You may need legal help with certain aspects of care, including making a power of attorney, guardianship, acting as an executor or writing a will. No, if the clinic refuses to treat you simply because you are a lesbian couple, and the treatment is offered to an opposite-sex couple, that is sex discrimination and it is against the law. You need to seek expert advice on how to go further. If you want compensation because your health was harmed by medical negligence, you must file a separate lawsuit. Our in-depth knowledge of real estate and public sector law enables us to provide exceptional support and advice to our clients. Find out more about our commercial property service After that, you may be invited to attend a meeting or phone call with NHS staff to discuss the complaint. This is not a formal legal meeting, and if you do not feel well enough to attend the meeting, you can request that another form of communication be arranged. You should be able to bring a representative or other person with you to represent or attend. It may be helpful for you or someone else to take notes of the meeting.
You can record meetings using the Save Contact template in the PASS Resources section of this page. You may want to write down what should happen if you get too sick to accept medical treatment. Specific treatment requests are called living wills, and refusals of treatment are called living wills, but these terms are often used to mean the same thing. A living will that refuses treatment is legally binding on health professionals. As a member of the public sector, we focus on the public sector. We draw on a wide range of expertise and offer a comprehensive legal service. You can call PASS for advice and assistance on 0800 917 2127. The lines are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information about PASS can be found on the website. You should know that these actions are expensive and complex.
All GPs are insured and the legal action is usually challenged by an insurance company. If the complaint relates to the actions of an NHS health authority, the NHS Health Authority is responsible for deciding whether or not to contest the claim. Michael Stewart is Head of Litigation at the NHS Central Legal Office (CLO). He will give a brief presentation on the work of OCOL and explain how legal services are provided to the NHS in Scotland. discuss the types of legal issues that often arise for health services; and a description of the risk pooling system that supports the NHS response to claims. It will also address some of the issues raised by the joint work between local authorities and health authorities since the passage of the Public Bodies (Joint Work) (Scotland) Act 2014. Contact your local Citizen Advisory Office for help completing these documents. Find out where you can get advice. The law on whether a person has the right to die is unclear. You have the right to refuse or stop treatment at any time, even if it means you could die.
But it is illegal for a doctor to skip or administer treatment to cause or hasten death. You can get advice on NHS services and treatments, as well as personal health advice, on the NHS 24 website or by calling 111. Legal advice and assistance with NHS endowment funds If you are considering taking legal action against your NHS complaint, you will need to consult a lawyer. Your local citizen advisory office can give you a list of local lawyers. Unlike many personal injury cases, establishing clinical negligence is extremely complicated and the decision to make a legal claim should not be taken lightly. If you`d like to talk to someone about your experience or need expert advice on a possible claim, our medical negligence team can help. Please complete a simple clinical neglect form and provide as much detail as possible. This will help us understand your situation and decide on the best next steps.
This consultation is of course free of charge. There is a lot of advice you can get and there may be legal help if you choose a lawyer. It may be possible to challenge the final decision on your complaint through judicial review. Judicial review is a procedure that allows a court to review the decisions of public bodies. You need to see a lawyer if you want to do a judicial review. This can be an expensive legal process. Your local Citizen Advisory Office can provide you with a list of local lawyers. Find out where you can get advice.