STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

How MyNotes Medical got started by Joanna Slater

Well 3 and a half years later I’m very near with the help of co-founder Brad Meyer, but we need your help to use and test the app. Even if you have an iphone still sigh up and get on the list so we can inform you when we do launch iPhone. Click on the link to sign up       http://www.mynotesmedical.com/join-our-medical-testers-team/

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Document all your health issues for you and your loved ones. MyNotes Medical download today

WITH YOUR HELP YOU WILL HELP US MAKE A MAJOR CHANGE IN HOW WE DOCUMENT OUR HEALTH CARE

We are currently looking for people only with “Android mobile devices” (phone or tablet) to use and test our app so MyNotes Medical will be the number one health documentation app available.

Click on this link  http://wp.me/P7C3OA-U  and please fill out the form to become one of testers and information how to download.                       Phase 2 iOS (iphone) will come at a later date.

In exchange for your early feedback we will give you free access to all upgrades for life to the first 100 people which will make you one of our founder members.

The MyNotes Medical program has been designed to help people protect and care for themselves, their loved ones and their patients (if they are carers or health practitioners.

Users of the app can do this by keeping and sharing accurate and accessible records of a person’s condition and treatment at the tap of a finger.

 TO TAKE NOTES

Recording robust written, audio and visual notes with the MyNotes Medical app enables patients to be more “informed, involved and engaged in getting better”.

The rich, chronological event log of text, audio, video and photo notes is automatically built and secured in a searchable format by the MyNotes Medical app.

Users of the MyNotes Medical app can easily add their personal information and details of treatment, medications and appointments

TO SHARE NOTES

MyNotes Medical users can easily refer to and share all of these details – including an accurate record of what was said, by whom and when – as treatment progresses.

TO RESEARCH HEALTH ISSUES

Between visits to the doctor or consultant, MyNotes Medical allows patients and carers to review and share recordings of the consultation/diagnosis with friends and family and to research vetted sites about related healthcare issues.

Together we can make a difference

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Thank you so much, Joanna Slater

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‘If you pay for a Mini you can’t expect a Ferrari’: Disgraced plastic surgeon told a mother-of-two it was HER fault after botching her £3,500 boob job

  • Alex Cater, 33, had surgery after 10st weight loss left her with sagging skin
  • Awoke from surgery in agony before her breasts started leaking puss 
  • Complained to surgeon Dr Amedeo Usai who asked ‘What did you expect from £3,500 surgery?’
  • He was struck off the medical register following a number of complaints

A mother of two who complained about her botched £3,500 boob job was horrified when her plastic surgeon told her -‘If you pay for a Mini you can’t expect a Ferrari.’

Alex Cater, 33, had gone under the knife after losing an incredible 10 stone having ballooned to a size 26 following the birth of her children Kayleigh, 13, and Cameron, 10. But instead of gaining her dream figure the surgery, carried out by shamed surgeon Amedeo Usai, went so badly wrong that her ‘butchered’ breasts were badly misshapen, painful and leaking puss. She eventually had to have the implants removed but said she still has both physical and mental scars that may never heal.

Dr Usai has now been struck off the medical register after a tribunal heard a series of complaints against him by patients.

Click on the link to read more

https://goo.gl/lPN8Xm

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She said she knew something was wrong after waking up from surgery in agony. But surgeon Amedeo Usai, who has since been struck off the medical register, dismissed her concerns with his brash comments.

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Girl, 14, died at Bristol Children’s Hospital after overstretched staff operated on her by torchlight

The family of 14-year-old girl who died during an over-stretched hospital night shift have called for more NHS staff to be on duty around-the-clock.

Emma Welch underwent an apparently successful operation to correct a curvature of her spine just days after undertaking a charity walk up Mount Snowdon. But the following night she suffered an internal bleed which triggered a fatal heart attack and she required emergency surgery.

However, just two of nine operating theatres at Bristol Children’s Hospital were open at the time because it was late at night – and they were both in use. There were not enough anaesthetists or emergency staff to open another theatre so medics had to operate on her by torchlight on a ward.

