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Big rise in use of locum doctors

Thursday, 16 January 2014
Labour has attacked the government for a big rise in the number of temporary locum doctors being used, arguing that an obsession with NHS reforms is to blame. Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham says that spending on locum doctors is up by 60% since 2009 and the College of Emergency Medicine...

Inquest hears of desperation of four-year-old

Thursday, 16 January 2014
An inquest at Avon Coroner’s Court has heard how a four-year-old boy was so desperate for a drink of water that he was forced to suck the moisture from tissues used to cool his forehead. Sean Turner was recovering from heart surgery at Bristol Children’s Hospital and wanted a drink of water but his...

Speed limit relaxation for spies

Monday, 13 January 2014
Amendments to the Road Safety Act will mean that spies in cases of “national security emergency” will be able to break the speed limit. At the moment only the emergency services have the right to go through red lights, over zebra crossings and ignore road markings but soon officers with M15 and M16...

Smartphones increase danger to youngsters

Thursday, 2 January 2014
A new road safety report has warned that a quarter of schoolchildren pay too much attention to their smartphone when they are crossing the road.  The study, from AXA car insurance, found that the vast majority of youngsters take their phones to school and many admit that, just at the time they...

Name and shame

Tuesday, 31 December 2013
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Staffordshire Police is defending its policy of publishing the names of some of the drivers caught for drink driving in their region despite claims it would undermine the defendants’ right to a fair trial.  The names were published in the run up to Christmas on a social networking site...

Dangers of working with machinery

Friday, 20 December 2013
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The dangers posed when dealing with heavy machinery were highlighted by a recent case in which a man suffered serious injuries after being crushed when driving a refuse vehicle.  The man, Derek Maitland, suffered severe abdominal crush injuries after he became trapped between the lifting hoist...

Government set to get tough on foreign drivers

Tuesday, 8 October 2013
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The government says it wants to stop people from using interpreters or foreign voice overs when taking their driving test. About 60,000 a year take their test in this way and the coalition wants to crack down due to road safety fears. Current rules state that people taking the theory part of the...

Your Story celebrates first anniversary

Tuesday, 8 October 2013
The Your Story community, managed by a UK law firm is celebrating its first anniversary having become, in its first 12 months, an invaluable way for patients to share their experiences of the care and treatment they or their loved ones have received from the NHS.  Your Story is part of The...

Consultant in Old Bailey trial

Tuesday, 8 October 2013
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A consultant at a private hospital in London is standing trial at the Old Bailey after a man died following routine knee surgery. David Sellu, a doctor of many years experience, and who specialised in colorectal surgery, is in the dock charged with manslaughter on the grounds of gross medical...

Lorry drivers warned after fatal accident

Tuesday, 14 May 2013
West Yorkshire Police has issued a warning to lorry drivers to keep their distance on the region’s motorways, in the wake of the accident last month in which an 18-year-old lost her life. Officers say that there has been a rise in the number of complaints about tailgating on the M62, in...

Solar firm fined after worker falls from height

Tuesday, 14 May 2013
A company which fits solar panels has been fined after an employee suffered injuries when he fell through a roof. The accident happened last July and occurred when the worker, who has not been named, was installing panels on the roof of a farm in East Yorkshire. He heard a crack and the roof gave...

Health watchdog boss raises concerns over A&E services

Monday, 13 May 2013
The head of the health service regulator has expressed concerns over the level of demand throughout the country for NHS accident and emergency departments, a demand which he has described as “unsustainable”. David Prior, the chairman of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), said that if...

Manager sues employer after picking up earring

Friday, 10 May 2013
A manager of a high street fashion chain is to sue her employer for over £1m for injuries she suffered when picking up an earring. Safaa Pate was manager at Coast’s clothing in a House of Fraser store in High Wycombe when, in January 2009, she bent down to retrieve an earring which had...

Report urges global action on road safety

Friday, 10 May 2013
A new report has called for road traffic injury prevention to be included as part of international efforts to deal with poverty, inequality and climate change. The Commission for Global Road Safety has produced the report, entitled Safe Roads for all, and says that currently, there is only inaction...

Butchery firm fined after safety failings revealed

Wednesday, 8 May 2013
A butchery firm has been fined for safety failings after an employee suffered a deep cut to his forearm in an accident. The accident happened at the premises of Rare Butchers of Distinction Ltd of Lewisham when the man, one of 50 workers at the site, was deboning a shoulder of lamb. He was only...

Confusion between school and police over scooter permits

Tuesday, 7 May 2013
The headmaster of a school in Worthing, Sussex, has issued safety advice to pupils wanting to ride their scooters to school and says he has police support for the measures, a claim denied by the local force. John Gadd, headmaster of Thomas Beckett Middle School in the town, wants pupils wishing to...

Plant hire company fined after fatal accident

Tuesday, 7 May 2013
A Portishead plant hire company has been fined after an accident in which a worker was killed while operating a tarmac cutter. Stuart Guard had been sent by Direct Plant Services Ltd, which was trading as South and West Highways Trenching, to another site in Wiltshire to prepare trenches for new...

Warning over early caesarean deliveries

Tuesday, 7 May 2013
A new report has claimed that too many babies are born by caesarean section earlier than the recommended 39th week of pregnancy, putting their health at risk. The report, by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, (RCOG) which represents the country’s maternity doctors, reveals...

Company fined after teenage worker breaks leg in accident

Tuesday, 30 April 2013
A factory in Elland, West Yorkshire, has been fined after a teenage worker suffered a broken leg when a 1.5 tonne pallet toppled onto him. The 18-year-old, who has not been named, had his legs trapped in the accident which occurred at the premises of THS Industrial Textiles Ltd. He was inside a...

Coroner slams Highways Agency after girl dies in car crash

Tuesday, 30 April 2013
A coroner has criticised the Highways Agency after a girl died in a car crash on a dangerous bend, suggesting that funding was only put in place for repairs to the road because of the fatal collision. Lucy Boughton, who was just 20, died after skidding on a bend on the A21 between Tunbridge Wells...

MS sufferers neglected claims charity

Tuesday, 30 April 2013
A leading charity has warned that many multiple sclerosis sufferers are failing to get the drugs or care and support that they need. The MS Society says that of the estimated 100,000 people in the UK who have the condition, a majority, six out of 10, do not get any “disease-modifying...

Businessman jailed for “cash for crash” scam

Monday, 29 April 2013
A man has been given a seven-year jail sentence for being behind a “cash for crash” scam which increased insurance premiums in his local area. Paul Wright, who runs a breakdown recovery company, set up a gang to deliberately cause accidents and then claim compensation for whiplash and...

Companies fined after driver run over by own vehicle

Monday, 29 April 2013
Two companies have been ordered to pay a total of almost £800,000 after a lorry driver was run over and killed by his own vehicle. Gary Walters was working for haulier Larkins Logistics Ltd when the accident happened in October 2010. He was collecting a trailer loaded with concrete products...

GMC responds to Stafford scandal by issuing new guide

Monday, 29 April 2013
The General Medical Council has issued a new guide in the light of the scandal at Stafford Hospital urging doctors to fully explain to patients when treatments go wrong. The GMC says the new guidance puts patients first and will explain to them exactly what they can expect from their medical staff...

UK Coal Mining fined after death at colliery

Friday, 26 April 2013
UK Coal Mining Ltd has been fined after an accident at one of its collieries in which a driver was killed. The accident happened at the Thoresby Colliery in Nottinghamshire in 2009 when John Harbron, a locomotive driver, had been underground delivering steel pipes. He was unloading the pipes from a...

Multi-million payout for family of brain damaged boy

Friday, 26 April 2013
The family of seven-year-old Alfie Buck are to receive compensation worth £8.5m after he received serious brain damage when born. The High Court heard that staff at the Princess Royal Hospital in West Sussex did not monitor Alfie’s mother Samantha during her labour in March 2006, failed...

New sat-nav system warns lorry drivers of cyclist risk

Monday, 22 April 2013
A new satellite navigation system is being launched to inform lorry drivers when they approach roads where cyclists are thought to be at greater risk. The new system, from Navevo, will emit a warning symbol on its maps when the lorry driver approaches a “warning zone” and can also be...

Inquest hears how surgeon caused death by piercing vein

Monday, 22 April 2013
A Birmingham inquest into the death of a 16-year-old boy after a routine operation has heard that a top surgeon caused his death by piercing a major vein when he used the wrong instrument. Ryan Senior was due to have a laparoscopy at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, a procedure which allows a...

Government committed to strict liability removal

Monday, 22 April 2013
The business minister Jo Swinson has reiterated the government’s intention to remove strict liability for some health and safety breaches. Despite the House of Lords having blocked the plans last month, Swinson said the reforms were important in tackling the perceived compensation culture and...

Survey shows men more prone to overtake

Tuesday, 16 April 2013
A new survey has found that men are far more likely than women to attempt blind overtaking putting themselves and other road users at risk in the process. The poll, by road safety charity Brake and Direct Line, produced figures showing that almost one in four men, compared to one in six women, have...

Company fined after director killed

Tuesday, 16 April 2013
A delivery company has been fined after an accident in which a company director was killed when more than a tonne of render fell on top of him. Phillip Ring, the director of a plastering company, was at Yelverton Business Park near Plymouth when the accident happened. A lorry from delivery company...

NHS emergency care under review

Thursday, 11 April 2013
MPs are looking into the NHS emergency care system following accusations that a new 111 helpline, rather than helping to save patients, is putting them at greater risk. The Commons health select committee is to launch a review into the new care system amid stories of ambulances going to pick up...

Motorists warned over speeding through roadworks

Thursday, 11 April 2013
The government has warned drivers they will see more roadworks through the next couple of years and has urged them to take extra care when they drive through them. The Highways Agency says extra investment on road improvements will see more temporary measures on motorways and trunk roads and is...

Millions paid out to police in compensation claims

Tuesday, 9 April 2013
The case of the WPC, suing a garage owner after tripping over a kerb, is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to police making compensation claims according to new figures. New figures from the Police Federation show that last year a total of £19.8m was paid out to 1,859 police officers...

Infection rates in hospitals up

Tuesday, 9 April 2013
New NHS statistics have shown that the number of patients, who have required extra treatment due to infections they have picked up during their stay in hospital, has gone up by more than 50,000 in the space of a year. The figures point to a growing problem within the health service with...

Get your pet to belt up

Monday, 8 April 2013
With pet owners in Ireland possibly having to put seat belts onto their dogs and cats when they are travelling in a car, will such a ruling ever be introduced in the UK? Leo Varadkar, the Irish transport minister, is to have discussions with road safety organisations in the next few weeks with a...

Record amounts paid out to school teachers

Friday, 5 April 2013
School teachers have received record amounts in compensation in the last year, though they have been warned that every penny spent in this way means less being spent on children’s education. A total of over £25m was paid out last year in successful claims to school teachers for...

Patient sues hospital after surgeon removes wrong testicle

Friday, 5 April 2013
A patient is taking legal action against a hospital after surgeons removed a healthy testicle rather than the one which was cancerous. The 48-year-old company director, who has not been named, is taking the action against Salisbury District Hospital where the operation took place. He was admitted...

Calls for safer cycling

Friday, 5 April 2013
The road safety charity Brake and British Cycling have joined forces to try and persuade both national and local government to improve provisions for cycling in towns and cities throughout the UK. The new initiative, called “GO 20”, aims to get 20mph limits introduced across wide areas...

Review urges clampdown on cosmetic surgery

Wednesday, 3 April 2013
A major review into cosmetic surgery has called for only those who have been properly trained to be able to perform procedures such as injecting dermal fillers. The independent review, which was led by Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS medical director, found an industry poorly regulated and with a reputation...

Company fined after worker suffers burns in explosion

Wednesday, 3 April 2013
A Staffordshire research and development company has been fined after an explosion which left a worker with serious burns. The accident happened at the premises of Renishaw PLC in February last year when an industrial vacuum cleaner was used to clean up aluminium powder and was then left to stand...

Housing association fined after worker injured in fall

Thursday, 28 March 2013
A housing association in Coventry has been has been fined after an employee was badly injured falling off a ladder. The man, who has not been named, was working as a plumber for the Whitefriars Housing Group when the accident happened in June 2011. He was on the ladder inspecting a gutter when he...

Extra measures considered for younger drivers

Thursday, 28 March 2013
The government are considering bringing in new measures to try and reduce the number of younger drivers involved in accidents. Though figures, from the Association of British Insurers, show that only one in eight drivers are under the age of 25, they account for a third of the number of people who...

Wide variations in road safety throughout the country

Tuesday, 26 March 2013
Official government statistics have been released showing how safety on the roads can vary widely depending on whereabouts in the country you are. The figures, from the Department for Transport, show for instance, that residents living in Harrow, are 21 times less likely to be injured in a car...

Council fined after school caretaker injured in fall

Tuesday, 26 March 2013
A local council has been fined after a school caretaker suffered injuries when he fell from a shed roof. The man, who has not been named, was working at a school in the Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council area when the accident happened in July 2010. He was doing some maintenance work on the...

Multi-million medical negligence payout

Friday, 22 March 2013
A boy, who suffered brain damage as a baby has won a medical negligence payout totalling £7.3m. Robbie Crane is now aged 13 and the case goes back to when he was a baby in 1999. He was born with heart defects and needed corrective surgery when he was just a few days old. However, it was...

Men fined after worker falls through barn roof

Thursday, 21 March 2013
Two men have been fined after a man suffered serious injuries when he fell through a fragile barn roof. The injured man, who is not named, was working on the barn roof at Lady Booth Hall Farm in Edale in the Peak District when the accident occurred. One of the corrugated cement roof panels gave...

Parliament Launches another Investigation into Whiplash

Tuesday, 19 March 2013
MPs are to look again at ways to clamp down on the number of whiplash claims in the UK, though the new investigation has already faced criticism due to its timing. The Transport Committee says that an average of £90 is added to every motorist’s car insurance premium because of the...

Farm Owner Fined after Worker Dies

Monday, 18 March 2013
The owner of a farm has been fined after one of his employees was discovered dead under the wheels of a tractor. Thomas Phizacklea died at Aurora Park Farm near Ulverston in Cumbria in July 2009. His body was found trapped between the front offside wheel and a mound of earth, and a subsequent...

TUC Updates Safety Advice

Thursday, 14 March 2013
The TUC has published a new edition of “Hazards at Work”, its safety publication, in the light of increasing anxiety about a reduction in the number of workplace safety inspections. The guide has been published for 30 years and the current one criticises the political approach to the...

Government Announces an End to NHS Gagging Clauses

Thursday, 14 March 2013
The health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that gagging clauses, which stop former NHS workers from talking about patient safety issues, are to be banned. The government wants a greater culture of “openness and transparency” within the NHS in the light of the scandal at Mid...

Council Counting the Cost of the Pothole Problem

Thursday, 14 March 2013
The Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) claims there is a growing road crisis with local councils facing outlays of millions of pounds to get their roads into a good condition despite already filling an average of 18,000 potholes every year. It has been estimated that a total of £95m is needed...

New Device aims to Prevent Breakdowns

Monday, 11 March 2013
A new device has been launched which will give drivers advanced warning of any faults with their vehicle so they can take action before it breaks down. The gadget, which comes from the RAC, is called RAC Advance and, when fitted into a car’s computer system, can inform them via phone, text...

Disabled Man Dies after Wheelchair Overturns in Ambulance

Monday, 11 March 2013
An inquest has heard how a double amputee died when his wheelchair overturned in an ambulance as he was being taken to hospital. Palaniappan Thevarayan died in the back of the vehicle taking him from a dialysis centre to hospital in Surrey. The ambulance was being operated by controversial...

New Technology will Enable Drivers to Avoid Cyclists

Thursday, 7 March 2013
New technology has been devised which will enable a vehicle to automatically detect the presence of a cyclist and take action to avoid a collision. The new car radar system has been designed by Volvo and will be fitted into seven of its 11 models. It will spot the cyclists and automatically...

Deaths Wrongly Classified Claims Report

Thursday, 7 March 2013
A new report is claiming that over half the cases where people were reported to have died from septicaemia at a Bolton hospital did in fact have less serious conditions.                     ...

Former F1 Driver Leads Campaign for Road Safety

Monday, 4 March 2013
The former racing driver David Coulthard is to lead a TV advertising campaign in Scotland, calling on drivers to slow down on country roads. Coulthard, who won 13 grand prix races during his career and is now an F1 commentator, says the campaign aims to reduce the number of fatalities on rural...

Council Admits Failures in Asbestos Management

Monday, 4 March 2013
A local council has been fined after admitting failures in the way it managed asbestos in its schools. Thurrock Council has admitted the charges which relate to concerns regarding one school, Stifford Clays Junior in particular. Basildon Crown Court heard that a contractor carried out an...

Whisky Manufacturer Fined after Fire

Friday, 1 March 2013
A Scottish whisky manufacturer has been fined at Glasgow Sheriff Court after a warehouse fire caused two workers to flee for their lives. The fire occurred at the Edrington Group Limited’s premises in the city in June 2011. Two men were using flexible hoses filling casks with whisky when...

Police Vow to get Tough on "Cash for Crash" Scams

Friday, 1 March 2013
The Metropolitan Police now have a 10-strong team dedicated to investigating car insurance fraud and the man in charge says the police are making progress in the fight against “cash for crash” scams. Detective inspector David Hindmarsh said that induced collisions were the most...

Francis calls for immediate change

Thursday, 28 February 2013
The man who chaired the public inquiry into the scandal at Stafford Hospital has urged the NHS to make necessary changes now rather than waiting for government recommendations. Robert Francis QC recently published his report into the “appalling and unnecessary suffering of hundreds of...

Doctors Tested for Language Skills

Monday, 25 February 2013
Growing concern over some doctors coming into the UK from the EU has led to the government taking action to ensure those who don’t have the appropriate language and communication skills are not allowed to work. From this coming April it will make up to 220 senior doctors legally responsible...

Pie Firm Found Guilty After Fatal Explosion

Monday, 25 February 2013
A West Yorkshire pie firm has been found guilty of health and safety breaches after a man died when one of its ovens exploded.  David Cole died in the explosion at Andrew Jones Pies Limited in 2009 and a jury at Leeds Crown Court unanimously found that the company had breached three health and...

Brake Welcomes Government’s Speed Limit U-Turn

Friday, 22 February 2013
The road safety charity Brake has warmly welcomed news that the government is scrapping proposals to raise the motorway speed limit to 80mph. The previous transport secretary Philip Hammond was a strong advocate of an increase in the motorway speed limit from 70mph to 80, but it seems the move did...

