The Lifeline Project was a well-regarded charity. Failure to carry out the targets within the contracts led the charity into insolvency and resulted in a personal, 7-year disqualification order.
The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has warned that changes must be made now so as to ensure all patients are appropriately advised and enabled to give proper, informed consent before surgery.
The RCS’s warning in October 2016 comes after the landmark judgment given by the Supreme Court in the case of Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board in 2015. The case clarified the meaning of patient consent and reinforced the importance of patient autonomy.
The RCS published new guidance for surgeons regarding patient consent in October 2016.
A patient’s legal and ethical right to decide what happens to their body is a long established right. For many years clinical practice was paternalistic; with doctors deciding what risks they thought a patient should be told about, sometimes to ‘protect’ a patient from worry about the potential risks. However, the court in Montgomery disapproved of this approach and brought the focus back to patient autonomy.
It is now clear that patients must be given information about all options, potential benefits and material risks inherent in each option. The ‘material risk’ will vary from patient to patient, for example, the risk of reduced hand movement would be a material risk for a decorator but might not be for another patient.
Despite over a year passing since the Supreme Court ruling in Montgomery, the RCS warn that not all hospitals and doctors have made the necessary improvements to the consent process. This undermines patients’ rights and could jeopardise patient safety.
At Anthony Collins Solicitors we have represented clients who have not been given proper advice before consenting to surgery. In some cases, clients were given barely any information, no alternatives and felt under time pressure to consent to a procedure. In some circumstances patients have a legal right to bring a compensation claim against the NHS Hospital Trust or, if they were receiving private healthcare, against the doctor. Inadequate advice on alternatives and pressure to have procedures can be a particular problem in the private sector.
For more information regarding compensation claims arising from inadequate advice about surgery, please contact Ann Houghton. Ann and our team will be happy to speak with you on an initial free, no obligation basis.
Ann is a specialist clinical negligence and personal injury solicitor.
On 23 July, trainees from Anthony Collins Solicitors will host an ‘experience day’, which will involve various activities and presentations, with lawyers and non-lawyers from across the firm.
The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) has launched a new scheme specifically for charities and not-for-profit organisations who want to advise EU citizens on UK settlement.
In the second part of our series on contract management pitfalls, we look at the risks and opportunities presented by payment mechanisms in construction contracts.
Under most construction contracts, the contractor takes on the ground conditions risk. However, a recent case has demonstrated that the risk can fall on the employer.
The UK Government has been consulting on how it should promote social value in its procurements. Here is our response that we submitted to the consultation...
The Tenant Fees Act 2019 came into force on 1 June 2019.
A recent case in the Court of Appeal will no doubt bring a sigh of relief for employers, but a corresponding sigh of disappointment may be uttered for equality and gender balance in the workplace.
This briefing assists response to the consultation paper by outlining the consultation questions, providing some background information and prompting some thoughts and potential answers.
A report published on 29 May by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has found that since 2009-10, local government spending on services has fallen on average by 21% in real terms.
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