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Healthcare Brief: market insights - March 2023
A summary of key developments which include a Call for Evidence to explore the option of a dual/multiple personal injury discount rate; publication of the summary of responses to the consultation on appropriate clinical negligence cover; the Powers of Attorney Bill; a letter to the profession from the General Medical Council; and draft statutory guidance issued on the protection of patient data.
Healthcare Brief: latest decisions - March 2023
A roundup of recent court decisions raising issues relating to divisible injury and material contribution in obstetric cases; best interest decisions and the role of parents in the clinical ethics committees’ process; and qualified one-way costs shifting.
Imminent changes to Qualified One-Way Cost Shifting: levelling the playing field
The UK Government has published its response to its consultation on changes to the Qualified One-Way Cost Shifting (QOCS) regime in personal injury cases, which was launched on 9 May 2022.
Triage of medicinal products and medical equipment in times of shortages: overview of Council of Europe Recommendation
Here, we provide an overview of this Recommendation and its implications on the provision of healthcare in times of shortages in the United Kingdom.
What to expect if requested to give witness evidence at a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service hearing
Witnesses of fact are a key part of hearings held by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service. A hearing which determines whether, or not, a doctor is fit to practise medicine. Here, we consider the process and what is expected of a witness asked to be involved in a MPTS hearing.
Personal injury discount rate in England and Wales: exploring the options
In advance of the next formal review of the personal injury discount rate (PIDR) in England and Wales - which must begin by 15 July 2024 - the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) issued a call for evidence on 17 January 2023, seeking additional evidence and views on the introduction of dual or multiple rates.
Five top HR fails in medical practices
Setting up a medical practice, employing practice staff, maybe taking on some other doctors as well? What could possibly go wrong? In this article, we consider five of the most common human resource management fails in medical practices that come across our desks.
Video: In conversation with Dr Kathryn Mannix - the art of communicating in challenging moments
In this long-form video interview, Rob Tobin speaks with pioneering palliative care physician and psychotherapist Dr Kathryn Mannix about how to support the best interests, values, wishes and feelings of people nearing the end of life.
Case review 2023-03-01
Patient autonomy and material contribution in obstetric cases: a new approach?
This important first instance Judgment from HHJ Ritchie may have wide-ranging implications for Obstetricians advising expectant mothers about their birthing options right up until delivery, as well as providing a potential roadmap for claimants in birth injury cases to recover their damages in full despite having suffered a divisible injury which would have caused a degree of harm in any event.
The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Act: Changes to the National Law
The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2022 has introduced amendments that impact over 30 areas of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law. Special Counsel, Mia Campbell, and Paralegal, Jimmy Zhang, summarise the key changes and important details to watch for in an article published in the Australian Medical Association (Victoria)’s blog, Stethoscope.