NHS failures

NHS trust “failed to investigate hundreds of deaths”The NHS has failed to investigate the unexpected deaths of more than 1,000 people since 2011, according to a report from NHS England. It blamed a “failure of leadership” at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, which covers Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, and provides services to around…

Happy Christmas

Genteel insults The execrations of British lawyers have usually been as measured and restrained as those used by British polite society in general when it is outraged. When John Cleese’s TV hotelier Basil    Fawlty was irate with his hotel’s assistant Polly, he fulminated: “I’ll ruin you. You’ll never waitress in Torquay again.” When FE…

Hospital apologises

Hospital sorry for “do not resuscitate” orderEast Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust has apologised for placing a “do not resuscitate” (DNR) order on a patient with Down’s Syndrome, after listing his learning difficulties among the reasons for doing so. The family of Andrew Waters was not consulted or informed and found out only after…

Home Defence law attacked 

Home defence law “incompatible with human rights convention” New laws which give householders the right to exact “disproportionate force” on intruders are being challenged in the High Court for being “incompati   ble” with the European human rights convention. The new “householder defence” regime is being challenged by the family of Denby Collins, who allegedly entered…

Islamic Courts

Campaigners want power of Sharia courts limited Campaigners are warning that Sharia courts should be prevented from presiding over divorces and other family matters, and the Government should stop them from becoming an alternative legal system. A letter signed by more than 150 organisations and individuals – including the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation…

New Courts

Gove moves forward with problem-solving courtsMichael Gove is in talks with the judiciary over the setting up of specialist courts that would seek to address domestic abuse, drugs and alcohol misuse and help with rehabilitation. Mr Gove is optimistic that the judiciary will favour the move and told the Times that judges were “very supportive”…

NI Gay Marriage challenge

Two couples challenge NI gay marriage banGráinne Close and Shannon Sickles, and Chris and Henry Flanagan-Kane have been granted permission for a judicial review of the Northern Ireland assembly’s repeated refusal to legislate for gay marriage. Patrick Corrigan, Amnesty’s Northern Ireland programme director, said: “Success in this case could have positive implications for thousands of…