n this update, we have focussed on the headline governance and regulatory issues that are facing RPs at this time. as we all deal with the Covid-19 crisis.
As a patient, you might be sympathetic of those working in understaffed hospitals. However, delays in admission or assessment at the hospital can be significant if the severity of your condition is not recognised by reception or nursing staff. Whilst waiting to see a doctor for a fracture can result in time spent waiting in pain, for patients with unrecognised and time-sensitive conditions, such as sepsis, cardiac difficulties or a stroke, every minute spent waiting to see a doctor can have negative long-term effects. Delays can have a serious impact on the treatment offered and may result in long-term complications or, in the worst-case scenario, death. This is fast becoming a larger issue when, as is now becoming commonplace, patients can be left waiting for more than four hours to see a doctor.
At Anthony Collins Solicitors, we act for both those who have suffered serious injuries or death as a result of delays in diagnosis or treatment of medical emergencies or their families. We have successfully supported clients in bringing claims against hospitals and GPs in instances where there has been a delay in the diagnosis of a medical condition which has caused an injury or death.
The law surrounding organ donation has changed. The Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill came into effect on 20 May 2020 and has implemented an opt-out system for organ donation.
Commercial and local authority landlords could benefit from urgently reviewing their legal options.
The Cabinet Office has published guidance asking for people to act responsibly, fairly and “in the national interest”.
To help our charity clients look to the future, we summarise key guidance and updates over the last week.
On 18 May 2020, the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) wrote to all social housing residents in England (residents).
For anyone who is currently restrained from holding their General Meeting or have held such in breach of their governing documents, help is on the way!
Social landlords may be surprised to learn that “landlords should be able to carry out routine as well as essential repairs for most households”.
Many housing providers are now re-thinking about gathering information to complete their data return to the Regulator of Social Housing, with the initial exercise having been delayed by Covid-19.
With many premises being left unoccupied (or minimally occupied) during the lockdown, both Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive have warned of the increased risks of Legionella.
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