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The NHS faces yet more issues as wait times hit record high in January

NHS wait times hit all time high in January 2017 posing more threats for those requiring treatment. January 2017 was the worst month ever recorded for A&E departments in the UK for patient wait times, with more patients waiting over 4 hours to be seen. Those seen within 4 hours dropped from 86.2% in December…
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Dementia: a life-sentence in more ways than one

A recent report by the Law Commission has highlighted how a Supreme Court decision on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) has had a negative impact on people with dementia and learning difficulties. The decision by the Supreme Court in 2014, has so greatly widened the definition of those who should be subject to DoLS checks,…
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High death rates recorded at the NHS.

It has now come to light that there has been over 15,000 more deaths than anticipated between 2011 and 2016. There are various reasons behind these shockingly high numbers of deaths, for example, low numbers of doctors available per bed and high demand of patients requiring admission. Professor Sir Brian Jarman has said that: “over…
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Cheerio Kirsty

We said goodbye and good luck to Kirsty Markham as she starts a new chapter of her legal career. Colleagues and friends gave her a warm send off, with gifts of flowers and a mug for her new desk. Kirsty was presented with a beautiful bouquet from the Directors too. Kirsty joined us in 2013…
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Asbestos causes death of laboratory worker

A 79 year old man died of asbestosis caused by exposure to asbestos at work in his early twenties, an inquest has found. The man spent between six and eight months working as a research assistant for British Oxygen in the 1960s. His job regularly involved tests carried out on materials containing asbestos in an…
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Development of law in Asbestos litigation – part 1 Common Law

The question of when employers had sufficient knowledge of the dangers of using asbestos is a complex area. Most Claimants are surprised to know that it is a lot earlier than one would think given that asbestos was still being used in some industries as late as the 1980’s. Today, it is widely known that…
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Man’s death Asbestos related rules coroner

An inquest has found that a man from Romsey, Hampshire, died from a combination of asbestos exposure and natural causes. During the course of his employment, the man worked as a mechanical engineer at British Rail in Eastleigh between 1952 and 1992 and would regularly come into contact with asbestos. Prior to his death, the…
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