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Out of court settlement for care worker attacked five times

A carer, who was working in a residential children’s home in West Bromwich, has received an undisclosed amount of compensation from her employer after being attacked five times by the same resident.  The carer, who had worked for the home for nine years and had opted to remain unnamed, was initially hit on the legs by a chair.  She was struck so violently with the chair that a permanent dent was left on her leg.  She reported the attack to her employers, believing that the assailant would be moved to a secure unit for both his and other people’s safety.  It was, however, five months later and a further four attacks on the carer later that action was eventually taken to move the violent resident.  The teenager was known to have violent tendencies and inappropriate sexual behaviour when he was first sent to the care home.

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Vibration White Finger victim wins £42K in compensation

A worker who had been working for Derbyshire County Council has won £42 thousand in compensation in a case brought before Manchester County Court.  The road worker from Derby had been working for his employer since 1973, during which time he had been required to use vibrating tools.  Over the years, he developed Vibration White Finger and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, both of which could be directly linked to his prolonged exposure to vibrating tools and machinery.  The court was told by his solicitors, who were appointed through the worker’s trade union, that at no time was he offered protective equipment or offered any medical advice about the possible effects of his use of these tools from his employer.

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£290 thousand awarded to electrician’s widow

The widow of an electrician, who died after a two year battle against the asbestos related disease, mesothelioma, has been awarded £290 thousand in compensation by his ex-employer.  The widow, who has opted to remain anonymous, described how shocked her husband was on learning the news.  She said: “My husband had no idea that his job could lead to him being so ill.  He was never warned about the dangers until the damage had already been done”.  The husband had worked for Western Power Distribution, now EDF, for 42 years during which time he would have been exposed to asbestos dust on a regular basis.  He was never informed about the dangers he was facing until 1983 and, even then, he was expected to carry out his work without the protection of adequate equipment.

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Top London hotel compensates injured staff member

A 63-year-old employee of the five star Savoy Hotel in London has received £9 thousand in compensation for an injury he received whilst in their employ.  Mr Luis Castillo, from Croydon, had been working for the luxury hotel for 17 years, and was hoping to continue in his role of waiter and sommelier until his retirement.  Following the accident, however, he became unable to stand for long periods of time due to the injury he had sustained to his foot.  Mr Castillo had been moving through the kitchen area carrying a tray with drinks when he stepped on some spilled grease causing him to fall.  He sustained soft tissue damage to his foot and consequently was unable to work for the following three months. 

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Faulty shower causes holidaymaker to slip

A package holidaymaker has been awarded £22 thousand after sustaining injuries following a slip in her hotel bathroom.  The claimant broke her arm and tore ligaments after slipping on water leaking from a defective shower head whilst on holiday abroad.  The injured party had previously reported the problem to the hotel’s management, but nothing was done to repair the fault.  The holidaymaker decided to claim for compensation and appointed solicitors.

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Former construction worker wins compensation

A Derbyshire former construction worker, 65-year-old Peter Bowler, has won his compensation claim against his former employer, after being diagnosed with the fatal lung disease mesothelioma.  Mr Bowler worked for the same construction worker for two years in the seventies, where he was exposed to asbestos present in corrugated roofing sheets that he had to carry over his shoulder, then cut and drill to fix into position.  At that time, his job was to build agricultural buildings such as hen houses, barns and stables.  A hearing learned that Mr Bowler would go home at the end of his working day with asbestos dust all over his exposed skin and hair.

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GP services under pressure

Chiefs within the NHS in England and Wales are claiming that patients could be facing potential harm due to their GP’s lack of consulting time.  They are claiming that due to time and financial constraints within the health service, patients could become increasingly misdiagnosed or mis-prescribed medicines.  Dr Chaand Nagpaul, GP leader of the British Medical Association, has stated that GPs are having to rush through consultations in order to meet targets and has described the situation as potentially dangerous.

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Safety of prison detainees being compromised

In a report published by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons following a review of court cells in Wales, it has been claimed that the safety of detainees is being compromised.  The review of 26 courts was carried out in July of last year.  Among some of the concerns raised was an excessive use of handcuffs in some cases, and prisoners being left in cells for prolonged periods of time.  The review also found that low staffing levels was causing a problem in some cases which compromised the safety and care of detainees.

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Two midwives responsible for death

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust have accepted the findings in a report commissioned by NHS England, that two midwives should be held responsible for the death of a baby six hours after her birth.  The report was carried out by the External Midwifery Supervisory Review after years of campaigning by the baby’s parents.  Kate Stanton-Davies died just hours after being born in March 2009.  She was born with anaemia and was “pale and floppy”.   The report raised “serious concerns” about the fitness of the two midwives to practice, neither of whom had adequately monitored the baby’s development during pregnancy.  As a result of this, the birth was not flagged up as a high-risk.  The baby’s death could have been avoided if the birth had been handled appropriately.

