Three parent babies given green light by government – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 18th, 2014 in assisted reproduction, bills, health, news by sally

‘Parliament will now vote on whether to allow a change in legistlation which would see the first three parent babies born by 2016.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th December 2014

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Managing mental health issues – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted December 11th, 2014 in employment, equality, health, mental health, news, sick leave by sally

‘In 2006, it was estimated that 35% of all GP consultations involved a mental health problem and by 2011 stress had become the most common cause of long-term sickness absence for both manual and non-manual workers. If these figures are not reason enough for employers to address their employees’ mental health issues, there are plenty more statistics that may convince them:

It is estimated that three in ten people will experience a mental health problem in any one year, and this figure is likely to increase.
Work-related stress costs Britain 10.4 million working days per annum, with a disconcerting 91 million days per year lost to mental health problems generally.
The Centre for Mental Health estimates that the total cost of mental health problems at work is over £30 billion a year.
When working long hours, more than a quarter of employees feel depressed (27%), one third feel anxious (34%) and more than half feel irritable (58%).’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 11th December 2014

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Free Movement of Doctors in the NHS – Littleton Chambers

Posted December 11th, 2014 in appeals, doctors, EC law, employment tribunals, freedom of movement, health, news by sally

‘In Kapenova v. Department of Health [2014] ICR 884, the first case of its kind in the health sector, the EAT has held that an entry criterion for the two year Foundation Programme for medicine graduates is a justified infringement of EU free movement rights. Kapenova demonstrates that: (i) a claim for unjustified infringement of free movement rights can be pursued as a claim for indirect nationality discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 before the Employment Tribunal, and; (ii) the approach to the justification defence under EU law and domestic law is the same.’

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Littleton Chambers, 11th December 2014

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Vestergaard – creating another buzz – RPC IP Hub

Posted December 8th, 2014 in damages, health, intellectual property, news by sally

‘This long-running case has now reached a finale – a High Court decision on the assessment of damages, handed down in October 2014.’

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RPC IP Hub, 4th December 2014

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Weight-loss ad featuring ex-Coronation Street star Denise Welch banned – The Guardian

Posted December 3rd, 2014 in advertising, health, news, obesity, regulations by sally

‘An advert for the weight loss programme LighterLife featuring former Coronation Street and Loose Women star Denise Welch has been banned after the actor lost weight more quickly than regulations deem to be safe.’

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2014

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Mother in High Court challenge against NHS ombudsman – BBC News

Posted December 2nd, 2014 in cancer, complaints, health, medical records, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘The mother of a young woman who died in hospital is challenging the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman (PHSO) in the High Court.’

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BBC News, 2nd December 2014

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Hospital had no plan to tackle autistic woman’s weight gain, coroner rules – The Guardian

Posted November 25th, 2014 in autism, health, hospitals, inquests, news, obesity by sally

‘A 25-year-old woman with severe autism died in a secure hospital after staff allowed her weight to balloon to 25 stone as she sat alone for years in a padded room, a coroner has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 24th November 2014

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Terminally ill woman sues over cancer diagnosis delay – BBC News

Posted November 25th, 2014 in cancer, delay, duty of care, health, news, Wales by sally

‘A terminally ill woman who claims a hospital did not treat her suspected cancer as urgent has launched legal action against a health board.’

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BBC News, 24th November 2014

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Regina (Cushnie) v Secretary of State for Health – WLR Daily

Posted November 18th, 2014 in asylum, equality, health, law reports, medical treatment, regulations by sally

Regina (Cushnie) v Secretary of State for Health [2014] EWHC 3626 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 484

‘Regulation 11(c) of the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2011 contravened the provisions of section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 by reason of a lack of regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity for disabled people.’

WLR Daily, 5th November 2014

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NHS ombudsman ‘failing families’ – BBC News

Posted November 18th, 2014 in complaints, health, news, ombudsmen, reports by sally

‘The NHS ombudsman – the independent service that investigates patients’ complaints – is “wholly ineffective and failing families”, warns a charity.’

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BBC News, 18th November 2014

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Yarl’s Wood: Undercover tour of detention centre with dreadful reputation for its treatment of asylum seekers – The Independent

‘The Detention Centre in Bedfordshire – privately run, but publicly funded – has a dreadful reputation for its treatment of asylum seekers. Cole Moreton found a way inside to see if its notoriety is deserved.’

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The Independent, 16th November 2014

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Coroner investigates death of woman treated by dentist at centre of alert – The Guardian

Posted November 13th, 2014 in coroners, dentists, health, news, professional conduct, whistleblowers by tracey

‘Investigation trying to establish whether there are any links between 23-year-old woman’s death and the treatment she received.’

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The Guardian, 12th November 2014

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Robbie Powell: CPS to review schoolboy’s death 24 years ago – BBC News

Posted November 5th, 2014 in children, Crown Prosecution Service, health, inquiries, news by sally

‘The death of a schoolboy 24 years ago from a treatable condition is to be reinvestigated by the Crown Prosecution Service.’

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BBC News, 4th November 2014

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Ebola: When health workers’ duty to treat is trumped – BBC News

Posted October 30th, 2014 in doctors, duty of care, health, medical treatment, news, nurses, oaths, professional conduct by sally

‘The president of the World Bank has urged thousands of health workers to volunteer in the battle against Ebola, invoking their duty under their oath to help patients. But is there such an obligation? Medical ethicist Dr Daniel Sokol says we should expect some healthcare staff to refuse to go to work, wherever Ebola patients are being treated.’

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BBC News, 29th October 2014

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‘Devastating impact’ of NHS blunders revealed in ombudsman’s report – The Guardian

Posted October 30th, 2014 in complaints, health, news, ombudsmen, reports by sally

‘The NHS has committed a catalogue of blunders that have had a “devastating impact” on every generation, a report has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 29th October 2014

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Punitive drug law enforcement failing, says Home Office study – The Guardian

Posted October 30th, 2014 in crime, drug abuse, drug offences, enforcement, evidence, health, news, reports by sally

‘There is no evidence that tough enforcement of the drug laws on personal possession leads to lower levels of drug use, according to the government’s first evidence-based study.’

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The Guardian, 30th October 2014

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Munchausen, MMR and mendacious “warrior mothers” – UK Human Rights Blog

‘A Local Authority and M (By his litigation friend via the Official Solicitor) v E and A (Respondents) [2014] EWCOP 33 (11 August 2014). And now the Court of Protection has published a ruling by Baker J that a a supporter of the discredited doctor Andrew Wakefield embarked on an odyssey of intrusive remedies and responses to her son’s disorder, fabricating claims of damage from immunisation, earning her membership of what science journalist Brian Deer calls the class of “Wakefield mothers.” ‘

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th October 2014

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Patchy dementia care puts patients at risk of unnecessary suffering, says CQC – The Guardian

Posted October 13th, 2014 in care homes, elderly, health, hospitals, mental health, news, quality assurance, standards by sally

‘Nine out of 10 care homes and hospitals in England have aspects of care for people with dementia that are variable or poor, making those with the condition likely to receive substandard treatment at some point, according to an important review by the NHS regulator.’

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The Guardian, 13th October 2014

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European Convention on Human Rights: What has it ever done for us? – The Independent

‘As the Tories attempt to dilute the treaty’s authority in the UK, James Cusick takes a look at the difference it has made.’

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The Independent, 3rd October 2014

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Medical compensation ‘outstripping public finances’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in compensation, damages, health, negligence, news by tracey

‘Medical defendants have warned that public finances will not be able to cope unless clinical negligence compensation is radically reformed.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd October 2014

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