Doctors battled through the night to try and replace the blood she was rapidly losing but she tragically died at 3.42am on June 4.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/27/girl-14-died-at-bristol-childrens-hospital-after-overstretched-s/

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Emma on her ascent of Mount Snowdon

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The number of ‘serious untoward incidents’ in the Welsh NHS has doubled in four years

The figures have renewed calls for the Welsh Government to hold an independent ‘Keogh-style’ inquiry into standards of care

The number of incidents in NHS hospitals which resulted in severe harm or avoidable deaths to patients has more than doubled in the past four years, it has been revealed. New figures show that 945 so-called ‘serious untoward incidents’ (SUI) were reported in 2014-15 compared to 414 in 2011-12 – a rise of 128.3%. But the Welsh Government said the number of incidents had increased because it asked the Welsh NHS to widen its scope to include infections and high-grade pressure ulcers.

The Welsh Conservatives, who uncovered the figures, have renewed calls for the Welsh Government to hold an independent “Keogh-style” inquiry into standards of care. Shadow Health Minister Darren Millar AM said: “These figures highlight a growing number of shocking failings in care in the Labour-run Welsh NHS.

“Incidents such as these where patients could come to serious harm or death are avoidable and should never happen. “The fact that they are rising and have increased threefold in some health boards in recent years is very concerning and provides further evidence of the impact of Labour’s record-breaking cuts on the NHS budget in Wales. “One avoidable death is one too many and the alarming rate at which these incidents are being reported to the Health Minister suggests that there are problems which need to be urgently addressed.”

Click on the link to read more

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/health/number-serious-untoward-incidents-welsh-11092637

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Francis adviser to lead inquiry into ‘heart breaking’ baby death – BY SHAUN LINTERN

An adviser to the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust public inquiry will lead an investigation into the death and treatment of a baby girl whose case exposed a “regulatory gap” in the NHS.

Professor Peter Hutton, a senior consultant anaesthetist from the University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and a former chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, will conduct the inquiry into the death and treatment of baby Elizabeth Dixon. She was born prematurely at Frimley Park Hospital in 2000 and was left with permanent brain damage after hospital staff failed to monitor or treat her high blood pressure. Less than a year later she died of suffocation when a newly qualified nurse failed to keep her breathing tube clear.

The cause of her brain damage only emerged in 2013 and her parents have a dossier of evidence suggesting their daughter’s poor care was covered up by senior clinicians in a number of organisations. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt ordered an inquiry in September last year after Nursing Times’ sister titleHealth Service Journal highlighted the reluctance of national bodies, including NHS England and the health service ombudsman, to take on the case.

Click on the link to read more from The Nursing Times

An adviser to the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust public inquiry will lead an investigation into the death and treatment of a baby girl

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Elizabeth Dixon

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Newborn baby left dying alone at the Royal Free Hospital because doctors thought he had died

A newborn baby was left dying alone on a resuscitation table after doctors mistakenly gave him up for dead and medical staff ignored his gasps for breath, an inquest heard.

Baby Sebastian Sparrow revived himself an hour and a half after his parents were told by medics at the Royal Free Hospital that he had died. But Sebastian was too badly brain damaged to be saved, and died two days later after being transferred to University College Hospital. Coroner Mary Hassell was critical of several medical staff throughout last week’s inquest, and said that they must have realised the baby’s “agonal gasps” meant that he was “dying, and not dead”.

Sebastian was born by caesarean section on November 6 2013 after his mother, Sally Sparrow, experienced a prolonged labour. He was expected to be a healthy baby as no problems had been detected throughout the pregnancy.  It was suggested during the inquest that he may have sustained brain damage during the caesarean delivery as it took three attempts by different obstetricians to deliver the baby.

In a statement, Mrs Sparrow, a solicitor, and her husband, Jamie, an accountant, said they were left with “no real understanding of what had happened” after the mistaken diagnosis of death.

Click on the link to read more

http://goo.gl/40v7n9

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Nothing can prepare you for seeing your baby in a coffin’: Bombshell report condemns NHS 111 service as not safe for sick children over blunders that cost baby his life

  • William Mead died after developing an abscess in his left lung aged one
  • His mother Melissa, 29, of Cornwall, called NHS out-of-hours service 
  • But non-medically trained call handler failed to realise how serious it was
  • NHS England report found service ‘unsafe for seriously ill children’

The out-of-hours NHS hotline is unsafe for seriously ill children, a bombshell report reveals. The 111 service puts parents at the mercy of a box-ticking process that can miss life-threatening symptoms. The shocking finding comes in a report into the death of a baby from sepsis. It said William Mead might be alive today had a 111 call handler realised just how ill he was.

