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Cancer Waiting Times at 'Worst level ever'

Guy Pomphrey
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BBC Health reports that NHS cancer treatment times are at their worst ever level .  Cancer Referral Report NHS patients should be seen by cancer doctors no more than 62 days after their GP first refers them but the report says this two month waiting...

Inquest Annual Northern Conference

Gemma Vine
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INQUEST warmly invites you to a half-day conference held in the North where we will look at issues concerning Inquest funding, practice and procedure. Gemma Vine , associate solicitor and head of Minton Morrill's Inquest team, will be speaking...

Thomas Cook remove guests from Egypt hotel after death of Lancashire Couple

Gemma Vine
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Thomas Cook have been offering their customers alternative hotels within the resort of Hurghada from today, as well as giving them the option to return home after the death of John and Susan Cooper. At the moment their deaths are still being...

A step in the right direction? Supreme court rules on end of life decisions

Komal Hussain
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The Supreme Court has ruled that in circumstances where families and doctors are in agreement, an application to the Court of Protection will not have to be made to end a persons life who is in a long term permanent vegetative state. In the Supreme...

Court of Appeal Rules On Pay For Sleep-In Carers

Komal Hussain
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The Court of Appeal handed down a judgment finding it is only time spent awake and working during a sleep-in that counts as working time for National Minimum Wage purposes. Care workers who sleep overnight at a client’s home are not entitled to the...

Deaths in Police Custody reach ten year high

Gemma Vine
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Deaths occurring in police custody have increased 64% in a year, with figures produced by the Independent Office for Police Conduct identifying 23 deaths in police custody for the period 2017/2018 in comparison to 14 in the previous year. Out of the 23...

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons critical annual report

Gemma Vine
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HM Chief Inspector of Prisons critical annual report: Disturbing prison conditions have no place in the 21 st Century On 11 July 2018, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons produced his annual report for 2017 to 2018. The report covers 1 April 2017 to 31 March...

Before HM Assistant Coroner for South Yorkshire (East District) - Mrs S L Slater - Doncaster Coroner's Court

Gemma Vine
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Conclusion 5 July 2018 Gail Pickles, the daughter of Richard Lee says as follows; I am extremely relieved that the inquest process is finally over and that the Coroner made findings that my father received two sets of his prescribed medication, on two...

Inquest Opens Into Death Of Richard Anthony Lee

Gemma Vine
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Before HM Assistant Coroner for South Yorkshire (East District) Ms S L Slater Doncaster Coroner’s Court Opening 25 June 2018 – Expected to last three days Richard Anthony Lee died on 15 December 2016. His death occurred after a...

Gosport Hospital Investigation Panel Identifies Catalogue of Failings

Guy Pomphrey
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An independent panel found more than 450 deaths occurred after patient’s were given powerful painkillers at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. Why was the panel established? The panel investigating the hospital looked at deaths from 1987 to 2001. It was...

NHS Fails to send breast screening invitations to 450,000 women

Guy Pomphrey
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BBC News have today reported that the Health Secretary Mr Jeremy Hunt has told the Commons that since 2009, the NHS has failed to send breast screening invitations to 450,000 aged 68-71 . Up to 270 women in England may have died because they did not...

Urgent Notification for HMP Exeter

Komal Hussain
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The Chief Inspector of Prisons triggered the urgent notification process for HMP Exeter on 30 May 2018. An unannounced inspection of HMP Exeter took place between 14 and 24 May 2018 which identified a number of significant concerns with regard to the...

NHS 111 - is this service working?

Lisa Whitworth
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NHS 111 has faced a lot of criticism since it replaced NHS Direct, a nurse led advice service, in 2013. There is concern that medically qualified call handlers have been replaced by call handlers who receive only basic medical training and are expected to be...

NHS Managerial Recruitment

Guy Pomphrey
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On 19 April 2018 the BBC reported that the NHS is recruiting managers faster than doctors and nurses .  There was a 16% increase in managers compared to only an 8% increase in doctors.  More people are using the NHS than ever before and the...

HM Chief Inspectorate of Prisons 2017 Report of HMP Leeds Released Today

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Prison inspectors carried out the 2017 inspection of HMP Leeds revealing some concerning findings. In the report the prison was described as one of the most seriously overcrowded in the country, with 91% of the cells holding more prisoners than they were...

Statement by Philip Goldberg of Minton Morrill Solicitors on behalf of Naveeda Ikram

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Since Naveeda Ikram’s arrest on 3 March 2016 she has maintained her innocence and denied any conduct which would amount to misconduct in public office, a position which has now been vindicated by her acquittal.  At her trial in late 2017 the...

