Support for industrial disease victims – Ministry of Justice

‘Sufferers of a deadly industrial disease will be the focus of work to improve the compensation claims process for them, new Justice Minister Lord Faulks said today.’

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 6th March 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Ex-miner “deprived of his liberty” when prevented from dying at home – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 4th, 2014 in freedom of movement, health, local government, news, ombudsmen, reports by sally

‘A 77-year-old former miner was deprived of his liberty – without proper account of the law being taken – when he was prevented from going home to die beside his brother, a joint report from two Ombudsmen has found.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th March 2014

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

New law to prevent sale of health data for commercial purposes – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 4th, 2014 in bills, health, medical records, misuse of private information, news by sally

‘New UK legislation will ban the disclosure of aggregated patient medical records for commercial purposes, according to media reports.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd March 2014

Source: www.out-law.com

Jeremy Hunt: Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust will be dissolved – The Independent

Posted February 27th, 2014 in health, hospitals, news by sally

‘The troubled Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust will be dissolved, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has confirmed, with its two hospitals taken over by neighbouring NHS Trusts.’

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The Independent, 26th February 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

The Doctor’s Note – Zenith Chambers

Posted February 14th, 2014 in adjournment, evidence, expert witnesses, health, medical treatment, news by sally

‘We are all sadly familiar with the last-minute application for an adjournment backed
by a doctor’s note, on the grounds that the defendant, claimant or important witness
is unfit to attend Court. Almost inevitably, the note in question is unsatisfactory or
insufficient. It frequently takes the jejune form of “Mrs X is suffering from an anxiety
state and is unfit to attend Court”, and that is all.’

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Zenith Chambers, 5th February 2014

Source: www.zenithchambers.co.uk

Smoking in cars carrying children to be banned – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 11th, 2014 in bills, children, health, news, smoking by tracey

‘MPs vote overwhelmingly in favour of banning smoking in cars carrying children after David Cameron says “time has come” to make it illegal.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th February 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

New government measures to end FGM – Home Office

Posted February 6th, 2014 in child abuse, female genital mutilation, health, hospitals, news by sally

‘A government declaration to end FGM in the UK and around the world marked International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation.’

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Home Office, 6th February 2014

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Failures to intervene pinpointed in case of murdered four-year-old Daniel Pelka – The Guardian

Posted February 6th, 2014 in children, education, health, news, reports, social services by sally

‘Delays in information being shared by agencies, staffing problems and insufficient training led to failures to intervene in the case of a four-year-old boy beaten to death by his mother and stepfather, a report has found.’

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The Guardian, 5th February 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

Posted January 31st, 2014 in auditors, health, legislation, local government by sally

Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 published

Full text of Act

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Baby dies of rickets from vegetarian mother – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 28th, 2014 in child cruelty, Christianity, food, guilty pleas, health, homicide, news, vegetarianism by sally

‘Couple told they could face jail after admitting manslaughter of their son Ndingeko, who died from rickets after his parents insisted on strict eating regime as part of their religion.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th January 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Met Police custody healthcare a ‘major problem’ – BBC News

Posted January 28th, 2014 in death in custody, detention, duty of care, health, London, news, nurses, police, reports by sally

‘The Met Police is struggling to provide adequate medical staffing to assess and treat detainees in their custody, according to a new report.’

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BBC News, 28th January 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

EU proposals could outlaw giant NHS database – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 21st, 2014 in data protection, EC law, health, news, privacy by sally

‘Proposed EU laws could render £50 million NHS database illegal, senior officials warn.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th January 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Damning report exposes NHS secrecy in breast cancer scandal – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 19th, 2013 in cancer, doctors, health, hospitals, inquiries, news, reports by tracey

‘Hundreds of women were put at risk of breast cancer as “weak and indecisive” bosses at scandal-hit hospital covered up failings by a charismatic surgeon despite repeated warnings, an inquiry has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th December 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

 

‘Legal highs’ review launched – BBC News

Posted December 12th, 2013 in drug abuse, drug offences, health, news by sally

‘A new review of “legal highs” could lead to sweeping changes to UK drug legislation, the Home Office has said.’

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BBC News, 12th December 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

‘Maggot-infested’ GP surgeries exposed by inspectors – BBC News

Posted December 12th, 2013 in doctors, health, news, quality assurance by sally

‘The first national inspection of more than 900 GP surgeries in England has found one in three is failing to meet basic standards.’

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BBC News, 12th December 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Dental plan provided VAT-exempt ‘payment services’ to patients, Tribunal finds – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 10th, 2013 in dentists, health, news, tribunals, VAT by tracey

‘A dental payment plan provided to patients amounts to a “service for a consideration” for VAT purposes, but also falls within the payment services exemption under the VAT Directive, the First-Tier Tax Tribunal has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th December 2013

Source: www.out-law.com

The mother, the C-section baby and ‘secret British court’: a secrecy scandal – or the birth of a scare story? – The Independent

‘The first grim details published about Alessandra Pacchieri’s brief stay in Britain were, as one commentator put it, “the stuff of nightmares”.
Over the past few days, however, a different story has emerged. Transcripts of judgments relating to the case have now been made public and they reveal the nuances behind the apparently callous decisions of judges.’

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The Independent, 6th December 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

‘Disturbingly poor care is too common in NHS’, says chairman of Mid-Staffs inquiry – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 28th, 2013 in care homes, health, hospitals, inquiries, news, reports by tracey

‘Reports of “disturbing, poor and unsafe care” in the NHS have become too   common, the chairman of the inquiry into Mid-Staffs has said, as he called   on hospitals to learn from the mistakes of previous scandals. Robert Francis QC, newly appointed as president of the Patients Association,   spoke as the charity exposed a catalogue of hospital and care home failings.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th November 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

FGM – No More Excuses – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted November 26th, 2013 in female genital mutilation, health, news, prosecutions, reports, select committees by tracey

‘There is no topic more appropriate to write about on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women than that of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). FGM involves the partial or total removal of a girl’s genitalia for non-medical reasons. The potential health risks resulting from the FGM procedure are numerous and severe: in extreme cases it can lead to sterility, infection, haemorrhaging and death. The risks associated with FGM are exacerbated by the fact that it is usually performed by people with no formal medical training in unsanitary conditions. Many statements from girls who were mutilated describe being physically held down on tables in make-shift theatres, and having their genitalia cut with sharp implements. Anaesthetic is rarely used.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 25th November 2013

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

CQC report says hospital care has not improved since Mid Staffs scandal – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2013 in elderly, health, hospitals, news, quality assurance, reports by tracey

‘Hospitals have made no improvement in patient safety or treating the ill with dignity and respect despite the concerns triggered by the Mid Staffordshire scandal, according to the independent healthcare regulator. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) also found no improvement in hospitals monitoring and assessment of the quality of care they are providing.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk