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Children needing adopting face delays

Ofsted have said that the most significant cause of delay for children needing adoption is the length of time taken to complete court proceedings. The Right on Time report has revealed that it takes an average of 14 months to complete care proceedings. These report findings have been based on a survey of 9 local…
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NHS reforms are likely to lead to more litigation

The reforms are proposing handing responsibility to local authorities for public health, including reducing obesity, managing mental health services and sexual health. Warnings have also been issued that local authorities will face legal difficulties. With budget cuts on the NHS and rising consumer expectations, it has been warned that there will be more tension, more…
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Swain & Co. concerned over risks in cosmetic surgery

Here at Swain & Co. we are concerned about the news of chin procedures becoming the fastest growing trend in cosmetic surgery in the US. Here in the UK, trends tend to mimic those of the US. With every ‘trend’ comes the ability for unscrupulous ‘surgeons’ to conduct procedures that may not meet regulations, regulations…
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Wounded soldiers receiving poor treatment

New figures have shown that in the past three years, 13 soldiers have launched compensation claims against the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth hospital, for medical negligence. The site cares for heroes airlifted from the front line, winning numerous awards for its work. Experts are suggesting that the complaints are arising…
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Children set to lose legal aid

The government has said it will oppose 8 of the 11 amendments made by peers to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders bill when it returns to Commons today. On Friday afternoon the government published a response to the Lords’ amendments signalling the intention to restore cuts to legal aid for children. JustRights…
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Committal fees change is lawful

The High Court has ruled that the government acted lawfully in scrapping lawyers’ fees for committal proceedings in Criminal Defence work. The Law Society sought a judicial review of the fee change that came into force in October2011, but the action was not deemed unlawful. Lawyers’ fees have been reduced by £318 for Magistrates’ Court…
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Biggest study into Parkinson’s disease launched by Glasgow University

A new study into the cause of Parkinson’s is being started by Dr Donald Grosset at Glasgow University. Dr Grosset is hoping for more than 3000 volunteers who have the neurological condition along with their siblings to take part in his study with a view to better understand the symptoms. More than £1.6m is being…
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Divorce could leave poorer partners struggling in legal aid cuts

With the impending cuts on legal aid, which will see the removal of nearly all family advice, the prospect of divorcing well off partners may mean that spouses are left seriously out of pocket. This may lead to more people ending up in family courts without representation or any proper advice. Yet again, Legal Aid…
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Dump patients on trolleys in corridors

The College of Emergency Medicine, which represents A&E doctors, has recommended that patients should be left outside wards on trolleys, until a bed becomes available in new guidelines, admitting that it is controversial, but supported by the college. A&E doctors have said that the pressing issue is of bed blocking, meaning that they cannot move…
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