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.
On 5 July 2018 the NHS turns 70, celebrating having provided acute care to over three generations.
Like any institution, or even its patients, it has evolved over the years into its current condition. Although there may be some wear and tear showing, the overwhelmingly fantastic work carried out all over the country, every day, represents what can usually be expected. Despite the current budget constraints, in 2017 the NHS was ranked highly against healthcare systems worldwide, a testament to the levels of dedication from staff.
For the vast majority of patients, when the worst happens to them in their lives the NHS will provide a world class service. There are, however, a number of cracks starting to show as a result of budgetary issues, both within the NHS and due to cutbacks in social services leading to bed shortages or ‘post code lottery’ treatment. With an ever-aging population, many of whom will never have known a life without the NHS, there can be causes for concern ranging from delays in undergoing vital treatment, to staff simply being overworked and signicant mistakes happening.
Although the NHS may usually provide a quality service, for some patients the level of care they receive will fall below the standard that can be expected. Whilst, almost without exception, the staff involved will never have intended to provide unreasonable care, it is important that patients can seek assistance should mistakes happen. A distracted driver who accidentally hits you may not have intended you any harm, but if you suffer a severe injury and cannot work, their apologies will not make right the impact the injury has on your health, family and finances.
As the NHS turns 70, it is important we celebrate the service provided, but in its maturity, and like any responsible adult, it is also important that the NHS holds itself to account when mistakes happen. Only by raising concerns about poor treatment, or considering legal action when the consequences of negligent treatment have had life changing consequences, can the system and staff learn from mistakes and improve to ensure that we continue to receive an ever-improving service for the next 70 years.
At Anthony Collins Solicitors we fully acknowledge that for most of the time, the NHS provides an excellent free service for people who are most in need. We hold that acknowledgement in tandem with our acting for clients or their families who have suffered when things don’t go to plan whilst under NHS care, advancing negligence claims in a balanced manner. We hope that our work aids in the improvement and shaping of NHS services for patients, ultimately reducing negligence claims as a whole.
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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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