November 2012 Archive

One in five prescriptions contains errors

Prescribing errors hit the headlines earlier this year when the General Medical Council published the results of research into GP prescribing errors. The research indicated that one in five prescriptions contained an error - although only a tiny percentage (0.002%) was considered serious. It transpired that the elderly and children were most likely to suffer from wrong prescriptions: older people tend to take several medicines and checks for compatibility are not always sufficiently thorough; and drug dosages for children are calculated on body weight which can also lead to errors.

"Owner-employees" - promoting employee share ownership?

Following on from announcements that the Government are looking to promote this as the “decade for employee share ownership”, George Osborne recently announced plans for a new kind of employment contract for “owner-employees”. Owner-employees can swap certain UK employment rights for shares in the business they work for with the gains on those shares being exempt from capital gains tax. The arrangements are to be available for all sizes of companies but particularly targeted to those with growth potential.

The end of the holiday pay scheme for construction businesses

The holiday pay scheme was a valuable concession and meant that employers or employees did not pay NIC on holiday pay if that pay came via an independently managed central fund to which several employers contributed. In 2007 the government made a decision to withdraw the scheme. Employers in the construction industry were then given five years grace to operate the scheme following the decision. This five year period ended on 31 October.

Hip resurfacing is not right for everyone

Hip resurfacing is a good option for the right person, but in the last few years, the rate of failure has risen, particularly among women. Surgeons are calling for much more careful screening of patients. If you have had an operation that failed, you may be able to make a claim.

Can you claim against an uninsured driver?

Police statistics reveal that over 22,000 people have been caught driving uninsured in the last six months. But that’s just “the tip of the iceberg” according to LV= car insurance, which has new research showing one in 20 British drivers are sharing cars illegally – an increase of 14% over the last year. If you have been hit by an uninsured driver, you can claim.

Complications with dermal fillers

Permanent dermal fillers, incorrectly administered, are the greatest cause of complaints: 38% of surgeons registered with the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) have reported seeing patients with complications of which 23% needed surgery. Unfortunately, the cosmetic treatment industry is not regulated.

Is my redundancy fair?

We answer some common questions about redundancy including, I have been employed for 18 months and have been made redundant. My employer is not paying me any redundancy pay; Have I got a claim? and can I take unpaid leave to look for work and attend interviews whilst working my redundancy notice?

Overdiagnosis of breast cancer

Recent reports have highlighted concerns that many women have undergone unnecessary treatment due to overdiagnosis of breast cancer, including unnecessary mastectomies. What can you do if you think that this has happened to you?
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