Lung Cancer Victim Could have been Saved

Friday, 22 February 2013
The family of a woman who died from lung cancer claims she might still be alive today if doctors had treated her when the early signs of cancer were first shown. Linda Renshaw died in May 2011 when the disease spread to her brain, but her family say the early signs of cancer were first shown up on...

Sweet Manufacturer Fined after Worker’s Hand Crushed

Friday, 22 February 2013
A sweet making firm has been fined after an accident in which a worker’s hand was crushed by machinery he was operating. The accident took place at Tilley’s Sweets in Northampton in June 2011 when a man, who has not been named, was running a machine which got jammed. He put his hand in...

Routine Dental Work Left Man with Brain Injury

Wednesday, 20 February 2013
A man is to receive £1m in damages after being left with suspected brain damage caused when having a tooth out. The patient, who has not been named, is now 22, but as a six-year-old in 1997 he suffered a severe reaction after being given a general anaesthetic at a health centre in...

New Speed Limit Proposals Set to be Scrapped

Wednesday, 20 February 2013
The government is reported to have scrapped controversial proposals to raise the motorway speed limit to 80mph due to fears that it could lead to an increase in the number of accidents on the UK’s roads. The new transport secretary, Patrick Mcloughlin, is said to be concerned about making...

West Yorkshire Firm Fined After Man Seriously Injured

Wednesday, 20 February 2013
A West Yorkshire firm has been fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £20,000 in costs after safety failings caused an accident which left a man with serious injuries. Mark Priestley was working with colleagues at the factory of Elland Steel Structures Ltd in Halifax in January 2011 when...

Government Department Puts an End to Road Safety Ads on TV

Friday, 15 February 2013
The Department for Transport has said that “re-prioritising” of its budget is behind a move to no longer show road safety adverts on TV. A spokesman for the department said that budget changes would mean that adverts, which through the years have included Tufty the squirrel and the...

Gloomy Assessment of NHS Care From Finance Directors

Friday, 15 February 2013
The King’s Fund health think tank has painted a gloomy picture of the state of the NHS, claiming that standards of care are falling. The survey questioned finance directors of NHS organisations in England and a third said that, in their opinion, quality of care had fallen within the last...

TUC demands “Time for Change”

Friday, 15 February 2013
The TUC has published a 10-point safety manifesto which it claims will help prevent many of the workplace-related deaths which occur in the UK every year. Its report, entitled “Time for Change”, claims there are 20,000 work-related deaths annually while another 1.8m were living with...

Five More NHS Trusts Singled Out as Having Needless Deaths

Friday, 8 February 2013
In the aftermath of the report into the scandal at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, it has emerged that over 3,000 other patients may have died needlessly at five other NHS trusts. The report into Mid Staffordshire, where there were up to 1,200 unnecessary deaths between 2005 and 2008,...

Builder Fined After Illegal Asbestos Work

Thursday, 7 February 2013
A builder has been fined after exposing himself and others to asbestos while working on a house. Nicholas Sharpe, trading as Sharpe Builders based in Birmingham, was working on a house in the city converting a garage to a living room. While there, according to the HSE, he illegally removed and...

Cars to Be Made Noisier

Thursday, 7 February 2013
The European Parliament is expected to bring in new measures to fit electric and hybrid vehicles with artificial noise to give pedestrians some notice of when they are approaching, so they can take action to avoid them. The move still has to be ratified by the European Council of Ministers, but...

Nurses leader issues warning over patient safety

Thursday, 7 February 2013
The leader of Britain’s nurses has said that patient safety is at risk of being compromised because hospitals are now too reliant on healthcare assistants. Dr Peter Carter, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, says that hospitals, in a bid to cut costs, are becoming...

Big Increase in Corporate Manslaughter Cases

Wednesday, 6 February 2013
New figures just released show that the number of corporate manslaughter cases opened by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has gone up by 40% in just a year. The research shows that cases have risen from 45 in 2011 to 63 in 2012 with a total of 141 cases opened since 2009. There are currently...

Seatbelts 30 years on

Wednesday, 6 February 2013
It is exactly 30 years since the law was passed making seatbelts compulsory and one local road safety group is making sure the drivers of today do not forget why wearing them is so important. Though car manufacturers have had to install seatbelts since 1965, it was not until 1983 that...

CQC Boss Likens Some Mental Hospitals to Prisons

Wednesday, 6 February 2013
David Behan, the chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), has controversially compared some mental hospitals to prisons, saying that control and containment were mistakenly given priority over treatment and care. Behan was speaking at the launch of the CQC’s annual report on...

Tougher Inspection Procedures for Hospitals

Monday, 4 February 2013
The report from the public inquiry into the scandal at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is not yet out, but already speculation is rife as to what will be contained within it. The report is out next Wednesday and the inquiry’s chairman, Robert Francis QC, is set to recommend...

Terrible Price of a Basic Error

Monday, 4 February 2013
A woman paralysed after a hospital error and who has received a multi-million compensation payout as a result, has said that no amount of money can compensate her for the loss she has suffered. Hazel Spence had surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham to have a benign cyst removed...

The Changing Face of the Workplace

Monday, 4 February 2013
2013 promises to be a year of great change in terms of employment law and it will be interesting, when we get to December, to see how well or indeed badly, some of these changes have been received. A new “shares for rights” scheme will come into effect giving employees tax free...

Cycle Deaths Rising in Recessions

Monday, 4 February 2013
New data from the Department for Transport (DFT) suggests that the number of biking fatalities increases in times of recession. We have a look at the reasons for this. Figures for 2012 show there were 122 cyclists killed on Britain’s roads with the majority being daily commuters or...

Deeper and More Dangerous Potholes

Monday, 4 February 2013
Potholes are a hazard for drivers and increasingly so according to a new website. Potholes.co.uk says that recent bad winters have combined with years of under-investment to lead to potholes becoming deeper and therefore more problematic to motorists. The site says they are now on average four...

Are Lessons Being Learnt After Stafford Scandal?

Monday, 4 February 2013
Are we safe when being treated in hospital? The scandals at Stafford Hospital are in the news at the current time because the report from a public inquiry is about to be published. This will look into who was responsible for a reported 1,200 unnecessary deaths at the hospital between 2005 and 2008...

Police Forces Admit Involvement in Cash for Crash Schemes

Friday, 1 February 2013
Three police forces have admitted an involvement in notorious “crash for cash” schemes by passing on details of those who have been involved in road accidents onto claims management companies (CMC), insurers and law firms. The Fife, Hampshire and Metropolitan forces have admitted...

Patients Waiting in Ambulances Longer

Friday, 1 February 2013
New figures are showing the effects bed shortages are having at some hospitals with thousands having to wait outside accident and emergency departments in ambulances before they can be admitted. Figures, obtained by the Labour Party, show that since the start of November there have been 68,000...

Tougher Action on Preventing Pressure Sores

Wednesday, 30 January 2013
A Staffordshire group has called for tougher action on those health professionals who fail to spot people suffering from pressure sores. They are responding after an increase in the number of cases of people in hospitals and care homes developing the sores and dying after they become infected. A...

New Road Safety Scheme North of The Border

Wednesday, 30 January 2013
A Scottish car dealer’s plans to improve road safety now look set to be introduced throughout the whole of Scotland. John Cleland, who has a Volvo/Jaguar car showroom in Galashiels, focuses his scheme on younger drivers and it involves refunding them the cost of passing their advanced...

Mine Manager Facing Manslaughter Charge

Wednesday, 30 January 2013
The manager of a South Wales coalmine is to face a charge of gross negligence manslaughter after four men died there in 2011. Malcolm Fyfield, manager of the Gleision colliery will face the charge as a result of the deaths of the four men, who became trapped when the mine flooded. The owners of...

Car involved in “hit and run” being followed

Tuesday, 29 January 2013
It has emerged that the car which killed two cyclists in Bristol was being followed by the police. Matthew Simons and his wife Clare were thought to have been riding on a tandem bike on the outskirts of the city when they were hit by a Citroen Picasso. Officers had earlier attempted to stop the...

Drivers Slow Down!

Friday, 25 January 2013
A new report is hailing the importance of a range of measures designed to slow down drivers in a bid to improve road safety. The Department for Transport report, which offers advice to local authorities, says that more traffic calming is necessary, simply because it works in reducing the number...

Day of Reckoning Nears For Stafford Hospital

Friday, 25 January 2013
There are now only a matter of days until the report into the scandal at Stafford Hospital is published and many are wondering if heads will roll as a result. The Francis inquiry report will be given to the health secretary Jeremy Hunt on 5 February and will be published the next day.  The...

Fatality Figures in the UK Workplace

Friday, 25 January 2013
The Health and Safety Executive has said it wants to see workplace safety being given priority by businesses in the New Year following figures showing that deaths at work have not fallen.   A total of 173 people were killed at work in Great Britain in 2011/12 compared to 175 in the year before...

Health trust pays for neglect

Monday, 21 January 2013
An English health trust has had to pay out more than £400,000 in compensation after what has been called an “appalling catalogue of neglect”. A total of 38 cases took a class action against Worcestershire Acute NHS Hospitals Trust after a report by the Care Quality Commission...

NHS costly errors

Monday, 21 January 2013
Official figures have shown that the year 2010-11 saw NHS blunders result in compensation to the total of £30million being paid out. The NHS Litigation Authority, which manages negligence and other claims against the NHS in England, said that eight patients every week are being left blind...

Sending a Patient Home

Thursday, 17 January 2013
Can it ever be justified for a hospital to effectively send a man home in the early hours of the morning? Peter Rees has made an official complaint and intends to take legal action against Hywel Dda Health Board for failing in its duty of care. It follows Mr Rees being told by nurses that he...

End of life Liverpool Care Pathway

Thursday, 17 January 2013
There has been a great deal of controversy in recent weeks about the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) and it appears that the government is reacting to criticism of the scheme by considering the possibility of giving it a new name amidst a wider review into its use. The LCP is a care pathway used at...

Nursing chief backs MP’s claims

Wednesday, 16 January 2013
A nursing chief has reacted to an MP’s claims that her dying husband was treated like a “battery hen”, by agreeing that nurses were overstretched. The Labour MP Anne Clwyd made the claims after her husband Owen Roberts, who had been suffering from multiple sclerosis, died at the...

Too many drivers not watching the road

Monday, 14 January 2013
New technology has enabled researchers to produce a new study which shows that drivers spend 18% of their time when driving not actually looking at the road ahead. The experiment used the latest eye-tracking technology and required those taking part to wear special glasses which would record their...

Is Coalition United on Employment Law Changes?

Monday, 14 January 2013
Just months after business secretary Vince Cable’s very public spat with his Conservative partners about employment changes proposed by businessman Adrian Beecroft, changes are coming in this April, which will arguably shift the emphasis in favour of the employer. Is the coalition united...

NHS Reforms Urged

Monday, 14 January 2013
The public inquiry into the serious failings of care which took place at Stafford Hospital between January 2005 and March 2009 will recommend wide-scale reforms to the health service to help ensure it never happens again. The inquiry, led by Robert Francis QC, will report back later this month and...

The dangers of wintry weather

Wednesday, 9 January 2013
Though the cold weather and long dark nights pose greater dangers to those driving at this time of year with the need to ensure their cars are in good working order, it seems that many do not take the warnings too seriously. A new survey, which comes from Asda Money, found that 60% of motorists did...

New medical panels for whiplash claims move a step closer

Monday, 7 January 2013
The justice secretary Chris Grayling has vowed to take the action necessary to reduce the number of whiplash claims by ensuring that genuine claims can still go ahead while strongly challenging exaggerated or fraudulent ones. The government’s plans, which form part of a consultation,...

Company car crimes on the increase

Thursday, 3 January 2013
A new survey has revealed that offences by those driving company cars are on the increase. The survey, from vehicle management solution firm Lex Autolease, found that such offences were taking place at a rate of one every 50 seconds throughout this year, an increase of 9.5% to number more than 121,...

East Yorkshire fails Dr Foster test

Monday, 17 December 2012
The annual Dr Foster report into NHS performance data has identified three hospital trusts in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire which have higher than expected death rates in mixed results for the health service nationwide. The report measures four key elements in mortality which include deaths after...

Employers not providing for migraine sufferers

Monday, 17 December 2012
A leading migraine charity is warning that employers are not taking the condition seriously and are not providing workplace adjustments for those workers complaining of it. Migraine Trust said that, according to its survey, three out of four sufferers at work reported that their employers had...

LGA warns of the consequences of a bad winter

Tuesday, 11 December 2012
The Local Government Association has warned that another severe winter may well lead to thousands of miles of roads being left in a poor condition with little immediate hope of repair and which could, in turn, result in many more road accidents. The association, which maintains 180,000 miles of...

Employers urged to report work-related traffic accidents

Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Timed to coincide with Road Safety Week 2012, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has called on employers to report any work-related road traffic accidents in a bid to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the nation’s roads. The IOSH says the...

Big switch off leads to road safety fears

Friday, 23 November 2012
The AA has attacked the government over switching off the lights on over 121 miles of motorway, calling it a “short-sighted” move. The Highways Agency revealed the extent of the switch-off following a Freedom of Information request made by the AA. It showed that there was a midnight...

Health inspectors slam children’s care at hospital

Thursday, 22 November 2012
Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission have criticised the care given to children at an Essex hospital following an unannounced visit. The inspectors visited the Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Trust and have given two warnings requiring immediate action to improve the care of...

Longer wait for thousands before admitted to A&E

Tuesday, 20 November 2012
New figures just released have shown that thousands of seriously ill patients are having to wait more than 30 minutes on trolleys or in ambulances before being admitted to accident and emergency departments, despite guidelines stating that they should only have to wait a maximum of quarter of an...

NHS data reveals patients having wrong surgery

Thursday, 1 November 2012
New government published data for 2011/12 has revealed that a total of 70 people had surgery on the wrong part of their body while 161 had foreign objects left inside their body after an operation. The data shows the number of what are termed “never events” for the last two years, which...

Panel allows surgeon to carry on working

Tuesday, 16 October 2012
A medical panel is to allow a surgeon who left a man dead and botched an operation on another patient, to keep on practicing. The panel from the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, has ruled that Nayef El-Barghouty will be able to continue as a registered practitioner as soon as a 16-month...

Bites partly to blame for 5,000 police days lost

Friday, 5 October 2012
Health and safety statistics for West Yorkshire police have shown that a total of 5,237 working days were lost in 2010-11 and 2011-12 for reasons other than illness and 118 of these were due to bites – human and animal. The figures show that one in five of these were from a human, with the...

Record number of complaints about doctors

Wednesday, 19 September 2012
New figures compiled by the General Medical Council show the number of complaints about doctors has reached record levels with the first six months of 2012 registering a 27% increase, continuing the upward trend of the last five years. The number of complaints rose to 8,781 in 2011 compared to 7,...

Man fractures skull in accident at milking company

Wednesday, 5 September 2012
 A milking company has been fined after an accident on its premises in which a worker suffered a fractured skull. The accident happened at the Brookley Meadows Farm in Derbyshire when an employee, on just his second day at work, was assisting an engineer in installing a milking parlour. The...

Organ transplants at record high

Friday, 24 August 2012
 Health officials have reported that the number of organ transplants carried out last year has risen to a record high. NHS Blood and Transplant said that 3,960 transplants took place between 2011 and 2012, the highest figure ever and the seventh year in a row in which there has been an...

Leeds NHS trust apologises for drug errors

Wednesday, 22 August 2012
 Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has had to apologise to the family of a baby boy who was four times given the wrong dose of medication. The family of Ismael Sidibe say they are nevertheless unhappy with the trust’s responses and claim they have not learnt from the errors which could have...

Winterbourne owners criticised in damning report

Wednesday, 15 August 2012
 The owners of Winterbourne View care home, health regulators as well as local health services and the police have all been criticised in a recently released report into the scandal. Eleven former members of staff have pleaded guilty to offences against patients at the Bristol care home...

Coroner to decide on hospital death

Wednesday, 8 August 2012
 A coroner is due to decide on whether neglect from hospital staff caused the death of a girl who had a severe learning disability. Emma Stones died from septicaemia at Thameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust just 16 hours after being admitted but it later emerged that her blood pressure was...

Cycle safety in the spotlight

Tuesday, 7 August 2012
The fantastic success of Bradley Wiggins both in winning the Tour de France and achieving gold in the Olympics as well as other success from the likes of Victoria Pendleton and Sir Chris Hoy may well lead to more cyclists on Britain’s roads in the coming months, but their safety is a major...

Heel pain leads to £18,000 payout

Friday, 27 July 2012
 A woman, who went on to become Miss Edinburgh, has received £18,000 compensation after a car accident left her in pain whenever she wore high heels. Fiona Dickie was driving in Edinburgh in April 2009 when her vehicle was hit by a Suzuki 4x4, being driven by Mohammadreza Khandani. She claimed...

Lansley hails radical reforms of care for the elderly

Thursday, 19 July 2012
 The health secretary Andrew Lansley, in an announcement on the future of care for the elderly, says that the proposals are the “most radical reform of the social care system in 64 years”, but his Labour shadow, Andy Burnham, said it was meaningless unless funding was in place to make it a...

Need to tackle stillbirths in poorest areas

Monday, 2 July 2012
 New research has shown that the poorest, most deprived areas of the country see stillbirth rates at twice the rates of those parts of the country which are the wealthiest. The researchers, who had their findings published in the online journal BMJ Open, said the reasons for the regional...

Agony for medical team having to watch man die

Thursday, 28 June 2012
 A medical team have been left in the tortuous position of effectively watching a man die due to his religious beliefs. The 22-year-old, who was a Jehovah’s Witness, was suffering from sickle cell anaemia and a simple blood transfusion would probably have saved his life. However, instead they...

Euthanasia claim by professor

Monday, 25 June 2012
 A senior hospital consultant has accused doctors of using a care pathway as an equivalent of euthanasia. Professor Patrick Pullicino, who is a senior consultant at East Kent Hospitals, said that the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP), which is used to give the best possible quality of life for...

Asbestos removal firm fined

Thursday, 21 June 2012
 A licensed asbestos removal contractor has been fined after being found guilty of putting its workers at risk of exposure to the substance. AG&M Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after inspectors visited a refurbishment project in Warwickshire where workers from the...

