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"Alexa, my symptoms are…"

Published on 17 July 2019. By Chloe Scott, Trainee Solicitor

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Amazon has announced that Alexa will now provide its users medical advice directly from the NHS website. This blog looks at the potential impacts of this change.

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MPs Vote to Lift Abortion Ban in Northern Ireland

Published on 15 July 2019. By Genevieve Isherwood, Associate

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Last Wednesday MPs in Westminster voted in favour of lifting the abortion ban in Northern Ireland by a majority of 332 votes to 99. The passing of the amendment has been hailed as a historic day for women's rights but what does it mean practically?

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The Medical Devices Regulation 2017 and good business practice

Published on 05 July 2019. By Peter Rudd-Clarke, Legal Director

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When it comes to risk management, businesses in general should take note of the issues covered by the Medical Devices Regulation 2017

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Government Consultation on Adding Folic Acid to Flour

Published on 18 June 2019. By Genevieve Isherwood, Associate

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Last week the government began a consultation on whether to introduce mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid to help reduce neural tube defects in foetuses.

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Royal College of Surgeons call for Robust Reporting in the Private Healthcare Sector

Published on 10 April 2019. By Natalie Drew, Senior Associate

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The Royal College of Surgeons (the “RCS”) has today called for independent healthcare providers to “improve standards in the independent sector and prevent the circumstances that enabled Paterson to continue practising from happening again.”

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Vaginal mesh: the evidence

Published on 10 April 2019. By Peter Rudd-Clarke, Legal Director

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NICE guidelines inform debate over the evidence for the risks and benefits of mesh products

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A Right Royal Deadlock: Can "Crown" use unlock patented drug?

Published on 12 March 2019. By Charlie Gould, Trainee Solicitor

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Can the Government settle the dispute between NHS and Vertex Pharmaceuticals through "Crown" use of the patented drug, Orkambi.

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Organ Donation: The New Law

Published on 28 February 2019. By Emma Kislingbury, Associate

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An "opt-out" system for organ donation is expected to come into effect in England next year after passing the final parliamentary vote this week

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Medicinal Cannabis – How far have we really come?

Published on 25 February 2019. By Natalie Drew, Senior Associate

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Cannabis, for medicinal purposes, was legalised nearly four months ago in the UK, but how many patients are actually reaping the benefits, and how far have we really come?

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From rehabilitative robotics to automated imaging: educating the workforce for the digital future

Published on 19 February 2019. By Emma Kislingbury, Associate

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An independent review into the future impact of digital technology identifies a pressing need for specialist training within the healthcare workforce.

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"Move fast and break things" (just not patients)

Published on 08 February 2019. By Peter Rudd-Clarke, Legal Director

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The AoMRC's report on Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare presents dilemmas for clinicians, hospital and industry

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Could the NHS Long Term Plan mean less opportunity for NHS contracts?

Published on 23 January 2019. By Genevieve Isherwood, Associate

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The NHS's Long Term Plan includes a provision to repeal elements of the Health and Social Care Act 2012; in this blog we consider the potential impact on private providers and their opportunity to tender for NHS contracts.

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Hairdryer treatment for medical staff who accessed Sir Alex Ferguson's medical records

Published on 14 January 2019. By Charlie Gould, Trainee Solicitor

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After the former Manchester United manager's medical records were accessed by staff at the Salford Royal Hospital, what are the likely GDPR and Data Protection Act consequences?

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Projecting into the future of the medical products sector

Published on 13 December 2018. By Emma Kislingbury, Associate and Peter Rudd-Clarke, Legal Director

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In the final instalment of our vlog series, we look at recently published books by Yuval Noah Harari and Stephen Hawking to help us better understand and project into the future of the medical products sector.

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Artificial intelligence and diagnostics in the medical sector

Published on 06 December 2018. By Emma Kislingbury, Associate and Peter Rudd-Clarke, Legal Director

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Our Medical and Life Sciences team take a look at the use of artificial intelligence and diagnostics in the second instalment of this 3 part vlog series.

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The future of the medical products sector

Published on 28 November 2018. By Peter Rudd-Clarke, Legal Director and Emma Kislingbury, Associate

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In the first of our vlog series we focus on the future of the medical products sector, specifically where the sector is heading and what risks and opportunities might lie ahead.

