What is the negligence in clinical negligence?

You’d expect the answer to “what is the negligence in clinical negligence” to be straightforward.   Like a car accident.  Someone crushes your rear bumper.  Unless there’s a really good explanation, that driver’s negligent.  A restaurant serves you meat that’s gone off.  Your sick.  The restaurant’s negligent.  In a clinical context – hospital, GP, dentist, …

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Doing it right – the Code for treatment of mental health illness

The Government reports 2,726,721 people had contact with NHS secondary mental health services in the period 2018/19 – about 4% of the population of the UK.   If you take out the under 18s (632,261), and the elderly (340,040 – a high proportion of whom will require help because of dementia), this leaves 1,752,420 adults …

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When technology clouds clinical judgement

We trust technology solves diagnostic issues in medicine.  Do a test.  That’s the mantra.  Technology will explain the symptoms. Tiny cameras. MRI scans. CT scans. Blood tests. Samples examined under microscopes.  When diagnosis is sorted, treatment will follow. Restoration to full health.   This trust in technology isn’t just in us, the laymen, the patients, us who need NHS intervention …

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