New hospital food rules introduced – BBC News

Posted August 29th, 2014 in food, health, hospitals, news by tracey

‘Hospitals in England will be expected to provide a higher standard of food under new measures being announced by the health secretary.’

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BBC News, 29th August 2014

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Abolishing prison sentences for drug users: sensible or a step too far? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted August 12th, 2014 in drug abuse, health, imprisonment, news, rehabilitation, sentencing by sally

‘Nick Clegg announced last week that a pledge to abolish prison sentences for the possession of drugs for personal use will form part of the Liberal Democrat’s manifesto for the next election. The manifesto commitment would include a promise to move the drug policy lead from the Home Office to the Department of Health, and would seek to divert users into treatment for their addiction, community sentences, or to civil penalties that do not attract a criminal record. The plans would even extend to the possession of Class A substances such as heroin and crack cocaine. This is a controversial proposal, but does it have merit?’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 11th August 2014

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Exclusive: Heroin addicts to be given free foil to help them kick their habit – The Independent

Posted August 8th, 2014 in drug abuse, health, news, rehabilitation by sally

‘Heroin addicts are to be given free foil – to heat up the drug – in an effort to help them kick the habit and cut the risk of contracting disease, the Government will announce tomorrow.’

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The Independent, 7th August 2014

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Healthcare at Home Limited (Appellant) v The Common Services Agency (Respondent) (Scotland) – Supreme Court

Posted August 1st, 2014 in EC law, health, law reports, public procurement, Scotland, tenders by sally

Healthcare at Home Limited (Appellant) v The Common Services Agency (Respondent) (Scotland) [2014] UKSC 49 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 30th July 2014

Source: www.youtube.com/user/UKSupremeCourt

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Healthcare at Home Ltd v Common Services Agency for the Scottish Health Service – WLR Daily

Posted August 1st, 2014 in EC law, health, law reports, news, public procurement, Scotland, tenders by sally

Healthcare at Home Ltd v Common Services Agency for the Scottish Health Service [2014] UKSC 49; [2014] WLR (D) 351

‘On a challenge by an unsuccessful tenderer for a public contract, the question whether the published criteria for the award of the contract had been sufficiently clear was to be determined by the court applying an objective legal standard by reference to a reasonably well informed and diligent tenderer and did not depend on the evidence of witnesses as to how they had understood the document.’

WLR Daily, 30th July 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Regina (Whapples) v Birmingham Crosscity Clinical Commissioning Group (Secretary of State for Health intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted July 31st, 2014 in health, housing, law reports, local government by michael

Regina (Whapples) v Birmingham Crosscity Clinical Commissioning Group (Secretary of State for Health intervening) [2014] EWHC 2647 (Admin);  [2014] WLR (D)  347

‘When considering the provision of accommodation under section 3(1) of the National Health Service Act 2006 it would usually be difficult to say, absent special circumstances, that a clinical commissioning group had acted lawfully or irrationally in deciding that the accommodation needs of an individual could and should be met through other avenues involving means-tested state provision, and not out of its own NHS budget.’

WLR Daily, 30th July 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Ahmad v Secretary of State for the Home Department (AIRE Centre intervening) – WLR Daily

Ahmad v Secretary of State for the Home Department (AIRE Centre intervening); [2014] EWCA Civ 988; [2014] WLR (D) 318

‘The conditions in article 7(1) of Parliament and Council Directive 2004/38/EC, as implemented by the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006, were to be strictly interpreted on the basis that the right to a permanent residence card was a privilege which was not conferred unless there was strict and literal compliance with the conditions therein. They were not to be interpreted under European Union law in a dynamic way such that it was enough if they were substantially or functionally fulfilled.’

WLR Daily, 16th July 2014

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Regina (Flatley) v Hywel Dda University Local Health Board; Regina (Flatley) v Welsh Ministers; Regina (Dinghy) v Welsh Ministers – WLR Daily

Regina (Flatley) v Hywel Dda University Local Health Board;  Regina (Flatley) v Welsh Ministers; Regina (Dinghy) v Welsh Ministers; [2014] EWHC 2258 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 311

‘The function of the minister following a referral by a community health council under regulation 27(9) of the Community Health Councils (Constitution, Membership and Procedures) (Wales) Regulations 2010 was to reach a final decision on a proposal put forward by a local health board. That function was directed at the outcome, there was no requirement for the minister to review the process, including any consultation, leading to the proposal, although the minister had a discretion to consider the circumstances of the process in reaching a decision on the proposal overall.’

WLR Daily, 10th July 2014

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Judge dismisses legal challenge over Hywel Dda’s NHS shake-up plans – BBC News

Posted July 11th, 2014 in health, hospitals, judicial review, news, Wales by sally

‘Campaigners against planned changes to hospital services in west Wales have lost three High Court judicial reviews into the legality of the shake-up.’

