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The case of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust v Linda Metcalf highlights the very serious consequences of dishonest and exaggerated claims against the NHS.
Linda Metcalf has received an immediate 6-month custodial sentence for her deliberate attempt to defraud the NHS and deceive the Court. She has also been ordered to pay the Trust’s costs of the proceedings. Sentence was passed by Mr Justice Griffiths in the Leeds District Registry on 11.02.21.
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Bell v Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and others – requirements for consent under Gillick
On 1st December 2020 the Divisional Court gave judgment in this unusual judicial review involving the circumstances in which a child or young person under 18 may be competent to give valid consent to treatment in law for the use of hormone or puberty blockers for gender dysphoria, and the process by which consent to treatment is obtained.
The Supreme Court has now handed down its judgment in the long and sad case of Ecila Henderson v Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust. The judgment puts to rest the issue of whether a claimant who has been found guilty of a criminal act can recover damages from the party whose original negligence gave rise to the situation where the claimant was able to commit the criminal act.
Hempsons and NHS Providers launch guide covering the legal liabilities that are likely to arise due to the pandemic.
We are delighted to announce another outstanding year for Hempsons in The Legal 500. Our team has been praised for its exceptional reputation and high quality of work over the past year.
Stephen Hooper, who instructed Jim Duffy of 1 Crown Office Row, has successfully defended a GP surgery in a claim for clinical negligence, after a former patient fell pregnant and alleged that the surgery had negligently failed to prevent it.
Elizabeth Thomas explores the significant role of telemedicine and the steps which can reduce the burden on patients and the public purse.
Advance care planning which is patient specific will not only ensure it acts as a protector of patients’ rights and wishes, but will also be a shield for clinicians against complaint or claim and is an essential tool for providers in ensuring a comprehensive service.
On 1 April 2020 the Supreme Court handed down two Judgments in Barclays Bank Plc v Various Claimants  UKSC 13 and WM Morrisons Supermarkets Plc v Various Claimants  UKSC 12 in which the Court appears to be moving against vicarious liability. This article sets out the decision in Barclays Bank and considers the independent contractor Defence.
Pectus Excavatum is a congenital deformity where the ribs and sternum grow abnormally forming a caved-in chest wall. In most patients, the only symptom is the cosmetic indentation of the chest although, in more severe cases, there can be respiratory problems and chest pain. Surgery involves placing titanium bars beneath the ribs and sternum to push the chest back out.
Stephen Hooper appears in the latest issue of Modern Dentist Magazine to take part in their first Forum. The experts give their opinion to a number of questions focused on risk, clinical negligence and malpractice claims.