Charity warns of “dangerous” care cuts

Tuesday, 12 June 2012
The British Red Cross has warned about the damaging effects of cuts in home-based care services, claiming that they are a false economy and would put the lives of elderly relying on the services at greater risk. A poll by the charity questioned GPs and members of the public and found that 90% of...

Pregnant teacher wins unfair dismissal case

Friday, 8 June 2012
A teacher who was sacked after becoming pregnant has won a claim for unfair dismissal. Rebecca Raven, who worked as an art teacher at Howell’s independent girl’s school, in North Wales, lost her job when she applied for maternity leave and was told that she would have to leave at the end of the...

Inquest finds airbag responsible for death of man in accident

Thursday, 7 June 2012
 An inquest held into the death of a man who was involved in a car accident in Hartlepool, has found that he died after breathing in fumes from an airbag. Ronald Smith was driving through the town on his way home in November 2010 when he was involved in a six-car collision. He hit the front of...

Serco accused of unsafe service

Tuesday, 29 May 2012
 A private health company, which runs a large amount of outsourced services for both the government and local authorities, is being investigated amid claims that it has provided an “unsafe” out-of-hours GP service. The claims follow an unannounced inspection from the Care Quality Commission (...

Doctor pays for child’s maintenance after botched abortion

Monday, 28 May 2012
A Spanish doctor has been forced by a judge to pay a child’s maintenance until he reaches the age of 25 after he made mistakes which allowed the baby to be born. A judge, in Majorca, ordered that the gynaecologist pay £780 per month to the mother as well as paying £120,000 in compensation for moral...

Farmer prosecuted for safety failings

Tuesday, 22 May 2012
The owner of a farm has been prosecuted after safety failings relating to overhead power cables. A specific incident occurred in June 2010 at College Farm in Great Barford when a worker, employed by Davison & Co, which owns the farm, tipped compost from a trailer into a field. However, as he...

Government reviews backs MHRA stance on PIP implants

Wednesday, 16 May 2012
 A government review into the PIP breast implant scandal has said that both the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Department of Health acted appropriately at the time of the health scare, though it warned that decisive action would be needed to prevent similar...

CQC sees improvements made at Leeds hospital

Tuesday, 15 May 2012
 Leeds General Infirmary, fiercely criticised by the Care Quality Commission earlier this year, has made significant improvements according to the health watchdog’s latest inspection. The hospital received an official warning following an inspection in February which demanded immediate...

Dangers of driving with a friend

Friday, 11 May 2012
 An American study has revealed the dangers apparent when young drivers are behind the wheel with other teenagers in the car with them. The study, by the AAA Safety Foundation focused on those drivers aged 16 and 17 and found that the risk of death per mile driven increased by 44% when...

Government’s care funding questioned by thinktank

Thursday, 10 May 2012
 The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), which was set up by the work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith, has contradicted the recommendations of the Dilnot Commission, by arguing that funding for the care of the elderly should be aimed primarily at those who can least afford it. Ministers...

Coma for life

Tuesday, 8 May 2012
A young mother has been left in a coma-like state for the rest of her life following a hospital error which led to her being administered with a drug 32 times the normal dose. Nicola Crelling was given the lethal dose of misoprostol to induce labour after being told by staff at West Cumberland...

Police issue formal warning to owners of Leeds care home

Wednesday, 2 May 2012
The police have issued a formal warning to the owners of a Leeds care home for failing to ensure the safety of residents after finding mistakes in controlled drug records. Police carried out an investigation into the Claremont Care Home in Farsley following an unannounced inspection by the Care...

Barclays profits affected by PPI

Friday, 27 April 2012
 Barclays has announced better than expected quarterly profits, though they have been affected by the news that the bank has also announced an additional £300m to cover the cost of the payment protection insurance (PPI) scandal. The bank reported a 22% increase in pre-tax profits to...

Leeds hospital bosses apologise for below standard care

Wednesday, 25 April 2012
 Leeds Teaching Hospitals bosses have issued an apology to the family of a woman who suffered two falls on hospital wards which they were not informed about. Elsie Bellaby, who is aged 88, was admitted to ward 26 at St James’s Hospital, a medical assessment unit and had two falls while...

Elderly patients let down by care failings at Leeds hospital

Friday, 20 April 2012
A highly critical report by the health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has revealed that elderly patients are repeatedly being let down by staff failings at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI). Inspectors from the CQC have issued new checks following formal warnings which were issued at the...

NHS to investigate why so many sent home at night

Monday, 16 April 2012
 Sir Bruce Keogh, the medical director of the NHS, has vowed to find out exactly why so many people are being sent home from NHS hospitals in the middle of the night. He made the pledge after freedom of information requests were made to all 170 NHS hospital trusts throughout the country. 100...

NHS sets aside £235.4m in compensation

Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Official figures confirm that the NHS has set aside a total of £235.4m to pay compensation to those affected by errors which have led to some babies being left with brain damage. The figures, which come from the NHS Litigation Authority, show that there are 60 claims ongoing in which staff...

MPs report criticises clinics over PIP scandal

Friday, 30 March 2012
 A committee of MPs has heavily criticised regulators and private cosmetic clinics for the time they took to warn clients that their PIP breast implants were of a poor standard. The Commons health select committee said that about 40,000 women in the UK have the controversial implants and had...

CQC report warns of mistreatment of dementia patients

Wednesday, 28 March 2012
A report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has highlighted the care of elderly dementia patients in care homes and hospitals who are allegedly being mistreated by staff who regularly use restraint techniques without permission. The report states that staff who care for those with dementia often...

School prosecuted after pupil injured in accident

Friday, 23 March 2012
The Gilberd School in Colchester has beenfined after a pupil suffered serious injuriesto his ankle and foot when timber boards fell on him. The 15-year-old pupil, who has not been named, disturbed a pile of timber board which had been stored in the school’s technology department and this...

Union claims elderly patients being let down

Wednesday, 21 March 2012
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN), which represents 400,000 nurses, is claiming that elderly patients are being badly treated by the NHS due to a shortage of nurses. A RCN survey of 1,700 nurses found that staff shortages were affecting wards for the elderly in particular which has led to patients...

Experts call for ban on metal hip implants

Monday, 19 March 2012
 Just a fortnight after the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) called for more regular checks for people who have had metal-on-metal hip implants, experts have gone further and called for them to be banned. Research, which was published in the Lancet medical journal,...

More elderly drivers on roads

Monday, 12 March 2012
New figures, from the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (Pacts) have revealed that there are far more elderly drivers on the roads nowadays, although accidents involving them haven’t fallen in line with other age groups. While there were only 15% of those aged over 70 who...

Daughters of tycoon sue solicitors for negligence

Friday, 9 March 2012
 The four daughters of business tycoon Christopher Swain, who died during an operation on his heart, are to sue his solicitors for negligence. They claim that the solicitors’ incompetence left them with an inheritance tax bill of £1m and that they also lost out on £200,000...

Patient set on fire at hospital

Wednesday, 7 March 2012
Hospital officials have issued an apology after a patient was accidentally set on fire during surgery. The accident happened at Scarborough Hospital last week when the patient, who has not been named, had a procedure where solution is used to clean the skin; this solution ignited and the patient...

Annual checks for hip patients

Friday, 2 March 2012
New guidance has been issued for people with all-metal hip replacements amid fears that they could be poisoned by metal coming off the joint. The recommendations come from the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA) and were issued hours before the British Medical Journal (BMJ)...

Family anger following preventable baby death

Thursday, 16 February 2012
A grieving family have had a medical negligence claim against an NHS trust settled following the death of their baby which, they insist, would have been avoided had he been born during the day rather than at night. Sarah Wallace, from Scarborough, said that she had been told by staff on duty at...

Lansley left isolated after backers switch sides

Thursday, 9 February 2012
The health secretary Andrew Lansley has become more isolated on NHS reform following criticism by two leading doctors who had previously been prominent backers of the government’s plans. Dr Charles Alessi and Dr Michael Dixon, influential figures in the NHS Alliance and the National...

Inquiry set up into metal hip replacements

Tuesday, 31 January 2012
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is to launch an inquiry into concerns that thousands of British patients may have been poisoned by their metal hip replacements. An investigation by a Sunday newspaper revealed that 30,000 people in this country have had the implants...

Drink-drive Christmas crackdown sees over 7,000 arrested

Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Figures have just been published for the annual Christmas and New Year crackdown on drink and drug drivers and they reveal that over 7,100 drivers were arrested. The campaign took place in the month between 1 December and 1 January and involved officers from 43 forces in England and Wales, with...

Worries over hair dye chemical

Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Recent cases have highlighted the potential dangers of using hair dyes and the matter is due to come before MPs just prior to them adjourning for their Christmas holidays with two parliamentary questions being tabled which are due to come before the House of Commons on Monday, calling for a...

Nuffield to pay for its patients affected by PIP scandal

Monday, 9 January 2012
Nuffield Health healthcare company has announced that it is to pay for the investigation and surgery costs of all of its 150 patients who have been affected by the PIP breast implant scandal. The company has said that it will pay the costs of those women who need to have their breast implants...

Cycle campaigners call for rule change

Tuesday, 3 January 2012
Transport bosses have called on the government to change regulations which require ministerial approval before safety mirrors for cyclists can be installed at dangerous road junctions. Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly group, who is also chairman of the Transport...

Recycling company fined for blatant safety breaches

Wednesday, 28 December 2011
A Yorkshire recycling company has been fined £8,000 after it was alleged to have shown a “blatant disregard” for the safety of its workers. An HSE investigation into the Universal Recycling Company’s site in Mexborough, near Rotherham, found that the 120 workers at the site...

Hair dye woman given little chance of survival

Monday, 28 November 2011
A woman who has been left in a coma after using a hair dye kit has been given just an eight percent chance of survival. Julie McCabe, from Keighley, is on a life support machine in hospital and her husband has been warned that even if she survives she is almost certain to have permanent brain...

Cyclist blames botched service job for accident

Monday, 28 November 2011
 A cyclist is to make a claim against Halfords after being involved in a collision with a car. Kath Percival, from Preston, suffered cuts and bruises in the collision which took place when she lost her balance when approaching a roundabout in Clitheroe as she was taking part in a weekend cycle...

Care homes and hospitals under the spotlight

Wednesday, 2 November 2011
The Health Secretary is set to respond to fears that patient care is poor in many care homes and hospitals by announcing a series of spot checks. Andrew Lansley is due to announce, in a major speech, that a programme of unannounced checks by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which took place...

Family complains over hospital error - Medical Negigence

Monday, 31 October 2011
The family of a man who broke his neck in a fall have issued a complaint to a hospital after it sent him home without diagnosing the injury. Gary Green, a labourer, was taken to Ipswich Hospital after working on the second floor of a building and falling off his ladder, landing on his head. At...

Arrest in Gleision tragedy - Mining Accident

Tuesday, 25 October 2011
A man has been arrested by police investigating the accident at Gleision colliery in Wales last month in which four miners lost their lives. The man, who is in custody, is thought to be the manager of the mine, Malcolm Fyfield and he is being held on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter....

M&S facing fine over asbestos failings

Monday, 3 October 2011
Marks & Spencer is facing a heavy fine over failing to protect staff, customers and workers from asbestos exposure. The store giant, along with three contractors, is due for sentence at Bournemouth Crown Court following refurbishment work carried out at two of its stores in Reading and...

Fork lift safety week

Wednesday, 21 September 2011
New figures have revealed that the road transport industry has the UK's worst fork lift truck safety record. Figures, published by the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) in time for National Fork Lift Safety Week, show that there has been a massive 237% increase in lift truck-related injuries...

Crocs banned from NHS Wales

Thursday, 15 September 2011
Nurses in Wales have objected to a decision by health bosses in the principality to ban Crocs at work. Bosses have taken the controversial decision because they do not offer adequate protection from sharp objects and follow similar bans in hospitals in parts of the US, Canada, Sweden and...

Two firms fined after worker falls

Friday, 9 September 2011
Two Sheffield firms have been fined at Sheffield Magistrates Court after a worker broke his arm in a fall from a rooflight. Nikitas Coulson suffered his injuries after falling three and a half metres to the ground after falling from the rooflight whilst he was part of a team removing asbestos...

New asbestos initiative

Wednesday, 7 September 2011
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has joined forces with the asbestos training industry to help workers throughout the country protect themselves from asbestos dust. The executive hopes to achieve a target of 4,000 asbestos awareness training hours as well as another 4,000 hours of online...

Driver wins compensation for pothole damage

Wednesday, 7 September 2011
Midlands driver has won £2,000 in compensation for damage caused to his car by potholes despite his local council warning that he faced losing thousands if he pursued his claim. Hamilton Bland, from Coventry, who is a former BBC sports commentator, damaged his car in the winter of 2010 when his...

Car maker fits inflatable rear seat belts

Friday, 2 September 2011
The car manufacturer Ford is to start fitting inflatable rear seat belts on all of its compatible cars. Though there is as yet no date for when they will start to be fitted in Europe, they will shortly be added to the new Explorer model in the USA. Though rear seatbelts have been compulsory...

New report highlights benefits of cycling

Tuesday, 30 August 2011
A new report has emphasised the many advantages that more cyclists on the roads bring to the economy, though warnings concerning road safety could affect the numbers expected to take it up in the future. The report, from the London School of Economics, which has been published by Sky and...

Care worker arrested after elderly patient dies

Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Police investigating the death of a care home resident have arrested an employee of the home on suspicion of assault. The 36-year-old woman worked at the Partridge Care Centre in Harlow, Essex, a privately-run home where one woman died and two others were taken to hospital through what were...

GMC investigates doctors over improper conduct allegations

Tuesday, 16 August 2011
The General Medical Council is to investigate 12 doctors who are all employed by Atos Healthcare, the firm which assesses people claiming disability benefit. It is believed that most of the allegations involving the doctors concern their treatment of vulnerable people at the time the government...

Firm fined after man severs three fingers in accident

Friday, 5 August 2011
A North Eastern firm has been fined after an accident in which a worker lost three fingers. John Houston was working for Derek Parnaby Cyclones International Ltd as a contractor when the accident happened in April last year. He was using a metal cutting bandsaw to cut down steel when his left...

Majority choose style over safety in the sun

Friday, 5 August 2011
A new survey has revealed that many motorists, when driving in sunshine, concentrate on looking good rather than staying safe. The survey of 1,000 drivers, commissioned by GetLenses, showed that under a third own prescription sunglasses while 53% admitted not owning a pair and using normal...

Government set to scrap NHS IT programme

Friday, 5 August 2011
The government is expected to announce that it is scrapping its controversial 10-year National Programme for IT, which would have linked together all aspects of the health service under one network, and will allow local health trusts to buy computer systems that fulfil their own requirements....

CQC slams patient abuse at Castlebeck

Monday, 1 August 2011
The government is planning to order a review of elderly care throughout England after a health watchdog report publically criticised the private care home provider exposed by the BBC Panorama programme. The Department of Health has already slammed as "totally unacceptable" the abuse of adults...

CQC criticises care home owners

Tuesday, 26 July 2011
The Care Quality Commission has said that those in charge of a Bristol care home failed to ensure that residents were free from risks. The watchdog found that there had been a "systemic failure to protect people" by the owners of Winterbourne View, owned by Castlebeck Care Ltd, in Bristol and...

More care homes at risk after Southern Cross closure

Monday, 25 July 2011
A social-care consultancy has warned that many more care homes are at risk in the coming months with the government unable to guarantee that homes will not be closed. A survey, from analysts Laing and Buisson, shows that over half of all councils have been forced to freeze or reduce their...

BMA warns doctors off social networking sites

Tuesday, 19 July 2011
The British Medical Association (BMA) has warned doctors off befriending patients on sites such as Facebook and Twitter to avoid possible breaches of confidentiality. New published guidance says that GPs should not post "informal, personal or derogatory comments" against patients on social...

More people failing driving test first time

Monday, 18 July 2011
New figures suggest that more learner drivers are failing their driving test first time and more are being taught by instructors who are unqualified. The Department of Transport (DfT) says that the overall pass rate has declined from 70% in 2005/6 to 64% last year while figures from some...

New drink-drive campaign launched

Monday, 18 July 2011
The AA along with drinks company Pernod Ricard UK is launching an anti drink-drive summer campaign, while drivers have said that the responsibility for ensuring that fewer accidents are caused on the nation's roads through drink-driving is down to the motorists themselves. The AA asked 11,500 of...

Call for police to control speed limits

Wednesday, 6 July 2011
The Association of British Drivers (ABD) is leading calls for the government to pass the control of speed limits to the police rather than local councils. The organisation has criticised the coalition's localism agenda which, it says has transferred most powers to local authorities with police...

Hospital “named and shamed” on bedsores

Tuesday, 5 July 2011
A hospital watchdog has "named and shamed" those hospitals which have the highest rates of bedsores in a bid to end a crisis said to cost the NHS £4bn a year. Dr Foster, the NHS standards watchdog, drew up a league table of the worst offenders following a survey of 150 hospitals which found...

Doctor cleared in stillborn case

Friday, 24 June 2011
A doctor has been cleared of misconduct, following an investigation into a stillbirth at a Yorkshire hospital. Catherine Reiss, who was the on-call specialist at Pontefract General Infirmary, was facing allegations that she did not provide a consultant presence on the labour ward at all times...

Under fire hospital to close

Thursday, 23 June 2011
A private hospital, which was at the centre of allegations of patient abuse, is to close later this week. Winterbourne View, near Bristol, was featured in an investigation by the BBC's Panorama programme which showed what appeared to be patients being pinned down, slapped and doused in water....

Uninsured drivers targeted in new laws

Wednesday, 22 June 2011
New laws which aim to tackle the problem of uninsured drivers have come into effect and could lead to offenders having their vehicle destroyed. As from today the Continuous Insurance Enforcement Law means that it is an offence simply to keep an uninsured car as opposed to the previous law when...

New report highlights poor care at home

Wednesday, 22 June 2011
A new inquiry into home care in England has identified a number of problems with basic needs often being overlooked. The report, from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, is due to be published in November, but the commission said its initial findings will reveal the most basic human...

Doctor free to carry on working despite misconduct charge

Monday, 20 June 2011
A doctor has been told he is able to continue practicing, despite being found guilty of misconduct following a girl's death from pneumonia. The girl, known only as Hannah, was taken by her parents to see Dr Shoab Ibrahim at a medical centre in Wickford, Essex, after she had been vomiting and...