That blunder is only one of 16 that contributed to the tragedy. But many of the problems are nationwide, the report says, because:

  • GPs are pressured not to prescribe antibiotics, including to children;
  • They are reluctant to refer sick patients to crowded casualty units;
  • Patients suffer ‘loss of continuity’ when taken ill over a weekend;
  • Out-of-hours doctors cannot access patients’ medical records, often leaving them in the dark.

The report is the result of a gruelling year-long campaign by Paul and Melissa Mead to know the truth about their son William’s death in December 2014. NHS England concluded that a doctor or a nurse taking their call would probably have seen the need for urgent action. But most 111 staff, who use computer scripts, are not medically trained. Other problems included the failure of GPs to carry out basic checks for signs of sepsis, and to give William the antibiotics that could have saved his life.

Mrs Mead said no words could explain her family’s profound loss. She called for lessons to be learnt from William’s death.

Click on the link to read more and watch the NHS Direct Video which shows how the 111 service works

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3416346/Bombshell-report-condemns-NHS-hours-service-not-safe-sick-children-blunders-cost-baby-life.html

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William Mead, pictured with parents Paul and Melissa, died from sepsis after a series of medical blunders including an NHS 111 service operator not realising how serious his illness was

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Doctor ‘responsible for the avoidable death of teacher following caesarean’ nearly killed another new mother

Dr Nadeem Azeez is one of two anaesthetists accused of failing to take basic steps to save the life of Frances Cappuccini, 30

An underqualified foreign doctor alleged to have been responsible for the “totally unexpected and avoidable” death of a young teacher following an emergency caesarean had nearly killed another new mother placed in his care, a court heard.  Dr Nadeem Azeez is one of two anaesthetists accused of failing to take basic steps to save the life of Frances Cappuccini, 30, as they attempted to bring her round from a general anaesthetic following the birth of her second child.

Mrs Cappuccini never regained consciousness and died in October 2012 following a massive heart attack as a result of a build-up of acid in her body from lack of oxygen. A report into her death following an internal investigation was redacted to remove reference to the previous incident involving Dr Azeez before it was sent to the coroner, Inner London Crown Court heard.

In March 2012, Dr Azeez, 52, had been responsible for anaesthetising a woman at the same hospital who had suffered a haemorrhage after giving birth and whose placenta needed removing in theatre.

Click on the link to read more

http://goo.gl/sbYTKT

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Dr Nadeem Azeez (right) is accused of failing to take basic steps to save Frances Cappuccini

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Our baby choked to death in nurse’s care so why didn’t they admit it for 14 years? Mother was branded ‘mental’ for pursuing the truth after 11-month-old daughter died

  • Anne Dixon, 52, branded ‘mental’ in police notes during her 14-year battle for the truth behind death of her disabled 11-month-old daughter Elizabeth
  • An agency nurse, Joyce Aburime, with no experience had been looking after Elizabeth and failed to notice a blockage in her tracheostomy tube
  • Anne referred for psychiatric treatment over ‘unreasonable concerns’
  • Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt recently ordered an investigation into case

Anne Dixon sat in the back seat of an unfamiliar car, watching as her husband cradled the lifeless body of her 11-month-old daughter. Overcome with grief and shock, she gazed at Elizabeth’s tiny face, her still frame wrapped in her pink flannelette sheet. In what appeared to be a simple act of compassion, albeit a highly unusual one, Dr Michael Tettenborn – the doctor in charge of Elizabeth’s care – was driving the grieving mother, her husband and their dead baby home.  Also in the car was the nurse, Joyce Aburime, who they held responsible for their daughter’s tragic death. It was only later, after the shock of their loss had subsided, that Anne and Graeme Dixon realised how bizarrely inappropriate this journey home had been.

Earlier that morning, profoundly disabled Elizabeth was rushed to the A&E department at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey after the tracheostomy tube that helped her breathe had become fatally blocked and Elizabeth was suffocating.  As would later emerge, an agency nurse with no experience had been looking after Elizabeth but failed to notice the blockage in the tube. To Anne and Graeme’s utter devastation, their daughter was pronounced dead.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3392107/Mother-branded-mental-pursuing-truth-11-month-old-daughter-died-E.html

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Anne Dixon holding Elizabeth when she was about four months old in Great Ormond Street Hospital. Elizabeth was pronounced dead after a nurse with no experience failed to notice the blockage in her tracheostomy tube that helped her breathe. Anne battled health authorities for 14-years and it was only recently that an investigation was ordered by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

 

 

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Exclusive: Hunt orders investigation of ‘regulatory gap’ baby death case – By Crispin Dowler, Shaun Lintern for HSJ

The health secretary has promised an independent investigation of the death of a baby whose ‘incredibly distressing’ case highlighted a regulatory ‘gap’ in the NHS’s ability to probe historic complaints.

