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Fines of £2 million for firms involved in death of worker

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On 18 th April 2018 Sheffield Crown Court handed down fines of £1 million each to a civil engineering firm and a district heating firm who were found guilty of health and safety breaches, which resulted in the death of a 36 year old man. The...

Commercial landlords beware!

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On 24 th April 2018 the High Court heard an appeal by way of case stated in the matter of Stone and Salhouse Norwich Ltd. v Environment Agency [2018] EWHC 994 (Admin). The case was brought after magistrates convicted the landlord and the directors...

Is allowing patients to sleep risking their safety?

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A study from the universities of Southampton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth has found that patient observations are not always completed at night, as some nurses felt that that it was preferable to allow patients to sleep to aid their recovery. This...

Midwife struck off for looking up confidential medical records

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A midwife from Leicester has been struck off for looking up the confidential medical records of friends, ex-boyfriends, neighbours and colleagues over a period of 14 years. A panel of the Nursing and Midwifery Council found that her actions were...

HCPC guidance on social media - 'think before you post'

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Earlier this month the Health and Care Professions Council published their guidance on social media, with the intention of assisting registrants to use social media in a way which will meet the regulator’s standards. This guidance follows the...

The Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service

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In July 2016 the HCPC confirmed the creation of the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS) to ensure the clear separation between the investigation of fitness to practise allegations and their adjudication. The HCPTS was launched...

'Serious failures' by Croydon child services

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The government has announced it has taken control of Croydon’s children’s services after an Ofsted report found there were widespread and serious failures which were placing children at risk. Inspectors found there was weak management at all...

Guidance for vocational drivers

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The DVLA has published guidance for lorry, bus and coach drivers. The simple two page leaflets are designed to be printed and folded to pocket size for ease of reference. It is hoped that the leaflet will assist and highlight some of the most...

DVSA: "Don't take it out on our staff"

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In August 2017 the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) launched a new campaign to reduce physical and verbal assaults against its staff. The campaign seeks to highlight the increase in incidence of attacks on staff between April 2016 and March...

Recent changes to NMC fitness to practise legislation

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On 28 th July 2017 changes to the fitness to practise processes came into force which, it is hoped, will enable the NMC to become a more efficient and proportionate regulator. It is anticipated the changes will modernise the NMC processes and...

The science of crime

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The case of Colin Norris, the nurse jailed for at least 30 years in 2008 for the murder of four elderly patients, was highlighted in a BBC Panorama investigation last month. The key evidence advanced by the Prosecution surrounded the insulin levels recorded...

Free Peter Barlow!

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This week fans of Coronation Street saw the culmination of the dramatic storyline involving Peter Barlow and the death of his girlfriend, Tina McIntyre. The allegation of murder, vigorously denied by Peter, was made after Tina was pushed from a balcony and...

1985 Robbery conviction quashed

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On 17th April 2013 the Court of Appeal quashed the 1985 robbery conviction of Martin Foran. The case had been referred back to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), after two earlier appeals were unsuccessful. Foran was...

Unsafe conviction - concerns about police investigation

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The Court of Appeal is to consider again the case of Kevin Lane, after instructing the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) to review ‘particular points’ relating to the conviction. Kevin Lane was convicted of the murder of a local business...