Government faces judicial review challenge over contaminated blood payments – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 20th, 2017 in blood products, damages, health, HIV, judicial review, news by sally

‘The Government is being taken to judicial review over alleged discrimination in its payment scheme for people living with HIV and the Hepatitis C virus.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th February 2017

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NHS hasn’t improved enough since Mid Staffs, says inquiry lawyer – The Guardian

Posted February 13th, 2017 in health, news, statistics by sally

‘Current conditions in the NHS ”sound familiar” to those that existed during the Mid Staffordshire scandal, according to the lawyer who chaired the inquiry into the hospital trust.’

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The Guardian, 12th February 2017

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One female genital mutilation case reported every hour in the UK – The Independent

Posted February 6th, 2017 in children, female genital mutilation, health, news, statistics, women by sally

‘A case of female genital mutilation (FGM) is either discovered or treated at a medical appointment in England every hour, according to analysis of NHS statistics by a charity.’

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The Independent, 6th February 2017

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NHS pressured to reveal confidential patient data by Home Office under Theresa May, says former executive – The Independent

Posted February 2nd, 2017 in data protection, government departments, health, illegality, immigration, news by tracey

‘The former head of NHS Digital has said he was put under “immense pressure” by the Home Office under Theresa May to release data on immigrants despite his concerns over its legality.’

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The Independent, 1st February 2017

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Putting Women on the Front Foot: The Joint Committee Report on High Heels and Dress Codes at Work – Cloisters

‘The Joint Committee report on high heels and dress codes at work shows that discriminatory dress codes can promote the sexualised objectification of women at work, disadvantage people with disabilities, inhibit employment prospects, impair work performance and cause long term and substantial damage to health.’

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Cloisters, 26th January 2017

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Clin neg fixed costs plans unveiled as Hunt targets ‘unscrupulous’ firms – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Health secretary Jeremy Hunt today finally announced the details of the fixed costs regime for clinical negligence cases.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th January 2017

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Court of Appeal delivers landmark ruling in ‘state detention’ inquest case – Local Government Lawyer

‘A woman with a learning disability who died whilst in the intensive care unit of a hospital was not in ‘state detention’, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th January 2017

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Patient who spent two years in hospital evicted under court order – The Guardian

Posted January 25th, 2017 in health, hospitals, news by tracey

‘A patient who was evicted from a hospital under a court order after spending more than two years in a bed has insisted that he did not want to stay there. Adriano Guedes was removed from the James Paget hospital in Gorleston, Norfolk, which said the 63-year-old was occupying the bed “unnecessarily” and was fit to be discharged.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2017

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Home Office refuses to enforce privacy code on NHS staff using video – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2017 in health, hospitals, news, privacy, video recordings by tracey

‘The government has rejected a request by the surveillance camera watchdog to allow it to monitor the increasing and unregulated use of CCTV and body-worn video cameras in hospitals.’

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The Guardian, 18th January 2017

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NHS director Peter Lewis jailed over corrupt hospital contract – BBC News

Posted January 9th, 2017 in corruption, fraud, health, news, sentencing by sally

‘An NHS director who received £80,000 in corrupt payments for awarding a hospital IT contract has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 6th January 2017

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GP and health boss get suspended sentences for £153k fraud – BBC News

Posted December 21st, 2016 in doctors, fraud, health, news by tracey

‘A GP and a senior health manager who fraudulently invoiced the NHS for £153,600 have been sentenced.’

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BBC News, 20th December 2016

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Watchdogs release damning reports on Marie Stopes abortion clinics – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 21st, 2016 in abortion, charities, consent, health, learning difficulties, news, reports by tracey

‘Staff at Britain’s biggest abortion provider tried to give a vulnerable woman a termination even though she did not understand what was going on, a damning report has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th December 2016

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Hospitals may require patients to show passports for NHS treatment – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2016 in health, hospitals, identification, immigration, news, passports by sally

‘Patients could be told to bring two forms of identification including a passport to hospital to prove they are eligible for free treatment under new rules to stop so-called health tourism.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2016

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It’s time to decriminalize drugs, commission report says – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2016 in crime, drug abuse, drug offences, health, news, reports, United Nations by sally

‘World leaders called for the decriminalization of drugs on Monday, in a report released by a commission that includes the former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan and former presidents of Colombia, Mexico and Brazil.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2016

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How the UK’s drug laws have created an underground medical marijuana scene – The Independent

Posted November 16th, 2016 in crime, drug offences, drug trafficking, health, medicines, news by sally

‘The UK’s underground medical marijuana scene, where dealers give away tens of thousands of pounds worth of cannabis in order to offer relief to those in physical pain, has been exposed in a new documentary.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2016

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BMJ medical journal calls for legalisation of drugs – The Independent

Posted November 15th, 2016 in crime, doctors, drug abuse, drug offences, health, news by tracey

‘The British Medical Journal has called for the legalisation of illicit drugs for the first time.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2016

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Driven to despair – official-documents.gov.uk

Posted October 20th, 2016 in complaints, driving licences, health, ombudsmen, press releases, reports by tracey

‘This report highlights major failings in the way DVLA makes decisions on whether people with certain medical conditions are safe to drive.’

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official-documents.gov.uk, 19th October 2016

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‘Major failings’ in DVLA medical fitness to drive cases – BBC News

Posted October 20th, 2016 in complaints, driving licences, health, news, ombudsmen, reports by tracey

‘The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is not making fair decisions about medical fitness-to-drive cases, a report has suggested. It said people’s lives had been put on hold for years because of flawed decision-making and poor communication. The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s report found “major failings” in eight drivers’ cases.’

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BBC News, 20th October 2016

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Drug dependence: treatment over incarceration – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted October 19th, 2016 in crime, drug abuse, drug offences, health, news, rehabilitation by sally

‘Drug dependence has significant direct and indirect costs to society beyond the impact on individuals. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction estimates that in 2010 alone, between €3.7b to 5.9b of public money was spent on drug-law offenders in prisons in Europe. This figure does not include the cost of criminal justice responses to drug-using offenders who have been convicted of other crimes that may have been motivated in part by drug-dependency.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 18th October 2016

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NHS negligence claims hit £1.4bn – BBC News

Posted September 29th, 2016 in costs, delay, health, negligence, news by tracey

‘NHS trusts in England paid out more than £1.4bn in medical negligence claims last year compared to £583m in 2008, analysis shows.’

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BBC News, 29th September 2016

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