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We consider how technological developments in patient-led care over the next 10 years could be used to alleviate pressure on the NHS and other healthcare providers and how the healthcare sector can prepare for changes to come.
Early March 2019 marked the second annual #GenomicsConversation Week, the Genomics Education Programme’s annual week of action for all health professionals. The goal of this NHS initiative is to encourage conversation and awareness among all health professionals and to help them feel more comfortable discussing genomic testing with patients.
The then-Lord Chancellor’s announcement on 27 February 2017, to reduce the discount rate from 2.5% to minus 0.75%, surprised those representing both claimants and defendants and has led to overcompensation in many cases. Fortunately, the Civil Liability Act 2018, which reforms how the discount rate is set, received Royal Assent on 20 December 2018, and should restore fairer compensation levels.
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.
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.
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.
Case review 29/11/2018
The Supreme Court concluded that the Mental Health Act 1983 does not permit the Secretary of State for Justice to impose conditions amounting to detention or a deprivation of liberty upon a conditionally discharged restricted patient.
In March 2018 the way a patient in Victoria can direct their care after they lose decision making capacity changed with the introduction of the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (‘Act’).