Former NHS manager awarded £1m in racial discrimination case – The Guardian

Posted January 10th, 2012 in employment tribunals, health, news, race discrimination by sally

“One of England’s biggest hospital trusts has been accused of ‘institutionalised racism’ after a senior manager it sacked won almost £1m in damages for racial discrimination and unfair dismissal.”

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The Guardian, 9th January 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Disabled patients dying due to ‘institutional discrimination’ in NHS – Daily Telegraph

“More than 70 disabled patients have died because of mistakes by hospital staff in the past decade, it was claimed. Mencap, a disability charity, described the findings in its report as damning, adding that as a result of ‘institutional discrimination in the NHS’ people were needlessly dying.’ ”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd January 2012

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ICO asks for new audit powers in local Government and public health sectors – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 20th, 2011 in data protection, health, local government, news by tracey

“The Information Commissioner has formally requested new powers to conduct compulsory data protection audits of local Government and public health organisations.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th December 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Couple win IVF funding battle with NHS – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 20th, 2011 in assisted reproduction, health, judicial review, news by tracey

“A couple have won a rare victory over a health authority’s strict rules on infertility treatment, in a decision that could give hope to other would-be parents.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th December 2011

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Private health insurance market faces investigation – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 8th, 2011 in competition, consumer protection, health, news by tracey

“The Office of Fair Trading has referred the privately funded healthcare industry to the Competition Commission after it found a number of features that prevent, restrict or distort competition in the £5bn UK private healthcare market.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th December 2011

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NHS watchdog told to police IVF clinics despite workload concerns – The Guardian

Posted December 8th, 2011 in assisted reproduction, health, news by tracey

“The Care Quality Commission has been told to press on with plans to take over the policing of IVF clinics, despite warning that it cannot cope with the extra workload.”

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The Guardian, 7th December 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

NHS watchdog under fire for ‘putting patient care at risk’ – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2011 in health, hospitals, inquiries, news by tracey

“The watchdog responsible for overseeing the NHS has come under fire on multiple fronts, with counsel for the public inquiry into the Mid Staffs hospital scandal calling into question its leadership and ‘unhealthy organisational culture’ while the National Audit Office said its failures had risked ‘unsafe or poor quality (patient) care.’ ”

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

House of Lords will be able to vote on key NHS clause – The Guardian

Posted November 2nd, 2011 in bills, health, ministers' powers and duties, news, private equity, social services by michael

“Peers will be able to vote on the government’s controversial plan to hand over its ‘constitutional responsibility’ to provide NHS services to an unelected quango on Wednesday.”

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Care Quality Commission: MPs criticise health regulator – BBC News

Posted September 14th, 2011 in care homes, health, hospitals, news by tracey

“Patients were put at risk by an unacceptable fall in the number of inspections of hospitals and care homes, MPs say.”

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BBC News, 14th September 2011

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Obese ex-policeman loses attempt to force NHS to pay for gastric bypass – The Guardian

Posted July 27th, 2011 in budgets, health, human rights, medical treatment, news, obesity by tracey

“A 22-stone, ‘morbidly obese’ ex-policeman has lost his latest attempt to force the NHS to pay for stomach surgery, despite his lawyers saying he might have less than a year to live.”

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The Guardian, 27th July 2011

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High Court judge gives brain-damaged sister right to die – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 20th, 2011 in euthanasia, families, health, news by tracey

“A woman today broke down in tears yesterday she asked a High Court judge to allow her brain-damaged sister to die.”

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Daily Telegraph, 20th July 2011

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Regina (Sinclair Collis Ltd and another) v Secretary of State for Health – WLR Daily

Posted June 22nd, 2011 in EC law, health, law reports, proportionality, sale of goods, smoking by sally

Regina (Sinclair Collis Ltd and another) v Secretary of State for Health [2011] EWCA Civ 437; [2011] WLR (D) 200

“The prohibition on the sale of tobacco from automatic vending machines was justified on the ground of the protection of public health, was proportionate and therefore did not violate EU law by its adverse effect on the business of the operators of vending machines and suppliers in other EU states.”

WLR Daily, 17th June 2011

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Please note that once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Drug laws and bans on legal highs ‘do more harm than good’ – The Guardian

Posted May 16th, 2011 in drug offences, health, news by sally

“The UK’s ‘outdated’ drug laws could be doing more harm than good and are failing to recognise that banning some ‘legal highs’ may have negative consequences for public health, according to the leading independent panel set up to analyse drugs policy.”

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The Guardian, 14th May 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

NHS bill to change ‘substantively’, says Oliver Letwin – BBC News

Posted April 18th, 2011 in bills, health, news by sally

“‘Substantive’ changes are to be made to the controversial NHS bill which is going through parliament, Cabinet Office minister Oliver Letwin says.”

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BBC News, 16th April 2011

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Health Bill amounts to ‘abolition’ of NHS, academic warns – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 23rd, 2011 in competition, health, news by sally

“Controversial Government reforms will spell the end of the NHS as it stands, academics warn, as the Health Secretary was forced to reassure MPs that hospitals and doctors would not face accusations of running cartels.”

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regulation of healthcare professionals – Law Commission

Posted February 17th, 2011 in carers, consultations, health, Law Commission, press releases by sally

“The Law Commission has accepted a referral from the Department of Health to review the regulation of health and social care professionals.”

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Law Commission, 16th February 2011

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

NHS could be sued for neglecting elderly under new law – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 16th, 2011 in age discrimination, elderly, health, hospitals, news by sally

“Elderly patients who believe they have been treated badly because of their age could sue the National Health Service under new rights to be unveiled by ministers next month.”

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Daily Telegraph, 15th February 2011

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Court rejects fluoride challenge – The Independent

Posted February 11th, 2011 in health, judicial review, local government, news, water by sally

“A local health authority’s plans for the fluoridation of a city’s tap water was not unlawful, the High Court ruled today.”

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The Independent, 11th February 2011

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‘Healthy’ school wins battle against local takeaway – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 14th, 2010 in food, health, local government, news, planning, school children by sally

“A school with a ‘healthy eating’ policy has won its High Court battle to prevent a fast food takeaway being set up nearby.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th June 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

NHS trusts ‘breaking law’ on out-of-hours GP services – The Guardian

Posted February 2nd, 2010 in doctors, health, news by sally

“There is an ‘unacceptable’ variation in the quality of out-of-hours GP services in England, a government report will say this week.”

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The Guardian, 2nd February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk