Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Scott (Review and Regulation)

Date of order: 8 March 2017
“Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Victoria) Act 2009 – ss 5 & 196 – suicide of in-patient in psychiatric inpatient service in context of failure by registered nurse to conduct 30 minutely observations or ensure such were conducted by other persons – failure by registered nurse to appropriately comply with supervision condition on registration.”
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Doctor freed in Bilaspur sterilisation deaths case

The Hindu, 21 February 2017
Author: Vidya Krishnan
“Two years after 13 women died and 65 were impaired in a botched sterilisation camp, Dr. R.K. Gupta was acquitted by the Chhattisgarh High Court on technical grounds last week. The surgeon — accused of using the same gloves, syringes and sutures on all the 83 women, and causing life-threatening infections — was acquitted after the prosecution argued that the investigators did not have the State government’s sanction, necessary to prosecute a public servant.”
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‘I swallowed a chicken bone and became a quadriplegic’: Hospital sued over misdiagnosis

The Age, 20 February 2017
Author: Julia Medew
“Shane is now suing the two hospitals that cared for him, alleging they did not listen to him and act fast enough to detect and repair the rectum perforation. Had it been treated faster, a writ in the Supreme Court says, he would have made a full recovery. “This is a tragic case. It illustrates the catastrophic and life-changing consequences that can stem from medical errors,” said Tom Ballantyne, a principal at Maurice Blackburn acting for Shane.”
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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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