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17 September 2020 World Patient Safety Day - health worker safety: a priority for patient safety

The theme for this year’s World Patient Safety Day is “Health Worker Safety: A priority for Patient Safety” and whilst there are many different aspects to this in terms of both physical and psychological safety is vital to promote learning and improve patient safety.

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11 September 2020 Covid-19: New guidance for small scale manufacturers of PPE

The Office for Product Safety & Standards has just released its new guidance for small scale suppliers of PPE.

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10 September 2020 AI: support for buying new technology

The world of healthtech and digitech is continuing to develop at pace and as a result of Covid-19 we are seeing it being used and implemented to a greater extent across the NHS and wider health and care market.

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25 August 2020 Is it reasonable to dismiss an employee without any prior procedure being followed as a result of a breakdown in relations?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld the Employment Tribunal’s (ET) finding that a dismissal may be fair despite no prior procedure being followed.

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4 August 2020 Furloughed employees entitled to full pay for redundancy purposes

The government has brought in new legislation to ensure that any employees who have been furloughed will have their statutory redundancy pay calculated based on their full-time wages as opposed their furloughed pay in the event that they are made redundant.

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4 August 2020 New guidance issued by NHSE&I on procedures for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to apply for constitution change, merger or dissolution

NHSE&I issued new guidance to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) on 3 August 2020, this is a must read document for all CCGs either going through or contemplating embarking on a merger process.

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20 July 2020 Return to work – all change or more of the same?

The Government has announced that its workplace guidance will change with effect from 1 August and its “work from home” message will be removed.

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14 July 2020 GP contracts: updated expectations and contracting issues

On 9 July NHS England and NHS Improvement issued a letter to primary medical contractors and commissioners updating them on service expectations and contracting issues.

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30 June 2020 “Caution” is now the watchword when it comes to directly awarding public sectors contracts

The judicial review proceedings brought by the Good Law Project against the Department of Health and Social Care in relation to the £108m contract the Department awarded for PPE in April are about to shine a light on Regulation 32(2)(c) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

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19 June 2020 Will there be a return of employment tribunal fees?

The Government is reportedly considering the reinstatement of tribunal fees in respect of employment claims.

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