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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

Source: http://ukhumanrightsblog.com

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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

How October 1 will change your life – Daily Telegraph

‘As a number of new laws come into effect this week, we take a look at how your life will be affected.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st October 2014

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High Court to rule whether boy, 1, should be allowed to die – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 30th, 2014 in anonymity, children, health, human rights, news by tracey

‘A High Court judge is considering whether a critically ill one-year-old boy should be taken off life-support after his father told her that no-one had the right to “take away the privilege of life from him”. ‘

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Daily Telegraph, 29th September 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Up to 200 ‘dangerous’ GP surgeries face closure under inspection regime – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 30th, 2014 in doctors, health, news, quality assurance by tracey

‘Up to 200 GP surgeries face closure or being placed in special measures for providing potentially dangerous care to thousands of patients, the chief inspector of family doctors has warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th September 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Dave Lee Travis indecent assault sentence to be reviewed – The Guardian

‘The attorney general’s office is to review the three-month suspended sentence given to the former BBC Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis for indecent assault.’

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The Guardian, 29th September 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Best Interests Reviewed: United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust v N [2014] EWCOP 16 – No. 5 Chambers

Posted September 24th, 2014 in Court of Protection, health, medical ethics, medical treatment, news by sally

‘This recent case in the Court of Protection considered best interests in the context of a minimally conscious patient and whether it was lawful for the applicant trust to cease making further efforts to maintain artificial nutrition.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 18th September 2014

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Leicester illegal circumcision doctor guilty of misconduct – BBC News

‘A psychiatrist who circumcised 41 boys at a “non-sterile” clinic in a terraced house has been found guilty of misconduct. Dr Hassan Abdulla was not registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) when he operated at the Al-Khalill Clinic in Leicester.’

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BBC News, 11th September 2014

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NHS Trust 1 and another v FG – WLR Daily

Posted September 9th, 2014 in consent, Court of Protection, health, law reports, medical treatment, mental health by sally

NHS Trust 1 and another v FG [2014] EWCOP 30; [2014] WLR (D) 384

‘Where a person lacked capacity to consent to proposed obstetric treatment, an NHS trust should make an application to the court: (1) where medical intervention proposed in the delivery of a baby amounted to serious medical treatment; (2) where there was a real risk of possible use of more than transient forcible restraint; (3) where there was a serious dispute as to what obstetric care was in the person’s best interests; and (4) where the proposed obstetric care and/or the proposed measures used to facilitate it would amount to a deprivation of liberty. That guidance was not intended to restrict the cases where trusts made an application to the court to only those cases which fell within those categories; it had always to remain open to trusts to make an application to the court if the individual circumstances of the case justified it.’

WLR Daily, 28th August 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

A practical approach to advising vulnerable clients – The Future of Law

‘A vulnerable person is anyone aged 18 and over who needs assistance because of mental or other disability, age or illness, is unable to take care of him or herself and is unable to protect themselves against significant harm or exploitation.’

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The Future of Law, 5th September 2014

Source: www.blogs.lexisnexis.co.uk

Mother who kept her daughter off school over cancer fears cleared by court – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 8th, 2014 in cancer, fines, health, local government, news, school children, truancy by sally

‘Kerry Capper dragged through the legal process after keeping her daughter at home fearing her cancer had returned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th September 2014

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NHS heart expert and three colleagues jailed for £1m fraud – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 4th, 2014 in company directors, conspiracy, disqualification, fraud, health, news, sentencing by sally

‘John Mulholland who has an international reputation and is published widely in academic journals, billed the NHS £1.1 million for work that was never done.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd September 2014

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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

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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

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