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Mental health law briefing 256 – DoLS guidance / Conditional discharge

The Mental Health Caseworkers Section of HM Prison and Probation Service has recently produced guidance on ‘Discharge conditions that amount to a deprivation of liberty.’ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/discharge-conditions-that-amount-to-a-deprivation-of-liberty This refers to the recommendation in the independent review of the MHA published on 6 December 2018…

Future Liabilities Scheme: GP indemnity plans for Wales

While attending the NHS Confederation annual conference in Cardiff, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething, confirmed that NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership – Legal and Risk Services will be the organisation operating the Future Liabilities Scheme that…

Perinatal mental health services: Where are we in Wales?

In January 2019, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Service, Vaughan Gething AM, met with the Children, Young People and Education Committee to discuss the progress of recommendations provided in the October 2017 report on perinatal mental health services.[1] What is…

GP partnership review

The final report of the GP partnership review, led by Dr Nigel Watson, was published on 15 January 2019.[1] The report follows Secretary for Health and Social Care, Mr Matt Hancock, announcement in February 2018 that a review should take…

White coat crime: Corporate manslaughter in the GP practice

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 contains requirements to secure a conviction: The defendant was a qualifying organisation The organisation owed a relevant duty of care to the deceased The duty of care was grossly breached A substantial component of the breach…

Privacy rights and ‘citizen journalists’

Recent media coverage of the treatment meted out to politicians and journalists under the guise of political protest has highlighted the use of mobile phones to record video footage, and the posting of such footage to the internet. In that context,…