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BBC News, 10th July 2014

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Hertfordshire placenta smoothies firm ban over ‘health risk’ – BBC News

Posted May 16th, 2014 in food, health, human tissue, news by sally

‘A company cannot process raw placentas for new mothers to eat, after a judge ruled it posed a “health risk”.’

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BBC News, 16th May 2014

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Public Engagement and Commercial Confidentiality – Oil and Water? – Hardwicke Chambers

‘CCGs may face pressure to disclose information about commissioning in at least four ways. From:

Their duties to involve the public in “planning of the commissioning arrangements by the group” (s14 Z2 National Health Service Act 2006).
Their duties to involve individual patients in “their care or treatment” (s14U National Health Service Act 2006).
Applications to provide information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Applications for disclosure, as part of litigation brought by failed tenderers following procurement exercises.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 10th April 2014

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

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The Nanny State – legislating on health and morality – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted May 1st, 2014 in crime, health, human rights, news, public interest by sally

‘“The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant… Over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.”

The above principle laid down by John Stuart Mill is a cornerstone of liberal political and jurisprudential thought. Mill argued that, provided you cause no harm to others, you should be free to do what you like with your own body and life. This is what the right to personal autonomy and self-determination means; and it is a right which is being steadily, and quietly, eroded. If liberty, as Mill said, consists in the freedom to do everything which injures no one else, then we are already not free – and if the current trend of legislating on public health and morals continues the residual liberty we do enjoy will be diminished.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 30th April 2014

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What is Crime?: The Limits Of Criminalisation Conference – Speech by Senior Presiding Judge, Lord Justice Gross

Posted April 29th, 2014 in crime, drug abuse, health, judges, news, speeches, terrorism by sally

What is Crime?: The Limits Of Criminalisation Conference (PDF)

Speech by Senior Presiding Judge, Lord Justice Gross

Judiciary of England and Wales, 31st March 2014

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Not unlawful to refuse egg freezing therapy for Crohn’s sufferer – UK Human Rights Blog

‘There are times when individual need comes up against the inflexible principles of the law and the outcome seems unjustifiably harsh. This is just such a case – where a relatively modest claim based on individual clinical need was refused with no breach of public law principles. As it happens, since the Court rejected her case, the the young woman concerned has been offered private support for the therapy she was seeking. The case is nevertheless an interesting illustration of the sometimes difficult “fit” between principles of public law and the policy decisions behind the allocation of NHS resources.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th April 2014

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Crohn’s patient Lizzie Rose loses egg-freezing case – BBC News

Posted April 16th, 2014 in assisted reproduction, health, human tissue, judicial review, news by tracey

‘A woman with Crohn’s disease has lost a legal challenge against a decision to refuse NHS funding to freeze her eggs.’

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BBC News, 15th April 2014

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‘Let’s Talk FGM’ – Garden Court Chambers Blog

Posted April 8th, 2014 in child abuse, female genital mutilation, health, international law, news by sally

‘Last week, Garden Court Chambers was delighted to welcome the Fabian Women’s Network for an evening of discussion about the pressing issue of female genital mutilation (FGM). On the panel, experts from the fields of law, politics, civil society campaigning and the health services talked about their experiences regarding FGM and made recommendations about what the Government must do if it is serious about ending the practice in the UK.’

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Garden Court Chambers Blog, 7th April 2014

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Kent hospitals admit failings over Simon Willson death – BBC News

Posted April 3rd, 2014 in health, hospitals, mental health, negligence, news, suicide by tracey

‘Two NHS trusts have admitted failures in the care of a father of two who was found hanged in a hospital toilet.’

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BBC News, 3rd April 2014

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Regulating Health Care Professionals – Law Commission

‘A single clear and consistent legal framework is needed to enable the regulators of health professionals in the UK to modernise and continue to uphold their duty to protect public safety, according to the three Law Commissions of the UK.’

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Law Commission, 2nd April 2014

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk

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Murder of baby Callum Wilson by his mother Emma Wilson ‘could have been prevented’, review finds – The Independent

Posted April 1st, 2014 in children, health, murder, news, reports, social services by sally

‘An 11-month-old boy who was beaten to death by his mother could have been saved if health and social workers had raised the alarm about his earlier injuries, a serious case review has concluded.

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The Independent, 31st March 2014

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Court of Protection: NHS Trust asks judge to rule on hysterectomy for woman with serious mental health condition – The Independent

Posted April 1st, 2014 in consent, Court of Protection, health, medical treatment, mental health, news by sally

‘A woman with a serious mental health condition should undergo a hysterectomy after being handcuffed and escorted by four guards to the operating table, an NHS Trust told a High Court Judge on Monday.’

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The Independent, 31st March 2014

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