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22
Oct 2014

Wide-ranging Employment Review Launched

On 6 October 2014, Business Secretary Vince Cable publish a review aimed at “improving the clarity and status of the British workforce”. The review follows on from recent commentary and consultation regarding the role played by ‘casual’ or ‘zero-hours’ workers, and will hopefully give an indication of whether any rights for different types of workers…

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22
Oct 2014

ACAS Guide Published on Bereavement

The conciliation service ACAS has recently published a detailed guide on managing bereavement in the workplace. The guide may be of particular interest to businesses in developing their own policy given the lack of regulation surrounding this issue. Whilst the law does allow employees to take unpaid dependant leave in the case of an emergency…

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22
Oct 2014

Time off for Dependants

Under the Employment Rights Act 1996, employees have the right to take a reasonable amount of unpaid leave in circumstances where there is an unforeseeable situation affecting a dependant. This may apply where a dependant falls ill, where care arrangements break down or where there is an incident at a child’s school which needs attention.…

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21
Oct 2014

Four out of ten NHS hospitals considered unsafe

A damning report by the Care Quality Commission has found that four in ten hospitals are unsafe. Patients are picking up serious infections and being given the wrong drugs, while the elderly are being neglected and suffering falls due to shortages of staff. According to the CQC, maternity wards and A&E units are a particular…

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15
Oct 2014

New trust to manage renamed Stafford Hospital

Stafford Hospital and City General Hospital in Stoke are to be run by a new trust. University Hospitals of North Staffordshire NHS Trust will be renamed University Hospitals of North Midlands, and the trust will manage both hospitals. Stafford Hospital, which was the target of a £6m public enquiry into care failings, will be renamed…

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08
Oct 2014

“Passport to practise” given green light by GMC

A single national licensing examination for doctors wishing to practise in the UK has been agreed by the General Medical Council. The examination has been structured to provide assurance to patients about the quality and competence of their treating doctor, regardless of the location of that doctor’s training. Chief Executive of the GMC, Niall Dickson,…

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