Who gets to go to theatre for urgent surgery first?

Matthew Donmall Middleton v Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust [2022] EWHC 2981 (KB) Deputy High Court Judge Jonathan Glasson KC heard this case concerning the timing of revascularisation surgery at Frimley Park Hospital, and whether it was mandatory for the Claimant to be operated on within 6 hours of the…

High Court Finds Long Waiting Times for Trans Healthcare are Lawful

R. (on the application of AA (A Child)) v National Health Service Commissioning Board (NHS England) [2023] EWHC 43 (Admin) Background The demand for young people receiving gender identity development services (‘GIDS’) and for adults receiving gender identity disorder services (also, helpfully, ‘GIDS’) has increased substantially from 2012 to 2017,…

Departing from Guidelines and Balancing of Risks in Different Medical Settings

Mrs Marion O'Brien (Administratrix of the Estate of Mr John Berry (Deceased)) v Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Trust [2022] EWHC 2735 (KB) At [99] HHJ Tindal (sitting as a Judge of the High Court) summarises aptly that “this case turns not on debates about causation – or indeed the…

Cancer and Contributory Negligence: Who is the Objectively Reasonable Patient?

Otu v Vivek Datta [2022] EWHC 2388 (KB) When will a patient be partly at fault for not following up when their doctor negligently fails to arrange an appointment? That was the question asked of the High Court in Otu v Datta, a case concerning the death of the Claimant’s…

Out of Hours Emergency Mental Health Provision and Paper Records

Williams v Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board [2022] EWHC 455 (QB) In Williams v Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board [2022] EWHC 455 (QB) following her husband’s suicide after a relapse in his psychiatric condition, the Claimant brought proceedings on behalf of her deceased husband’s estate and herself as…

Stroke prevention

Watson v Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2022] EWHC 148 (QB) Pickering v Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2022] EWHC 1171 (QB) Both of these cases were stroke cases involving issues of causation. Both were decided by Mr Justice Andrew Ritchie. General As those with experience of stroke…