Delays in cancer treatment are occurring in 75% of hospital Trusts.

Unfortunately in some situations time is a critical factor because often the earlier a diagnosis is made and treatment commenced, the better the chances of a patient making a good recovery. If treatment is delayed, this can lead to permanent complications and health issues which could potentially have been avoided. By way of an example, Read More …

NHS Care Inspection

Care inspectors  the Care Quality Commission have taken steps to ensure an NHS Hospital Trust improve its safety and leadership in order to protect patients. The Trust in question, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was assessed as requiring improvements to infection control  and privacy. It has been reported by the BBC that the Trust Read More …

New HR Scheme launched with Neeta Laing, Head of Employment Law

We are excited to tell you about a new service – the launch of a fixed-fee HR Scheme as we meet Neeta Laing, Head of Employment at GAD LLP Solicitors. What is the GAD HR Scheme? The scheme is a fantastic service providing employment law and HR Support at a fixed fee. Benefits of the Read More …

Polythene firm fined after its safety failings left employee with permanent injuries

A Widnes based polythene manufacturer, which makes film for the food industry, has been ordered to pay £40,000 following its prosecution for safety failings. The accident occurred on 21 January 2014 during a night shift when the employee was operating a multi-winder machine that converts logs of stretch film polythene into smaller hand sized reels. Read More …

Primodos; MHRA Call for evidence

  On the 25th March 2015 the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a call for evidence to assist with the independent review of all relevant documentation relating to Primodos www.gov.uk/government/consultations/hormonal-pregnancy-tests-call-for-evidence . It has invited all interested individuals and organisations to provide any information they consider relevant to a possible association between the Read More …

Independent Panel To Review Primodos Documents

Further to the debate in Parliament in October 2014, the Government have agreed to disclose all papers in their possession relating to Primodos. It is thought that there are documents which may be useful to campaigners that have been campaigning for years to prove a link between the drug and birth defects. George Freeman, Health Read More …

Primodos

Lisa Lunt, Partner and Head of Clinical Negligence, has appeared on BBC North West Tonight this week, following growing calls for a Public Inquiry into the drug, Primodos. Primodos, a hormone pregnancy test, was first made available in the UK in 1959. It was prescribed by GPs across England and was taken by 1.5 million Read More …

Pay Now Don’t Pay Later …

As a solicitor in the Dispute Resolution Department I often see families who have been torn apart fighting over a loved one’s estate, claiming “It’s what they would have wanted”. Without a properly drafted and executed will, no-one can confirm that. However, even if there is a will, often a family member or friend is Read More …

M&A Update: Financial Assistance in Corporate Transactions

Using the target to assist with the financing of an acquisition Prior to the Companies Act 2006, “Financial assistance” i.e. a target company using its own funds to purchase its own shares, was prohibited in both public and private company mergers and acquisitions, unless a “whitewash” procedure followed. In order to carry out the whitewash procedure a Read More …

Tripping accidents

Local authorities are principally responsible for the maintenance and repair of highways and carriageways ( pavements and roads) and if a person is injured in a fall involving a defect in a pavement or road then a claim for compensation can be made. Some pavements and roads are not the responsibility of the local authority Read More …