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A public inquiry into the coronavirus?

The possibility of an inquiry into the country’s response to the coronavirus is something that has been raised with increasing frequency. The number of deaths in care homes alone is clearly a tragedy that needs careful consideration: some have suggested…

CQC Inspections update

All providers will be aware that CQC has stopped undertaking routine inspections during the period of the pandemic, limiting on-site inspections to cases of high risk. Instead, their monitoring function has been carried out using the Emergency Support Framework, which…

Covid-19 – Workplace Testing and Monitoring

The ICO has published guidance on Covid -19 workplace testing and monitoring. Whilst some organisations have been engaged in testing for several weeks now, others are planning to return to the workplace and have questions about what is and isn’t…

CQC Briefing: Is your service a closed culture?

On 1 November 2019, CQC issued guidance for inspectors and Mental Health Act reviewers on the risk factors involved with closed environments. This followed on from the Panorama program about Whorlton Hall in May 2019 and the earlier issues arising…

A new form of Inquest?

The current pandemic has severely disrupted the vast majority of legal proceedings across the U.K and Inquests are no exception. On 11 June 2020, the Chief Coroner of England and Wales, HHJ Mark Lucraft QC issued new guidance, Guidance No…

COVID Challenges in Dentistry: Consent to Treatment

Whilst much has changed since the arrival of COVID, the law on informed consent, and the corresponding GDC standards remain the same. Consent is a frequent theme in both negligence claims and GDC investigations. COVID brings new challenges for dental…

Update on Liberty Protection Safeguards

As a result of the obvious need to focus on the coronavirus pandemic, there has been little reference recently to the liberty protection safeguards that were due to come into force on 1 October 2020. Although the primary legislation was passed,…