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£4.3bn NHS Legal Bill For Clinical Negligence Claims

NHS England may be facing £4.3bn charges in legal fees in order to settle claims made against it in medical and clinical negligence claims, according to a report by the BBC. This figure encompasses claims yet to be settled and a projection of estimated future claims, which the BBC obtained after a Freedom of Information…

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SIPP Claims Soar – Advisers’ FSCS bill to reach £213m

Levies across advice firms for the next financial year have been forecast at £213m by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). The rise in Self Investment Personal Pensions (SIPPs) is to blame, with claims against SIPP providers expected to increase by more than double over the 2020-2021 period. This rise is due to nine providers…

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Lincolnshire Hospitals Purchase HPV Machines

Hospitals in the United Lincolnshire NHS Trust have invested a total of £80,000 in four Hydrogen Peroxide Vapour (HPV) machines to help fight the spread of germs throughout its healthcare facilities. The Trust’s aim is to cut down on the spread of MRSA, norovirus and other bacterias resistant to regular cleaning methods. Norovirus, in particular,…

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Prescription Error Death Due To Mix-Up

A coroner has ruled that a woman died after a mix-up occurred with an electronic prescription, resulting in the patient taking incorrect medication prescribed for an infection. David Urpeth who is the assistant coroner for South Yorkshire West, stated that another prescription error death would happen in the future, were action not taken to prevent…

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Worker Loses Two Fingers Due To Moulding Machine

It has been reported that company William Lee Ltd has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following investigations into an accident that took place on 28th February 2018 after worker loses two fingers. The Dronfield based engineering firm, who manufactures automotive components, was found to have had inadequate risk assessment in place…

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£86m FCA Trial To Go Ahead Despite Suspension Request

As reported in the Financial Adviser, a request to delay the trial of two unregulated introducers and their management who transferred £86m-worth of pension assets, has been rejected. The plea was made as the defendant made the claim that he was suffering from ill-health. Initially, the case was brought to light by the Financial Conduct…

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Do You Have WhatsAppitis?

In an article by eHealth, they covered a story about WhatsAppitis – but what exactly is this bizarre-sounding ailment? Plenty of us (fondly?) remember a time before smartphones, mobile phones, or even cordless phones, where someone would have to physically be located near a rooted telephone to make or receive calls. They had a traditional…

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Workman Dies On-Site At University Of Birmingham

Following on from my article a few days ago detailing the death of an employee working in a greenhouse environment, it is sad to read that two employees were injured in a workplace accident on the grounds of the University of Birmingham last week (one fatally). It is reported that the equipment being used at…

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Chatham Greenhouse Workplace Accident

Many people treat the coming of a new year as a new start and, for businesses, that could mean an overhaul of their procedures or a review of workplace safety. The importance of this is highlighted in an article in the Blackburn News about a Chatham Greenhouse workplace accident, which highlighted the catastrophic dangers employees…

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