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

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Jimmy Savile: Schools and children’s homes face investigation – BBC News

Posted March 27th, 2014 in care homes, education, health, local government, news by tracey

‘Claims Jimmy Savile abused children at 21 children’s homes and schools in England must be investigated by local authorities, the government has said.’

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BBC News, 27th March 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Jury gives open verdict on teenager who died after ‘relationship with star’ – The Guardian

Posted March 27th, 2014 in duty of care, health, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by tracey

‘There were “shortcomings” in the care given to a teenager who died in a psychiatric unit after allegedly being pressured by a male celebrity into sexual activity, an inquest jury has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 26th March 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Heavily pregnant immigrant carrying dead child wouldn’t seek help as she was afraid she’d have to pay NHS under ‘health tourism’ rules – The Independent

Posted March 21st, 2014 in birth, health, immigration, news, pregnancy by sally

‘A heavily pregnant immigrant thought to be carrying a dead, unborn child was too afraid to seek medical help in the UK after being told she would have to pay the NHS thousands of pounds to remove the foetus, the High Court has heard.’

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The Independent, 20th March 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Law on hospital blame ‘does not go far enough’ – The Independent

Posted March 10th, 2014 in health, hospitals, inquiries, mistake, news by sally

‘A father who has campaigned for 24 years to hold doctors to account for the death of his son from a treatable disease has said that landmark proposals to impose a duty of candour on all healthcare organisations would be a huge advance – but do not go far enough.’

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The Independent, 9th March 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Ministers to axe ‘bureaucratic’ rules on school dinners – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 7th, 2014 in food, health, news, school children by tracey

‘ Strict guidelines regulating the amount of sugar in school dinners have been scrapped just as health experts raise alarm over the deteriorating standard of people’s daily diet. The Government said nutritional guidance – setting out the levels of vitamins and minerals in lunches – would be axed because the rules are too complicated.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th March 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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.’

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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