April 2013 saw the inception of the biggest shake up to civil justice in recent memory. One year on, James Birch reviews their impact and asks whether the Jackson Reforms achieved their aims? Click here to read the article.
Victoria Yuan explains the importance for all NHS Trusts of being able to demonstrate compliance with the principles of competition law, given the serious consequences of a breach, which stretch beyond a Trust’s balance sheet. Click here to read the article.
Corporate and commercial partner Christian Dingwall reviews the latest thinking behind hospital chains, and how they might be used in the future as a means of improving quality across the NHS. Click here to read the article.
Sharon Cooney describes a case in which a Civil Restraint Order was obtained against a persistent Claimant. The High Court confirmed that the civil rights of a litigant in person could be restrained without infringing upon his Article 6 rights under the European Convention on Human Rights (‘ECHR’). Click here to read the article.
Carol Mosedale looks back over the first 12 months of Clinical Commissioning Groups, and highlights some key governance lessons, especially in light of the potential for co-commissioning of primary care with NHS England. Click here to read the article.
Now that Monitor has published its final substantive guidance on the provisions of the NHS (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) (No.2) Regulations 2013 (the “s.75 Regulations”), Oliver Crich and Victoria Yuan summarise the guidance. Click here to read the article.
The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has said that doctors and nurses must ‘say sorry’ when mistakes are made in order to end the culture of defensiveness in parts of the NHS. The NHSLA has released a guidance document which further emphasises this message by reassuring clinicians that saying sorry is not an admission of liability but is the right thing to do. Sajeda Adam provides an overview. Click here to read the article.
And finally, Lucy Cannon investigates whether the stethoscope, now almost 200 years old, is nearing obsolescence. The advent of point of care ultrasound devices would appear on the face of it to be the way forwards, but it seems the stethoscope still has a few years’ service left yet. Click here to read the article.
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