Inquest opens into death of farm manager in York following police contact

Gemma Vine
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Before HM Coroner Turnbull York Innovation Centre York Science Park, Heslington YO10 5DG 10:00am 12 December to 15 December 2017 An inquest opens tomorrow into the death of Glen Brough, 36. Glen died of an apparent self-inflicted fatal gunshot wound,...

Inquest opens into the death of Katie Hamilton whilst a mental health inpatient in Leeds

Gemma Vine
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Before HM Coroner Jonathan Leach  Wakefield Coroner’s Court Opens 4 December, 10am – expected to last 2 weeks An inquest into the death of 26 year old Katie Hamilton will begin on Monday 4 December 2017. Katie died in hospital...

Host for The Legal Education Foundation training contract

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We are very proud to have been selected as a host for ‘The Legal Education Foundation’ training contract. Please find more information here or apply here . The Fellowship scheme was launched by TLEF in 2014, to create social welfare lawyers...

Shortage of Mental Health Beds for Adolescents Now a Priority?

Komal Hussain
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Sir James Munby, head of High Court’s Family division was, ‘ashamed and embarrassed’ that no hospital place has been found for a 17-year-old who was at high risk of self harm and suicide. The comments made draw attention to the state of...

Leeds pioneer champion of the vulnerable wins prestigious legal award

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Leeds law firm Minton Morrill are celebrating last night’s win by Dr Keith Lomax, one of its nationally recognised lawyers, who was awarded ‘Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year - Public Law’ by Baroness Doreen Lawrence at the prestigious awards...

NHS Baby Care in Distress, again

Guy Pomphrey
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The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, an organisation we should all take note of, recently reported the shocking statistic that three quarters of babies who die or are brain damaged during birth could have been saved.  A link to read...

Discount Rate

Sahida Patel
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How will the new discount rate affect Clinical Negligence Compensation Claims?  On the 20th March 2017, the Lord Chancellor made a decision to lower the discount rate from 2.5% to -0.75%. This blog looks at the implications of this because it is a...

Barrister involved in the Pippa McManus Inquest becomes The Times Lawyer of the Week

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Congratulations to barrister Kirsten Sjovoll, who was named The Times Lawyer of the Week for her role in the Pippa McManus Inquest, instructed on behalf of Minton Morrill solicitors who represented the family of Pippa Mcmanus. The firm has been instructed...

Childbirth - The Right to Choose

Guy Pomphrey
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Childbirth - The Right to Choose. In January 2017 a Coroner in Tunbridge Wells heavily criticised a local Hospital for pressurising Mrs Frances Cappuccini to try for a natural delivery rather than a planned elective caesarean section. This decision...

Inquest begins into the death of Vikki Thompson, a transgender remand prisoner who died at HMP Leeds

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The Inquest into the death of 21 year old Vikki Thompson, who died whilst on remand at HMP Leeds on 13 th November 2015, has begun this week at Wakefield Coroner’s Court. Gemma Vine, who Heads our specialist Civil Liberties department is instructed by...

Inquest into child death finds failings in care contributed to suicide

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The inquest concerning the death of 15 year old Pippa “Pip” McManus has concluded. Pip suffered from Anorexia and was formally an inpatient at the Priory Hospital Altrincham at the time of her death on 9 December 2015. During the inquest the...

Compensation for knowledge of delayed diagnosis

Susan Bartfield
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A recent decision of the High Court highlights the different ways in which a delay in diagnosis can affect a cancer patient. Mr M had a biopsy taken from a wound on the sole of his foot in November 2011.  A histopathologist (a doctor specialising in...

Independence of Experts

Charles Gillott
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A recent Court of Appeal decision (February 2017) emphasised the importance of expert witnesses in medical negligence cases being truly independent. In the case of EXP v Barker [2017] EWCA Civ63 , the court heard an appeal by a consultant neuroradiologist...

A Patient's Right to Choose Their Treatment - The Latest Legal Principles

Charles Gillott
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Guy Pomphrey recently blogged about a Women’s Right to Choose in childbirth . This blog looks at the legal principles behind this choice.   In the recent case of Webster v Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust , February 2017, the Court of...

Driving Disqualifications: What is 'exceptional hardship'?

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Today the BBC has published that there are over “10, 000 motorists legally driving on British roads last month, despite having excessive points” and that one West Yorkshire driver “clocked up 62 points on his licence is still being allowed to drive”.

Bail Changes

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Bail... not as we know it any longer. 3 rd April 2017 signifies the new changes to the Law relating to suspects arrested and whether bail will apply. The Policing & Crime Act 2017 was drafted in light of the publicity surrounding famous people arrested...

