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Riot police alleged to have assaulted 15 year old in racist attack

It has been alleged that a metropolitan police officer assaulted a 15 year old black boy in the custody area of an east London police station, hours after his colleague was filmed racially abusing another black man at the height of the London riots. The officer has been placed on restricted duties pending the investigation…
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Government U-Turn on internet snooping?

Legislation planned for inclusion in the Queen’s speech next month is to be put on hold. The proposals will be published in draft form so they can be scrutinised and examined fully. At Swain &Co.we welcome this approach as it reassures the public that nothing will be fast tracked through Parliament and the existing laws…
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Calls for patients to know if doctor is under supervision

A nurse, who is dying from cancer, has called for changes in the NHS against secrecy in the medical professional that allows doctors to continue working when under sanctions by the General Medical Council (GMC) or suspected of serious failings, without their patients being informed. Debbie Westwick speaks from experience when she was diagnosed with…
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Swain & Co welcomes NHS move for patients

Although there is some worry around the NHS’ move to send seriously ill patients straight toSouthamptonGeneralHospital, bypassing the Queen Alexandra (QA), here at Swain & Co. we support moves to improve patient survival rates. Southampton General has a specialist neurological department, meaning that patients can now be assessed by paramedics as to whether they have…
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Train guard discriminates against disabled passenger

Geoff Holt, a quadriplegic who holds a number of sailing records and is a pioneer for disabled rights, has claimed that he was discriminated against as he tried to board a train. Holt was told by a guard on the train in the Isle of Wight that his electric wheelchair would damage the floor of…
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Online snooping against civil liberties?

Legislation in the Queen’s speech next month proposes to force internet and mobile phone providers to record all use by customers. This is all in aid of anti-terrorism and crime investigations, but will subject everyone to the monitoring of their communications, something which clearly affects our rights to privacy. Currently, the state can gain access…
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Rehab centres are failing accident victims

The NHS has come under fire again, this time with the rehabilitation and recovery of survivors of serious accidents. Specialist medical/clinical negligence lawyer Melanie Lidstone-Land of Swain & Co. explains, “The NHS has been accused of being overly specialised, meaning that rehabilitation centres can only deal with one trauma at a time, hindering the recovery of…
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Paramedic sacked over asthma sufferers death

Lorna Easen blamed herself for years, for the death of her daughter Izabelle. Mrs Easen called 999 when her daughter, who had asthma, woke in the night with breathing difficulties and pins and needles in her arms and legs. The paramedics talked Mrs Easen through CPR over the phone, but when the paramedic James McKenna…
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NHS complaint blunder damages confidence

Complaints procedures in Public Bodies should be carried out independently as otherwise public trust is lost and justice can be denied. Margaret Foster was the head of Pontypridd and Rhondda NHS Trust, and the trust received a complaint which concerned her surgeon husband. In responding to the complainant, Mrs Collinson, Margaret Foster failed to declare the…
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Doubling of Dementia Funding supported by Swain & Co

David Cameron has announced that the funding for research into dementia is to be more than doubled by 2015. Specialist community care lawyers at Swain & Co. say, “It is about time that serious notice is taken of the increasing crisis we are seeing with dementia. Currently 670,000 people are thought to be affected, although…
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