Claimant held in contempt of court for gross exaggeration in medical negligence claim

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust v Atwal [2018] EWHC 961 (QB) is summarised in the opening paragraph of the judgment as follows: This is an application for the committal of the defendant, Mr Sandip Singh Atwal, for contempt of court. The application is brought by Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (“the Trust”), with …

Offer of compromise – Debate over terms

Sharp bht Sharp v Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District [2018] NSWSC 545 saw a debate arise as to terms covering costs and interest on costs, following service of an offer of compromise. The defendant, having accepted the plaintiff's offer, provided a draft consent judgment. The court noted at [21] - [22]: In the context of …

Review of the regulation of cosmetic procedures – New South Wales

NSW Health has released a short Report on the Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Procedures (April 2018). The report made nine recommendations which have been, or are in the process of being, implemented including: a new offence for medical practitioners who carry out certain cosmetic services and treatment in an unlicensed private health facility tighter …

Application for removal of tutor and a stay of proceedings

Mia-Angel Bridges-Cole by her litigation guardian Chantelle Bridges v Dr Anwarul Islam and Dr Zaffar Hussain [2018] NSWSC 472 seems to have been a somewhat unusual matter, where the defendant to the medical negligence claim foreshadowed a claim for contribution on the basis that the tutor is a joint tortfeasor  (though no cross claim had been …

Root cause analysis changes in NSW

The Meridian Lawyers blog has published a summary of forthcoming changes in NSW, in an article entitled NSW Health Services Organisations face key changes to Root Cause Analysis procedures. The article explains: Under the new provisions, NSW health services organisations must conduct a preliminary assessment when an incident is reported, if the organisation is of the …