Health & Social Care Bill: “obviously a bit of a kitchen sink Bill, with many disparate components”

The Bill passed its second reading last week after a three hour debate and days before the new Health Secretary went into self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. Interventions by MPs ran broadly along party lines, with Conservatives generally supportive of the aims of the Bill and Opposition Members (such as the SNP member quoted above) fundamentally questioning the need for and the timing of the significant reorganisation to NHS England that the Bill seeks to bring about.

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Psychiatric injury claims: secondary victim cases head for the Court of Appeal

Two cases testing the legal control mechanisms on claims for psychiatric harm by secondary victims – those who directly observe injury caused to others close to them – are heading for the Court of Appeal later in the year. Although both are clinical negligence claims, if the outcome was to make any refinement to the control mechanisms there could be effects where secondary psychiatric harm arises in other settings, such as in road traffic or workplace accidents.

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Discharge of hospital patients who test positive for COVID-19 to care homes – will Designated Settings make an impact?

As was highlighted on this blog, the Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi has announced a ‘targeted and time limited state backed indemnity’ for care homes which are registered as Designated Settings or intending to register as a Designated Setting, and which are unable to obtain commercial insurance. The question is, will this relatively short-term move have the impact that is needed right now to protect the NHS and care sector?

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