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73% drop in mental health patients in police cells

A 73 percent drop in mental health patients being locked up in police cells since January 2015 has been announced by Devon and Cornwall Police.  It has been revealed that police forces in the area have made the decision to take people detained with mental health issues to Accident and Emergency wards instead of locking them up in cells.  This is causing strain between the two services as Accident and Emergency departments are already running at capacity.  Head of A&E department at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, Dr Anne Hicks, has said that they have been experiencing a sharp rise in cases being referred in weekends and evenings.  She described the situation as causing “tension” between the police and the health service.

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Mental health patients must receive care closer to home

In a report published following an Independent Commission chaired by ex-NHS chief executive Lord Crisp, it has been stated that the current practice of mentally ill patients having to travel long distances is unacceptable.  It has recommended that from October of 2017, patients with acute mental issues must receive care closer to home.  It identified around 500 patients in England who are having to travel more than 50km (31 Miles) every month for treatment due to a lack of acute inpatient services or beds being available locally.  It said that some of those cases could be potentially dangerous.

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More cash for brain cancer research e-petition launched

An e-petition has been started by Maria Lester in an appeal to lobby for more cash to be made available for research into brain cancer.  The petition is being supported by Brain Tumour Research and the Leicester Tigers Rugby Club and comes following the death of former Loughborough Grammar School pupil, Michael Smith in November of last year.  27-year-old Michael lost his fight against cancer after battling with the disease for two and a half years.  During that time, he seemed to be reacting well to chemo and radiotherapy, however he was informed by doctors that his tumour was terminal and no more could be done.

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Sir Patrick Stewart attempt to stop A&E closure

Sir Patrick Stewart has joined in the campaign to stop the Accident and Emergency department of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary being closed down.  In proposals health chiefs are considering demolishing the hospital as part of a plan to revamp Huddersfield’s health services.  It is proposed that a new medical facility be built in the town, but that A&E services should be moved to the Calderdale Royal Hospital in neighbouring Halifax.

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Death caused by potential breach of health and safety rules

A trial is currently underway to look into the tragic death of 62-year-old Philip Ledward from Whitchurch in Shropshire.  Mr Ledward, who was working for Arkenfield Stable Hire Ltd, died in November 2011 after being hit by a car whilst helping a lorry to reverse into a yard in the dark.  Mold Crown Court were told that it was “an accident waiting to happen”, and the company and general manager Phillip Sutton are standing accused of breaching health and safety rules.  Both deny the charges.

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Child care failings Wales

Pembrokeshire council is soon to publish a report carried out by the Child Practice Review following the death of eight-year-old Dylan Seabridge in 2011.  The report, which was written in 2013, was recently leaked, and concluded that certain laws in Wales surrounding child care needed to be strengthened urgently.

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Help for Gulf War Syndrome sufferers

25 years after the conflict in the Gulf, the Royal British Legion are calling for more help for veterans suffering from so called Gulf War Syndrome.  The condition, which is thought to affect around 33000 former soldiers, includes symptoms such as chronic fatigue, joint pain, memory problems, headaches and sleeplessness.  Sufferers have also reported respiratory disorders, psychological problems, irritable bowel and digestive problems.  The charity has requested that more funding should be made available from the government to research the condition as too little is known about it.

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Consultant misinterprets x-ray

A Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board consultant has been told to “reflect on the case” after he misinterpreted an x-ray of a patient’s fractured hip. The consultant, who remains unnamed, has been told to reflect on his errors after he misread a series of poor quality x-ray pictures. He has also been ordered to provide the man’s wife with a detailed account of his reasoning behind changing his mind at the last minute.  

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Driver sentenced to four-year ban

A motorist has been banned from driving for four years and given an eight month suspended jail sentence after hitting and seriously injuring a motorcyclist. 33-year-old Owen Phillips, from Llanfechell, was told by the Judge that he made a “gross error of judgement” when he pulled out of a side road and left a motorcyclist with a broken leg in two places. The accident happened in October of last year, after which Mr Phillips pleaded guilty to dangerous driving that caused injury at Caernarfon crown court.

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MoD ‘breaking its own safety rules’

Two lawyers are to inform MPs that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has repeatedly failed to follow its own safety guidelines on a number of occasions, leading to hundreds of injuries each year for military personnel. The lawyers will tell the Defence Select Committee inquiry that the regulations are being routinely ignored, and, that had they not been ignored, the deaths of three soldiers during an SAS selection course would have been prevented.

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Pensioner’s poor care causes death

The family of a pensioner who died after being admitted to a north Wales hospital with an infected wound announced that something went “drastically wrong” with his care. 81-year-old Alan Walker from Flintshire died at Wrexham Maelor Hospital in January 2014 after being admitted to the hospital with a skin infection. Mr Walker had been recovering from a cancer operation when the infection developed. In a statement released by Mr Walker’s widow, Irene, doctors said that food had entered his blood stream, which then caused a heart attack.

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