Welcome to Issue 16 of the Medico-Legal Magazine, produced by SpecialistInfo and publishing partner Iconic Media Solutions Ltd.
This first packed issue of 2021 includes articles from healthcare employment lawyer, Martin Cheyne, discussing whistleblowing and Covid-19 in the NHS. Laura Scott, from Hempsons Healthcare Litigation Team, reports on her recent successful case resulting in a claimant receiving a custodial sentence for an exaggerated claim against the NHS. Orthopaedic Surgeon, Professor Mahmoud Hafez, highlights the pros and cons involved in the increasing use of patient-specific instruments and computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery. Jonathan Godfrey, clinical negligence barrister, discusses recent cases that have affected informed consent since the landmark Montgomery judgement. Edwin Rajadurai, indemnity expert from Servca, discusses the growing importance of cyber insurance in healthcare. Also in this issue, regular contributor and healthcare law expert, Laurence Vick, completes his 2-part article on lessons learned from the Bristol heart scandal and, in a separate article, he discusses the recent findings of The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch inquiry report on nasogastric feeding tube misplacements.
Once again, the magazine will be circulated to up to 40,000 people in the industry, including doctors, insurance companies, law firms and medico-legal agencies. It is published on the Medico-Legal Section of the Specialistinfo.com website, and printed copies can be ordered from Iconic.
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pg4 SpecialistInfo Medico-Legal Courses 2021 Lisa Cheyne
Pg6 Whistleblowing and Covid-19: implications and key considerations by Martin Chenyne
Pg10 The Odyssey of Informed Consent Post Montgomery – Have We Reached Ithaca? By Jonathan Godfrey
Pg15 Legal update: Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust v Linda Metcalf By Laura Scott
pg17 The Growing Importance of Cyber Insurance in Healthcare By Dr Edwin Rajadurai (MBBS)
Pg20 Lessons Learned From The Bristol Heart Scandal And The 2001 Kennedy Inquiry – Part 2 By Laurence Vick
Pg26 Patient-specific Instruments: an Adequate Middle-ground Alternative in Knee Surgeries By Mohamed S El-Assawy and Mahmoud A Hafez
Pg29 Placement of Nasogastric Feeding Tubes and the “Too Long to Read” Clinical Guidelines: Part 1 By Laurence Vick
Pg33 Medico-Legal News By Lisa Cheyne