The Academies Financial Handbook is updated annually by the Department for Education and the Education and Skills Funding Agency; it contains a number of governance requirements for academy trusts.
In December 2020, we commented on issues being faced by the Royal Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust with their maternity services which underlined how mistakes that happen in obstetric and midwifery care can result in catastrophic injuries for both mother and baby calling for much-welcomed transparency when things go wrong and improvements across a number of areas.
Today, in a report following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in December 2020 following whistleblowing concerns received about the safety of the maternity department at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, particularly around midwifery staffing levels, there are concerns raised over staffing levels being below what was required, morale with staff being low and communication between maternity teams being poor. Overall, the CQC recorded a finding that the maternity services required improvement.
The report makes disturbing reading, identifying a number of areas of improvement. Pregnancy and childbirth will be an extremely joyous but understandably an anxious and difficult time where expectant mothers can feel vulnerable. It is imperative that staffing and resource are pitched at the appropriate level numbers in order to ensure patient safety which is the paramount consideration.
At Anthony Collins Solicitors, we sadly see numerous obstetric and midwifery cases that result in death or a significant injury. We know only too well the devastation and heartbreak that maternity mistakes can cause. We hope that the Hospital Trust can be supported and can act upon the findings to take remedial steps quickly and effectively.
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If you have any concerns about midwifery or obstetric care that has been provided to you, your children or a member of your family then please contact Rankeshwar Batta, who would be happy to discuss this with you on a no-obligation basis.
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From 6 April 2021, it will be the responsibility of medium and large private sector organisations to assess whether contractors working through an intermediary come within the ambit of IR35.
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On 4 November 2020, the Restriction of Public Exit Payments Regulations 2020 (the Regulations) came into force; exit payments for the public sector were capped at £95,000.
The case was brought by the Official Receiver who sought disqualification orders under section 6 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 (CDDA 1986) against the seven trustees of Kids Company and its CEO. It illustrates well the tension between the role of a fulltime paid CEO of a large charity and the role of its board as voluntary trustees/directors.
At the end of 2020, The Charity Governance Code was updated or 'refreshed' as it is termed on its website.
Anthony Collins Solicitors is today (Thursday 11 February) revealing the scale of its social impact during 2020.
In their first podcast of this series, current and future trainees will discuss their journey and route to securing a training contract at Anthony Collins Solicitors.
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