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This report looks at who currently bears the cost of funding personal care for those with catastrophic injuries, and the need to better manage these costs in future.
The COVID-19 outbreak has revealed the inflexibility and lack of innovation in personal care systems around the world. Relieving these pressures will require an innovative new approach.
Treatment of patients tends to be centred on a best interest approach to decision making, but if demand for the exhaustible supply of resources exceeds their availability, treatment in a patient’s best interests may not be possible. Here we explore some of the profound questions that this raises.
The Honourable Mr Justice Hayden, Vice President of the Court of Protection, has issued updated guidance on applications relating to serious medical treatment.
Case review 2019-11-20
High Court decision relating to medical decisions and a child’s best interests.
We have highlighted that NHS trusts, private hospitals and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) need to prepare for new responsibilities under the regime governing the deprivation of liberty of those without the mental capacity to consent to it.
We consider how technological developments in patient-led care over the next 10 years could be used to alleviate pressure on the NHS and other healthcare providers and how the healthcare sector can prepare for changes to come.
The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill is currently making its way through parliament. We explore some of the practical and financial implications of the proposals, for local authorities, the NHS, and the private sector.
Case review 2018-11-15
This case considered the scope of the duty of care owed by healthcare professionals to non-patients, confirming that it would only arise in the most novel of cases.
Case review 2018-10-30
The Supreme Court have ruled that Emergency Department receptionists owe a duty of care to patients not to provide misleading information about waiting times. This is a further example of the growing litigation surrounding the expansion of the duty of care Trusts owe outside of the more traditional doctor-patient relationships.