Firm fined after man loses fingers in accident

Thursday, 9 June 2011
A food manufacturing firm has been fined £10,000 after a workplace accident with machinery in which a worker lost two fingers. The accident happened at Swancote Foods in Telford when a cleaner touched a rotating screw which severed the first two fingers on his left hand. At the time he was...

New protection for adults in care

Tuesday, 7 June 2011
Following a BBC report into a residential care home for adults with learning difficulties the government has said that legal protection, similar to that in place for vulnerable children, will be speeded up and should be published within a fortnight. The government has acted following footage...

Some care homes rated poor by health watchdog

Friday, 3 June 2011
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated one in seven privately-operated care homes as "poor" or "adequate" as the sector faces growing financial concerns. The government's health services watchdog published its findings, based on the latest available data from April last year, and found...

Woman wins £6m after damage caused by plastic surgery

Thursday, 26 May 2011
A woman who claimed she lost £54m as a result of permanent damage caused to her face by plastic surgery, has won over £6m in compensation. Penny Johnson said that the permanent damage sustained in the facelift in 2003 had directly led to her financial and IT consultancy business going into...

ABI counts the cost of whiplash claims

Friday, 20 May 2011
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has called the UK the 'whiplash capital of Europe' and has claimed that fraudulent claims are driving up the cost of insurance for honest motorists. The ABI says that around 1,200 whiplash claims are made every day and it accounts for three-quarters of...

Government targets tailgating with new road safety plans

Friday, 13 May 2011
The Transport Secretary has said that the government is to clamp down on dangerous drivers by introducing a new offence of careless driving. The new offence would target those who tailgate or overtake on the inside and would come with a fixed penalty of between £80 and £100 along with points on...

Company and mechanic fined over driver’s death

Monday, 9 May 2011
A plant hire company and a mechanic have been fined after a man was killed when a forklift truck he was driving overturned. Keith Nappin, who worked as a heavy goods driver for Morgans Plant Hire in Buckinghamshire, suffered fatal injuries when the truck overturned as he was transporting and...

Company fined £20,000 over worker’s death

Monday, 9 May 2011
A car mat manufacturer has been fined at City of London Magistrates Court after a worker died when he was hit by a steel barrier while carrying out maintenance work on a machine. Balbir Rayatt was working for Cannon Automative Limited in Tottenham, London when the accident happened in May 2008...

Study shows undesirable side of liposuction

Monday, 9 May 2011
A new study by US researchers has found that while liposuction removes fat from parts of a patient's body, it often reappears in other areas. The research found that a year after having the procedure to remove litres of fat many are back where they started in terms of the amount of fat in the...

New Alzheimer’s drugs could soon be available

Monday, 9 May 2011
There is hope that new drugs for Alzheimer's sufferers, which will delay the onset of the disease for five times longer than current treatments, will be available within the next decade. Six drugs, which are already being used to treat other conditions, are to be tested by the Alzheimer's...

Pet food giant fined after workers suffer burns

Wednesday, 4 May 2011
The pet food firm Nestle Purina has been fined £50,000 after five workers received burns from a steam system. The five men suffered severe burns to the faces, arms and hands in the incident which occurred at the firm's plant in Wisbech in August 2006. The men were all working on the...

Job losses in NHS despite government pledge

Monday, 18 April 2011
New figures have shown that nurses, doctors and midwives are losing their jobs in the NHS in money-saving exercises, despite the government's claims that frontline patient services would not be affected by the cuts.The Royal College of Nursing, which questioned 21 primary care trusts, found that at...

Speeding drivers may be able to avoid penalty points

Monday, 18 April 2011
New procedures being brought in by most police forces in England and Wales could lead to speeding drivers escaping having penalty points put onto their licence. New rules state that where a driver is speeding at 10% above the speed limit, plus an additional 9mph, then they can pay for a speed...

Tanning salons warned of new rules for under-18s

Monday, 18 April 2011
Environmental health officers from Leeds City Council have warned tanning salons in the area not to let under-18s use sunbeds. The officers point to a recent change in the law which prevents youngsters from using the tanning method and allows local authorities to take action against business...

Tesco fined for health and safety breaches

Monday, 18 April 2011
Tesco has been fined £48,000 after admitting health and safety breaches in the Bracknell Forest area. Bracknell Forest Council prosecuted the company over issues relating to the loading and unloading of vehicles at its store in Warfield and there had also been a failure to report three staff...

New cycling prosecution proposed

Tuesday, 12 April 2011
A Bill is to go before parliament with the intention of introducing a new offence of causing death by dangerous cycling. The Bill is presented by Conservative MP Andrea Leadsom and comes after she met the family of a teenage girl who was killed by a cyclist. Rhiannon Bennett, 17, was hit by the...

Doctors complain of confused priorities within NHS

Friday, 8 April 2011
Leading doctors have warned that seriously ill patients within the NHS are being neglected so that surgeons can cut waiting list targets for pre-planned operations. The presidents of the Royal College of Surgeons, the College of Emergency Medicine and other medical institutions have said that...

Modest rise reported by Nationwide

Friday, 1 April 2011
The Nationwide has reported a 0.5% increase in house prices for March, but has warned against hopes of a strong recovery for the property market. The small rise, the third in the last four months, left the price of the average property as £164,751, and while the quarterly figure also showed a...

HSE launches investigation after man dies in work accident

Thursday, 31 March 2011
The Health and Safety Executive has launched a joint investigation with West Yorkshire Police after a man died in an accident at an ink manufacturing company. The accident happened at the Gardiner Colours company in Normanton on Friday after heavy machinery, weighing more than a ton, fell on...

Poor condition of roads after bad winters

Thursday, 31 March 2011
The RAC has expressed concern over the poor state of the nation's roads following the bad winter of 2009/10 and the cold snap at the end of last year. It said that of 20 councils questioned, half said that they had still not carried out road repairs that dated back to the bad winter of 2009/10...

Motorway lights switched off in money saving exercise

Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Three stretches of motorway will have their lights turned off in a combined effort to save money, reduce light pollution and cut carbon emissions. The stretches of motorway, on the M58, the M65 and the M66, will have their lights permanently switched off and is one of the first policies to come...

Four in ten new dads to refuse extended paternity leave

Wednesday, 30 March 2011
A new survey shows that 41% of new fathers, who will be eligible to take up to six months paternity leave, will not do so. The survey of 1,000 men by uSwitch.com, a price comparison website, showed that of those who would not be taking advantage of new legislation, beginning on April 3, over...

Heart surgeons report criticises NHS

Tuesday, 22 March 2011
A report by cardiovascular surgeons has caused controversy by criticising fellow doctors for failing to publish information aimed at helping patients choose the most suitable place for them to have treatment. Specialists in cardiac care have been collecting mortality data since the Kennedy...

Rising cost of old age care revealed

Tuesday, 22 March 2011
A new study has revealed that the cost of care for old age has risen to an average of £50,000, with a fifth of those who need residential care facing bills in excess of £100,000. The new survey, led by economist Andrew Dilnot, will report in July and is the first of its type for 16 years. It...

Report points to poor state of white lines

Wednesday, 16 March 2011
A new report has highlighted the poor state of white lines on some of the country's most dangerous roads. The report, by the Road Safety Marking Association, looked at 1,500 miles of motorways and A-roads and concluded that of the 1,000 miles of single carriage A-roads examined, just a third had...

Leeds hospitals to be fined over MRSA

Wednesday, 16 March 2011
The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is likely to be fined £400,000 because it has had too many cases of the MRSA superbug. The trust faces a fine of £100,000 for every month that the number of MRSA cases exceeds the target agreed by city health bosses and that target has been breached four...

Controversial speed limit rise planned

Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Ministers are set to debate proposals which could lead to a rise in the motorway speed limit to 80mph. If passed the new limit could be in place within months and move UK speed limits closer to those on Continental Europe. It is thought that the limit will increase to 80 on motorways such as the...

Director fined after failing to manage asbestos

Wednesday, 16 March 2011
The director of an asbestos surveying firm has been fined £5,000 after not spotting the material at a demolition site. Shay James, director of Amencon Ltd, was employed by Bovis Homes to carry out a survey on a site to be used as a new housing development. However, Mr James and a colleague...

Relatives of asbestos victim win compensation

Wednesday, 16 March 2011
The relatives of a woman who died of mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos as a schoolgirl, have won compensation in a landmark ruling. The Supreme Court has ruled that the family of Dianne Willmore are entitled to £240,000 in damages in a case which is the first payout for a former...

Trees to be used as speed camera substitute

Friday, 11 March 2011
The Department for Transport has urged councils to consider planting trees as an alternative to speed cameras after studies found them to be effective in slowing down drivers. A trial in Norfolk showed that trees and hedges were effective in getting drivers to cut down on their speed, because...

Porter fears for health service after reforms

Friday, 11 March 2011
The chairman of the BMA's hospital consultant committee has said he fears that patients will increasingly lose out if proposed reforms to the NHS become law. Dr Mark Porter has said that the changes, which would see GPs given control over £80bn of the NHS budget, would reduce the quality of...

Fat-reduction operations on the rise

Monday, 28 February 2011
A new report is showing that there has been a huge rise in the number of fat-reducing operations on the NHS. The figures, from the NHS's Health and Social Care Information Centre, showed a 70% rise in the number of Gastric band and gastric bypass operations taking place on the NHS between 2008...

Company fined over asbestos removal

Tuesday, 22 February 2011
A demolition company has been fined after admitting health and safety failings during asbestos removal work. The firm, Libra Demolition Ltd, based in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to breaching the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 after it worked on...

Millions awarded to man who almost died when donating kidney

Monday, 21 February 2011
The High Court has awarded damages of £6.74 million to a man who nearly died in an operation to donate a kidney to his father. The 39-year-old man, identified only as XYZ, suffered irreversible left kidney failure during the operation at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth in February...

NHS failing the elderly claims report

Monday, 21 February 2011
A damning new report has claimed that many elderly people are denied even basic standards of care within the NHS. The report, by the Health Service Ombudsman, Ann Abraham, shows the contrast between the principles and guidelines written in the NHS constitution and the reality faced by many...

NHS to test new number for making GP appointments

Monday, 14 February 2011
NHS Direct is in negotiations with GP consortiums to run a telephone and internet service which would see patients ringing 111 to book an appointment to see their doctor. Talks have already been held with nine GP consortiums to manage appointments and the out-of-hours services. The first trial...

RCN chief warns against job cuts

Wednesday, 9 February 2011
The chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing has said that planned "efficiency savings" within the NHS can be made without cutting jobs. Dr Peter Carter was speaking after a RCN survey showed that 83% of the almost 2,000 nurses questioned, were concerned that inadequate staffing...

Woman seeks over £50m in compensation after botched facelift

Friday, 4 February 2011
A woman is suing a cosmetic surgeon based near Leeds after being left with, what she says is uncontrollable facial movement and pain around the right eye which will probably be with her for the rest of her life. Penny Johnson, who lives in Surrey, is taking the High Court action against Dr Le Roux...

Anger over hundreds dying from dehydration in care homes

Tuesday, 1 February 2011
Campaigners have described as "absolutely shocking" new figures which show that almost 700 people died from dehydration in care homes between 2005 and 2009. The figures, just released from the Office for National Statistics, showed 667 deaths due to dehydration with another 157 dying of...

Mineworker killed in museum accident

Friday, 28 January 2011
An investigation is underway by West Yorkshire Police, along with the Health and Safety Executive's Mines Inspectorate, following an accident at the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield in which a man died. The 58-year-old mineworker, who has not been identified, was part of a team of...

Speed camera postcode lottery

Friday, 28 January 2011
A new survey from Which? magazine has shown up widespread variations throughout England and Wales on which speed cameras are switched on and working. With all 43 police forces in England and Wales asked to provide details of which fixed cameras were working and which were not, the results...

Firms fined after asbestos exposure

Friday, 21 January 2011
Fines totalling almost £10,000 were handed out to an NHS trust, a security firm and a company director after asbestos fibres were exposed at a Northamptonshire hospital.Northamptonshire NHS Teaching PCT, along with NUTEC Security Systems and director Paul Beeby were prosecuted by the Health and...

New study highlights dangers of driving for long periods

Friday, 21 January 2011
A new study by scientists at Utrecht University in the Netherlands has found that a few hours of night driving causes tiredness which can affect the performance behind the wheel just as much as drink driving.The research involved 14 young men aged between 21 and 25 driving for different periods of...

Window firm fined

Tuesday, 18 January 2011
A window manufacturing firm has been fined after ignoring warnings to keep employee facilities clean and hygienic. TLC Glazing Ltd, of Morden in London, was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £1,968 costs at the City of London Magistrates Court after the HSE prosecuted following a routine...

Mistakes at Yorkshire hospitals highlighted in new report

Wednesday, 12 January 2011
A body buried in the wrong grave is among hundreds of serious errors recorded in Yorkshire hospitals and made public through a Freedom of Information request.The request led to the Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Health Authority finding almost 340 cases of serious and untoward incidents (SUIs...

Motorist barking mad at getting ticket

Tuesday, 11 January 2011
A motorist has reacted angrily to being given a fine for driving with a dog on his lap. Keith Little said that it was the 16th time he has been stopped by the police in six months but said that having his licence revoked and being given a £32 fine was unfair as the animal was smaller than the...

Dinner lady wins tribunal case

Monday, 10 January 2011
A dinner lady, sacked for telling a couple their daughter had been bullied, has won her claim for unfair dismissal. Carol Hill, 61, lost her job after she told the parents of seven-year-old Chloe David, that their daughter had been tied to a fence and whipped by four boys. She witnessed the...

Doctors in BMA revolt

Friday, 7 January 2011
An open letter, published in the British Medical Journal, has attacked the British Medical Association over its stance on the proposed government reforms of the NHS. The letter, signed by over 100 doctors, including three on the BMA's ruling council, says that the plans, announced by Health...

Contraceptive implant blamed in unwanted pregnancy cases

Friday, 7 January 2011
The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has said that hundreds of women have become pregnant despite having a contraceptive implant fitted. A total of 584 women have become pregnant whilst using the implant, Implanon, since its launch 11 years ago and there have also been over 1,...

Incentives for a healthier lifestyle

Wednesday, 5 January 2011
The government has announced plans to hand out free vouchers totalling £250m to families in a bid to encourage them to live a healthier lifestyle.Change4Life, the government's health initiative, has launched its "Great Swapathon" which will give out five million voucher books which give...

Farmers warning to workers in snow and ice

Wednesday, 5 January 2011
A Scottish farmer, who nearly died last year, is hoping that his story will encourage others to take care in the snow and ice during the winter months. Wullie Russell nearly died after slipping on icy ground while pumping out an underground storage tank at his farm in the Scottish borders. As...

Critics slam NHS call centre proposal

Wednesday, 5 January 2011
NHS plans to move much of its administration work to India as part of an efficiency drive have been heavily criticised. A study by NHS Shared Business Services has found numerous examples of waste within the health service and has said that the NHS could save hundreds of millions through efficiency...

No kerbs could make for safer driving

Wednesday, 5 January 2011
New research by a team from Newcastle University has suggested that removing kerbs could lead to safer driving. The team questioned over 1,500 drivers on their motoring style and personality and found that a third were easily bored and could find risks through speeding or overtaking. With drivers...

Swine flu baby critical

Wednesday, 29 December 2010
 A baby, fighting for his life after being diagnosed with swine flu, had earlier been sent home twice from hospital.The parents of five-week-old Harvey Flanagan, said that they had twice taken him to a hospital in their area with breathing problems but both times he was sent home. Now, Harvey...

Wintry conditions cause problems for Christmas getaway

Friday, 24 December 2010
 With snow and ice continuing to grip the country, people have been told to expect longer journey times as they try and get away for Christmas.On what is expected to be one of the busiest days of the year on the roads, the Met Office has warned that journeys make take longer to complete...

Safety programme for diabetes training

Tuesday, 21 December 2010
 Doctors and nurses are to receive special training after NHS statistics showed that many diabetes patients had received the wrong doses of insulin.The official figures show that there have been almost 4,000 serious incidents involving insulin since 2001, although the actual figure, taking...

Firms fined after worker dies

Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Fines of £440,000 have been handed down to two firms and a manager after a worker died when he suffered 90% burns. Deeside Metal Company Ltd and its manager Robert Roberts, along with Jeyes UK, were taken to court by the HSE following Mark Wright's death in April 2005. He caught fire when...

Motorists warned over Christmas getaway

Tuesday, 21 December 2010
With heavy snow and ice having affected most parts of the country, drivers have been warned of the "potentially fatal" conditions on the roads as many prepare to travel to see family over the Christmas holidays.With most of the UK's airports having been affected by the freezing conditions and rail...

Pneumonia victim left in cold hospital corridor for 25 hours

Thursday, 16 December 2010
An 84-year-old woman, suffering from pneumonia, was left in a hospital corridor for 25 hours on one of the coldest nights of the year. With temperatures dropping to -10 outside, Mary Bowers was left in the corridor from 5pm on Monday to 6.30pm on Tuesday last week. The incident occurred at the...

Worker loses two fingers in accident

Thursday, 16 December 2010
A worker had to have two fingers amputated after getting his hand caught in a drilling machine. John Watson, from County Durham, was working for Komatsu UK Ltd, one of the country's leading producers of construction and mining equipment, when his right hand became caught in the rotating parts...

Staff to blame for man dying of thirst

Thursday, 16 December 2010
Staff at Warwick Hospital have been heavily criticised after an 87-year-old war veteran died of dehydration following a routine hip operation. Coventry Coroners' Court heard that David Game, from Leamington Spa, died of kidney failure after nurses failed to tell doctors that his blood had...

Mystery death from asbestos

Tuesday, 14 December 2010
An inquest has heard how a woman died from an asbestos-related disease, despite never knowingly having come into contact with the material. The Cheltenham inquest heard that Lavern Ponting was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma after going to her doctors complaining of feeling unwell and...

More motorcyclists flout the rules

Tuesday, 14 December 2010
New government figures have revealed that more motorcyclists are breaking the speed limits on Britain's roads. The Department for Transport data shows that more than half of all motorcycles exceeded the speed limit on the nation's motorways, dual carriageways and 30mph-limit roads. The figures...

Workers lives risked in fire safety breaches

Tuesday, 14 December 2010
The owners of a new karaoke bar in Manchester have been fined following a Health and Safety Executive investigation which found that fire safety procedures had been ignored and workers lives put at risk. Music Box Karaoke Ltd., which owns the site of the K2 bar in the city, was fined £6,000 and...

