Lack of funding for community based mental health services adds to inpatient bed shortage

In 2013-2014 over 1.7 million adults accessed NHS services for severe or enduring mental health problems. A further 947,000 people were referred into Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services for common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety disorders. A recent review in....

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Thousands of faulty heart devices recalled

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has designated the product recall by a medical device manufacturer as Class 1. The faulty medical units are the loading systems for a medical device used in the treatment of severe aortic stenosis, the narrowing of the aortic valve. Heart patients in Essex may h....

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Company fined for breaching safety regulations

An inspector for the the Health and Safety Executive declared that it would take measures against companies that failed to adhere to industry safety standards. Waste and recycling companies, operating in Essex and elsewhere, were described as having one of the worst accident rates of any industry. S....

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Ikea denies it has recalled unstable furniture

Ikea has decided not to issue a recall of some of its home furnishing products even though it has admitted that a large number of its free standing bedroom furniture items have been described as unstable. Residents of Essex who have bought Ikea furniture may be aware that two young children were kil....

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Factory fined in accident that left worker permanently injured

Essex residents may have heard about the recent charges brought against a Merseyside food company in connection with an accident that left an employee severely injured. According to the report, English Provender Company entered a plea of guilty to two breaches after one of its employees received per....

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Fines result after diabetic patient dies

Essex residents who suffer from diabetes may relate to the dangers that can occur if insulin is not obtained in a timely manner. In the case of a Barnsley man, defective insulin injections were found to have contributed to his death. The man was treated in 2010 at a hospital in Sheffield, during whi....

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Proposed changes to fees for Clinical Negligence cases could cause some cases not to be pursued

Madeline Seibert, Partner Medical Negligence highlights the recent news that the Department of Health is considering introducing fixed legal fees for clinical negligence cases where damages do not exceed £100,000. This will include a high number of complex and tragic fatal accident cases where the ....

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Farming remains a dangerous industry

Shortly before the beginning of Farm Safety Week, the Health and Safety Executive released its preliminary figures on deaths in the workplace between April 2014 and March 2015. It may come as a surprise to residents of Essex to learn that farming is the most dangerous occupation in the U.K. with alm....

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Divorce – Dispelling the Myths

It's a sad fact of life that around two thirds of marriages are likely to end in divorce. In this article we examine the commonly-held misconceptions surrounding divorce. We asked Joyti Henchie, partner at solicitors Attwaters Jameson Hill, to help us separate fact from fiction. Myth- the 'Quicki....

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Prenuptial agreements – Dispelling the Myths

With more and more couples thinking of entering into them, we asked Joyti Henchie, partner at solicitors Attwaters Jameson Hill, to help dispel some common myths and misconceptions surrounding prenuptial agreements. Myth - Prenups are only for the rich and famous No. They are used by people of....

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Employment Rights – Dispelling the Myth

The Employment process With the economy improving, employers are increasingly recruiting more staff. In this article we examine some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding the employment of staff. Mark Stigwood, Head of the Company and Commercial Team at solicitors Attwaters Jameson Hill, se....

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Safety checks halted at faulty airbag manufacturer

A U.S. Senate Commerce Committee hearing has heard testimony regarding defective airbags that have been responsible for the deaths of eight people and for the injuries of over a hundred more. A report released by the staff of a Democratic senator on the committee has claimed that safety checks....

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