Welcome to Laurence Vick's website covering a wide range of medico-legal topics and random music, sport and other stuff  that will hopefully be of interest.

Laurence, now a Consultant Solicitor following his retirement from practice in January 2020, has over 30 years experience of  clinical negligence litigation having represented claimants and their families in many high profile cases involving a wide range of medical and surgical procedures.  

An active patient safety advocate, Laurence  has been a central figure in children’s heart surgery litigation after representing the families affected by the Bristol cardiac scandal of the 1990s and failings at other cardiac units across the country over the years since. He was joint lead solicitor to the 300 families at the Bristol Royal Infirmary Public Inquiry which led to the Kennedy Report of 2001. This report, with close to 200 recommendations,  promised to herald a sea-change in clinical accountability and audit, the evaluation and organisation of specialist NHS services on a national level and an end to the 'club culture' in the NHS. Last but not least, it was hoped that the Kennedy recommendations would lead to full and effective protection for patient-safety whistleblowers..

Described in legal directories as the ‘go-to lawyer' for complex cardiac and cardiology cases and in the current 2020 Legal 500 as a Leading Individual in the South West region, following his retirement from practice Laurence was proud to have been made an Honorary member of the panel of the leading patient safety and justice charity AvMA (Action for Victims of Medical Accidents). 

Following his involvement in the Bristol heart surgery Public Inquiry and the related brain damage and other severe injury cases, the  number of major scandals over the intervening years in spite of the proliferation of Inquiries remains a major concern and inevitably raises the question: a generation later, have the lessons of Bristol been learned? He has written widely on this issue and on the lack of protection afforded to patient-safety whistleblowers, as well as the duty of candour and consent, and on the availability of readily understandable outcome data from individual units to enable patients to make informed choices about their treatment.

Laurence is a regular contributor to the debate over the wider problems facing an increasingly fragmented public-private health service. The safety,  transparency and indemnity implications of  NHS outsourcing to the private sector and the adequacy of oversight and monitoring are key interests.

Laurence maintains an interest in the development and implications of clinical guidelines.  He has also published articles on treatment disparities and the failure to diagnose and the misdiagnosis of women's heart symptoms and the need to expand research and the development of  gender-based guidelines.   

Laurence follows developments in sports cardiology and research into other medico-legal issues emerging in the world of sport including the duty of care owed by football and other sports clubs and their doctors to their players. He has also published articles and advised two government-funded university research  projects on safety issues concerning medical tourism. 

These and other topics and musings will be covered in this blog. You can also follow Laurence on Twitter @LaurenceVick and on LinkedIn

Reflections from ‘Bristol’ a generation on and the Lessons Learned (part 1)

By Laurence Vick | 23rd June 2020

My article (1 of 2) published in the AvMA March 2020 Lawyers Service newsletter Lawyers-Service-Newsletter-MARCH-2020-Laurence-Vick-Article-Part-1 (click link above)

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The perils of cosmetic surgery medical tourism (2012)

By Laurence Vick | 3rd June 2020

My article published in the AvMA Medical & Legal Journal 2012:18:106-109 – my contribution to the NIHR study into the implications for the NHS of inward and outward medical tourism Appendix_17 (5)

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Hospitals to get free pass at inquests: interviewed by the Daily Telegraph July 2017

By Laurence Vick | 3rd June 2020

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/30/negligent-hospitals-get-free-pass-inquests-costs-cap-warning/

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Lessons from Paterson: the need for private healthcare providers to have ‘skin in the game’

By Laurence Vick | 25th May 2020

My article published in the SpecialistInfo magazine  on 18 May 2020. The Paterson scandal highlighted many areas of concern which need to be addressed:  accountability, transparency and patient safety in the private healthcare sector,  the ‘flawed’ private health model,  the lack of liaison between the NHS and the private sector and the risks posed by inadequate…

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The Lure of Overseas Medical Treatment

By Laurence Vick | 5th September 2017

Medical Tourism is a growing phenomenon. Overseas travel is widely affordable: boarding a brightly coloured airline bound for the fringes of Europe is the work of a weekend, and, as consumers become more accustomed to travel, individuals are increasingly being seduced by lower prices for medical procedures at foreign clinics. It is difficult to get…

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