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April showers: NHS hopes for rainy days

03 March 2017

From April this year, NHS hospitals in England will be obliged to obtain payment from overseas patients in advance for non-urgent treatment, where the patient is not otherwise eligible for free treatment.

Departing from Cheshire West: Court of Appeal delivers landmark decision on “state detention” with practical ramifications

03 March 2017

The Court of Appeal upholds HM Senior Coroner’s decision not to proceed with a full jury inquest into the death of a patient in an intensive care unit (ICU).

Healthcare Brief March 2017

03 March 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of Healthcare Brief.

Healthcare Brief March 2017: market insights

03 March 2017

A summary of key developments including the discount rate reduction, review of fixed recoverable costs, rapid resolution and redress scheme for severe birth injury, raising the small claims limit, proposals for transforming the justice system, a UK Medical Licencing Assessment and updated guidance on patient information.

Healthcare: employment matters

03 March 2017

Two recent Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) cases demonstrate the potential pitfalls in dealing with disciplinary issues involving staff interactions with patients, particularly those involving patient confidentiality and complaints by patients against staff.

Healthcare: latest decisions March 2017

03 March 2017

A round up of recent court decisions raising issues relating to inquests and state detention, a case management pilot, mode of treatment remains a clinical decision and can be justified on the basis of logical analysis, patient choice versus medical paternalism and the relevance of surveillance evidence.

Implications of declining to engage in ADR

03 March 2017

In the present climate, there is pronounced pressure on parties to engage in alternative dispute resolution (ADR). We consider whether the courts have gone too far in promoting the cause.

Advance decisions (living wills): is the position clarified?

02 March 2017

Advance decisions (sometimes referred to as ‘living wills’) are a way of making sure others, including doctors, know your wishes about your health and care.

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