In this blog post, Henry King discusses the issue of capacity to consent to medical treatment, in light of comments made in the recent Court of Protection case of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust v GH  EWCOP 18.
Charley Turton begins 2021 with a look ahead to the Essure sterilisation implant litigation, including in particular how it may be impacted by the damning Cumberlege review. What is Essure? Essure, a permanent, non-surgical birth control implant was approved by NICE and first marketed in the UK in 2009. A small coil made from polyester … Continue reading Essure sterilisation implant litigation: Product liability and clinical negligence post-Cumberlege
In this blog post, Megan Griffiths summarises and analyses the High Court’s recent decision in Bell v Tavistock NHS Trust. This judicial review decision looks at informed consent practices for children and young people with gender dysphoria, whether they can achieve Gillick competence for consenting to puberty blocking treatment, and what such consent processes would require in practice. This decision is likely to impact on guidance specific to gender dysphoria, but the findings on the types of information required for informed consent in young people are also likely to be relevant to other areas of clinical practice.
Reflections on the Cumberlege Committee Report from a Clinical Negligence Perspective by Henry Charles and Vanessa Cashman
In this post, Christopher Fleming of 12KBW discusses the recent decision in Metcalf v Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust  EWHC 3549 (QB). The case concerned a hypothetical situation that would have existed had the Claimant been referred for necessary investigations sooner. The test to be applied was set out by Lord Browne-Wilkinson … Continue reading Causation in hypothetical scenarios: the interplay between Bolitho, Bolam & Montgomery
This blog is by Helen Waller and John-Paul Swoboda of 12 KBW The Court of Appeal held that there was no free-standing claim for damages arising from a failure to warn of risks associated with a procedure that, on the facts, the Claimant would have undergone in any event. The facts giving rise to this … Continue reading Fact-finding in consent cases and confirmation, no free-standing claim for damages arising from a failure to warn: Lucy Diamond v Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust  EWCA Civ 585
This blog is by Vanessa Cashman of 12 King's Bench Walk. Summary The claimant underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy in order to treat extremely painful and heavy periods. She was 41 years old at the time. The operation was performed non-negligently on 25 March 2008. Following surgery the claimant developed Chronic Post-Surgical … Continue reading Consent, causation and Chester – the Court of Appeal examines the modified test in Duce v Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust  EWCA Civ 1307
B v An NHS Trust Isaac Hogarth of 12KBW instructed by Joel Onyems of OP Law (representing the Claimant) discusses a recent case which settled at JSM. The case is of particular interest due to the arguments concerning the objective nature of the test of materiality under Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board  UKSC 11 … Continue reading Surgical consent case report: materiality of risk – Montgomery vs Bolam
In this post Ted Cunningham of 12KBW examines the recent High Court decision in NILUJAN RAJATHEEPAN v BARKING, HAVERING AND REDBRIDGE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST  EWHC 716 (QB). The case highlights the importance of proper and effective communication between medical professionals and patients who do not have a good grasp of English. In circumstances where … Continue reading LOST IN TRANSLATION: the importance of ensuring that medical advice is understood by the patient.
In this post Vanessa Cashman of 12KBW discusses the recent decision of Yip J in Meadows v Khan  EWHC 2990 (QB), a case concerning the recoverability of additional costs arising out of a disability unconnected with the negligent failure to diagnose that led to a wrongful birth. Facts The Claimant, Mrs Meadows (“C”), claimed damages arising out of the wrongful birth … Continue reading Meadows v Khan – wrongful birth: are additional unconnected disability costs recoverable?