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Patient safety concerns in private hospitals

Care Quality Commission report The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a report analysing the quality and safety of care by independent acute hospitals in England. Over 200 hospitals were inspected by the CQC, the report concludes that 62% of hospitals were providing good care and 8% were outstanding. However...

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New rules for farmers designed to reduce water pollution

On 2 April 2018, the Reduction and Prevention of Agricultural Diffuse Pollution (England) Regulations 2018 came into force. The Regulations are one of the measures set out in the Government’s 25 year plan to improve the environment. The purpose of them is to reduce the pollution of water from agricultural...

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Online privacy protection following Cambridge Analytica

Following the recent news relating to tech company Cambridge Analytica harvesting millions of Facebook profiles and targeting US voters with personalised political advertisements, specialist technology lawyer Susan Hall has warned of the potential impact and fallout. Whistleblower Christopher Wylie has revealed that the data analytics firm that worked with Donald...

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Landmark telecoms decision for landowners claiming damages

The Court has delivered a landmark decision on whether the Electronic Communications Code (Schedule 2 of the Telecommunications Act 1984, as amended) (“the Old Code”) could provide a telecoms operator with immunity for failing to relocate its telecommunications equipment in accordance with its contractual obligations. In a Judgment handed down...

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A study into capacity in patients with an acquired brain injury

Background On 12 March 2018 the British Association of Brain injury Case Managers (BABICM) and Plymouth University published their findings following their study into supported decision making for people with Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI). Acquired brain injuries include all injuries to the brain occurring following birth. It therefore encompasses a...

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“clunk click” – European seatbelt campaign

Seatbelt campaign – 12-18 March This week, 12 to 18 March, sees a Europe wide campaign of enforcement and education around seatbelt use. People of a certain age may remember the old public service information announcements on television encouraging people to “clunk click every trip” – but that comes from a...

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Court of Appeal adds certainty in commercial negotiations

The Court of Appeal judgment handed down on 8 March 2018 in Generator Developments LLP v Lidl UK GmbH has provided important clarity on a commercial party’s ability to rely on incomplete negotiations to assert an interest in property under the so-called Pallant v Morgan equity. The successful Respondent, Lidl...

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Winter weather measures for businesses

Managing your business during bad weather In light of some of the bad weather we have had, employers should consider, from an employment law perspective, the implications on their business. It would be prudent to think about doing the following: Look at your contracts and employee handbook to see if...

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2018 – Driving change with NEC4

NEC has remained true to its core values in its latest update of contracts in the form of the NEC4. There is still a clear focus on issuing a contract in simple English which drives good project management and flexibility. The NEC website is keen to highlight this fact by...

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Drug errors could be linked to between 1,700 and 22,300 deaths in the UK each year

Research undertaken by Manchester, Sheffield and York Universities has shown that of the 1 billion drugs prescribed in the UK each year, there are likely to be around 270 million prescribing errors. Mistakes related to drugs are made by GP’s, Pharmacists, hospitals and care homes. They include: Prescribing or dispensing...

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