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Patients denied the best cancer treatments

According to a survey published today, many cancer patients are being denied the best treatment already available to them on the NHS. Over half of cancer specialists admitted that they have sometimes prescribed a treatment that is not necessarily the best choice for the patient because of lack of access to the appropriate test, which…
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Rapist’s victims to sue motor insurance company

The convicted black cab rapist John Worboys victims are to attempt to sue his motor insurers claiming that the black cab was used as a weapon in the assaults on them. Swain & Co Solicitors welcome this action as it will test the limits of car insurance policies. The issue is whether insurance covers not…
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Outdated child neglect law fails to protect

Charities are calling for the law on child neglect, written in 1933, to be overhauled to protect children from being badly fed, left alone at home, not educated or belittled and bullied by their parents. The 1933 law requires that a child is physically harmed or injured before charges can be brought, yet child neglect…
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80 year old Alzheimer sufferer physically abused at ‘excellent’ care home

A care home rated ‘excellent’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) watchdog physically abused a vulnerable elderly woman. The disgraceful treatment came to light after 80 year old Alzheimer sufferer, Maria Worroll’s daughter, Jane, grew concerned over bruises that appeared on her mother’s hands and arms. Dissatisfied with the management’s explanation that it was a…
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Boob job concerns

Swain & Co welcomes withdrawal of ‘lunchtime boob job’ jab Macrolane is injectable filler used for body contouring and the ‘lunchtime boob jobs’. It enhances the breast size without the requirement for implants and was believed to be less invasive. It is now to be discontinued for these uses. Swain & Co. back this move…
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Cuts to legal aid – no funding for divorce

On average, it takes 6 years to qualify as a Solicitor. Three years at University to get a law degree, one year at law college and then two years training on the job. Then you can qualify. Even when newly qualified, not all Solicitors will go to Court straight away and start representing people as…
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Innocent parents are reunited with their child

A High Court judge has lifted restrictions preventing Chana al-Alas and Rohan Wray speaking publically about their battle in the family courts to win their daughter back after cleared of murdering their son. They had been wrongly accused of causing their child non-accidental injuries, i.e. child abuse. Jayden was 4 months old when he died,…
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Type 2 diabetes and obesity risk for shift workers

New results from the Science Translational Medicine has indicated that shift workers are placing themselves at increasing risks of developing type 2 diabetes and obesity.  Misplaced sleeping patterns, or not sleeping at all were monitored by 21 people who participated in the study in the United States of America. The controlled experiments initially looked at…
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Police using interview loophole

Police officers using loophole in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) to interview suspects at home without legal representation, have caused concerns. The Law Society has rasied these concerns with the Home Office. Section 58 of the Act specifically provides that a person ‘held in custody at a police station’ is entitled to…
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Frustrations mount over European Court of Human Rights

With the conference underway for reforms to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to be agreed, and the high profile case of Abu Qatada, frustrations are running high which threaten to cloud the role and limit the effectiveness of the Court. Speaking on the eve of the conference, the president of the ECHR (Sir…
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