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).
She then developed sepsis and sadly died. The coroner today confirmed there was no doubt that neglect, in terms of the medical treatment she should have received played a major part in Freya’s untimely death.
Freya attended hospital in respiratory distress on 21st November 2012 where she should have received basic but nonetheless urgent medical attention but sadly never did. Today’s inquest made it clear that one doctor in particular grossly failed Freya, her family and indeed her own colleagues by not recognising the severity of the child’s condition, which included signs of septic shock, until she spoke to an on-call consultant.
The Inquest heard evidence that in hindsight, the same doctor would have given intravenous antibiotics and a fluid bolus, procedures which medical experts confirmed would have save Freya’s life.
The case sadly highlights the gross failings in Freya’s care and that the tragedy of her death was avoidable had appropriate and urgent steps been undertaken. The case centred on inadequate communication; the failure to recognise an obvious and escalating high risk condition and most importantly, the taking of personal responsibility to ensure appropriate treatment and a specialist referral for a very sick child.
Family members are now relieved and pleased that the Coroner’s Inquiry has determined what really happened to Freya on 21st and 22nd November 2012. The Coroner, for the first time in his court confirmed that he would be writing to the General Medical Council (GMC) recommending the suspension of the doctor in question pending a formal investigation.
Our team will now consider next steps with Freya’s family in respect of any formal action they may wish to take against Kingston Hospital NHS Trust.
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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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