Poor care ‘resulted in North Yorkshire baby’s death’ – BBC News

Posted March 21st, 2014 in birth, hospitals, midwives, news, standards by sally

‘A hospital has admitted failings in medical care and poor communication resulted in a child being stillborn.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2014

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Policeman who hit ‘snarling’ shoplifter on the head faces sack – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 12th, 2014 in assault, closed circuit television, community service, news, police, standards, theft by tracey

‘A policeman who punched a shoplifter on the head before pinning her to the   ground faces dismissal after being sentenced to a community order. Pc James Kiddie, 45, who had worked for the Metropolitan Police for 12 years,   said he hit out after the “snarling” woman bit him on the finger and claimed   that she had the Aids virus.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th March 2014

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The dependable witness – New Law Journal

‘Martin Burns provides five important factors to consider when instructing an expert witness (or acting as one).’

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New Law Journal, 28th February 2014

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Stafford Hospital: Hunt to decide whether to dissolve NHS Trust – BBC News

Posted February 26th, 2014 in administrators, hospitals, inquiries, news, ombudsmen, standards by tracey

‘Managers at scandal-hit Stafford Hospital are waiting to hear whether Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will dissolve the trust that runs it. Administrators want Mr Hunt to scrap the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust and move services to other hospitals. Local people are planning a legal challenge if that decision is taken.’

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BBC News, 26th February 2014

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Regina v Price and another – WLR Daily

Posted February 25th, 2014 in appeals, armed forces, duty of care, law reports, negligence, standards by sally

Regina v Price and another [2014] EWCA Crim 229; [2013] WLR (D) 86

‘The standard of care required to avoid the service offence of negligent performance of a duty, contrary to section 15(2) of the Armed Forces Act 2006, was to be measured against the standard to be expected of the reasonable serviceman having similar training, knowledge and experience as the accused. A subjective consideration of a defendant’s skills or weaknesses had no place in the objective judgment whether the defendant had reached the appropriate standard of care.’

WLR Daily, 21st February 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Ex-soldier sues Ministry of Defence for alleged failure to tackle bullying – The Guardian

Posted February 10th, 2014 in armed forces, bullying, compensation, complaints, harassment, news, ombudsmen, standards, statistics by tracey

‘A former British private is suing the Ministry of Defence over allegations the army allowed severe bullying which led to him attempting to take his own life five times.’

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The Guardian, 8th February 2014

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HSE guidance on working at height simplified, but underlying regulations remain unchanged, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 3rd, 2014 in codes of practice, EC law, employment, health & safety, interpretation, news, standards by tracey

‘The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published new guidance on what the law requires of both employers and employees when people are working at height.’

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OUT-LAW.com. 31st January 2014

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Launch of Child Sexual Exploitation Operating Protocol – CrimeLine

‘The Metropolitan Police Service is hosting a multi-agency launch at City Hall today, Monday 3 February, to set a benchmark for the investigation of child sexual exploitation in the capital. Designed to enhance victim care through improved referral pathways the MPS has drawn up robust processes to identify children at risk of abuse and sexual exploitation. The London Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Operating Protocol – which has been agreed across all 32 London boroughs – sets out the standards expected of all those agencies involved in dealing with the identification and protection of vulnerable children who are targeted for sexual abuse.’

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CrimeLine, 31st February 2014

Source: www.crimeline.info

Mental Health Act detentions up 12% – BBC News

Posted January 29th, 2014 in detention, hospitals, mental health, news, quality assurance, standards, statistics by sally

‘The number of people in England being detained under the Mental Health Act has risen by 12% in the past five years, according to the NHS regulator.’

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BBC News, 28th January 2014

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Parole system failing prisoners and close to be overwhelmed, lawyers warn – The Independent

Posted January 27th, 2014 in budgets, delay, news, oral hearings, parole, prisons, standards, Supreme Court by sally

‘England and Wales’s parole system is on the brink of a crisis that will result in reformed prisoners being detained months after they should have been released, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.’

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The Independent, 26th January 2014

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BSB publishes guidance on deliberately failing to attend court – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board has today published guidance on deliberately failing to attend court.’

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Bar Standards Board, 18th December 2013

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Stafford Hospital review: Ivy Bunn death investigated – BBC News

Posted December 4th, 2013 in health & safety, hospitals, inquiries, news, professional conduct, standards by sally

‘A second criminal inquiry into the death of a patient at scandal-hit Stafford Hospital is under way.’

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BBC News, 3rd December 2013

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Charity Commission ‘not fit for purpose’, says Margaret Hodge – The Guardian

‘Margaret Hodge has described the Charity Commission as not “fit for purpose” after a highly critical report warned that its failure to investigate fraud and abuse was undermining public faith in good causes.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2013

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Council wins High Court battle in first test of school intervention powers – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 2nd, 2013 in education, local government, news, standards by sally

‘A city council has won a High Court battle with a governing body in the first case to consider the application of an authority’s intervention powers under s. 60 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd December 2013

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Ministers defeated in Lords over licences for bankers – BBC News

Posted November 27th, 2013 in banking, bills, codes of practice, financial regulation, licensing, news, parliament, standards by tracey

‘The government has been defeated in the House of Lords over its plans for reforming the banking system. A Labour amendment to the Financial Services Bill, which would introduce a licensing system for senior bankers, was passed by five votes.’

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BBC News, 26th November 2013

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GMC welcomes Europe language rules – BBC News

Posted November 18th, 2013 in doctors, EC law, immigration, news, standards by sally

“Doctors and other professionals moving from Europe to work in the UK will have their fluency in English checked under new rules governing language skills and other safety issues.”

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BBC News, 15th November 2013

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Doctors, nurses and managers to face five years in jail if they neglect patients – The Guardian

“Doctors, nurses and NHS managers will face up to five years in jail if they are found to have wilfully neglected or mistreated patients under a new law aimed at stopping a repeat of the Mid Staffordshire hospital scandal.”

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The Guardian, 16th November 2013

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New payment card data security standards finalised – OUT-LAW.com

“Retailers, banks and other companies involved in processing credit and debit card payments will be subject to a new set of data security requirements from January, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has announced.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th November 2013

Source: www.out-law.com

NHS complaints review set to report – BBC News

“A government-backed review into how the NHS in England handles complaints is set to publish its conclusions later.”

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BBC News, 28th October 2013

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R. v. Farooqi – Has the Court of Appeal Compounded an Injustice? – Criminal Law and Justice Weekly

“Can a defendant ever have a fair trial or be safely convicted if his advocate is incompetent, asks Matthew Scott.”

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Criminal Law and Justice Weekly, 19th October 2013

Source: www.criminallawandjustice.co.uk