Study shows British GP’s have poor cancer referral rates

An international study carried out by International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership and published in BMJ Open has showed that GP’s in Britain are among the worst for referring patients to check for cancer. Six countries with similar health systems were examined as part of the research with almost 3,000 doctors asked to manage hypothetical scenarios involving… Read More

New pharmacy rules introduced to reduce dispensing errors

Health ministers have suggested a new reporting system for pharmacists.  Currently, under the Medicines Act, if a pharmacist admits prescribing the wrong medication to a patient they can face criminal charges.  However, a new system proposed by ministers suggests that if someone admits a genuine mistake that has harmed a patient, they will not face… Read More

Domestic Abuse in Portsmouth and its Consequences

Domestic abuse remains a significant issue in Portsmouth according to a draft report on Portsmouth’s Tackling Poverty strategy for 2015-2018. It is seen as having a detrimental effect on employment as well as housing with domestic abuse being a commonly quoted reason for homelessness in women. The report suggests that the impact on very young… Read More

Swain & Co Celebrate at the Legal Oscars

Samantha Lee of Swain & Co collected the runners up award for Hampshire Law Firm of the Year on behalf of Swain & Co last week. The presentation was made at a glitzy black tie dinner at Tiger Tiger in Gunwharf, Portsmouth and was for firms with less than fifteen partners. The award follows a… Read More

Nearly 80% increase in families placed outside of London

Secret figures compiled by London boroughs show 1,388 households were placed outside the capital by London councils between July 2013 and June 2014. The borough with the highest number of placements outside of the capital in April-June 2013 was Barnet with 50 families. This is compared to Greenwich who placed 13 families outside of the… Read More

Southampton landlord fined for illegal HMO

The landlord of a property in Southampton has been fined more than £2000 for illegally converting the property into four flats. A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a house with three of more tenants living there sharing facilities such as the kitchen and bathroom. The council’s head of culture and planning, Mike Harris, said,… Read More


David Cameron has renewed his vow to boost NHS funding and create a “seven-day” health service in his first major post-election speech. Seven-day GP access has jumped up the agenda since a large-scale NHS review in 2012 found that patients are 16 per cent more likely to die if they are admitted on a Sunday… Read More

Nicola and Kate promote Legal Aid at conference

The cost of relationship breakdown to the UK is £47bn/year (the defence budget is £41bn). A number of different charities and companies came together to attend the Relationship Breakdown Conference, hosted by Portsmouth Advice Services Partnership (PASP). The aim was to gather those who work together to provide complimentary services to the people of Portsmouth,… Read More

Swain & Co Solicitors ran an internal raffle for staff to raise money to support A19 – a service provided by Southern Domestic Abuse Service.

A19 is a youth group that supports children and young people from the age of 9-16 who have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence or abuse. A19 meets every week on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30. The group operates from The Original Place in Leigh Park and is run by experienced staff offering skilled support. A19 offers… Read More