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I head the very successful Medical Negligence team in our Birmingham office. This is an area I have specialised exclusively in for the last 15 years. It is an area of law that is both challenging and rewarding and although it still has the capacity to make me very sad I can't imagine practising any other type of law.
Irwin Mitchell is a fantastic firm to work for, they are and always have been totally committed to this work and the resources we all have to call upon make the job a much easier one for lawyers and clients alike. As well as heading the team I now work just on cases for children with cerebral palsy and I'm sure there can't be a more inspiring group of clients to work with.
My father, I'm not even sure I can remember how or why since he isn't a lawyer and neither was anyone else in the family but I blame him.
Undoubtedly the clients I have had the privilege to work with over the years who remind me constantly what is important in life.
The excellent lawyers I work with who make me look good and the support services that surround me which make my job so much easier than it otherwise would and enable me to provide a comprehensive service for my clients.
In the occasional spare moments that my husband and three children haven't planned out for me I love to read, exercise, watch films, travel and drink good wine although probably not in that order.
“We’re so proud to be supporting Breast Cancer Care on our new Mythbusters quiz to show our support for such a brilliant cause.
“We understand the importance of a prompt diagnosis, so it’s crucial to know the facts about breast cancer and how to check your breasts for signs and symptoms.
“This October the quiz will help raise awareness about breast cancer facts in a fun and simple way.”
“The vast majority of NHS care, including surgery, goes ahead without any problems and lives are saved on a daily basis. However the number of incidents causing problems has risen and they can have a major impact on patients’ lives. In the worst case scenario mistakes during surgery can be fatal or cause serious long term injuries for those affected.
“More needs to be done to learn lessons from the mistakes made and so reduce the risks of more people being affected by similar incidents in future. Time and time again we see the same issues appearing up and down the country and it is important that information on incidents of medical negligence are shared throughout the NHS."
It is absolutely crucial that NHS Wales urgently invest in training to ensure they are doing everything they can to protect the safety of patients and avoid unnecessary injury.
The work we do means that we witness first-hand the trauma and devastating effects these never events can have on patients and their families. The fact that they are still happening shows that not enough is being done to prevent them and secure a patient’s safety.
We’ve seen a number of repeat incidents of retained instruments, surgery on the wrong body part and cases of wrong implants or prosthesis being fitted. Staff must be better trained to use the correct equipment and follow strict guidelines to ensure these mistakes can never be made.
“The CQC inspection reports make for worrying reading, as we know from experience that inadequate care drastically increases the health risks to an expectant mother and her baby.
“All patients rightly expect a consistently high standard of care which puts their safety and welfare first regardless of where they’re based in the country.
"Pregnancy can be a difficult experience for some mothers without worrying whether the standard of care and support they’ll receive will be based on a postcode lottery.
“Sub-standard maternity care can have a devastating impact on those involved, which is why properly trained midwives should be available to support every pregnant woman.
“The number of ‘excellent’ and ‘good’ grades shows the type of services that are available in many hospitals but this should be something everyone experiences and expects and clearly that currently isn’t the case.
“It is simply unacceptable for such a large number of hospitals to be struggling and so many mothers and babies lives to be placed at unnecessary risk.”