Posts by Laurence Vick

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

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

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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Rad Hamed: Club cardiologist and an avoidable tragedy

Club, Cardiologist and an Avoidable Tragedy – the Rad Hamed case An article I wrote in March 2015 for PI Brief on this tragic case involving the failure of cardiac testing in a promising young footballer. The 2015 High Court judgment in favour of Rad Hamed, the ‘extremely gifted and dedicated’ young footballer who suffered…

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June 2016: My analysis as we await publication of the new Bristol Review (‘Kennedy 2’) – have the lessons from the 90s heart scandal been learned?

The Bristol Review, an inquiry instigated in response to the anxieties of parents whose children died or were harmed at Bristol Children’s Hospital, is finally due to publish its findings on 30 June 2016. The families have awaited this report for two years, becoming increasingly concerned by what they perceived to be delays in its…

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