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Beware Dr Google ..mixed messages dont always make for a proper diagnosis

The Daily Mail reported recently that 1 in 4 British women resort to Google when they have a medical problem. Most of us can accept a degree of research online but it would seem that some female surfers are treating Google almost like a substitute GP as they strive to diagnose and treat their problems.

This has led to a series of misdiagnoses cases and there is now a Top 10 list of illnesses commonly mis-diagnosed as a direct result of people using the web rather than seeing their GP:

1 - Breast cancer
2 - Other forms of cancer
3 - Thrush
4 - High blood pressure
5 - Asthma
6 - Arthritis
7 - Depression
8 - Diabetes
9 - Sexual health problems
10 - Thyroid problems

I think its unfair to park this at Googles door because when it comes to health, the web should be a research platform not a solution. It does however illustrate the power of the internet in every day life nowadays. Our own industry of "legal services" has long seen a trend towards people seeking advice on the web rather than through more traditional sources.

With health though, Im afraid its definitely safety first so please dont take any chances. Dr Google is still a medical text book not a medical doctor.

#google #healthcare #misdiagnosis #webdiagnosis #legaladvice
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Problems with the UK's Nursing Regulator..?

The Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence was asked to look at the conduct of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) after problems were identified regarding their suitability to perform the task of monitoring the UKs 670,000 nurses and midwives.

It is said that there are 4000 complaints outstanding against nurses across the UK and the average time span for resolving them is between 18-20months. During this period of assessment and review the nurses are free to carry on working normally (the exception being extreme cases of negligence).

It surely cannot be right that a body like the NMC that has such a vital role to play in the NHS system, fails to resolve these issues within a reasonable period of time. The allotted time is 15 month and in our opinion it is crucial that steps are taken to accelerate the current process.

More here on nursing negligence
http://www.theclaimsconnection.co.uk/news/patient-left-brain-damaged-after-nurse-blunder.html
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PIP implant claims: One claimants story

As an online clinical negligence resource we have been inundated with enquiries from women affected by PIP breast implants. The story is familiar to most people given recent media attention (background here: http://bit.ly/HIFgSr ) but real people tend to get ignored whilst the government focus on number crunching, statistics and press management.

We were approached by one woman this week who had PIP implants fitted back in 2004. She has now been advised that whilst the implants are not defective at this particular point (no leakages etc) they are known to be part of a batch that could have been illegally manufactured. They need removing and thereafter replacing.

The NHS will not fund the necessary surgery or replacement implants. The cosmetic surgery practice who carried out the procedure will agree to remove but not replace the implants. Leaving the prosthetics in place is not an option and so the claimant has no choice but to fund the replacement implants herself. Cost = £ 2500 + vat

The woman has taken out a loan to cover the cost and to allow for some earnings whilst she recuperates. Total cost to the individual = £3500

We find it incomprehensible that the govmt or the NHS cannot plug this gap and help the many thousands of women who find themselves in this situation. Is there a real health risk..? Yes. Have the govmt known about this for some time..? Yes. Have they misled the public ..? Who knows but one thing that is for certain is that the legal industry has been lobbying for some time on these issues and certain fact were buried for a considerable period of time until the French blew the whistle in December 2011.

There are lessons to be learned and until people like the unfortunate woman described above are given real advice and proper funding to resolve their problems, victims will continue to suffer.

Our government must take a lead from the French - help the victims now when they need you most. Dont let them dig themselves deeper into debt or suffer further unnecessary anxiety. The damage has been done, help to manage the problem - dont stick your head in the sand and hope it will go away.

More here from our website on this subject:
http://www.theclaimsconnection.co.uk/cosmetic-surgery-complaints/pip-implants.html
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We are working on a new feedback platform for our medical legal website which offers people an opportunity to speak out regarding their experiences with the NHS. Watch this space for more news
http://www.theclaimsconnection.co.uk/medical-negligence.html

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Beware Dr Google ..mixed messages dont always make for a proper diagnosis

The Daily Mail reported recently that 1 in 4 British women resort to Google when they have a medical problem. Most of us can accept a degree of research online but it would seem that some female surfers are treating Google almost like a substitute GP as they strive to diagnose and treat their problems.

This has led to a series of misdiagnoses cases and there is now a Top 10 list of illnesses commonly mis-diagnosed as a direct result of people using the web rather than seeing their GP:

1 - Breast cancer
2 - Other forms of cancer
3 - Thrush
4 - High blood pressure
5 - Asthma
6 - Arthritis
7 - Depression
8 - Diabetes
9 - Sexual health problems
10 - Thyroid problems

I think its unfair to park this at Googles door because when it comes to health, the web should be a research platform not a solution. It does however illustrate the power of the internet in every day life nowadays. Our own industry of "legal services" has long seen a trend towards people seeking advice on the web rather than through more traditional sources.

With health though, Im afraid its definitely safety first so please dont take any chances. Dr Google is still a medical text book not a medical doctor.

#google #healthcare #misdiagnosis #webdiagnosis #legaladvice
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As the Easter break approaches just a quick note to confirm our helplines will be open for medical legal enquiries throughout the bank holiday.

Have a Happy Easter - from all at the Claims Connection
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UK Surgeons urged not to use Mitch TRC and Accolade prosthetic hip implants

In a story that is gathering momentum a warning has gone out today to UK surgeons working in the NHS to avoid using certain types of hip implants. Earlier this year an announcement was made by the government that they were looking into the use of certain "metal on metal" implants which were thought to be unfit for purpose.

As a law firm we are monitoring these developments and it seems to us that there are many similarities with the progress of this issue and the PIP breast implant scandal that has affected more than 47,000 women in Britain.

More here on the hip implant story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17590832
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Graphic TV ads are aired from today to target smoking in the home and motor vehicles whilst children are present:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17551568

#healthnews #smokingkills
A new government TV campaign in England says invisible second-hand cigarette smoke is harming children and putting them at risk of lung disease.
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Prescription charges row ensues as NHS raise the fee to £7.65 in England. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/9179325/Cost-of-prescriptions-to-rise-25p-on-last-year.html
A new prescrption charge of £7.65 comes into effect in England on Monday, an increase of 25p on last year.
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