January 2016 Archive

Warning signs for Company Directors

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It is important for company directors to understand why they need to care about the signs of financial distress. When a business is healthy, busy and profitable it is very easy to keep carrying on being healthy, busy and profitable... More …

Trade Mark Oppositions - Survival of the fittest

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In April 2014, Fitness Initiative Limited applied to register the mark mefit in class 35. The application related to a range of business set up and support services for fitness instructors, in particular providing a searchable database for members of the public to find a personal trainer or instructor in their chosen activity. More …

Private healthcare – competition

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The CMA published a finding on 10 November 2015 that lack of price competition is harming private healthcare customers. It expects to publish its final report and any decision on remedies by March 2016. Watch out for further briefings on this. More …

Procurement

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The new EU directive on public procurement was adopted on 18 April 2014 and transposed into domestic law in England, Wales and Northern Ireland with effect from 26 February 2015 as the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (Regulations) More …

Co-commissioning: ripe for conflict?

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When the Health and Social Care Act 2012 came into being, it attempted to put in place structural safeguards against conflicts of interest in health commissioning: if GPs were to commission secondary care services, then at least those GPs couldn’t commission themselves to deliver primary care. More …

Accessible information standard

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By 31 July 2016 all organisations that provide NHS or publicly funded adult social care (including GP Practices) must have fully implemented and conform to the Accessible information Standard. More …

Delayed transfers of care

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Delayed transfers of care continue to create significant inefficiencies in the healthcare system. More …

Access for all? Digital innovation in the NHS

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On 8 December 2015, Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, pledged that some of the £1billion of new investment allocated for NHS technology projects under the recent spending review will go towards providing free Wi-Fi in all NHS buildings. More …

Disability discrimination update

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There have been a number of developments in how employers are expected to deal with disabled employees. The new ACAS guidance discussed below, makes the point that in most cases, people develop a condition rather than being born with it, so at some point, most employers are likely to have a member of staff who becomes disabled. More …

Tackling workplace bullies

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What is the correct approach to bullying in the workplace? Oliver Weiss considers a recent ACAS discussion paper on workplace bullying, which coincided with a Minister resigning over a high-profile bullying scandal. More …