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Jackie Doyle-Price appointed Minister for the Prevention of Suicides

Published on 05 November 2018. By Genevieve Isherwood, Associate

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What is the role of the Minister for the Prevention of Suicides, and how will her appointment impact Insurers?

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Stephen Hawking's big questions for Life Sciences

Published on 19 October 2018. By Peter Rudd-Clarke, Legal Director

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Stephen Hawking's posthumously published "Brief Answers to the Big Questions" is a fascinating foretelling of legal challenges that the life sciences sector may face.

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Fake news is bad news for patients

Published on 30 August 2018. By Peter Rudd-Clarke, Legal Director

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Gee v DePuy International Limited shows that fake news in the healthcare sector is bad news for the public

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Dr Bawa-Garba wins appeal against strike off

Published on 17 August 2018. By Genevieve Isherwood, Associate

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On Monday, the Court of Appeal unanimously found in Dr Bawa Garba's favour meaning she now is able to seek work as a Junior Doctor.

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Online Prescriptions or Real Life Addictions?

Published on 02 August 2018. By Natalie Drew, Senior Associate

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With the rules around online prescribing set to be strengthened, we consider why these changes have come about, and what it might mean for patients and prescribers.

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US talc litigation has important lessons for UK insurers

Published on 02 August 2018. By Peter Rudd-Clarke, Legal Director and Nick McMahon, Head of Health and Safety

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Although it is unlikely litigation involving household staples such as talcum powder could succeed in the UK, the ongoing US litigation underlines a significant trend in product liability exposures.

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Medicinal Cannabis: the debate continues

Published on 13 July 2018. By Emma Kislingbury, Associate

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With the debate over medicinal cannabis still going strong, we update you on recent developments which have dominated the headlines.

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Introducing the new Health Secretary…

Published on 10 July 2018. By Genevieve Isherwood, Associate

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Who is Matt Hancock, our new Health Secretary, and what impact will his appointment have?

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Off-label medicine: as bad as it sounds?

Published on 18 June 2018. By Daisy Fulton, Trainee Solicitor

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Consider this: the prescription your doctor wrote for you may not be "officially" approved for your illness. Before you panic, this may not be as alarming as you think

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Ireland Voted Yes – What next?

Published on 30 May 2018. By Genevieve Isherwood, Associate

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Considers yes vote in Irish abortion referendum

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Landmark decision in Metal-on-Metal Hip product liability litigation

Published on 21 May 2018. By Genevieve Isherwood, Associate

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Considers the decision in the DePuy Pinnacle Metal-on-Metal hip litigation and what impact this will have on manufacturers and their insurers.

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A spa day, on doctor's orders…

Published on 18 May 2018. By Emma Kislingbury, Associate

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We are increasingly focussed on living more sustainably with what we eat and the products that we use. Applying a similar mind-set to medicine, might we see a resurgence of traditional natural therapeutic treatments like spa treatments?

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Life After Death…

Published on 04 May 2018. By Natalie Drew, Senior Associate

How was a baby born four years after the death of his parents? And what does this mean for IVF providers in the UK?

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Home is where you hang your medical test

Published on 20 April 2018. By Daisy Fulton, Trainee Solicitor

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At-home medical tests can be useful diagnostic tools, but this carries risks for patients or insurers. Medical malpractice and product liability insurers need to plan for the future.

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Court of Appeal's history lesson for claimants bringing personal injury claims

Published on 20 April 2018. By Peter Rudd-Clarke, Legal Director

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Healthcare providers and manufacturers of medical products will welcome a judgment from the Court of Appeal that found against a claimant for failing to give notice of funding in time.

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The future of the NHS: Concerns and comparisons

Published on 29 March 2018. By Hannah Land, Associate

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New poll suggests greater concerns over cuts to NHS funding than terrorism threat.

