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4 July 2018 The death of DoLS – the 'Liberty Protection Safeguards' are before Parliament now

Defying the cynicism of some who doubted there would be parliamentary time or appetite for any reform to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) legislation just now, however much needed or overdue, the government introduced on Tuesday 3 July, and published on Wednesday 4 July, a draft Bill – the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill

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29 June 2018 Health newsletter - June 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of our health newsletter, in which we bring you a round-up of the latest regulations and news affecting your sector.

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22 June 2018 Legal aid for families at inquest

The question of representation at inquest is always at the forefront of everyone’s minds and as someone who represents a wide variety of health, care, public and independent sector clients I often sit next to an unrepresented family.

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22 June 2018 Inquests statistics 2017 - what the numbers tell us

As has become a useful matter of a routine, the Chief Coroner’s statistics for 2017 have been released and whilst some of the subject matter may appear slightly dry, it is worth taking the time to understand what it tells us about the current landscape.

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22 June 2018 Learning from deaths in the NHS – reflections on progress made one year on

In March 2017, the National Quality Board (NQB) published Learning from Deaths Guidance (the Guidance) which provides a framework for all NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts (except ambulance Trusts) for identifying, reporting, investigating and learning from deaths of patients in their care.

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22 June 2018 Mental Health Act interim report – a sign of things to come?

The Mental Health Act is now 35 years old. In that time we have seen a great change relating to the understanding, focus and implementation of mental health provision.

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22 June 2018 Informed consent: clarifying the duty to warn and does Chester still apply?

On 7 June 2018 the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in the case of Duce v Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, providing clarification on a clinician’s duty to disclose material risks to a patient.

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22 June 2018 Introduction of medical examiners and reforms to death certification in England & Wales

Following a consultation in 2016 regarding the above, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published its response.

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20 June 2018 You can create an ICS under the current legislation

Many people who commentate on the health sector and its current transformation plans have suggested that we need legislative change, to create an Integrated Care System (‘ICS’).

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20 June 2018 CCG mergers - what to consider

Many CCGs are looking at how they can strengthen and formalise their collaborative working arrangements with neighbouring CCGs. As part of this process, there will inevitably need to be a discussion about whether such arrangements could be or are a precursor to a formal merger.

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