Jeremy Hunt told HSJ he had intervened in the “frankly heart breaking” case of Elizabeth Dixon after her family’s concerns had been “passed around the system” for “far too long”.

He said NHS England patient safety director Mike Durkin would commission an independent investigation of the case in his new role in charge of patient safety at NHS Improvement – the regulator to be formed by merging Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority.

Elizabeth was born prematurely at Frimley Park Hospital in 2000. She was left with permanent brain damage after hospital staff failed to monitor or treat her high blood pressure, and in 2001 she died of suffocation when a newly qualified nurse failed to keep her breathing tube clear. The cause of her brain damage was only confirmed in 2013.

http://www.hsj.co.uk/news/acute-care/exclusive-hunt-orders-investigation-of-regulatory-gap-baby-death-case/5090149.article

Click on the link below to read the artical in full

Exclusive Hunt orders investigation of regulatory gap baby

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Elizabeth Dixon

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Medical blunders cost NHS billions

An analysis by The Telegraph shows 20 hospital trusts have paid out £1.1 billion for medical blunders in just five years. While below we tell the tragic story of a mother left severely brain damaged after giving birth to her daughter

More than £1.1bn has been paid out for blunders at just 20 NHS trusts in the past five years, a Telegraph investigation can disclose.

A league table reveals the trusts with the largest medical negligence bills in England – topped by a hospital trust which was embroiled in a scandal over the deaths of babies and mothers. In total, NHS trusts have paid out more than £4.5 billion in the past five years for medical mistakes. About a quarter was paid to law firms to cover legal costs and most of the rest in compensation to patients harmed by medical blunders.

The legal bill for medical blunders has quadrupled in the past decade, The Telegraph investigation shows.  Action against Medical Accidents, the patient safety charity, said last night the growing scale of payouts was of huge concern and a massive burden on the NHS. “Clinical negligence is a huge and growing strain on the finances of the NHS, but the human cost is far greater,” said Peter Walsh, the charity’s chief executive, “Millions could be saved if there were more honesty and earlier admissions of liability.”

Click on the link to read more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11733719/Medical-blunders-cost-NHS-billions.html

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Executive left brain-damaged by weekend care blunders wins £3m payout after five-year battle with central London hospital

A man who was left-brain damaged after inadequate weekend hospital care has received a £3 million settlement from the NHS.

Tristan Rosevear, 47, spent nine weeks in intensive care after delays in treating septic arthritis in his left hip at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. The telecommunications executive had to be resuscitated and suffered a stroke. Almost five years on, he still struggles to communicate and has limited mobility. The payout, by the NHS Litigation Authority on behalf of St Mary’s, includes a £1.5 million lump sum and annual payments for the next 20 years for his rehabilitation and care.

His wife Janine Abery, 48, who gave up a film industry career to become his carer, told the Standard: “It’s been a long road. It’s been more than four-and-a-half years since Tristan’s stroke, and frustrating they didn’t see fit to settle earlier than they did. I hope the NHS can up its game so nobody else’s family has to suffer what Tristan’s has.”

Click on the link to read more

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/executive-left-braindamaged-by-weekend-care-blunders-wins3m-payout-after-fiveyear-battle-with-central-london-hospital-10354770.html

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Suffered stroke: Tristan Rosevear, pictured with wife Janine Abery

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Robbie Powell died 25 years ago aged 10. Difficult to believe that this 4 part ‘Wales This Week’ documentary was aired 11 years ago and yet the NHS cover up continues 25 years after Robbie’s needles death

There was sufficient evidence to prosecute the killer/dishonest GPs in 2003 but Crown Prosecution Service said NO! The three reasons below were given for not prosecuting the GPs and their secretary:

1. Passage of time! [Not relevant in cases of child sex abuse and other crimes]

2. Police/CPS FAILURES! [More like Police/CPS corruption to protect the establishment employed police doctors]

3. Police IMMUNITY! [The Police does not have the gift of immunity and even if they had it is only given when the perpetrators assist in the prosecution of others and not as a favour for police employed doctors]

When will the 25 year cover up of Robbie’s death be investigated and the perpetrators of these heinous crimes IMPRISONED?

