Briefing quick find:

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…

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,…

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…

Care home briefing 187 – A new code for prosecutors

What general factors will the CQC, HSE, the police and other regulator prosectors consider when contemplating charging an organisation or individual? The CQC and other bodies who have power to prosecute follow guidance issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions under…