Chief Executive of the Encephalitis Society speaks to Moore Barlow’s Anne Cassidy

The law and its role in a pandemic world

Recently, Dr Ava Easton, Chief Executive of the Encephalitis Society, spoke with Anne Cassidy, Partner at Moore Barlow, as part of the Encephalitis Podcast. They discussed Anne’s career as a medical doctor and lawyer as well as the law and its role for encephalitis patients and how it operates in a pandemic world.

Watch the podcast here

This interview is also available via The Encephalitis Podcast on AppleSpotifyGoogle and YouTube.

Featuring in the Encephalitis Podcast Series, Anne said:

This is genuinely distinguished company in which to be included. Moore Barlow is very proud of the work it has done with the Society and its members over the last 20 years. It is crystal clear that the Society’s efforts are reducing the harm done by encephalitis around the world and we believe that our legal work has contributed to patient safety in the UK. Having seen the medico-legal process from all sides – as a hospital doctor, at partner level in a leading Defendant firm, from the perspective of the NHS Litigation Authority during a secondment, and now as management lead for clinical negligence at Moore Barlow – I find it depressing and counter-productive when commentators seek to set up a narrative of ‘us’ and ‘them’. The implication that the NHS would prefer to ignore the impact of the errors that are bound to occur when even the most highly skilled teams of people are doing complex things is wrong, and it is wrong to demonise Claimants. Now more than ever we are all in this together, and these are particularly difficult times. Patients who suffer serious avoidable injury need financial help, and clinicians need the reassurance that as a civilised society we have a safety net when things go wrong. I am grateful to Ava for giving me the opportunity to try to explain that.

Others who have been interviewed for the podcast include:

  • Dr Nicholas Davies: Consultant neurologist and Chair of the Society’s Scientific Advisory Panel
  • Dr Bonnie-Kate Dewar: Clinical neuropsychologist
  • Dr Mark Ellul: Clinical Research Fellow in neurology
  • Dr Jessica Fish: Lecturer in clinical psychology
  • Simon Hattenstone: features writer at The Guardian newspaper
  • Professor Peter Hotez: President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute at George Washington University
  • Dr Benedict Michael: Senior Clinician Scientist Fellow at the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit for Emerging and Zoonotic Infection

For further information about the issues that may arise in encephalitis cases, read more here.

If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence, please contact Anne Cassidy or a member of her team.


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