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Patient discharges at night put patients at risk

Research by The Times has revealed that hundreds of thousands of NHS patients are being discharged between the hours of 11pm and 6am to relieve pressures on beds. Often at risk are the elderly and the vulnerable, where they are abruptly sent home without proper planning and often to empty homes. It has been suggested…
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Televising for first time in a British criminal court

Television cameras will be allowed into film the sentencing of David Gilroy, 49, who was found guilty of murdering his former lover Suzanne Polley after she ended their affair. He will be sentenced in Edinburgh on April 18th 2012, and cameras will be able to start filming after Gilroy’s criminal defence lawyer has finished the…
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Substandard care in hospital for disabled people

A poll commissioned by the General Medical Council (GMC) has revealed that most doctors think that patients with learning difficulties receive a poorer standard of care in hospitals than others. More than one in three reported that they had witnessed a patient with learning difficulties receive poor care or some form of discrimination. The poll…
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Rise in child care applications in England

Local council applications to take children into care have exceeded 10,000 this year, the first time in data history. The rise in the child care applications is said to be linked to the high publicity case of the death of Baby Peter in Haringey in 2007, which showed that the local authority officials could have…
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Donor organ solution recalled

The most commonly used solution to store donor organs has been recalled following fears that it could be contaminated, The Guardian has reported. Viaspan is the most commonly used solution to store donor organs such as livers, pancreas and kidneys between transplant procedures, and has been recalled by its manufacturer due to concerns that it…
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Delays in diagnosis of ovarian cancer leading to large payouts

Compensation payouts for delays in diagnosis of ovarian cancer have reached £550,000, The Medical Defence Union (MDU) has found. The MDU, that represents doctors involved in negligence claims had found that a delay of several months is frequently occurring in diagnosing and treating the disease, as many women have been wrongly diagnosed initially with other…
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Brands connected with Crime?

A riot report has led to a call on brands to look at marketing and the effects on young people. A report commissioned by the Prime Minister has called on brands to collaborate and develop campaigns that promote the positive perceptions of youth in order to avoid a repeat of the riots seen last year.…
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Human Rights Judges rule on extradition to USA

The European Court of Human Rightsin Strasbourg has today rejected the claims of five terrorist suspects that extradition to the USA would result in a breach of their human rights. The claims were made by Mr Ahmad, Mr Ahsan, Mr Bary, Mr Al-Fawwaz and Abu Hamza that extradtion to the USA would expose them to…
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Legal Aid cuts could lead to DIY litigants

Many people with civil, commercial or family disputes cannot afford a lawyer. There has already been an increase of people bringing their own cases to court and with the proposed cuts to legal aid, this is set to soar. Graeme Swain of Swain & Co. solicitors says, “Legal Aid’s purpose is to promote access to…
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Girls are less likely to commit crimes

A Home Office study in 2005 revealed that girls were less likely than boys to be involved in offending. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Women in the Penal System carried out a year-long inquiry and has revealed that since 2008, the above statement has been proven further with the number of girls being arrested…
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