More potholes as government cuts spending on roads

Tuesday, 14 December 2010
The government is set to announce significant cuts in road maintenance along with the slashing of council budgets. The Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles will announce this week a reduction in council budgets of up to 10% and it believes that the spending on road maintenance could be...

NHS trust to pay out millions after drug suffocated baby

Friday, 10 December 2010
The East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust is to pay out £6m after a baby was suffocated by a drug given during his mother's labour. The trust is to pay an annual amount of £100,000, rising to £185,000 when he reaches the age of 18, after the trust was taken to court by the boy's parents.  In...

New study warns of NHS at “breaking point”

Friday, 10 December 2010
A new study has warned that the NHS could reach "breaking point" within years over fears that there may not be enough doctors to treat patients. The Royal College of Physicians has said that a combination of factors was leading to greater stress within the system and that it may not cope with...

Leeds woman’s plight highlighted in national report

Friday, 10 December 2010
The treatment an 80-year-old woman received in Leeds hospitals has been reported by national group, the Patients Association. Jean Kellard spent time at both Leeds General Infirmary and St James's Hospital last year and the poor standard of care she received there was highlighted by her...

Widow considers action against local NHS trust

Wednesday, 8 December 2010
A woman is deciding whether to take legal action against her local NHS trust after alleging that her husband died following a number of failings by the hospital he was a patient in. Neville Bairstow, who died of liver cancer in July, aged 66, was a patient in the Gledhow Wing at St James's...

Concern over asbestos in schools

Wednesday, 8 December 2010
The rise in deaths from asbestos-related disease mesothelioma has led to some scientists questioning Health and Safety Executive advice, especially in relation to asbestos in schools. The HSE currently states that the mere presence of asbestos is not a cause for concern, as long as it is...

Paper company fined after man paralysed in accident

Tuesday, 7 December 2010
A Welsh paper company has been fined £120,000 after an accident at its premises in which a man was left paralysed from the chest down.The accident occurred at SCA Hygiene Products premises near Flint. Christopher Shaw, an employee of the company who produced and prepared paper reels, was using his...

Breast cancer victim delighted to be getting drug

Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Trudy Cusworth, who had started fundraising to try and raise £20,000 to afford a course of the breast cancer drug Avastin, has now been told that a new drugs fund will pay for the treatment.Mrs Cusworth, who lives near Selby, with her husband and two young sons, was told at the end of last year...

Freezing temperatures remain for UK

Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Forecasters have said that the freezing weather will continue to grip the UK for much of this week with North Yorkshire already affected by temperatures of -18C.Commuters, starting the working week, have been told to expect more snow, ice on untreated roads and patches of freezing fog and the RAC...

Highways Agency advises drivers to stay indoors

Friday, 3 December 2010
The Highway Agency's operations director has warned drivers to think very carefully before venturing out. Derek Turner said the country had been hit by a "huge dump of snow" and drivers who do brave the elements should be well prepared for the journey by taking with them warm clothes, a hot...

Snow chaos as Britain freezes

Friday, 3 December 2010
The heaviest snow seen in Britain for decades left much of the country at a standstill yesterday with airports closed, roads impassable and train stations struggling to cope with the extra number of passengers. Blizzards affected much of the country, especially on the East Coast from Scotland...

Workers put in danger of asbestos

Thursday, 2 December 2010
A leading pub operator has been fined £14,000 after five workmen, who were refurbishing a pub, were exposed to asbestos. Mitchell & Butlers Retail Ltd, which owns the White Horse pub in Darlington, had initially checked for asbestos but crucially they missed out those areas of the pub...

NHS trust fined after patient falls to his death

Wednesday, 1 December 2010
An NHS trust has been fined £50,000 after an elderly man fell out of his bed and suffered fatal injuries. 89-year-old Francis Steele died two weeks after falling off his bed at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford in November 2007. His bed had only been fitted with one rail and Shrewsbury...

NHS waste cuts life expectancy

Wednesday, 1 December 2010
A new international report on health service spending has found that the effectiveness of the NHS has been hit by too much money going towards doctors pay and too little on new equipment. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's report has found that waste within the NHS,...

Hull and Birmingham failings highlighted in new report

Tuesday, 30 November 2010
The new Dr Foster Hospital Guide has reported that two hospital trusts, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals and University Hospitals Birmingham have a higher than expected overall death rate and rate of deaths after surgery. Though 19 hospital trusts had higher than average death rates and four...

Author of study warns against speed camera cuts

Friday, 26 November 2010
The author of a study into the effectiveness of speed cameras has said that they prevent 800 people being killed or seriously injured on Britain's roads and has warned that casualties could rise if cameras are cancelled due to spending cuts.Richard Allsop, from University College, London, conducted...

Workers injured when staircase collapsed

Thursday, 25 November 2010
A firm has been fined following an accident in which a stone staircase collapsed, injuring two workers. The two men, Paul Irvine and Frank Denver, employees of Ossian Construction Ltd, were working on the site of the former Priory House Hotel in Largs and were in the process of dismantling the...

Campaigner gives evidence to Stafford inquiry

Thursday, 25 November 2010
A woman whose mother died at Stafford Hospital has told an inquiry of patients screaming in pain and being forced to drink water from flower vases. Julie Bailey, whose 86-year-old mother died at the hospital in 2007, founded the group Cure the NHS as a response to the appalling standards of...

Road fatalities fall according to new report

Thursday, 25 November 2010
A new report by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has shown that road deaths continue to fall in the UK with deaths of car occupants and motorcyclists down 16% in 2009 compared to the year before and the UK moving to the top of the world road-safety league table. The new report shows a...

Firm pays for wrong asbestos removal

Wednesday, 24 November 2010
A firm has ended up paying £40,000 after trying to remove asbestos themselves rather than pay a specialist firm to do the job for them. East Anglian Construction Ltd, which is a subsidiary company of Peter Colby Commercials, based in Norwich, asked members of staff to remove the hazardous...

Couple to sue over baby’s death

Wednesday, 24 November 2010
A West Yorkshire couple are to take legal action against local NHS trusts after their baby died at just three days old. Dave Mears and Emma Collins's son Logan died less than 24 hours after being allowed home from Pontefract General Infirmary. He had a pneumococcal infection, which he caught...

Region turns to sugar to keep roads safe this winter

Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Roads in Wiltshire will be using a new form of grit in a bid to keep roads ice free this winter.Wiltshire Highways has said that it will be using sugar-coated salt which is said to stick to the roads better than normal dry salt and also last longer. Graham Hay, services manager at Wiltshire...

Poundworld fined over faulty thermometers

Tuesday, 23 November 2010
A discount retailer has been fined after it was found to have sold digital thermometers which were dangerously faulty.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said that Poundworld showed a "severe disregard for public health" after selling the products which gave inaccurate...

Life extending drug denied to cancer sufferer

Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said it regretted the fact that it could not recommend the drug Avastin to a woman who has terminal breast cancer.Trudy Cusworth, from Selby, has breast cancer which has spread to her lungs and she wants to take the drug alongside her next course of chemotherapy....

Businessman wins record damages in libel case

Tuesday, 23 November 2010
A man who appeared naked at the bedroom of a female work colleague, has been awarded record damages.Donal Kinsella won damages of €10m against Kenmare Resources following the company insinuating that he had made sexual advances towards Deidre Corcoran while they were on a business trip in Africa....

Midwife in attack on government cuts

Friday, 19 November 2010
One of the country's leading midwives has attacked the government for going back on a promise to recruit more NHS midwives.Cathy Warwick, general secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, said that Prime Minister David Cameron used a newspaper article before the general election to promise 3,000...

Cardiff firm fined following fatal accident

Friday, 19 November 2010
 A recycling company based in Cardiff has been fined £200,000 after an accident in which one of its workers died.Celsa Manufacturing (UK) pleaded guilty to breaching section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at Cardiff Crown Court following the accident which killed John...

Family anger at no prosecutions over boy's death

Tuesday, 16 November 2010
The family of Bailey Ratcliffe have spoken of their anger at the fact that nobody is to be prosecuted for the death of the five-year-old boy who was given a fatal overdose at Dewsbury District NHS Hospital. Bailey, who suffered from epilepsy, was taken to hospital in May last year after having...

Ex-teacher wins compensation after losing voice

Monday, 15 November 2010
A former teacher, who had to give up the profession because of problems with her voice, has won £150,000 in compensation. Joyce Walters, who taught at Harlington Adult Education Centre in Hillingdon, was forced to give up her work after developing vocal cord nodules which she said were caused...

Whiplash advice given to drivers in Yorkshire

Monday, 15 November 2010
Drivers in Yorkshire have been given advice on how to sit properly in their car. A recent survey by the British Osteopathic Association has found that over half of drivers in Yorkshire did not sit in the car in a position where their head is close enough to the head rest, while a similar number...

Robert Francis QC opens inquiry into Stafford Hospital

Monday, 15 November 2010
Robert Francis QC has made his opening remarks in the first public inquiry into the "appalling standards of care" found at Stafford Hospital. Francis, chairman of the inquiry, said that it will look into why serious lapses of clinical standards were allowed to persist at the hospital where a...

Guidance on snow clearing given

Monday, 15 November 2010
Residents of North Yorkshire have been given guidance over whether or not to clear snow and ice from outside their homes this winter. Last winter was the worst for more than 30 years and saw minor roads and pavements in the region largely left untreated as salt stocks were reserved for the main...

Hit and run disabled driver in a hurry

Wednesday, 10 November 2010
A woman who left two elderly pedestrians badly injured on a pavement in a hit and run incident while driving her mobility scooter, said she was in a hurry to get to the local Tesco.June Petty and her husband Ken were hit from behind by the scooter when walking on a pavement near their home in...

GP warns of postcode lottery

Wednesday, 10 November 2010
A Leeds GP has spoken of his concerns over the proposed new plans to scrap primary care trusts, saying he fears a postcode lottery.Dr Richard Vautrey, a Leeds GP and deputy chairman of the BMA's GPs committee, said it would be a "disaster" if the government went ahead with plans to scrap the PCT's...

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust inquiry begins

Tuesday, 9 November 2010
A public inquiry has begun into the failings at Stafford Hospital that left patients neglected and suffering from "appalling standards of care".Held at the offices of Stafford Borough Council, the inquiry, chaired by Robert Francis QC, will begin hearing expert evidence next week and aims to build...

NHS sued after kidney op man nearly died

Monday, 8 November 2010
A businessman who nearly died when medical negligence during an operation to remove his kidney went wrong, is suing the NHS for almost £14m.The man, only known as XYZ, to protect his mental state, had the operation after donating a kidney to his father. However, following the operation he suffered...

Company fined following death of man in accident at work

Monday, 8 November 2010
A company has been fined following a workplace accident at one of its plants in which a worker died. Hargreaves (UK) Services Ltd, an energy support services company based in Durham, pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 after the accident at its coal processing plant...

NICE stripped of drug banning powers

Monday, 8 November 2010
The Department of Health has announced that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is to lose its powers to ban drugs for use on the NHS.The DoH has decided that from 2014 groups of doctors will determine whether or not a drug should be funded although NICE will still give...

Call for crackdown on speeding

Monday, 8 November 2010
A West Yorkshire road safety group has called for better enforcement of the motorway speed limit as a new poll shows most drivers exceed it.The survey, jointly carried out by Brake and Direct Line, revealed that over 60% of drivers on motorways exceed 80mph with a majority also failing to leave a...

Firm prosecuted after worker’s leg amputated

Wednesday, 27 October 2010
A partner in a family-run farming business has been fined following an accident in which a worker lost his leg. The 23-year-old worker, from Whitby, who has not been named, had been employed to cut maize at a farm near Pickering in November last year when there was a blockage on a harvesting...

Roofer prosecuted after HSE visit

Wednesday, 27 October 2010
A roofer has been fined £1,000 after a routine visit by a Health and Safety Executive inspector. Joseph Jones admitted breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005, at Halton Magistrates Court in Runcorn as a result of the incident at a Cheshire farm in February last year. When the inspector...

Patient left brain damaged after nurse blunder

Tuesday, 26 October 2010
A paralysed man has been left severely brain damaged after a nurse accidentally switched off his life support machine. The incident, which was captured on CCTV, saw Violetta Aylward, an agency nurse, turn off the ventilator which was keeping Jamie Merrett alive. Mr Merrett, who was left...

Company offers settlement to family of mesothelioma victim

Wednesday, 20 October 2010
A national company has offered a six-figure settlement to the family of Dennis Bradley, who died of mesothelioma earlier this year.Mr Bradley, from Sheffield, worked for British Gypsum for 28 years and regularly came into contact with asbestos through his work at construction sites and also when he...

Health alert on site of former mill

Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Residents in Gildersome have been given a health warning after asbestos was found in the gardens of some of the houses built on the site of an old textile mill.Letters have been sent to 60 households after the discovery on the former Springfield Mill site, while local GPs and councillors have also...

Information revolution at the NHS

Tuesday, 19 October 2010
The Department of Health is proposing moves which could see patients put in charge of their medical records online.A consultation, entitled "information revolution" promises to give patients access to their online records and says that patients could update those records with information such as...

Businessman fined following accident to friend

Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Local businessman Graham Salter has been fined £4,000 after a family friend was badly injured in a workshop accident whilst helping him.Mr Salter prepares veteran motorbikes for races in his workshop in Batley and his friend, Julie Thackray, was helping him to meet a deadline. However, she suffered...

Government takes action on health and safety reform

Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Lord Young's long awaited review into health and safety in the UK has been published with the government committed to tackling the "damaging compensation culture".The former Conservative minister said that changes were needed as the standing of health and safety in the eyes of the public has never...

Recycling company in court after worker breaks ribs

Friday, 15 October 2010
A recycling company in Lancashire has been fined following an accident in which one of its workers suffered workplace injuries.A 60-year-old employee of Smurfit Kappa UK Ltd of Preston sustained broken ribs when he was forced onto a metal conveyor belt at its warehouse in September last year. He...

Concern over lack of checks on foreign doctors

Friday, 15 October 2010
New figures have shown that many of the foreign doctors currently working in the UK have not been checked either for their language skills or their competency. The investigation, from Pulse, a newspaper for GPs, questioned over 100 primary care trusts and the findings showed that hundreds of...

Three people in hospital after explosion

Friday, 15 October 2010
Three people have been taken to hospital after suffering workplace injuries when a waste plant caught fire following a chemical explosion.Around 60 firefighters were called to tackle the blaze at PHS Waste Management , which is situated on an industrial estate in Burscough. A fire spokesman said...

Doctor jailed after falsifying records

Friday, 15 October 2010
A doctor has been jailed for eight months after making up false paperwork to try and show he had visited a patient when he hadn't in a clear case of GP negligence.Puthyadthu Kartha Venugopal, a doctor at Newland Surgery in Normanton, failed to visit Janet Moore after she had been discharged from...

Company fined after man crushed by machinery

Wednesday, 13 October 2010
An engineering company has been fined after an accident at work saw a two-tonne piece of machinery fall onto an employee.The 21-year-old labourer suffered multiple fractures in the workplace accident which happened at Carter International's site in Rochdale in September last year. The worker was...

Disabled teenager wins large NHS payout

Wednesday, 13 October 2010
A Leeds teenager, disabled since complications at his birth, has won the right to a seven-figure NHS compensation package.Ewan St John Macglasham, who is now aged 14, suffers from cerebral palsy, developmental delay, dystonia and epilepsy after being left with brain damage during his mother's...

AA calls for tougher sanctions for people not belting up

Tuesday, 12 October 2010
The AA has called on the government to enforce the wearing of seat belts more strictly and deal more harshly with those who refuse.The motoring organisation, commenting on previous government figures, said that it was "astonishing" that over a third of those killed in road collisions were not...

Judge lenient in fining company

Tuesday, 12 October 2010
A judge who dealt with a company following the death of one of its employees in an accident at work, handed down a smaller fine than usual because of the economic climate.James Swinton and Co Ltd, based near Berwick, was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £4,000 in costs after a worker, Charles...

Families to get more compensation

Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Families who lost loved ones to mesothelioma are to receive more compensation from a Leeds factory, though still less than third of the amount they expected.The J W Roberts factory in Armley, led to a number of deaths from mesothelioma, an incurable lung cancer brought on by asbestos dust. It...

Drugs available to Alzheimer's sufferers after NICE u-turn

Friday, 8 October 2010
Alzheimer's disease sufferers, who have fought a three-year battle with the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to be allowed drugs on the NHS are celebrating after the organisation reversed its ruling.Three years ago NICE limited the availability of the drugs, Aricept,...

Two hospitals attacked in health watchdog probe

Friday, 8 October 2010
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has criticised two Yorkshire hospitals for breaches of standards of quality and safety.Scarborough and Bridlington Hospitals, part of the Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust, were highlighted in concerns over staffing levels, buildings and...

Mass recall after children suffer injuries

Wednesday, 6 October 2010
British consumers are contacting Fisher-Price in their hundreds over fears of personal injury to their children after the company announced a US-led recall of a quarter of a million toys and high chairs.The company has taken the decision to recall over 72,000 high chairs in the UK alone due to...

Government attacks "compensation culture"

Wednesday, 6 October 2010
The government is to act on recommendations which seek to limit the "compensation culture" which it fears has grown out of control over recent years and is targeting lawyers advertising "no win, no fee" lawsuits.Lord Young, a minister under Margaret Thatcher, has compiled a report which details...

Asbestos victims families wait for court ruling

Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Thousands of families who lost a loved one to asbestos cancer mesothelioma will discover this Friday whether they will be able to claim from insurance companies.The Court of Appeal is set to rule on whether insurers must pay out on company policies which existed when workers were exposed to...

Leisure company fined following death

Tuesday, 5 October 2010
The operator of a caravan park has been fined £15,000 after a mans accident at work cost him his life in a fall from height.Clifford Hartley died in September 2008 after sustaining head injuries when he fell from the roof of a barn he was working on at Westfield Farm, Armthorpe, near Doncaster....

Quick passers tend to be safer

Monday, 4 October 2010
A new study has found that people who pass their driving test first time are less likely to have a road accident than those who take it more than once.The Department for Transport-sponsored research showed that those who took several attempts to pass their test were 15% more likely to be involved...

Worker has finger and thumb severed in accident

Monday, 4 October 2010
A manufacturing company has been fined after a worker suffered an accident at work in which he lost his finger and thumb.Simon Partridge was working as a night-shift supervisor at Saint-Gobain Weber Ltd in Bedfordshire when a waster extraction system became blocked. Mr Partridge tried to clear the...

