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In our report in September 2017 we examined the steep increase in the use of prescription and non-prescription opioids in the United States and Canada, and fears that Europe may face a similar epidemic. We now take a closer look at the extent of opioid use in the UK, the steps being taken to address this, and the potential impact on insurers.
The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill is currently making its way through parliament. We explore some of the practical and financial implications of the proposals, for local authorities, the NHS, and the private sector.
Case review 28/02/2019
The question whether periodical payments by a 'passported' insurer are ‘reasonably secure’ pending the unknown future outcome of Brexit was considered in a recent case. The parties were agreed that the answer was in the affirmative, but the court had to satisfy itself when approving the settlement.
The road to reform on the personal injury discount rate has been long and winding but Deborah Newberry, our Head of Corporate and Public Affairs, suggests with the strict timetable in the law there is a light at the end of this tunnel.
Artificial intelligence is prevalent across many areas of our day-to-day life and now increasingly so in medical products. This article focuses on the potential liability issues for such products, particularly in the healthcare sector.
Late on 18 December 2018 the Scottish Parliament passed stage 1 of the Damages (Investment Returns and Periodical Payments) (Scotland) Bill (the Bill) in Holyrood.
We have taken a look at some of the HSE hot topics emerging over recent months and interesting recent developments.
A summary of key developments, including an update on the Civil Liability Bill, draft legislation from Jersey on the discount rate, a new video hearings pilot scheme, delays with clinical negligence reforms, an update on the Patient Safety Bill, a new report from the Care Quality Commission and an independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983.
A roundup of recent court decisions raising issues in relation to the deprivation of liberty, the duty to warn non-patients, the duty of care receptionists owe to patients, the impact of absentee witnesses and an update on the rules of consent.
The Private Healthcare Facilities (“PHF”) Bill (“the Bill”) was passed by the Legislative Council on 15 November 2018 and it will be gazetted on 30 November 2018.