March 2013 Archive

The NHS will have a legal duty to be honest about mistakes

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Following the Francis Report on the Stafford Hospital scandal, the Department of Health is putting forward a package of measures which will seek to put patients at the heart of the health service. More …

OFT provides reminder to travel companies about misleading consumers

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All too often consumers are unclear as to what they are buying when it comes to travel, and as to their rights should anything go wrong. More …

Could you represent yourself in court?

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The Ministry of Justice is dead set on increasing the small claims limit in personal injury claims from £1000 to at least £5000 and possibly as much as £15,000.  It would result in you, the innocent victim of a road traffic accident or an accident at work, representing yourself.  More …

VT Flagship and PPSL District Energy fined after removal of asbestos

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The Daily Echo reported of the fines handed down to the above companies who were tasked with the removal of asbestos from HMS Sultan. More …

Local Engineering Firm Fined £7,000.00

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I <a href="/blog/local_company_fined_13_000_following_employee_fall">recently blogged</a> on a local firm being fined for breach of health and safety so I was therefore interested to read in the Daily Echo of another company failing to comply with health and safety. More …

Think! Bike!

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I was pleased to&nbsp;&nbsp;read in the Daily Echo that Southampton cyclist's are safer than their neighbouring cities such as Bournemouth and Portsmouth. More …

Can sole directors make injury claims against their own company?

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If you are a director of a company and you get injured while working can you claim compensation from your company? More …

Southampton Rape Crisis Centre Funding Cuts

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I was disheartened though not entirely surprised to <a href="http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/10298547.print/">read in the Daily Echo</a> that funding to <a href="http://www.southamptonrapecrisis.com/index.html">Southampton Rape Crisis (SRC)</a> is to be substantially cut, resulting in reduced services and support and for people in such a vulnerable state. No doubt their crucial preventative and educational work in the local community will also suffer. More …

Care for the elderly still not good enough

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) in its report on&nbsp;<a title="http://www.cqc.org.uk/public/reports-surveys-and-reviews/themed-inspections/dignity-and-nutrition-older-people" href="http://www.cqc.org.uk/public/reports-surveys-and-reviews/themed-inspections/dignity-and-nutrition-older-people">Dignity and nutrition</a>&nbsp;published today found that about a third of hospitals and care homes failed to meet basic standards for nutrition and dignity for their elderly patients.&nbsp; More …

Advice for travelling to Cyprus

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In view of the continuing situation in Cyprus relating to bank account freezing, the FCO yesterday provided updated advice for all travellers to Cyprus. More …