Struck off doctor could face legal action

Friday, 1 October 2010
A doctor, struck off by the General Medical Council for exploiting sufferers of multiple sclerosis, could face legal action from hundreds of his ex-patients for what could be seen as medical negligence.Dr Robert Trossel gave stem cell treatment to many MS and spinal cord injury patients at his...

Worker receives compensation for RSI

Thursday, 30 September 2010
A Cumbrian factory worker has been awarded compensation of £3,000 after developing repetitive strain injury.Geoffrey Coleman was an employee at a factory in Kendal packing a new product into the company's finishing department. He had to pack large sheets of paper into a plastic bag which, when full...

Call for ban on young drivers at night

Thursday, 30 September 2010
A new study has called for a ban on newly qualified drivers being on the road at night, claiming it could save 200 lives a year.The Cardiff University-led research has formed part of an international conference on road safety held in London and calls for the introduction of Graduate Driver...

Warnings issued to doctors on the increase

Thursday, 30 September 2010
New figures show that official warnings given to UK doctors have risen rapidly over the last two years.The figures, obtained by the BBC under the Freedom of Information legislation, show that last year the General Medical Council issued 262 reprimands, compared to 179 in 2007, a rise of almost 50...

Less serious motorcycle accidents

Wednesday, 29 September 2010
New figures released by the Department for Transport show that the number of serious motorcycle accidents have fallen across the country.Despite an overall increase in the number of motorcycle users, 2009 saw a decrease in the number of motorbike accidents which involved a fatality or a serious...

New scheme aims to drive out cosmetic bad practice

Tuesday, 28 September 2010
The government is hoping that a new register for those providing injectable cosmetic treatments will steer patients towards those clinics which it believes are safe to use and away form unsafe possibly negligent cosmetic surgery.Treatments You Can Trust is an online directory which will list those...

Ambulance service impresses in reaching target

Tuesday, 28 September 2010
An NHS watchdog has said that the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) has reached national response time targets.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said that the ambulance service had reached its target, of getting to 75% of the most serious calls within eight minutes, a month earlier than planned....

Drivers hate tailgating

Friday, 3 September 2010
New research has found that tailgating, the practice of driving too close to the vehicle in front, is the most irritating behaviour for drivers, most likely through a fear of a rear end collision should they need to brake suddenly.The research, from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), showed...

Directors fined after workers hand crushed

Friday, 3 September 2010
Two directors of a Leeds company have been fined following an accident at work in which a worker had the ends of two fingers severed.A 57-year-old-man was using a hydraulic press at Lupton Fabrications Ltd, a metal fabricating company in the city but the detectors used to protect workers from the...

Postcode lottery for obese

Friday, 3 September 2010
A new report suggests that many NHS primary care organisations do not follow National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines when considering patients for weight-loss surgery.Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act found that of 118 primary care organisations, 65...

Firm fined after asbestos risk

Wednesday, 1 September 2010
A shopfitting firm has been fined £4,000 after five of its workers were exposed to asbestos.Eastern Regional Shopfitters incurred the fine after work undertaken on the Arndale Centre in Manchester. Two of its workers ripped out old shop fittings before discovering that asbestos had been found in...

Yorkshire firm fined after man paralysed

Wednesday, 1 September 2010
A Yorkshire based housing developer has been fined following a incident in which a man was left paralysed after an accident at work.Strata Homes Yorkshire Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 8 of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 after the workplace accident in...

German GP loses gagging order bid

Friday, 27 August 2010
 German doctor who killed a patient during his first shift in the UK has lost a bid to gag the victim's two sons. Daniel Ubani injected David Gray with 10 times the recommended dose of diamorphine in his first shift as an out-of-hours GP in the UK in 2008. He was subsequently struck off...

Concern over speed camera switch off

Friday, 27 August 2010
A joint statement by road safety groups has called for the retention of speed cameras in certain areas because of concerns that road accidents may increase in these areas.Nine groups have put their names to the statement including the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, the Institute of...

Leeds hospitals buck the trend

Friday, 27 August 2010
Complaints involving Leeds hospitals have fallen, bucking the national trend which shows that a record number of NHS complaints were made.National figures saw complaints rise from 89,000 to over 100,000 in the year to last March though Leeds hospitals showed a fall from 1,396 to 1,065. Yorkshire...

New attack on NICE

Wednesday, 25 August 2010
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has come under attack after it declined to provide the Avastin drug, used to treat patients with advanced bowel cancer.The decision by the controversial NHS watchdog leaves England and Wales as among the very few developed countries...

Miner claims

Wednesday, 25 August 2010
A group of former miners have taken legal action against solicitors who originally represented them when they claimed government compensation for injuries sustained at work.Leeds County Court will hear from 20 ex-miners who claim that the 10-year-old Government compensation scheme was inadequate...

New payout for asbestos sufferers

Thursday, 19 August 2010
The Ministry of Justice has announced that a £5,000 grant will be available for sufferers of asbestos-related diseases. The move comes after the Labour government came under attack earlier this year for not changing a Law Lords ruling that prevented sufferers of pleural plaques, a lung...

Personal Injury Claims Reforms

Friday, 13 August 2010
Learn more about the personal injury reforms planned for 2010 This page is an archived document on the reforms: There has been much discussion about the forthcoming proposed reforms which are due to be implemented late 2007 or early in 2008. Both APIL & FOIL have provided their views on the...

APIL - Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

Wednesday, 11 August 2010
APIL otherwise known as the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers was founded to help the victims of accidents, or those who become ill through no fault of their own. They are an independent and not for profit organisation.   They campaign for improvements in personal injury law such as...

Rise in litigation over cosmetic surgery

Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Compensation claims for cosmetic surgery negligence is increasing - 20th July 2010 A growing number of people are reportedly seeking to take legal action over cosmetic surgery that has gone wrong. There are growing calls for new laws designed to protect clients and control the quality of care...

Black boxes for cars

Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Cars of the future may have aircraft style black boxes to be used where vehicles are involved in road accidents - 7th July 2010 New cars are being designed to include aircraft-style black boxes which can preserve footage and information about car accidents to help police and...

Kidney patient complains to hospital

Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Kidney transplant patient waited over seven hours to see a doctor - 7th July 2010 A kidney transplant patient has made an official NHS complaint to a Leeds hospital after she waited for more than seven hours without being seen by a doctor. Sophie Schofield, from Moortown, who has had three...

Yorkshire firm faces fine after worker falls

Tuesday, 6 July 2010
A man suffered horrific injuries after a fall from a grain bucket An East Yorkshire farm company has been fined following a workplace accident in which a worker suffered ‘horrific’ injuries in a fall from height. RJ Baker & Co Ltd of Bainton Heights Farm pleaded guilty to...

Council compensating those falling on pavements

Friday, 2 July 2010
Councils paying out to trippers - 2nd July 2010 Councils in the UK have paid out more than £82m to residents who have been tripped up on pavements with Leeds Council alone paying out £10m. The payouts have been revealed by itsmyclaim.com, a free consumer service which showed that the average...

Investigation launched into death at oil refinery

Thursday, 1 July 2010
Health and Safety Executive launch an investigation after a man died in an explosion at an oil refinery - The police and the Health and Safety Executive have launched an investigation into an explosion and fire at an oil refinery in North Lincolnshire which left one man dead. Over 50...

Medical chief calls for language tests

Thursday, 1 July 2010
Foreign doctors wanting to work in the UK should undergo language test - 1st July 2010 The chairman of the British Medical Association has said that all foreign doctors wanting to work in the UK should have to undergo strict language and competence tests. Dr Hamish Meldrum, speaking at the BMA'...

Workers not given health and safety information

Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Many workers suffering accidents at work have not been provided with the correct health and safety training A new survey has shown that many people who suffer accidents at work have not had health and safety inductions. The National Accident Helpline, which carried out the survey, found that 35...

Road deaths fall to new low

Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Road accident injuries and fatalities have fallen to a record low - 29th June 2010 Government figures have shown that fatalities from road accidents in Britain have fallen to a new low. The figures revealed that 2,222 people died as a result of road accidents last year,...

Yorkshire lags behind in ambulance response times

Friday, 25 June 2010
Yorkshire ambulance service response times are improving but there is still work to do - 25th June 2010 New figures suggest that the Yorkshire Ambulance service is at the bottom of a national table for response times and the Care Quality Commission, a government health watchdog has ordered an...

Workplace accident saw a man severely burned in an explosion

Thursday, 24 June 2010
Gas vapour build up explodes severely burning a worker A company has been fined following an accident in which a man suffered severe injures at work. Repair Protection and Maintenance Limited, (RPM) which provides anti-corrosion solutions to industry, was fined £3,250 and ordered to pay costs of...

Lifeguards watch as a father saves his son

Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Two lifeguards have been suspended after watching a man save his son 23rd June 2010 A father jumped fully clothed into a swimming pool to rescue his four-year-old son as lifeguards stood by watching. Gary Jowett dived into the Spenborough Pool near Dewsbury as his son Daniel got into difficulties...

Children attempt longest walking bus record

Monday, 21 June 2010
Children in Leeds joined with thousands of others from around the country in a walking bus to help raise road safety awareness - 22nd June 2010 Leeds schoolchildren have taken part in a world record attempt for the largest 'walking bus'. Children from four Leeds schools joined with 130,000...

Sons confront negligent doctor

Sunday, 20 June 2010
Sons of David Gray who was negligently killed by Dr Daniel Ubani were being investigated by German police after confronting him - 22nd June 2010 The two sons of David Gray, accidentally killed by locum doctor Daniel Ubani, have been held by police after confronting the German in his home country....

TUC worried H&S review will affect worker protection

Wednesday, 16 June 2010
TUC worried H&S review will affect worker protection The TUC has expressed concern over news that the new coalition government is to conduct a review into current health and safety legislation. The government announced yesterday that former Conservative minister Lord Young is to undertake...

HPA criticised over E.coli outbreak

Wednesday, 16 June 2010
The Health Protection Agency could have done more to stop an E.coli outbreak - 16th June 2010 The Health Protection Agency has been criticised in a report into last year's E.coli outbreak at a farm in Surrey. The outbreak at dstone Farm near Redhill infected 93 people, 76 of whom were children...

Police train public in speed detection

Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Members of the public to be trained in using speed guns - 16th June 2010 A new scheme in South Devon has seen the police train members of the public in using speed guns. The local force hopes that the scheme, which involves eight people patrolling 14 specially selected roads, will deter...

Campaign to raise awareness of asbestosis

Tuesday, 15 June 2010
The HSE are running a campaign aimed at tradesman and the dangers of working with asbestos. A new campaign, aimed at tradesmen, is warning of the dangers of asbestos, naming it the hidden killer. About 20 workers, including plumbers, joiners and electricians, die every week from asbestos-related...

Changes planned to motorcycle test

Friday, 11 June 2010
Motorcycle tests to be reviewed in a bid to improve safety - 11th June 2010 A review is to be carried out into possible changes to the motorcycle testing and training regime with a view to reducing motorcycle accidents by better preparing riders. The Road Safety Minister Mike...

Report blames deaths on hospital failings

Friday, 11 June 2010
Nurse killed patients but not intentionally - 11th June 2010 Medical negligence was responsible suggests a report into a nurse, charged with murdering three patients at a Yorkshire hospital, which said that 'individual and systems failure' was to blame for the deaths and said that Anne Grigg-...

No safe level of exposure to asbestos

Tuesday, 8 June 2010
HSE deliver stark warning to industry regarding the danger to workers exposed to asbestos The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) advises that asbestos is the greatest single cause of work-related deaths in the UK. The HSE warns that 1000 people a year who had worked in the building industry, such...

Drink drive limit lowering being considered

Tuesday, 8 June 2010
The government is looking at lowering the drink drive limit - 8th June 2010 The new coalition government could follow the old government's plans in lowering the drink drive limit. Sir Peter North has produced a report for the government which includes a recommendation that the drink drive...

British workers take a record low sick days

Monday, 7 June 2010
Absenteeism  at a record low but the public sector still outdoes the private sector New research has shown that British workers took the lowest number of days off sick on record last year. The CBI survey shows that public sector absenteeism had improved slightly although it was still...

Employee injured by a reversing van

Monday, 7 June 2010
A man suffered bruising and swelling in his legs after being reversed into by a van A vehicle hire company has been fined following an incident in which an employee suffered injuries at work. The mans accident at work happened in January 2008 at the Southall site of S.H.B. Hire. A mechanic...

Tougher driving test planned

Monday, 7 June 2010
Driving test navigation to locations to be introduced - 8th June 2010 A new driving test is being planned which could see the pass rate fall dramatically. The Driving Standards Agency is to introduce a section into the test requiring the learner driver to memorise directions in an attempt to...

Hospital admission reduction scheme

Monday, 7 June 2010
A scheme is being introduced to reduce pensioner admissions to hospital - 7th June 2010 A new scheme is being introduced in a bid to cut hospital admissions amongst pensioners in Doncaster.  If it goes to plan NHS complaints should fall as resources can be directed elsewhere. The £400,...

NPfIT NHS IT system Lorenzo goes live

Friday, 4 June 2010
Lorenzo, part of the NHS National Programme for IT goes live - 4th June 2010 An NHS IT system has gone live at its first trust. The Lorenzo Release 1.9 was implemented at Morecambe Bay University Hospitals over the Bank Holiday weekend after an earlier March deadline was missed by US firm...

Toyota linked to United States deaths

Thursday, 3 June 2010
The US government says Toyota accelerator problems could be linked to as many as 89 deaths - 4th June 2010 The United States government has said that the acceleration problems with Toyota vehicles could be linked to 89 deaths in the country over the past decade. A total of 52 road...

Wider cars blamed for increase in minor accidents

Thursday, 3 June 2010
Experts blame the increase in cars widths for the increase in minor car accidents - 4th June 2010 Modern safety rules which lead to newer models of cars being broader are being blamed for an increase in minor car accidents. Experts say that the size of modern cars, which have been...

Drivers cut corners with car maintenance

Thursday, 3 June 2010
Cost cutting sees vehicle maintenance suffer - 3rd June 2010 A new survey has revealed that more motorists are taking risks with their car maintenance in an attempt to save money increasing the risk of road accidents. The YouGov survey, commissioned for Ford, found that 18% of those...

Coroner questions the safety of older drivers

Thursday, 3 June 2010
Concerns were raised about the safety of some older drivers at the inquest of a fatal accident in which a mother and baby were killed - 3rd June 2010 A coroner has raised concerns about the safety of some elderly drivers. Michael Singleton made the comments during the inquest into the deaths of a...

Police van has cameras fitted to all four sides

Tuesday, 1 June 2010
Police vehicle fitted with cameras to the front, rear and sides hopes to reduce speeding incidents - 2nd June 2010 A new 'command van' has been launched by Bedfordshire Police which will allow the force to look for speeding vehicles from all sides. The new vans have been converted to allow...

Supermarket fined for having dangerous floors

Tuesday, 1 June 2010
Morrisons supermarket in Rothwell Leeds were fined for having unsafe floors - 1st June 2010 Morrisons supermarkets has been fined £12,000 because of an unsafe floor at its store in Rothwell, Leeds. The supermarket chain was handed the fine after admitting health and safety breaches at Leeds...

Safety fears lead to Toyota and BMW vehicle recalls

Monday, 24 May 2010
 Toyota recall Lexus cars and BMW recall motorbikes as safety issues come to light  - 25th May 2010 Both Toyota and BMW have been forced to recall vehicles over safety concerns and the increased risk of them being involved in road accidents. Toyota is to recall around 40...

Toddler killed by a bus after falling from his tricycle

Sunday, 23 May 2010
Tragedy as a two-year-old boy was killed by a passing bus after falling from his tricycle - 24th May 2010 A Leeds inquest has heard of how a mother watched helplessly as her two-year-old son was killed in a road accident when he fell under a bus after falling off his tricycle....

Women dies after drug mix-up

Thursday, 20 May 2010
An NHS Trust has been prosecuted after a women died shortly after childbirth when she was given the wrong drug - 20th May 2010 An NHS Trust has been fined following a medically negligent incident which led to the death of a woman shortly after she had given birth. Mayra Cabrera died in May 2004...

NICE benefits for healthier lifestyle

Wednesday, 19 May 2010
The NHS looks to reward smokers for quitting - 19th May 2010 The NHS is to look into the possibility of using cash incentives to encourage people to live a healthier lifestyle. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) wants to gather more evidence before it formally recommends...

More women ready to sue hospital

Thursday, 13 May 2010
Surgeon may have blundered in unnecessary bladder operations - 13th May 2010 There are fears that many more women will join the 200 who have already decided to seek compensation from an NHS hospital over bladder operations that went wrong. The investigations surrounding the medical complaints...

First hour the safest driving abroad

Saturday, 3 April 2010
The Foreign Office has warned after the first hour of driving abroad fatigue can set in increasing the chances of being involved in a road accident - 3rd April 2010 Foreign Office research has highlighted the dangers of driving abroad and has given drivers who take to the road in...

Arson attack leads to companies prosecution

Friday, 2 April 2010
After a company suffered an arson attack and the police were called in, they were prosecuted for having unsafe working practices A waste recycling company, based in York, has been fined £40,000 after an arson attack on its own business which led to it being inspected and found to be an unsafe...

Shuttle car kills worker

Wednesday, 31 March 2010
A man died after being struck by a shuttle car where a risk assessment could have prevented it A company has been heavily fined after a workplace accident in which a worker died. Hydro Aluminium Extrusion Ltd was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £13,000 in costs at Durham Crown Court as a...

Man died after cherry picker overturned

Tuesday, 30 March 2010
A man was killed after a cherry picker he was working in which had not been stabilised correctly overturned A company and its director have been fined following an accident in which a worker fell to his death from Manchester's Albert Memorial statue. Taylor Electronics and director John Taylor...

Cheaper car insurance for younger drivers

Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Young drivers can get cheaper car insurance if they take the IAM Skills for Life advanced driving programme - 30th March 2010 Figures show that younger drivers are involved in around a quarter of all road accidents where someone is either killed or suffers serious personal injury...

Two men injured falling down a stairwell

Monday, 29 March 2010
A builder has been prosecuted after two men were injured in a fall after a temporary platform failed A builder has been fined following an accident in which two of his employees were injured at work. Malcolm Shaun Foyle from Salisbury was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,000 at...

