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Systemic change is needed to ensure our health services learn lessons from the deaths of vulnerable patients in their care

On 12th February 2016

The shocking failure of Southern Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to investigate the deaths of over a thousand patients with learning disabilities or mental health issues made headlines at the end of last year, with both the Department of Health and NHS England promising reviews and major changes to tackle the issue. At a time of drastic cuts to NHS services, the physical healthcare of these vulnerable patients often falls short and the proper investigation of preventable deaths is essential, both for the families of the bereaved and to ensure that lessons are learned by our health services…

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Restraint orders: Reasonable suspicion and reporting

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On 11th February 2016

On 1 June 2015 a number of provisions took effect as a result of the implementation of the Serious Crime Act 2015 (SCA). One of the most notable changes was that section 11 of the Act amended section 40 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) to adjust the threshold for applying for a restraint order from ‘reasonable cause to believe’ to a ‘reasonable suspicion’ that the suspect has benefited from criminal conduct.

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Cherwayko v Cherwayko (No 3): Imprisoned for contempt of court…well almost…

On 10th February 2016

In the recent case of Cherwayko v Cherwayko (No 3) the Husband was given a custodial sentence for contempt in financial remedy proceedings. He was sentenced to nine months imprisonment for breaching a Court Order by failing to attend a hearing, nine months for breaching a Court Order by failing to disclose information (the second nine months to run concurrently with the first) and a further 12 months for breaching an undertaking given to the Court.

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