Calwell woman settles lawsuit against Canberra Hospital, doctors for $12m

SMH, 13 February 2017
Author: Alexandra Back
“A Calwell woman who was suing the Canberra Hospital and two doctors over alleged failures stemming from migraine drug treatment has settled the case for $12 million. It had been alleged that as a result of the alleged failures, Stacey Louise Cave, 40, suffered a stroke and brain damage, and was left dependent on a wheelchair.”
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South African officials were “negligent and reckless” in transfer of vulnerable patients to cut costs

BMJ 2017; 356: j632
Author: Pat Sidley
“At least 94 patients with mental illnesses and disabilities died in appalling circumstances after a contract between a private mental hospital and the Gauteng provincial government was cancelled last year.”
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Zora v St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney Limited [2016] NSWDC 365

Decision date: 22 December 2016
“The plaintiff brings proceedings for negligence against the defendant, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney Limited (“the Hospital”), for injuries suffered to his heart and lungs following the performance of an invasive coronary angiogram (“the procedure”) on 24 October 2015.”
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East Metropolitan Health Service v Martin [2017] WASCA 7

Decision date: 13 January 2017
“This is an appeal against the decision of Bowden DCJ in Martin v Minister for Health (primary decision). The primary decision concerned a claim for damages for personal injuries by the respondent (Mr Martin) against the appellant (Minister). Mr Martin alleged that hospital staff, for whom the Minister was liable, at Armadale-Kelmscott Memorial District Hospital (Armadale Hospital) and Fremantle Hospital, were negligent in failing to carry out, within a reasonable time, investigations and surgery following a medical incident involving his right arm on 23 November 2012. The judge found the hospital staff to have been negligent in the delayed treatment of Mr Martin following the incident, and that the delay caused injury to Mr Martin. His Honour awarded Mr Martin damages. The Minister now appeals that decision on the issues of causation and the assessment of damages.”
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Son speaks out on behalf of Indian doctors charged over death of patient

BMJ 2017; 356:j171
Author: Anne Gulland
“The son of two doctors arrested in India after the death of a patient has condemned increasing violence against healthcare staff. Kusum Tamhane, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, and her husband Uttam Tamhane, a consultant general surgeon, alongside another doctor, Sanjay Ladkat, and a nurse, Manisha Mandlik, who work in Pune, India, were arrested on 4 January, five months after the death of a female patient from anaphylaxis.”
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Levac v. James, 2016 ONSC 7727

Decision date: 9 December 2016
“The action arises from an infectious disease outbreak at the Clinic, where Dr. Stephen James, an anesthesiologist, administered epidural injections that were infected by bacteria. The outbreak was discovered in late November 2012, and Toronto Public Health (“TPH”) investigated the outbreak. Ms. Levac alleges that Dr. James, who was personally colonized with the bacteria, is responsible for the outbreak and was negligent because he implemented a substandard infection prevention and control practice (“IPAC Practice”).”
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Senior surgeon’s conviction for manslaughter is quashed

BMJ 2016; 355: i6178
Author: Clare Dyer
“David Sellu, a senior colorectal surgeon who was jailed for gross negligence manslaughter after a patient died, has had his conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal. Three judges ruled that the conviction was unsafe because the trial judge’s direction to the jury was inadequate, failing to help them identify when negligence was so serious as to be criminal.”
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Dr John Grygiel stands by chemotherapy dosing at St Vincent’s Hospital

SMH, 1 November 2016
Author: Kate Aubusson
“The oncologist accused of underdosing more than 100 cancer patients has stood by his treatment decisions, suggesting the current dosing guidelines may have caused them more harm, a parliamentary inquiry has heard.”
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