Post London bombing stress recognised

Friday, 12 March 2010
Post-traumatic stress disorder has been identified by psychologists in survivors of the 7/7 London bombings - 12th March 2010 More than a third of a 1,000 survivors contacted who were involved in the 7/7 London bomb attacks have been found to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (...

Farm worker fined after fatal accident

Friday, 5 March 2010
A farm worker has been fined after causing the death of his employer in an accident involving a tractor. -5th March 2010 John Metcalfe was fined £450 and ordered to pay £1,000 costs after pleading guilty to breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at Southern Derbyshire...

Blunder leaves baby needing catheter for life

Friday, 5 March 2010
A disciplinary hearing has heard how a surgeon removed a baby's bladder by mistake resulting in her needing a catheter for the rest of her life - 5th March 2010 Pierina Kapur, a consultant paediatric surgeon operated on the seven-week-old baby at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. She was due...

Report reveals appalling standards of care

Friday, 5 March 2010
An independent report has strongly criticised the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, saying that the trust has lost sight of its responsibility to provide safe care to patients - 5th March 2010 The report, which has led to one of the biggest hospital scandals of recent years, claimed that...

Speed warning after fatal crash

Thursday, 4 March 2010
A warning has gone out to young drivers about the dangers of high speed driving following a crash that killed a young woman -5th March 2010 Stacey Cutts, aged 18, was a passenger in a car being driven by her boyfriend, Tom Wright. He was racing with another male, Jake Riseborough along the A140...

Millions of cars faulty

Thursday, 4 March 2010
New research has shown that over five million cars on the country's roads have defects and are unsafe to drive. -5th March 2010 The survey, carried out by Britannia Rescue, the breakdown service, estimated that as many as 850,000 motorists could be driving with tyres under the legal tread...

Demolition firms fined after death

Thursday, 4 March 2010
Two demolition companies have been fined following an accident in which a labourer was killed by a steel prop. Rafal Przestrzelski died while working on the demolition of a development in Paddington, London. He was told to remove some steel props which were supporting slabs of concrete. However,...

Health checks for older drivers called for

Monday, 22 February 2010
Calls for older drivers to have regular health checks after a 18-month old toddler was killed in a road accident - 23rd February 2010 Brake, the road safety charity has called for health checks to be introduced for older drivers after a 18-month old boy was killed in a pedestrian...

Window manufacturer prosecuted after a man loses a finger

Monday, 22 February 2010
Saw that was not fully guarded cut workers finger off A window manufacturer has been fined £10,000 after a workplace accident at its factory in Dudley, in which a man had his finger sliced off. The accident in May last year occurred when Jeremy Adams, an employee of M & M Windows, was...

Drivers hate being tailgated

Monday, 22 February 2010
Motorists detest being tailgated most when driving - 22nd February 2010 A new survey has revealed that tailgating is the thing that motorists hate about their fellow drivers. Tailgating is a dangerous way to drive, massively increasing the chances of a road accident if the vehicle in...

Refuse company prosecuted following a mans death

Sunday, 21 February 2010
A bin fell from a poorly maintained hoist on to a mans head killing him A refuse company has been ordered to pay £350,000 after a man was killed in an accident at work when a bin fell on top of him. David Ives suffered his fatal injuries at work whilst collecting waste from outside a pub near...

Teenage drivers are the most dangerous

Thursday, 18 February 2010
A new survey shows teenage drivers are twice as likely to be involved in a road accident - 19th February 2010 Teenage drivers are twice as likely to have a road accident as other driver according to a new survey. The poll, from Admiral Insurance, has said that drivers aged 17 and...

New guidelines for corporate manslaughter have been issued

Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Corporate manslaughter guidelines have been reviewed by the Sentencing Guideline Council and should be tougher New guidelines on sentencing for corporate manslaughter have come into force this week. The Sentencing Guidelines Council is to set out the principles to aid courts when dealing with...

Safety fears see Toyota cars recalled

Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Toyota is recalling over 430,000 hybrid cars after safety concerns over their brakes - 11th February 2010 The Toyota Motor Corporation is to recall all 436,000 of its hybrid vehicles worldwide including its latest Prius model as it discusses with safety authorities how to resolve the...

International road safety report critical of English roads

Thursday, 4 February 2010
A report has said English single carriageway roads allow traffic to travel too fast - 4th February 2010 An international report into road safety has criticised single carriageway roads in England for the dangers of high speed head on vehicle collisions. The Road Safety Foundation ...

Man dies in Heathrow Airport accident

Wednesday, 3 February 2010
Worker crushed to death under a baggage tug after the trolley jack supporting it moved An airport services company has been ordered to pay over £100,000 after a man was crushed to death in an accident at work at Heathrow Airport. Aviance UK Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching section 2 of the Health...

Clunk click every trip

Wednesday, 3 February 2010
In North Yorkshire the importance of wearing seatbelts is being highlighted in the 'Clunk click every trip' campaign 38 years on - 3rd February 2010 'Clunk click every trip' was made famous by Sir Jimmy Savile way back in 1972 but the seatbelt campaign has now been brought back to life 38...

Europe wide drink drive campaign

Wednesday, 3 February 2010
Safe and Sober campaign launched to combat drink related road deaths across Europe - 3rd February 2010 A new campaign has been launched across the UK and the rest of Europe aimed at reducing the number of road accident deaths attributable to drink-driving. The campaign, known as...

Drink driving down in West Yorkshire

Tuesday, 2 February 2010
Though positive breath tests were down through December there are still too many say Police- 2nd February 2010 New figures released show that drink-driving was down in West Yorkshire over the Christmas period. A total of 734 breath tests were conducted by the West Yorkshire Police ...

Care home provider fined following a death

Tuesday, 2 February 2010
A care home has been prosecuted following a scalding accident in which a disabled women died - 2nd February 2010 A care homes negligence led to a disabled girl dying when she was lowered into a bath of scalding water. Charges have been brought following the care homes negligence which resulted...

Make a promise campaign 2010

Monday, 1 February 2010
The Health and Safety Executive are running the make a promise campaign aimed at agricultural workers safety A new campaign is urging farmers across the country to have safer working practices. The Health and Safety Executive is launching its 'Make the Promise' campaign for farm safety in 2010...

Transparentius lets you see beyond the lorry in front

Sunday, 31 January 2010
New technology allows drivers stuck behind lorries to see what is in front by projecting an image on the rear of the vehicle - 1st February 2010 A new invention by a Russian design firm could soon mean the end of drivers being stuck behind a slow moving lorry on a windy country lane. The...

Big hike in car insurance costs for speeders

Sunday, 31 January 2010
Insurance premiums for those caught speeding show a big increase due to more road accident claims during the recession - 1st February 2010 Speeding drivers are having to pay more in insurance premiums. Annual insurance premiums for drivers with points on their licence are now averaging...

Elder drivers safer on local roads

Monday, 25 January 2010
Older drivers account for less road accidents proportionately than younger drivers - 25th January 2010 New research has suggested that elder drivers are safer than younger ones. The survey, from the Institute of Advanced Motorists, found that only four percent of road accidents...

Girder crashes through a roof

Sunday, 24 January 2010
A girder smashed through a roof and three floors narrowly missing workers Builders have been faced with a prohibition order after a 20ft metal girder smashed through the roof of an estate agency in Preston, Lancashire in a workplace accident. A Health and Safety Executive investigation was...

A painter was injured falling from the wing of an aircraft

Sunday, 24 January 2010
Company prosecuted for failing to protect their workers after a painter was injured in a fall An Essex company has been ordered to pay over £10,000 after a man suffered injury at work in a fall from height while working on an aircraft. The mans accident at work dates from October 2007 when...

Calls for old drivers to be banned from motorways

Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Research suggests older drivers are not as safe as younger drivers in high volumes of traffic - 20th January A motoring group has called for older drivers to be banned from using motorways and busy dual carriageways. The Institute for Advanced Motorists has made the proposal following...

Average speed cameras for the UK

Wednesday, 20 January 2010
The A13 in London is to have average speed cameras introduced in a bid to reduce road accidents - 20th January 2010 Average speed cameras are to be introduced for the first time in the UK. A total of 84 cameras are to be installed on a stretch of the A13 in London by next summer in the hope...

Man killed in digger accident

Monday, 18 January 2010
Company prosecuted after a man died operating a mechanical digger he was not qualified to operate A Welsh company has been ordered to pay almost £70,000 after one of its employees was killed in an accident at work. Lance Taylor, who worked for Bridgend construction company, Macob Administration...

Drivers using mobiles face stiffer penalties

Monday, 18 January 2010
Drivers who are caught using mobile phones whilst driving could face tougher penalties - 19th January 2010 New proposals are being considered for drivers caught using their mobile phones at the wheel. The current penalties, introduced in 2007, are a £60 fine and three points on the...

Concerns over temperatures at work

Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Employees concerned about cold working conditions - 13th January 2010 The GMB Union has said that it has received many enquiries about the law on temperature at work during the current cold spell and has advised that those at risk of the freezing temperatures should be redeployed. The current law...

Employer fined after worker severed fingers

Tuesday, 12 January 2010
A worker severed four finger in a guillotine accident at work Centriforce Products has been ordered to pay almost £5,000 following a workplace accident in which a man lost four fingers. The workplace accident, in May 2008, occurred when machine operator Wesley Dickinson and a colleague had been...

New approach to bowel surgery

Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Yorkshire hospital one of 14 to join the Enhanced Recovery Partnership programme - 12th January 2010 The Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust is to become part of a new approach to bowel surgery. The trust is one of 14 sites to take part in a new Enhanced Recovery Partnership...

New inquiry ordered into Staffordshire NHS Trust

Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Government announces a public inquiry into the Mid-Staffordshire Trusts failings - 12th January 2010 The Government has announced a public inquiry into the failings at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. The new inquiry will look into the unusually high death rates at the trust in the three...

Public warned not to clear paths of ice and snow

Sunday, 10 January 2010
Businesses and homeowners have been warned not to clear pavements of snow and ice because they will become liable if anyone injures themselves slipping - 10th January 2010 The "big freeze" has seen heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures along with a shortage of grit leave pavements...

Primary care trusts told to carry out safety reviews

Friday, 8 January 2010
The government has ordered all care homes to carry out a safety review on the medicines prescribed to the elderly - 8th January 2010 Primary Care Trusts (PCT) in the UK are being told to carry out immediate safety reviews by the government into the use of prescription drugs. This follows a...

New Northern Irish drivers face night curfew

Monday, 4 January 2010
The Northern Ireland Environment Minister today announced that they are considering stopping new drivers from driving at night - 4th January 2010 A curfew on new drivers driving at night in Northern Ireland is being considered as it would help reduce road accidents claims a...

Tragic death of teenage girl from heart failure

Saturday, 2 January 2010
Missed opportunities to save a 15-year-old girls life after repeatedly sending her home from hospital - 2nd January 2010 A 15-year-old girl died of heart failure after doctors sent her home from hospital with paracetamol. Teenager Amy Carter felt so ill she had asked a medic: "am I going to...

Medical negligence leads to a women's death

Tuesday, 22 December 2009
A women died after being injected with a 10X concentrate phosphate solution - 22nd December 2009 A grandmother of five died after gross medical negligence and failures in what should have been a routine procedure. 64-year-old Rosemary McFarlane was suffering with a lung condition which affected...

NHS patient incidents must be reported

Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Patients receiving NHS treatment who suffer harm or death from as a result of their carers mistakes must have the incident reported - 8th December 2009 All hospitals and other NHS healthcare providers across England will soon have a legal duty to report all incidents where a patient is harmed or...

Alarming prescription error rates

Sunday, 6 December 2009
Almost one in ten hospital prescriptions contain mistakes - 6th December 2009 Checks on hospital prescriptions issued across England have found that almost one in ten contained mistakes. Only very few errors would have caused serious harm despite this medical negligence claims the...

NHS Trusts - performance ratings and information

Monday, 30 November 2009
England & Wales Independent analysis of the performance of NHS hospital trusts during 2011 provided by the Dr Foster Hospital Guide. The Dr Foster Guide 2011 compared the actual number of events (i.e. deaths) in an NHS trust against the number of events ‘expected’ (i.e. the...

NHS Hospital Trust ratings disputed

Sunday, 29 November 2009
New Dr Foster report on NHS Trusts performance sees many contradictions with the earlier CQC report - 29th November 2009 A report on NHS hospital trusts in England has found twelve "significantly underperforming" despite another recent report having rated eight of them as good or excellent. The...

Health and safety hypocrisy

Saturday, 21 November 2009
Health and safety needs to be taken more seriously and not ridiculed Tom Mullarkey, chief executive of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has used a report to the organisation's annual meeting to call for a re-examination of what he says is the national hypocrisy on...

Total admit health and safety breaches

Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Buncefield oil depot explosion health and safety failings admitted Oil firm Total UK has admitted health and safety breaches after an explosion at the Buncefield oil depot that resulted in over 40 injuries and hundreds of homes and businesses damaged. The firm pleaded guilty to two charges...

Nurses to require a degree from 2013

Monday, 16 November 2009
From 2013 the minimum pre-registration level nurses must achieve will be a degree - 16th November 2009 Health Minister Ann Keen announced last week that from 2013 the minimum level achieved for pre-registration on nurses courses will be a degree rather than the current diploma level.  The...

HSE warns about the dangers of working at height

Wednesday, 11 November 2009
The Health and Safety Executive have warned employers to ensure that all suitable safety measures are taken when employees are working at heights. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have warned companies to take suitable safety measures for all employees working at heights. The HSE's words...

Cycle accident figures show an increase on last year

Wednesday, 11 November 2009
The number of cyclists killed or seriously injured during Spring has increased - 12th November 2009 A new report has shown that the number of cycling accidents which result in someone dying or being seriously injured has increased by nearly a fifth during the spring. The figures,...

Construction companies prosecuted after fatal accident

Tuesday, 10 November 2009
A worker died and another was seriously injured in an accident at Heathrow Two construction companies received big fines after a fatal workplace accident at Heathrow Airport in 2005. Laing O'Rourke Infrastructure Limited and SGB Services Limited both pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of...

CQC may use new powers to close failing NHS Trusts

Tuesday, 10 November 2009
One in eight NHS Trusts have been warned to improve or face the consequences come April 2010 Regulators have published ratings on England's 392 NHS Trusts, with an eighth being told they must improve. The regulators, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will from April 2010 have greater powers...

EU proposes black box recorders for cars

Tuesday, 3 November 2009
The EU wants all cars fitted with black box recorders to assist in piecing together what caused road accidents - 4th November 2009 The European Commission is to launch Project Veronica, which would lead to cars being fitted with aircraft-style black boxes. The £2.4m scheme is aimed at...

Throat tumour mistaken for asthma

Monday, 2 November 2009
A ten-year-old girl has died after a throat tumour was diagnosed incorrectly as asthma - 2nd November 2009 A 10-year-old girl who died after a throat tumour was mistaken for asthma has had a narrative verdict recorded by the Coventry coroner. The girl died on 16th November 2008 whilst being taken...

Bosch's Night Vision Plus

Sunday, 1 November 2009
Night vision plus will cut pedestrian accidents at night if it was used in all road vehicles - 20th November 2009 Bosch has released a new night vision system which has the ability to identify pedestrians and alert the driver to their presence. The new system is an enhanced version of one...

Medical failings after staff fail to spot meningitis

Thursday, 29 October 2009
A 10-year-old boy was sent home from hospital and later died after they failed to see he had meningitis The death of a 10-year-old boy from meningitis has lead to a coroner criticising the Darlington Memorial Hospital for failing to identify that the boy was seriously ill. William Cressey was taken...

Compensation for woman left with ten minute memory

Monday, 19 October 2009
£4 million payout after doctors fail to spot a woman had suffered a brain haemorrhage - 19th October 2009 A woman has won compensation of more than £4 million for gross clinical negligence after incorrect diagnosis failed to detect a brain haemorrhage. The woman, who collapsed with a...

Six monthly patient safety instance report published

Thursday, 1 October 2009
Nearly 6,000 suffer serious harm or contributors to their death by NHS mistakes Patient safety whilst in the care of NHS professionals can not always be taken for granted, improved reporting where there has been NHS negligence means incidents can be reviewed, lessons learned and improvements made...

E.coli: What You Need To Know

Thursday, 1 October 2009
If you have suffered from serious illness as a result of consuming contaminated or poorly prepared food, you may be able to claim compensation There have been numerous and well publicised outbreaks of E.coli poisoning in the UK, many cases resulting in death. Here we explain a little more about E....

UK Motor insurers may be reluctant to insure Ronaldo

Saturday, 2 May 2009
News - The Manchester United player may struggle to get his replacement Ferrari insured 05.03.09 Today the Claims Management Magazine published a story about Cristiano Ronaldo and the problems he is likely to encounter when he tries to insure his next super car. Ronaldo lost control of his Ferrari...

Speed limits to reduce to 20mph in built up areas

Wednesday, 22 April 2009
News - New government proposals to tackle speeding in urban areas 23.04.09 In what could be a wide ranging and quite radical reform process, the government today announced plans to reduce speed limits in certain high risk areas on Britain's roads. In a move which has been widely welcomed by...

NHS negligence awards set to increase as claim volumes rise

Sunday, 8 February 2009
09/02/2009 Medical negligence payouts by the NHS in England are expected to rise by 80% next year. As a result of increasing numbers of successful claims against the NHS, the Trusts are having to adjust budgets to cope with the surge in compensation claims. Trusts have set aside £713m to cover...

Law 2.0 as opposed to Web 2.0?

Thursday, 15 January 2009
More people than ever before are using the internet to find lawyers across the full range of legal services. Times are definitely changing. The world of legal services is a much changed environment. Today the Law Society published details of recent research which indicated that more people than...

Rawlings v Joys Mining Machinery Ltd

Friday, 9 January 2009
Recent developments Permanent hearing loss caused by a failure to train in PPE employers have legal duties in connection with the health risk of excessive noise in the workplace because if you work where there is too much noise there is a danger that you will suffer permanent damage to your...

GP receives warning after childs death from meningitis

Thursday, 18 December 2008
19/12/2008 From the BBC website A Derbyshire GP who made a "devastating error of judgement" over a child who died of meningitis has been given a warning about his conduct. The General Medical Council (GMC) had already decided that Alastair Graham's performance was not impaired,...

Workplace accident injury and illness statistics 2007/2008

Friday, 14 November 2008
HSE releases the latest round of statistics on health and safety in the UK workplace. The key facts for 2007/08 are: Ill health 2.1 million people were suffering from an illness (long standing as well as new cases) they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work. 1.3...

