NHS workers including nurses and cleaners raped and groped at work, finds new report – The Independent

‘NHS workers including nurses and cleaners have suffered “serious” sexual harassment in the workplace, including groping and rape, a new report has found.’

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The Independent, 20th June 2019

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Proselytising nurse’s dismissal upheld by the Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Kuteh v Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust [2019] EWCA Civ 818. The Court of Appeal unanimously ruled that a nurse’s dismissal for improper proselytising was not unfair and that the hospital trust’s decision was not in contravention of the claimant’s rights as guaranteed by Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th May 2019

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Nurses vote to back decriminalisation of prostitution – The Guardian

‘The union representing Britain’s nurses will start lobbying governments across the UK to decriminalise prostitution in order to safeguard sex workers and improve their health.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2019

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Jackson calls for overhaul of system for clinical negligence claims – Litigation Futures

‘Clinical negligence claims could be handled by a tribunal under a new test for liability of whether the patient has suffered ‘reasonably avoidable injury’, Sir Rupert Jackson has proposed.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th May 2019

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CMC censured over ‘all birth injuries caused by negligence’ claim – Litigation Futures

‘The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint against a claims management company whose advertising implied that birth injuries were only caused by medical negligence.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st May 2019

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Schools and NHS could be held accountable over youth crime – BBC News

‘Teachers, NHS workers and police officers could be held accountable for failing to spot violent crime among young people under government plans announced on Monday.’

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BBC News, 1st April 2019

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Nurse jailed for injecting husband with insulin could have murder conviction quashed, court hears – Daily Telegraph

‘A nurse who spent 15 years in prison for murdering her disabled husband by injecting him with insulin could have her conviction quashed in the wake of new medical evidence.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th March 2019

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Bullying and sexual harassment ‘endemic’ in NHS hospitals – The Guardian

‘Hundreds of doctors have been accused of bullying and sexually harassing colleagues in the past five years, prompting concern that a culture of intimidation is thriving in the NHS.’

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The Guardian, 24th February 2019

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Ep. 65: General Medical Council Appeals – Robert Keller & Jeremy Hyam QC – Law Pod UK

Posted February 13th, 2019 in appeals, disciplinary procedures, doctors, employment, health, news, nurses by sally

‘Taken from our recent seminar, ‘Erasure, Remediation and Rights of Appeal in Disciplinary Proceedings’, Robert Kellar and Jeremy Hyam QC discuss appeals by the general medical council.’

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Law Pod UK, 11th February 2019

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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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Jail sentences for assaults on NHS staff to double, health secretary to announce – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 31st, 2018 in assault, news, nurses, paramedics, sentencing by sally

‘Jail sentences for those who attack paramedics and casualty nurses are set to double in a bid to tackle record levels of violence against staff.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st October 2018

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Jail time to double for assaulting an emergency worker – Ministry of Justice

‘New law protecting emergency workers from assault to receive Royal Assent today (Thursday 13 September 2018).’

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Ministry of Justice, 13th September 2018

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Nurse who set himself on fire outside Kensington Palace after losing job was ‘treated unfairly’, report finds – The Independent

Posted August 9th, 2018 in disciplinary procedures, dismissal, news, nurses, suicide by tracey

‘A nurse who burnt himself to death outside Kensington Palace after losing his job was “treated unfairly”, an independent report has found.’

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The Independent, 9th August 2018

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Morecambe Bay: Nurse and midwife regulator apologises for failing families who lost children in scandal – The Independent

Posted July 18th, 2018 in birth, children, hospitals, midwives, news, nurses, select committees by tracey

‘The families of children who died because of major care failures by the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, have received an apology from the body meant to protect patients and the public from unsafe nurses and midwives.’

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The Independent, 17th July 2018

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Immigration rules ‘to be eased to allow NHS to recruit more staff’ – The Independent

Posted June 14th, 2018 in doctors, immigration, news, nurses, visas by tracey

‘Immigration rules capping the number of foreign medics working in the UK are reportedly going to be eased to allow the NHS to recruit more staff.’

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The Independent, 14th June 2018

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Abortion death after ‘repeated failures’ at Ealing clinic – BBC News

Posted May 2nd, 2018 in abortion, doctors, health & safety, homicide, inquests, news, nurses by tracey

‘A woman who died hours after having an abortion was let down by the “repeated failures” of medics, an inquest found.’

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BBC News, 1st May 2018

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Nurse and midwife misconduct hearings may be held in secret – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 21st, 2018 in disciplinary procedures, midwives, news, nurses, private hearings by tracey

‘Nurses and midwives will rarely be subject to public misconduct hearings and could avoid any sanctions for errors if they admit blunders early, under controversial new plans.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) wants to replace “cumbersome and adversarial” fitness to practice processes with a system that could mean most cases being heard behind closed doors.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th March 2018

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Legal bar for convicting healthcare professionals of manslaughter is ‘too low’, medical organisation warns – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 13th, 2018 in burden of proof, doctors, health, homicide, negligence, news, nurses by sally

‘The legal bar for convicting healthcare professionals of manslaughter is currently “too low”, a medical defence organisation has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th March 2018

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Romanian nurse suspended for failing to understand English – Daily Telegraph

‘A Romanian nurse hired after being interviewed via Skype put patients’ health at risk because his English was so bad, a tribunal has heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd June 2017

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Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust v Harland – WLR Daily

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust v Harland UKEAT/173/16

‘The claimants, nursing assistants, were employed by the trust as part of a designated team of 27 people providing specialist care to C, who had severe learning difficulties, in his flat. When C’s condition improved and fewer carers were needed to look after him the team was reduced to 11 people, who also provided care to other disabled people living in flats in the same building. The contract to provide care to C was subsequently taken over by a healthcare company and the trust nominated those members of the team who had spent the greatest proportion of their working time looking after C to transfer to the company. The claimants were unwilling to transfer and left to take other posts or were made redundant. On their complaints of unfair dismissal an employment judge considered as preliminary issues whether there was a relevant transfer within the meaning of regulation 3(1) of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 and whether the claimants had been assigned to an organised grouping of employees prior to the transfer, such that there had been a service provision change in accordance with regulation 3(1)(b). The tribunal found that the trust had initially put together an organised grouping of employees which included the claimants with the principal purpose of the care of C but as C recovered and the number of hours needed for his care was reduced the principal purpose of the group became subsidiary to the dominant purpose of providing care to other disabled people in the building and, accordingly, at the time of the transfer from the trust to the company the requirements of regulation 3(3)(a)(i) were not satisfied and there was no service provision change. The tribunal concluded that as there was no relevant transfer the claimants had been at all times employed by the trust.’

WLR Daily, 3rd March 2017

Source: www.iclr.co.uk