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.

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.

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.

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?

Discriminating against the elderly in the NHS is unlawful

A recent report produced by the Royal College of Surgeons and Age UK has revealed that some elderly patients are being advised not to go ahead with treatment and/or surgery because they are considered to be too old. This confirms increasing evidence that age has been used as an excuse for rationing expensive treatment, such as cancer therapy, joint replacements and heart-related surgery.

Agriculture news in brief

The RPA has reported an 11% increase in the number of cross-compliance breaches uncovered during 2011. Of course, anyone found in breach will face penalties and thus a reduced SPS so it is worth reviewing your activities and make sure that you are adhering to your cross-compliance obligations. The highest number of breaches (62%) related to cattle including reporting and/or recording movement either incorrectly or not all; and failure to report the death of an animal.
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