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Feb 2016

NHS staff survey reveals over a quarter of hospitals are not doing enough to learn from serious mistakes

The survey of nearly 300,000 NHS staff also revealed that nurses and doctors are being harassed and bullied if they raise concerns. This is despite a repeated promise by ministers to overhaul the secrecy culture within the NHS and make it easier for whistleblowers to speak up. Concerns raised included feeling that patient care was…

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25
Feb 2016

Tribunals and Courts should make reasonable adjustments for disabled claimants

In a recent case the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) offered guidance to employment tribunals when hearing cases involving disabled claimants.   Where a claimant appearing at a tribunal has a disability, the tribunal may be faced with difficulties, and adjustments to the usual running of the case may be necessary. It should be noted that…

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25
Feb 2016

Gender Pay Gap Report

A joint report from the Government Equality Office and Deloitte has revealed that a gender pay gap between women and men of 19.2% remains, despite more women being in employment than ever before.   The report entitled ‘Trailblazing Transparency: report on closing the gender pay gap’ was published on 9th February 2016 and analyses the…

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25
Feb 2016

Summary dismissal and disclosure of confidential information

An employment tribunal has recently held that a foreign exchange trader who was dismissed for sharing information via instant messaging was unfairly and wrongfully dismissed.   In the case the trader disclosed confidential client information to traders from different banks in an online chat room. The practice was widespread in the sector as a whole…

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24
Feb 2016

NHS England to offer ‘birth budgets’ to pregnant women

The personal budgets, worth at least £3,000 each, are to be offered to pregnant women throughout England so that they can decide on the maternity care they receive. The aim of the overhaul is to increase choices for women and to improve safety in maternity services, and has come about following recommendations from an independent…

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23
Feb 2016

A recent case demonstrates the importance of up to date Wills for couples who cohabit

Joy Williams bought a home in Dorset with her partner Norman Martin after he split from his wife. Joy and Norman bought the 3 bedroom property together as tenants in common rather than as joint tenants. As the property was held as tenants in common, when Norman Martin died in 2012, his half of the…

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