The Government first announced plans for a shared ownership right to buy in October 2019. At the time the sector raised concerns about the impact the plans would have on housing associations ability to borrow. An election and a pandemic later the Government announced, during the CIH Housing Festival last week, the return of the right to shared ownership as part of its Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).
There’s no doubt about it, the COVID-19 pandemic has placed incredible pressure on the NHS. The strain on acute care has highlighted cracks in other parts of the health care system, including cancer care.
Screening, diagnosis, surgery and treatment have all been affected. In an area of medicine which is especially time-sensitive, this knock-on effect can be devastating. For some, the effect is on their quality of life; for others, it will mean the cancer has spread, and others will have a lower chance of survival.
Cancer Research UK and others have highlighted this issue and the need to improve patient care.
Their research found that for every week cancer screening is paused, 7,000 people are not being referred for further tests and 380 cancers are not being diagnosed through screening programmes.
Other research has tried to estimate the number of extra cancer deaths that could be caused by service disruption during the pandemic. The numbers of avoidable deaths range from 3,300 to 60,000.
Cancer Research UK’s Chief Clinician, Professor Charles Swanton, put it simply: “Patients shouldn’t need to wait for this to be over before getting the treatment they need.” He said it is possible to create a safe environment for both staff and cancer patients.
As a clinical negligence team with expertise in dealing with cases involving cancer, we have first-hand experience of how difficult it is to treat at any time, let alone during a pandemic. The earlier a diagnosis is made and appropriate treatment is given, the better the chances of recovery and survival. Thankfully the NHS has made significant advances in its screening and treatment of cancer in recent years which undoubtedly has saved lives, but the concerns highlighted by Cancer Research UK at this particular time, relating to potential delays in diagnosis and treatment, should not be underestimated in respect of the impact on positive outcomes.
We are only too aware that treatment for cancer will depend on its type, where it is in the body and how advanced it is at the time of diagnosis. The main forms of treatment are surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormone treatment for some types. Our previous cases show that if these treatments are delayed this can result in the spread of the cancer to other parts of the body, requiring more invasive and complex treatment, which ultimately may reduce the patient’s chance of long-term survival or cure.
For more information
If you have any questions relating to this e-briefing or concerns about cancer care you or a relative have received, please contact Ann Houghton who will be happy to speak to you on an initial free, no-obligation basis.
Two final pieces of the possession jigsaw have been published on 15 September 2020. Mr Justice Knowles’ working group on possession proceedings has issued its guidance on the “overall arrangements” for possession proceedings.
One change proposed by the Building Safety Bill is the introduction of a duty holder regime, which will see statutory responsibility for the safety of higher risk buildings placed on key individuals
Throughout this pandemic, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been publishing various “Statements on Coronavirus” (Statements) which provide guidance on consumer rights during this time.
A recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the UK means new measures are being put in place in an effort to reduce the risk of a second wave. Whilst the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt, it is important to remain focused on the sector’s road to recovery.
Sometimes half an hour at a conference gives you the reality that has been staring you in the face all along. That was my experience watching “Change is on the Horizon”
Following our recent e-briefing on Possession Notices, Helen Tucker and Emilie Pownall from our housing litigation team discuss the impact of the changes on social landlords.
Not only has the possession stay been extended until 20 September, the notice periods to be given to tenants has been extended in certain circumstances with some important exceptions.
The Court has confirmed that a party cannot withhold its consent in order to re-write the original bargain.
Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, building safety continues to be a key concern for social housing providers and their residents.
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