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Safety of medicines and medical devices will come under closer scrutiny
03/02/22
Safety of two medicines (Primodos and Sodium Valproate) and one device (pelvic mesh) was at the heart of the report of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review. Read the latest update on this topic.
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There is likely to be an increase in the number of clinical trials
03/02/22
This year is likely to see a resurgence of non-Covid trials which have been postponed or paused in the last two years, and new trials for Covid treatments and vaccines (e.g. those based on conventional vaccine technology).
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The rollout of technology to support the delivery of care will continue apace, with data security coming into ever sharper focus
03/02/22
The pandemic has seen an acceleration in the use of technology: remote GP consultations, the use of apps for ‘track and trace’ and AI as a diagnostic reporting tool (e.g. in radiology), with legal issues likely to centre on information governance.
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Learning from the Paterson Inquiry: new legislation on regulation, co-operation between regulators and more
03/02/22
The government has published its long-awaited response to the Paterson Inquiry Report. Read the details and what you need to do next in our insight.
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The latest on the Covid-19 Public Inquiry
03/02/22
Read the latest developments regarding the impending Public Inquiry, including what this means for you.
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Procedures and policies, including national policy decisions, will be central to defending Covid-related claims
03/02/22
Delays to non-Covid treatment is the leading type of claim against NHS Trusts to date, followed by Hospital-Acquired Covid (HAC) and failure to treat Covid appropriately.
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Inquests: failures of care during the pandemic may be scrutinised more closely, but ‘following the science’ will likely continue to be the dominant theme on causation
03/02/22
The vast majority of the inquest cases relate to acquisition of Covid-19 during hospital admission and staffing/resource issues. In a recent case a Coroner was critical of a decision not to escalate a patient’s care to ICU.
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Concussion injury in elite sport will remain in the headlines
03/02/22
Concussion injury and its consequences continue to be in the news, with group litigation planned by both rugby and football players. We could see more claims of this nature, including from other sports where head injury is a risk.
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Fixed recoverable costs in low value clinical negligence claims are on the horizon
03/02/22
The government is opening a consultation on fixed recoverable costs in low value clinical negligence claims. The proposed scheme aims to avoid litigation and speed up the exchange of evidence for faster agreement on liability, causation and quantum.
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Spotlight on two liability decisions to watch out for in 2022
03/02/22
Two cases awaiting decisions from the Court of Appeal could have a significant impact for healthcare organisations.
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Temporary update to GP contracts due to Covid-19
03/02/22
We have summarised the key temporary variations to primary care contracts as well as the changes to the 2021/22 Network Contract Directed Enhanced Services (DES).
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Court of Appeal reviews aggregation clauses in insurance contracts
28/01/22
This is a useful judgment for insurers when considering multiple claims which follow the actions of a single individual. Read on for a summary of the case and what it means for insurers.