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).
A review was carried out following concerns in respect of an unregulated "cleavage -sparing" mastectomy that was performed by Mr Ian Paterson on hundreds of women suffering with breast cancer. Concerns were also raised in respect of women offered unnecessary surgery.
The review highlights that Senior Managers in the Trust did not respond effectively to concerns expressed about Mr Paterson until December 2007 and then their response was not sufficiently robust nor rigorous. Further to that, other staff members did not go to the GMC or to the regulator despite their own growing concerns and breast care nurses went along with Mr Paterson's assurances despite this being contrary to their training. The review also felt that the Trust sought to contain the fallout once an investigation commenced and focused on Mr Paterson rather than the patients involved.
The full report can be accessed here.
Our clinical negligence solicitors currently act on behalf of a number of women who have concerns in respect of the treatment offered by Mr Paterson both at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and those procedures conducted on a private basis at Spire Healthcare institutions.
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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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