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.
A leaked report into maternity services at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust revealed by The Independent has been described as the “largest maternity scandal in NHS history”.
According to the report, at least 42 babies and 3 mothers have probably died unnecessarily, with more than 50 babies suffering avoidable brain damage at the Hospital Trust. The review covers hundreds of cases between 1979 and 2017. Sadly, the full extent of the scandal is expected to be potentially even worse as more cases are reviewed.
The report makes disturbing reading identifying a number of specific failings including a lack of transparency, honesty and communication with families, a failure to recognise serious incidents, a long-term failure to involve families in investigations that were often “inadequate”, “extremely brief” and processed by “overly defensive staff”. Worryingly, the report commented that there was a long-standing culture at the Trust “…that is toxic to improvement effort” and many cases revealed that families were told lessons would be learnt. The report, however, concluded “It is clear that this is not correct”.
At Anthony Collins Solicitors, we sadly see numerous obstetric cases that result in death or significant injury. Aside from securing compensation, it is imperative to learn lessons from mistakes to avoid harm in the future and lead to improvement in both the individuals and the Trust concerned.
A legal duty of candour has been in place in England since 2014 stipulating that Trusts must be open and honest with patients when things go wrong that could lead to significant harm in the future. Sadly this does not appear to have been followed according to the report.
Rankeshwar Batta is the Head of the Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Department here at Anthony Collins Solicitors, and has in-depth knowledge regarding these types of cases. He is committed to ensuring clients obtain access to justice but also clear explanations from the medical professionals when something has gone wrong, and how the relevant parties will make changes to stop the same thing happening again. His comments on the report are:
“It makes very sad reading when an independent report confirms numerous avoidable tragedies that occurred for almost 40 years with the real likelihood that ongoing issues are still probable at the Trust in question. Having acted for many families in similar situations over many years, I know only too well the devastation and heartbreak that this type of case causes. Taking personal responsibility when something goes wrong and involving families in a completely open and transparent way is essential as part of the improvement process”
Supreme Court publishes key decision for those working in the UK’s gig economy.
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.
The 'Chocolate Snowman Appeal' is an amazing initiative that Anthony Collins Solicitors' (ACS) employees take part in every year.
The Building Safety Bill (the Bill) is said to be the most significant and wide-ranging change to the regulatory environment for higher risk building (HRBs) for over 45 years.
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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