it.  The removal of a woman’s fallopian tube instead of an appendix.  A scalpel blade being left inside a patient following an operation. The above is not a synopsis of the...

Payout for widow whose husband died after botched spinal operation

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A mother-of-five has been awarded compensation after her husband died following a spinal operation where a crucial vein was damaged. Julie Bircham, from Roydon in Essex, said she hopes the payout will ensure that lessons are learned and procedures are...