Health Law and Ethics

Contaminated blood victims ‘no closer’ to support parity

Contaminated blood victims 'no closer' to support parity PA Northern Ireland victims of the contaminated blood scandal have said they are no closer to securing financial support that would bring them into line with victims in England. They met Health Minister Robin Swann on Thursday and urged him to address a disparity in payments. Victims in Northern Ireland are paid less than those elsewhere in the UK. They said the meeting was constructive but Mr Swann told them he was keeping his options open. Nigel [...]

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop series on Netflix slammed by NHS chief

Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop series on Netflix slammed by NHS chief. NETFLIX Gwyneth Paltrow's new Netflix series poses a "considerable health risk" to the public, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has said. The Goop Lab, filmed at the headquarters of the actress's wellness brand, Goop, explores the effectiveness of alternative therapies for physical and mental illnesses. Netflix says the series is "designed to entertain, not provide medical advice". Mr Stevens accused it of spreading "misinformation". A spokeswoman for Goop said it was "transparent when we [...]

West Suffolk Hospital staff ‘feared raising concerns’, says CQC

West Suffolk Hospital staff 'feared raising concerns', says CQC. WEST SUFFOLK HOSPITAL - West Suffolk Hospital has gone from being rated as outstanding to requiring improvement in two years Staff at a hospital accused of conducting a "witch hunt" to identify a whistleblower felt a lack of "freedom to speak up", a report has said. The husband of Susan Warby, who died at West Suffolk Hospital in 2018, received an anonymous letter about her care. Bosses reportedly asked doctors for fingerprints and handwriting [...]

Surrogacy: Social media advertising plans prompt regulator warning

Surrogacy: Social media advertising plans prompt regulator warning. GETTY IMAGES Social media adverts urging young women to become surrogate mothers could be allowed under Law Commission proposals. But the government's fertility regulator has warned that the plans could lead to "significant cultural change" and "perhaps criticism". It is currently against the law to advertise for a surrogate or pay more than expenses to carry a baby. The Law Commission said its proposals would better protect both sides in a surrogacy relationship. In 2018 the government [...]

Pharmacist jailed for NHS fraud

Pharmacist jailed for NHS fraud The director of a family chain of high street pharmacies in South Wales has been sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment for NHS fraud. He deliberately overcharged the NHS for medicines at one of his branches. Pharmacist Michael Lloyd repeatedly submitted claims for payment to the NHS that falsely stated he had dispensed a more expensive item than he had actually provided to the patients. Michael Lloyd is the Co-Director of Llanharan Pharmacy Ltd, which owns five pharmacy [...]