Fixed Recoverable Legal Costs in Medical Negligence

Guy Pomphrey
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Over the past few years a hot debate has been raging between the Government, the Department of Health and Medical Negligence Lawyers about the cost of pursuing medical negligence claims.  The Department of Health, effectively the NHS, says that the...

Prison and Probation Ombudsman Stresses Concerns On Rising Female Suicides

Komal Hussain
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The prisons and probation ombudsman has commented on a “lack of concerted and sustained action” following a rise in the number of suicides among female prisoners. He warned that wide scale reform proposed a decade ago following a review of the...

Spit Hoods - Appropriate or Undignified?

Komal Hussain
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A spit hood is a mesh fabric hood that is placed over a detained person’s head in order to prevent them from spitting or biting officers. Spit hoods are currently used by one third of the country’s police forces. Out of the 49 police forces in...

Only Connect

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In the last edition of PS, Vicky Ling discussed the use of webcams in delivering legal services. Here, she speaks to Philip Goldberg, managing director of the newly-merged Minton Morrill solicitiors in Leeds, on how the firm uses webcam technology in...

IPCC Article concerning fatal police shooting investigations

Komal Hussain
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The IPCC have published an article further to debates surrounding police use of firearms and the delays in investigations.   This week Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, in his call for greater public support of firearms officers, said that officers are...

Minton Morrill client, Mary-Ann Walters speaks to media amid publication of appalling suicide and self-harm in custody stats

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Last week, the Ministry of Justice published their annual statistics for 2016 in relation to instances of violence, self-harm and suicide in our prisons. It was revealed that in the past twelve months, an all-time high 119 people took their own lives in...

Speeding Penalties Increase

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Do not speed, the penalties have just gone up and even worse it’s more likely that you will be disqualified! Today the Sentencing Council has published new guidelines for speeding offences. Even though they cannot be used by the Courts until 24 April...

Michelle Flaga joins the Criminal Team

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We are pleased to announce Michelle Flaga joins the Criminal team on the 23rd January.  Michelle has practised as a criminal defence solicitor for over 10 years and is also a qualified duty solicitor.  She has a strong presence in the Police...

West Yorkshire Police Shooting: Man Dies near M62 after Police Operation

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A police firearm was discharged at about 18:00 on Monday 2 January 2017 near Huddersfield during a pre planned policing operation surrounding an Audi Vehicle, taking the life of an unknown male. Five people have been arrested in relation to this operation,...

Failing Prison Service

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On Friday 16 December 2016, the public were made aware of a riot at HMP Birmingham which is believed to have involved up to 600 prisoners. Authorities  regained control of the prison after more than 12 hours of rioting described as the worst since the...

Greater Manchester Police Shut Down the Humorous Home Alone Burglary Warning

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Police have been forced to stamp out rumours that the Home Alone burglars Harry and Marv are targeting houses. Those who recall the classic Christmas movie will be familiar with the fate of the two men after falling victim to traps set by a little Kevin....

Offences rise across the region

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The crime rate has increased across West Yorkshire, although the region’s police force argues that the rise in offending is not as stark as it first appears. Statistics collated and released by the Government suggest that the number of offences rose...

Concerns over level of road traffic offences among students

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Concerns have been raised about the number of university students who admit to flouting the laws of the road. According to a survey conducted by Ford, a significant proportion of those studying for a degree confess to using their phones at the wheel,...

Spike in DoLS applications causes consternation

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Figures have revealed that care homes have made a record number of applications to deprive a resident of their liberty. A total of 195,840 such applications were submitted to local authorities under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) framework in...

Police constable convicted of drink driving offence

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A police officer who previously spearheaded an alcohol awareness campaign has lost his licence after being caught driving while over the legal limit. PC Matthew Hall had drunk two cans of beer before getting behind the wheel of his vehicle. The 42-year-old...

NHS trust given permission to proceed with surgery

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The Court of Protection recently ruled that an urgent medical procedure should be carried out on a woman with mental health issues. The court had been asked to consider the case of a patient who is suffering with depression and a mild form of psychosis. ...

CPS signals harder line on online abuse

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New guidelines are being drawn up by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in relation to prosecuting people who incite abuse on social media. The guidance which was published this week could see “trolls” who post doctored images online or...

Too many councils are failing to make proper provision for Gypsies and Travellers

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A significant number of councils are failing to meet targets for Gypsy and Traveller sites, a charity has revealed. Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) has published a report which revealed numerous cases of local authorities failing to make adequate...