Will the Director of Public Prosecutions do the right thing this time? Will Powell

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Click on the link below to watch the 3 other parts of  “Wales This Week” documentary  https://strength-in-numbers.co.uk/r/

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Woman loses leg after NHS staff accidentally inject it with disinfectant – By Ollie McAteer for Metro.co.uk

The woman, who has only been named as Gina, was mentioned in a report by MPs into the work of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.

Gina lost her leg through a catastrophic error at Doncaster Royal Infrimary in 2013. Hospital bosses said that the shocking incident is now being used as an example of good practice to show how lessons had been learned. Her case has been used by Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as part of a YouTube clip called ‘The Human Factor: Learning from Gina’s Story’ which has been shown to NHS staff and organisations to show how lessons can be learned from local investigations.

Sewa Singh, Medical Director at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals, said: ‘We are pleased that the enquiry recognised that Gina’s story is an example of good practice for the NHS. ‘Patient safety is at the forefront of everything we do at DBH and if there are any mistakes we make sure that we carry out a thorough investigation, share the findings with patients and their families and ensure Trust wide learning. ‘We worked closely with Gina and her husband to make an educational video called Gina’s Story that drives home the importance of patient safety and our safety culture and we can’t thank them enough for helping us with this.

‘The inspiring educational video was shared widely both within the organisation, and to other hospitals as we wanted to ensure that no-one else goes through the same experience.’ Please watch this tragic video where one moment loss of concentration cost Gina the loss of her leg.

The Department of Health believes that more than 12,000 hospital deaths could be avoided every year.

More than 10,000 serious incident are reported to NHS England each year.

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Harry Procko Exclusive: ‘Doctors got it wrong’, says Medical Director by Daniel Robbins – Notts TV News

The Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust’s medical director has admitted that ‘doctors got it wrong’ over the treatment of Harry Procko.

Dr Stephen Fowlie is heard in the recording below talking about the treatment of four-year-old Harry, who is autistic, who died after being taken to the Queens Medical Centre last June. He was initially taken to the hospital with vomiting and diarrhoea and the hospital said he needed some tests. But after nine hours of waiting in unfamiliar surroundings, Harry became very distressed and his parents made the decision to take him home for the evening. The next day when he was taken back, doctors planned for a blood test to be taken and fluids to be given for dehydration but that never happened and two days after he was discharged, Harry collapsed, turned blue and died a short time later.

Here is what Dr Fowlie is heard saying when asked about the chain of events:

Click on the link to hear the audio correspondence and read the article

http://news.nottstv.com/harry-procko-exclusive-doctors-got-it-wrong-says-medical-director/

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More than 100,000 patients injured or killed by medical ‘blunders’ in the Welsh NHS since 2010, shock figures reveal

More than 100,000 patients have been injured or killed by medical “blunders” in the Welsh NHS since 2010, new figures have revealed.

Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show that patients were injured on at least 102,807 separate occasions at Welsh hospitals, and an astonishing 1,742 of those led to major harm – or even death. On average, one Welsh NHS patient was harmed every 30 minutes as a result of doctors or nurses misusing drugs or equipment, making mistakes over paperwork or providing negligent treatment.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/more-100000-patients-injured-killed-8796747

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Dylan’s Legacy : A tragic account of what happened to baby Dylan

A hospital has accepted liability for the death of a two-year-old boy who waited more than nine months for a key medical assessment. Dylan O’Brien was waiting for an appointment with a genetics team and for an important operation when he died in June 2012. The operation to remove his tonsils and adenoids was cancelled for the second time by the hospital just the day before he died.

Click on the link to watch this tragic account of what happened

http://www.itv.com/news/wales/2014-11-24/catch-up-wales-this-week-dylans-legacy/

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PHSO – 81 Case summaries show the profound impact that failures can have on the lives of individuals and their families

These short, anonymised stories show the profound impact that failures in public services can have on the lives of individuals and their families.
They provide examples of the complaints the PHSO handle and they hope they will give public service users confidence that complaining can make a difference.
This first set includes cases the PHSO closed in February and March 2014. Most of them are cases they have upheld or partly upheld. These cases provide clear and valuable lessons for public services by showing what needs to be changed so that similar mistakes can be avoided in future. They include complaints about failures to spot serious illnesses like sepsis and mistakes by government departments that caused financial hardship.

Please click on the link to see all of the 81 case summaries
http://www.ombudsman.org.uk/make-a-complaint/case-summaries

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