Mistakes made in identifying septicaemia led to baby's death

Thursday, 13 November 2008
14/11/2008 A baby died 24 hours after being released from hospital following an examination for what was believed to be a simple viral infection. In fact Aleesha evans's who was only 9 month old at the time, was suffering from meningococcal septicaemia and was gravely ill. An inquest heard that...

More delays by the MoJ regarding personal injury reform

Wednesday, 1 October 2008
Ministry of Justice once again delay release of the long awaited personal injury reform process Please read our update on the April 2010 personal injury "fast track" reforms. The MoJ have come under fire this week for failing to release on time the latest in a series of consultation...

Endowment news in the UK

Monday, 8 September 2008
Press releases and articles of interest relating to endowment policies (UK only) *Please note* This site is for information purposes only - we are not accepting any new cases from January 2007 - Here we provide a snapshot of recent news and developments in the endowment claims sector. Consumers now...

Road Safety Act 2006 - new laws will mean harsher sentences

Thursday, 28 August 2008
News - The new offences under the Road Safety Act 2006 will lead to prison sentences for drivers who cause deaths / serious harm by not paying due care to the road or to other road users 28.08.08 New laws being introduced this year will mean harsher sentencing for drivers caught using mobile phones...

New initiative will increase road tax for 9 million motorists

Wednesday, 9 July 2008
News - More details of the new road tax scheme to come into effect in 2010 have been released by the Government 10.07.08 Up to 9 million motorists will be worse off when the Government introduces its new road tax regime in 2010. Rather than penalise the gas guzzlers which was the initial intention...

Maternity wards face criticism over poor standards of care

Wednesday, 9 July 2008
Need for improvement in maternity care across England & Wales 10/07/2008 The BBC today reported that a recent survey has highlighted the problems faced by maternity units up and down the country. There is a disparity in the level of services and the choice available from one health authority to...

M1 coach crash driver jailed following conclusion of trial

Monday, 30 June 2008
News - Thirty three people injured in pile up caused by allegedly drunk coach driver 1.07.08 A bus driver, Leslie Wienberg (35 years) was jailed this week for driving drunk at the wheel of a coach as it overturned close to an M1 service station. His poor driving led to an accident that injured 33...

City cars are not effective in preventing whiplash injuries

Thursday, 12 June 2008
News - Thatcham confirms that smaller cars are not the best when it comes to dealing with preventing injuries to their occupants 13.06.08 The insurance industry research centre at Thatcham has released data that suggests smaller city cars are not effective when it comes to reducing the effect of...

Police pursuit collisions on the increase in West Yorkshire

Wednesday, 11 June 2008
News - The number of injuries involving West Yorkshire police vehicles doubles during the last 12 months 12.06.08 The Home Office have recently released statistics revealing that West Yorkshire police vehicles were involved in collisions that led to 52 injuries during 2006/2007 up from 24 the year...

Shattered Lives - new campaign from the HSE

Wednesday, 27 February 2008
News - Avoiding accidents at work HSE initiative Accidents can happen in many different ways in the workplace. However injuries caused through slips and falls account for probably the majority of the incidents that we as a law firm actually deal with. According to official HSE sources every 25...

2.1 Million vehicles on Britains roads are not insured

Monday, 10 December 2007
Government statistics reveal that up to 2.1 vehicles are not insured in the UK 11th December 2007 In a shocking revelation, the Government have revealed that more than 2 million vehicles are being driven without motor insurance in the UK. Research shows that such drivers are more than likely to...

MIB Fast Track Understanding

Friday, 7 December 2007
The MIB roll out the Fast Track Understanding scheme to more solicitors - 7th December 2007  The Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) have over the years proved themselves to be an important part of the UK's motoring infrastructure. The MIB is an organisation that is funded by the insurance...

Cyclist in fatal collision with a pedestrian on the pavement

Thursday, 6 December 2007
Thatcham new car whiplash and seat safety ratings for 2007 Thatcham, the motoring organisation that focuses on vehicle safety in the UK, issue annual summaries of their analysis on the safety of new vehicles. One key area is the safety measurements relating to the seats which are supposed to be...

One in ten at risk whilst in hospital according to study

Monday, 3 December 2007
Study from York University suggests 90,000 deaths may result from NHS negligence - 3rd December 2007 According to a new study, up to 90,000 people may die as a result of hospital errors every year.   One in ten patients are harmed whilst in hospital and as many as 20,000 die from blood...

New measures to combat "sick note Britain" announced

Monday, 26 November 2007
The government has recently announced new measures to help reduce the numbers of people claiming incapacity or sickness benefit from the state The Government has announced a new medical test for claimants of incapacity benefits to be introduced in October 2008. The new "work capability assessment...

Psuedomonas infections are surging according to the HPA

Sunday, 18 November 2007
New superbug threat to UK hospital patients - 18th November 2007 There is a new superbug in town according to the Health Protection Agency. Psuedomonas is a bug that bears remarkable similarity to the CDiff & MRSA strains that we have become all too familiar with. According to Health Protection...

Highway Code update 2007

Monday, 29 October 2007
The official Highway Code has been updated for the first time since 1999 - 30 September 2007   The official Highway Code which has been around for 76 years, has recently been updated following a consultation process between the government (DfT) and industry bodies. The...

Kent hospital to be investigated by the police

Friday, 12 October 2007
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust may be prosecuted for superbug deaths - 12th October 2007  The Health Commission today filed its report into the superbug (Cdifficile) outbreak at a Kent hospital which led to the alleged deaths of 90 patients. The police have launched an investigation...

Suing doctors for wrongful diagnosis

Thursday, 11 October 2007
Doctors cannot be held liable for bad advice to injured players - 11th October 2006 The court rejected a claim for compensation following a doctors negligent diagnosis. The case was brought by West Bromwich Albion, the championship club, against an orthopaedic surgeon who treated a player worth...

Allianz ready to embrace the personal injury reforms

Sunday, 16 September 2007
The forthcoming injury claim reforms are being embraced by some insurers. In a move which has surprised many, Allianz Cornhill the well known insurer has decided to take a lead regarding the personal injury reforms which are soon to be introduced by the Ministry of Justice.   The...

Soaring superbug cases in the UK

Friday, 27 July 2007
1000 Superbug victims a week according to the Health Protection Agency - 27th July 2007 In the last 12 months there have been up to 56,000 reported cases of the Clostridium Difficile (known as CDiff) superbug in Britains hospitals. This is the strain of virus that many believe can be eradicated by...

HSE focus on falls and trips on building sites

Tuesday, 17 July 2007
HSE to carry out "ad hoc" inspections on building sites to improve safety Safety statistics for 2006 reveal that 40% of all deaths on construction sites were caused by falling from height. In one region alone there were 13 such deaths in the last 5 years which is considered to be an...

Brown pledges more affordable homes in the future

Tuesday, 10 July 2007
House building projects planned by the new Government [11th July 2007] Gordon Brown has given a pledge that he will seek to correct the housing crisis that is enveloping the UK. Outlining the Governments plans he said that there will be three key housing Bills to boost the supply of affordable...

Consultant appointed to Gordon Browns Government

Thursday, 28 June 2007
28th June 2007 Prime Minister Gordon Brown has appointed a practising surgeon as a minister at the Department of Health. Professor Sir Ara Darzi, who is charged with improving patient care, has been promoted from his previous role as National Advisor on surgery. The move has been well received...

90% of compensation firms unfit for authorisation?

Thursday, 21 June 2007
When addressing a conference recently the claims regulator Mark Boleat has suggested that more than 90% of firms applying for authorisation had problems that prevented them receiving a licence. He did not specify the nature of the problems but the indication was that there are still many firms...

New car whiplash safety ratings

Thursday, 7 June 2007
Thatcham new car whiplash and seat safety ratings for 2007 Thatcham, the motoring organisation that focuses on vehicle safety in the UK, issue annual summaries of their analysis on the safety of new vehicles. One key area is the safety measurements relating to the seats which are supposed to be...

Latest road casualty statistics for 2006

Tuesday, 29 May 2007
Department for Transport release the latest road accident statistics for 2006 30 May 2007 The Dft have just released their latest round up of road casualty statistics for the year 2005-2006. There has been some modest improvement in the number of road accident...

9 out of 10 inpatients are happy with their hospital stay

Thursday, 17 May 2007
17th May 2007 In a surprising it of research, the NHS has received some encouraging feedback from patients who have encountered a hospital stay recently. The Healthcare Commission said that in its survey of 80,000 the NHS received a firm vote of confidence. However some patients were unhappy at the...

Computer glitches continue with the NHS new system

Wednesday, 9 May 2007
More problems have been reported with the much criticised NHS computer system. It has been alleged that hundreds of inaccurate patient records have been created every day because of a persistent glitch on the new NHS computer system. The problem has affected Trusts in Manchester and became...

Textile industry - deafness claims

Thursday, 3 May 2007
Recent developments During 2007 a number of test cases were brought by former textile workers from Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. The former textile workers making the claims were saying that their hearing had been injured by levels of noise in their workplaces that were above 80dB(A). The...

DCA reforms may hit the ATE market hard

Wednesday, 2 May 2007
The DCA has confirmed its intention to press ahead with reforms aimed at speeding up the claims process. After the event (ATE) insurance will be targeted. Following the recent press release from the DCA on the future of personal injury claims - more here - the ATE insurance market is in turmoil....

Global road safety week launched in Scotland

Saturday, 7 April 2007
Latest news Read the latest on car accidents in the UK: Global road safety week to be launched in Scotland - 8th April 2007 The first United Nations Global Road Safety Week (UNGRSW) is an important opportunity to introduce the issue of road traffic injuries to a wider audience. The week takes place...

Healthy baby born following a medical termination

Monday, 19 March 2007
A mother in Scotland is today counting her blessings following a dramatic and extremely happy conclusion to a pregnancy. Julie Brown, 29, from Livingston, was told by staff at the town's St John's Hospital that her child had died in the womb five weeks into her pregnancy. Three weeks after the...

NHS superbug problems persist say experts

Wednesday, 14 March 2007
14th March 2007 Experts continue to warn about the lack of care in hospitals regarding the control of superbugs such as MRSA infections. Professor Richard James, director of the Centre for Healthcare Associated Infection at University of Nottingham, has claimed that little has been done over the...

Drink driving laws to be toughened in the UK

Tuesday, 27 February 2007
One pint may be enough to send you over the limit? 28th February 2007 The Governments ongoing review of road safety in the UK may involve making changes to the drink drive laws. They are considering reducing the alcohol level of 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood down to 50mg which would place the...

Tyre defects and road accident statistics

Thursday, 8 February 2007
Tyre defects result in up to one third more accidents according to Norwich Union - 9th February 2007 Up to one third of all accidents on the road are caused by or contributed to by some kind of vehicle defect. Statistics compiled by the Department for Transport show that up to 3000 injury...

Employers warned about drivers using mobile phones

Saturday, 3 February 2007
Mobile phone use whilst driving - law finally gets new teeth - 4th February 2007 The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) today warned employers to introduce policies and conditions to their working environments to help reduce the number of accidents on the road caused by drivers...

Cycle accident news

Saturday, 27 January 2007
Widow finally receives damages following insurer "U" turn [21st January 2007] A widow has finally received compensation from a motor insurer for the death of her husband in a well-documented cycle accident which occurred in 2003. The cyclist was one of a group of fellow enthusiasts who were...

The greatest medical milestone in history

Saturday, 20 January 2007
20th January 2007 The British Medical Journal recently conducted a poll of over 11,000 people were arrested thoughts on 16 medical breakthroughs chosen by imminent medical scientists.   In a rather surprising outcome, the most popular choice was "sanitation". Despite huge...

Health commission study on smoking

Friday, 19 January 2007
Primary Care Trusts in deprived areas perform better in their approach to reduce smoking levels - 19th January 2007 A recent study by the Healthcare Commission has discovered a that measures for reducing smoking levels across the country seemed to be more effective and the doctors more...

Small claims limit may be raised to £2500

Thursday, 11 January 2007
More discussion regarding the small claims limit The debate regarding the personal injury small claims limit continues to rage although the Department of Constitutional affairs has attempted to introduce a compromise. The DCA has suggested a figure of £2500 be agreed in relation to the official...

Home Repossessions continue their rapid rise

Thursday, 14 December 2006
More and more people are unable to pay their mortgages - 15th December 2006) The numbers of homes being repossessed continues to rise. The number of homes being repossessed continued a worrying upward trend between January and June 2006. The volumes increased to a figure of 8140 which represented a...

MRSA claims for compensation - new legal initiatives

Thursday, 7 December 2006
MRSA claims are notoriously difficult because of the problems establishing causation - new legal moves may change that opening up the way for more victims to pursue compensation. MRSA is thought to be responsible for over 1,000 deaths a year. This statistic is based on official figures and the...

Pension membership falls marginally during 2004/2005

Wednesday, 6 December 2006
Pension scheme membership drops in the UK during 2004/2005 - 6th December 2006 Whilst not a significant statistic on its own the number of pension scheme members dropped during 2004 from 40% to 39% as compared to 2003. What is significant is that despite Government promotions and initiatives aimed...

Combating sickness absence at work

Wednesday, 22 November 2006
According to the HSE around 2 million workers suffer ill health at a cost to industry of £12 bn per year The Health & Safety Executive have today revealed details of a new "Toolkit" for managing sickness related absence in the workplace. If you have been injured in an accident at work then...

NHS Redress Bill - latest news November 2006

Wednesday, 22 November 2006
NHS Redress Bill completes parliamentary phase -  22nd November 2006 The NHS Redress Bill has been introduced by the government to (amongst other things) improve the complaints process and reduce costs associated with medical negligence compensation cases in England & Wales. The Bill aims...

The risk of suffering death in hospital due to medical error

Wednesday, 8 November 2006
1 in every 300 patients at risk of dying in hospital due to medical errors - 8th November 2006 Source Guardian Medical or surgical mistakes - death risk 1 in 300 Britain's most senior doctor warned yesterday that the risk of dying in hospital as a result of medical error is one in 300. Clinical...

Numbers of work related injuries in the UK - AXA survey

Tuesday, 7 November 2006
New research from AXA Insurance has revealed that as many as 1 in 10 workers have sustained an injury at work in the last 5 years. Most injuries (81%) were caused by accidents at work - incidents of slipping, tripping or lifting. Surprisingly a further 8% of injured workers suffered assaults...

Road Safety Bill - update Nov 2006

Tuesday, 7 November 2006
Governments flagship legislation finally granted Royal Assent - 8th November 2006 The Road Safety Bill received its long awaited Royal Assent yesterday. The Bill introduces new offences such as causing death by driving while unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured. These offences will carry...

Banks entering the legal services market in the UK

Thursday, 2 November 2006
Halifax all set to become the first major bank to enter the legal market - 2nd November 2006  Source - Law Society Gazette The Halifax have launched a a legal service called "Halifax Legal Solutions" aimed at offering a wide range of services to the public. The bank has more than two...

Negligence resulting in urinary incontinence or UI

Thursday, 26 October 2006
New NICE guidelines launched to improve treatment and care for millions of women suffering in silence -  26th October 2006 Source Onmedica The National Institute for Health and Clinical excellence (NICE) and the National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health have...

Safety in the workplace - carbon monoxide poisoning

Wednesday, 25 October 2006
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued a warning today about the risks associated with carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning at home and in the workplace As the cold weather approaches, it has urged homeowners, landlords and employers to ensure that their gas appliances are safe to use. Geoffrey...

Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006

Wednesday, 25 October 2006
The majority of the new Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 will come into force on 13 November 2006, the HSE has announced changes to the regulations were required after amendments to the EU Asbestos Worker Directive were made in 2003. Anyone exposed to asbestos during their working life may...

The number of nurses can affect mortality rates

Wednesday, 25 October 2006
Link proved between nurse numbers and patient mortality - 25th October 2006 Source RCN Patients staying in hospitals where there are fewer nurses on the wards are more likely to die or experience complications, according to a major new study launched at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). The...

European safety at work week - aimed at young EU workers

Sunday, 22 October 2006
The European Week for Safety and Health at Work takes place from 23rd to 27th October 2006 with the aim of ensuring that young people have a safe start to their working lives It is thought that in Europe 18 to 24-year-olds are 50% more likely to be injured in the workplace than more experienced...

NHS departments to suffer job cuts

Wednesday, 18 October 2006
NHS Job cuts - Government uncertain regarding the numbers involved - 18th October 2006 Source BBC Campaigners have reacted angrily to Tony Blair's assertion that there will only be a "few hundred" redundancies in the NHS. They, along with the Conservatives, say the total number of...

GPs performing surgery in the UK

Monday, 16 October 2006
GPs to perform minor surgery more often in the UK - 16th October 2006  The Government is pressing ahead with initiatives aimed at increasing the numbers of minor operations performed by GPs. The plan is to allow specially trained General Practitioners to conduct minor operations at their local...

Health benefits of walnuts

Wednesday, 11 October 2006
Research suggests eating walnuts after meals could have health benefits The Health benefits of walnuts They may be the ugliest of options but eating walnuts at the end of a meal may help cut the damage that fatty food can do to the arteries, new medical research suggests. It is thought that the...

NHS reforms - medical negligence compensation news

Thursday, 28 September 2006
Government defeated over reform of the NHS - 28th September 2006 The government has been defeated over its plans for the NHS at the Labour Party conference. Delegates voted in favour of a Unison motion calling for a slow down in the pace of reform and condemning the privatisation of the health...

Statistics released by the Dept for Transport

Friday, 15 September 2006
The latest government road safety statistics September 2006 16th October 2006 Road accident statistics news 2006 3,201 people fatalities on Britain's roads in 2005, 1% less than in 2004. The number of people seriously injured fell to 28,954, 7% lower than in 2004. Total casualties in 2005 were...

Motor insurance initiatives in the UK - Pay as you go cover

Tuesday, 5 September 2006
Norwich Union launch "Pay as you drive" insurance for young drivers 16th October 2006 Motor Insurers have developed a radical new method of underwriting insurance - particularly for those with limited driving experience. The initiative is aimed at high risk road accident claim victims...

HSC Safety at work statistics 2005/2006

Friday, 31 December 2004
The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) has today released their annual statistics relating to work-related ill health, workplace injuries and health and safety enforcement in the UK. The figures in some respects were encouraging with the number of people absent from the workplace due to work...