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).
Sadly, neonatal deaths and injuries in the UK remain at a high level, and while having a baby is meant to be one of the most joyous occasions for any parents, the inquiry underway at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust only serves to highlight that sometimes errors are made by medical staff that will have devastating consequences.
The inquiry ordered by Jeremy Hunt in 2017 has now been widened, and we understand that over 100 cases are currently under investigation, with the Trust candidly and openly confirming that it will be looking at certain cases between 2000-2017.
Parents who might be affected will understandably have many far-reaching questions, which hopefully, this inquiry will answer. It is pleasing to note that the Trust acknowledges the importance of giving any families who have questions or concerns the opportunity to have them fully explored.
Important considerations during an inquiry or a medical negligence claim would be things like:
- Although difficult to re-live what can often be painful memories, drawing up a detailed chronology of the facts of exactly what happened, including the conversations and discussions that you will have had with the clinicians involved in the case, will often focus on the key issues and help establish where areas of concern may need to be investigated.
- Have all of your documentary evidence to hand including any extracts of records, letters from the hospital or GP practice and arrange them in a chronological order which will help determine exactly what has happened across the timeline of events.
- Since May 2018, in most cases, a fee does not have to be paid for obtaining one’s medical records. To help with any analysis of the key issues in the case, you may wish to obtain the relevant medical records which in turn could help you put together the chronology of events.
- After you have drafted a chronology of events, write down questions that you need answering. At this stage, no question, however trivial should be left out. Often something that is playing on your mind may well be relevant or linked to some key issues surrounding any potential breaches relating to what has happened. If you have a set of key questions, it will help focus any discussions that you may need to have during the inquiry or with your solicitor.
For more information
If you would like help to bring a claim, or support through an inquiry, please contact Mr Rankeshwar Batta, Partner and Head of the Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury team at Anthony Collins Solicitors.
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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