Families whose loved ones died in NHS mental health care call for inquiry and reforms as police drop investigation – The Independent

‘A decision to drop the investigation into the deaths of up to 25 people in the care of NHS mental health services has been described by as a “bombshell” that leaves them without “accountability or recourse”, by their families. Essex Police had spent nearly two years investigating deaths across nine sites at North Essex Partnership University Trust since 2000.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2018

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Tougher rules demanded for robotic surgery after ‘catalogue of errors’ leads to music teacher’s death – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 9th, 2018 in doctors, health & safety, inquests, news by tracey

‘A coroner has demanded tougher rules governing the use of robotic surgery after a heart patient died because an under-trained surgeon botched his operation while using a state-of-the-art system.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th November 2018

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Takeaway bosses jailed for death of teenage nut allergy sufferer – Daily Telegraph

‘Two takeaway bosses have been jailed over the manslaughter of a 15-year-old girl who suffered an allergic reaction to a meal.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th November 2018

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Farmer guilty over death of worker trapped by her hair – BBC News

Posted November 6th, 2018 in accidents, health & safety, homicide, negligence, news by sally

‘A farmer has been found guilty of causing the death of a 20-year-old woman whose hair became entangled in a milling machine.’

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BBC News, 5th November 2018

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Naomi McLoughlin Discusses the Recent Case of Surrey County Council v Hilliard (2018) – Park Square Barristers

‘The legal test in considering a breach of s41 remains to be found in James v Preseli Pembrokeshire DC [1993] PIQR P114 and Jones v Rhondda Cynon Taff CBC [2008] EWCA Civ 1497. Whilst the appellant was successful on the basis two pieces of evidence had not been considered with the correct weight, the lower Court had nonetheless applied the correct legal test.’

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Park Square Barristers, 30th October 2018

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NHS forced to pay compensation to 1,200 staff worried they have been infected after needle prick – Daily Telegraph

‘More than 1,200 NHS staff have won compensation after being injured by needles potentially infected with HIV or hepatitis over the past six years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd November 2018

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Council ends PFI deal, takes legal action over tower block cladding – Local Government Lawyer

‘Camden Council is to end a private finance initiative deal and take legal action against contractors in a dispute over the recladding of tower blocks.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th October 2018

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Cot designer jailed after seven-month-old boy dies in bespoke bed – The Guardian

Posted October 29th, 2018 in children, fraud, guilty pleas, health & safety, homicide, news, sentencing by sally

‘A cot designer has been jailed for more than three years after a baby boy died in a bed he made.’

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The Guardian, 26th October 2018

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Cot bed designer admits York baby choke death failure – BBC News

Posted October 25th, 2018 in children, fraud, guilty pleas, health & safety, homicide, news by tracey

‘A designer has admitted a health and safety failing after a seven-month-old baby “choked to death” in a cot bed.’

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BBC News, 24th October 2018

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Holidaymaker on £7k yoga trip to Caribbean sues British Airways over faulty iron which gave him electric shock – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 25th, 2018 in airlines, health & safety, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘A British holidaymaker on a £7,000 yoga trip to the Caribbean is suing British Airways Holidays for six-figure damages after he claims he was electrocuted by a faulty iron at the luxury resort.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th October 2018

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London Zoo fined after keeper fell from faulty stepladder retrieved from skip – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 24th, 2018 in accidents, animals, charities, employment, fines, health & safety, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘London Zoo has been fined £40,000 after a keeper cleaning out a hawk aviary fell off a faulty step ladder that was wrongly retrieved from a skip.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd October 2018

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Duty to care for student mental health has legal implications for universities – OUT-LAW.com

‘Universities have a duty to support students with mental health issues, but there are a series of legal issues that they need to consider which should shape how they do so.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th October 2018

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Partial relief from sanction for claimant who submitted partial budget – Litigation Futures

‘A claimant who submitted a budget that did not include figures for trial preparation or trial has won relief from a decision that limited the entire budget to court fees only – but only for those parts of the budget that were completed.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th October 2018

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Government not to legislate for level crossings reform – Law Commission

Posted October 9th, 2018 in health & safety, Law Commission, legislation, press releases, railways, transport by tracey

‘The Law Commission for England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission have noted the UK Government’s decision not to introduce legislation to implement our 2013 joint Report on Level Crossings. Instead, administrative changes are proposed that are very much in the spirit of our recommendations.’

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law Commission, 8th October 2018

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Drug wars about macular degeneration – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 5th, 2018 in health, health & safety, judicial review, medicines, news by tracey

‘Bayer Plc v NHS Darlington Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and others [2018] EWHC 2465 (Admin). This judicial review concerned whether it was lawful for NHS clinical commissioning groups to adopt a policy for offering the drug Avastin to patients suffering from “wet” (or neo-vascular) age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Avastin, although not licensed for ophthalmic use, at £28 per injection is significantly cheaper than the licensed alternatives (£816 and £551 respectively per injection). The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has estimated that the NHS-wide saving of switching to Avastin was at least £102 million p.a.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th October 2018

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Activists accused of blocking Stansted flight go on trial over terror charge – The Guardian

‘Fifteen activists who locked themselves together around an immigration removal charter flight to prevent its departure from Stansted and displayed a banner proclaiming “mass deportations kill” have gone on trial charged with a terrorist offence.’

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The Guardian, 2nd October 2018

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Planning reforms to give councils more flexibility to dispose of surplus land – Local Government Lawyer

‘The government has announced plans to consult on further reforms to the planning system, including giving local authorities more flexibility to dispose of surplus land that could instead accommodate new homes.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd October 2018

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Combustible cladding ban set to be announced – BBC News

Posted October 1st, 2018 in construction industry, fire, health & safety, news by sally

‘Combustible cladding is to be banned for all new schools, hospitals, care homes, student accommodation and residential buildings in England above 18m (60ft).’

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BBC News, 30th September 2018

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Pret allergy labelling ‘inadequate’, baguette death inquest finds – BBC News

Posted September 28th, 2018 in food, health & safety, inquests, labelling, news by tracey

‘Pret a Manger’s allergy labelling was inadequate, the coroner in the case of a girl who died after eating a baguette from the food chain has said.’

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BBC News, 28th September 2018

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NHS trust’s letter of apology after a patient died from drinking cleaning fluid criticised by senior coroner – The Independent

Posted September 21st, 2018 in elderly, hazardous substances, health & safety, hospitals, inquests, news by tracey

‘The chief nurse at the NHS trust responsible for the hospital where a pensioner died after drinking Flash floor cleaner has apologised after a coroner’s strident criticism of its “serious failings”.’

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The Independent, 21st September 2018

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