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More ‘suicide’ and ‘unlawful killing’ inquest conclusions ahead?

More ‘suicide’ and ‘unlawful killing’ inquest conclusions ahead?

How sure does a coroner/inquest jury have to be about the circumstances of a death in order to reach a conclusion of ‘suicide’ or ‘unlawful killing’?

Key COVID-19 legal developments in the health sector: Critical Care – Clinical Decision making and Ethics

Key COVID-19 legal developments in the health sector: Critical Care – Clinical Decision making and Ethics

BMA Guidance has sought to provide assistance and clarity for the challenging decisions for frontline critical care (and other) staff as the volume of ...

Statutory patient safety investigations now just around the corner?

Statutory patient safety investigations now just around the corner?

Plans for a new statutory patient safety investigations system took another step forward this week with the publication of the Health Service Safety I ...

CQC - More flexing of muscles ahead?

CQC - More flexing of muscles ahead?

What does the CQC’s recently published annual report tell us about the direction of travel for health and social care regulation? Key ‘take away’ poin ...

Gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare: What’s the latest?

Gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare: What’s the latest?

We look at the ‘Independent Review of Gross Negligence Manslaughter and Culpable Homicide’  report’s key findings and some of the changes it envisages ...

CQC’s revamped factual accuracy check guidance: What’s new?

CQC’s revamped factual accuracy check guidance: What’s new?

The 10 day period for commenting on the factual accuracy of draft Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection reports is a critical phase for health and ...

Learning from deaths: Does the CQC think you are doing enough?

Learning from deaths: Does the CQC think you are doing enough?

How have NHS Trusts been doing with improving learning from patient deaths? The CQC sheds some light on this in its recently published report - “Learn ...

Allowing the dust to settle: Criminal and Professional Disciplinary implications of the Dr Bawa-Garba case - Part II – Update Note

Allowing the dust to settle: Criminal and Professional Disciplinary implications of the Dr Bawa-Garba case - Part II – Update Note

1. Introduction On 23 February 2018, we published a legal briefing on the criminal and disciplinary implications of the Dr Bawa-Garba case.  In this b ...

Allowing the dust to settle: Criminal and Professional Disciplinary implications of the Dr Bawa-Garba case

Allowing the dust to settle: Criminal and Professional Disciplinary implications of the Dr Bawa-Garba case

1. Introduction The recent legal proceedings against Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba have provoked widespread anxiety in the medical profession.  Mindful of the ...

Paying the price? Latest on approach to calculating fines in health and social care safety prosecutions

Paying the price? Latest on approach to calculating fines in health and social care safety prosecutions

Summary An NHS Trust has recently been fined £333,333 in an HSE prosecution relating to inpatient falls, which are a continuing challenge for health a ...