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Interim orders: Oversight with bite

‘It is, in my judgment, necessary and appropriate that I should make the court’s disapproval of the way in which the NMC responded to the previous court order. For these reasons the costs order, modest as it is, is in…

An important post-script

Somewhat unusually, the focus of this piece is a post script in the judgment of the Court of Sessions addressing concerns about unfairness in the mechanism for appealing fitness to practise sanctions. The sanction A nurse whose fitness to practise had been…

‘Sleep in’ and pay?

The recent Court of Appeal decision in the case of Royal MENCAP Society v Tomlinson Blake and Shannon v Ramprasad has considered the issue of whether ‘sleep in’ workers are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for the time that…

Landmark fine of £2 million for Southern Health

Yesterday, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust was fined £2 million at Oxford Crown Court for two offences under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The charges arose from the deaths of two vulnerable patients. The…

Healthcare briefing – Healthcare professional regulatory reform

On 23 January 2018, the Department of Health and Social Care closed its consultation ‘Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation’. According to the consultation paper published on 31 October 2017: ‘The regulation of healthcare professionals must change in order to protect patients, to support…