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Using data to bring innovative products to the market … and keep them there

Published on 22 March 2018. By Peter Rudd-Clarke, Legal Director

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There are now more and more opportunities to collect and use health data to innovate, improve efficiency and improve care. The same data could prove very useful in responding to the threat of litigation too

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Bawa-Garba case exposes shortcomings in management of medical errors

Published on 14 March 2018. By Ella Shanks, Trainee Solicitor

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Urgent government review of medical malpractice underway following conviction of Dr Bawa-Garba and the management of medical mistakes.

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Could Cannabis be the Cure?

Published on 07 March 2018. By Natalie Drew, Senior Associate

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With the upsetting case of Alfie Dingley dominating news headlines, the UK Government is being asked to reconsider its approach to medicinal cannabis. But what would this mean for manufacturers, healthcare professionals, and, most importantly, potential patients?

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An aspirin a day…

Published on 02 March 2018. By Genevieve Isherwood, Associate

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Discusses research that suggests aspirin can reduce risk of colon cancer in patients with Lynch Syndrome

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Fixed Recoverable Costs: When lawyers come 'cap' in hand

Published on 21 February 2018. By Ella Shanks, Trainee Solicitor

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Working group developing a cap on recoverable costs for lawyers in clinical negligence claims

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A game changer for concussion injuries? New study investigating CTE creates a potential headache for defendants and their insurers

Published on 16 February 2018. By James Davies, Senior Associate

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A new study shows that repeated hits to the head, not concussions, cause chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the neurodegenerative disease experienced by American football players, boxers and other athletes.

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Brexit chess game to be played out at Chequers

Published on 15 February 2018. By Peter Rudd-Clarke, Legal Director

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The Life Sciences industry demands certainty over the Government's approach to regulation after Brexit. It is hoped that Government meetings this month will achieve that.

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Mr Justice Langstaff to chair contaminated blood inquiry

Published on 13 February 2018. By Emma Kislingbury, Associate

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Mr Justice Langstaff will lead the public inquiry into how contaminated blood transfusions infected thousands of people with HIV and hepatitis C in the 1970s and 80s

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Monkey See, Monkey Do

Published on 06 February 2018. By Genevieve Isherwood, Associate

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Implications for humans and animals of the recent successful cloning of monkeys by Chinese researchers

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Duty calls: What information should be provided to patients following treatment?

Published on 31 January 2018. By Florence Page, Senior Associate

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Summary of the High Court's recent decision in a case concerning the duty to inform a patient of treatment outcomes and the requirement for follow-up, further treatment, or monitoring.

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Organ donation: have your say

Published on 26 January 2018. By Emma Kislingbury, Associate

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Organ donation is, for some, a difficult topic of conversation, but a Government consultation is encouraging us to think about it and share our views.

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New Year, New You? How about joining the virtual reality gym…

Published on 19 January 2018. By Natalie Drew, Senior Associate

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Looking to beat the January gym rush? Well, look no further than American based firm Black Box VR who have combined gaming and gyming to create a virtual reality workout using just a resistance machine and headset.

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Abortion clinics will be rated by CQC

Published on 03 January 2018. By Ella Shanks, Trainee Solicitor

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The Department of Health announces broader powers for the Care Quality Commission to rate independent healthcare providers.

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3 lessons that UK pharmaceutical manufacturers can learn from the US opioid epidemic

Published on 19 December 2017. By Florence Page, Senior Associate

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3 lessons that UK pharmaceutical manufacturers can learn from the US opioid epidemic

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Roll up your sleeve – CJEU injects some influence in to vaccination case

Published on 19 December 2017. By Florence Page, Senior Associate

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Summary of Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) decision in vaccination case

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Making made to measure medicine: tailored to suit

Published on 18 December 2017. By Florence Page, Senior Associate

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Summary of key points emerging from MHRA guidance on the importance of human factors in the development of new medical devices.

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Independent inquiry launched into malpractice of Ian Paterson

Published on 07 December 2017. By Ella Shanks, Trainee Solicitor

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The Department of Health has announced the launch of an independent inquiry into the circumstances and practices surrounding the activity of convicted breast surgeon Ian Paterson.

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Engagement news

Published on 29 November 2017. By Peter Rudd-Clarke, Legal Director

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Manufacturers and insurers may have missed Prince Harry's news on Monday in the general excitement surrounding the Government's Industrial Strategy, announced on the same day.

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