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LGBT+ youth charity launch legal challenge to Department for Education over gender questioning guidance consultation

The Proud Trust is calling on the Department for Education (DfE) to make its consultation regarding proposed guidance for schools on ‘gender questioning children’ accessible to Disabled people and inclusive for young people. 

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Human rights Group claims

More than 2,000 military personnel take legal action against the MOD for discrimination over housing costs in claims worth up to £30 million in total

More than 2,000 members of the armed forces are taking legal action against the Ministry of Defence for discrimination against younger and unmarried personnel over housing costs in claims likely to be worth a total of £30 million.

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Clinical negligence Settlement

Almost £1m for man who suffered spinal injury during treatment for heart condition

A man has received almost £1 million in compensation in a legal claim against his GP following allegations that inappropriate medication was prescribed to treat his cardiac condition.

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Human rights Social care Mental health

Patient died from choking on a sandwich after failings at mental health hospital in Gloucestershire delayed emergency response, inquest finds

Failings at Wotton Lawn Hospital in Gloucester delayed the emergency response to a 41-year-old woman who died after choking on a sandwich, an inquest has found.

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Medical negligence Childbirth NHS

Six-figure settlement awarded after woman is left with long-term traumatic injuries following a ruptured uterus

A woman has settled a claim against the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust and Barts Health NHS Trust for the poor standard of care and treatment she received following the rupture of her uterus.

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Data breach Data protection and privacy Ministry of defence

Afghan national’s lawyer condemns unacceptable delay by Ministry of Defence in reporting breach of Afghan nationals’ personal data to Information Commissioner’s Office

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has today published its 73-page Penalty Notice setting out the detailed reasons for fining the Ministry of Defence (MOD) £350,000 in December 2023 for disclosing personal information of 265 Afghan nationals seeking relocation to the UK shortly after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in a series of data breaches in September 2021.

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Black woman Church of England vicar and her Parochial Council appeal to the Privy Council to save their parish from dissolution

Black woman Church of England priest Rev Yvonne Clarke has the first ever hearing to appeal a decision taken by the Church Commissioners under 2011 legislation that would result in her being put out of ministry (despite no accusations of any personal wrong-doing) and dissolve her parish in Croydon, rendering her BAME-led Parish Council redundant.

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Legal claim investigated on behalf of Parcelforce drivers

Law firm Leigh Day has launched an investigation into a potential group clam on behalf of drivers delivering for Parcelforce, a trading name of Royal Mail, who may have been misclassified as self-employed independent contractors rather than workers. 

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Social care Covid-19 Care homes

John’s Campaign and Care Rights UK lawyers raise questions for witnesses at Welsh Administration module of Covid Inquiry

Lawyers representing John’s Campaign and Care Rights UK have raised questions for witnesses at Module 2B of the Covid Inquiry, which is due to be held from Tuesday 27 February to Thursday 14 March 2024 at Mercure Cardiff North Hotel in Cardiff.

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Evidence concludes at inquest into deaths of Reading terror attack victims

Evidence has concluded at the six-week inquest into the deaths of James Furlong, Dr David Wails and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett who were murdered by Libyan refugee Khairi Saadallah in a terror attack in Forbury Gardens, Reading, on 20 June 2020.

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Abuse Human rights

Former gymnasts settle claims for reported childhood abuse by banned coach and ex-Olympian Stan Wild

Two former gymnasts have settled legal claims with gymnastics clubs after reporting childhood abuse by coach and ex-Olympian Stan Wild who has been given a lifetime ban by British Gymnastics. 

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Social care Diabetes Care quality commission

Coroner raises serious concerns with Surrey County Council following Jake Baker inquest

A coroner has written to Surrey County Council and the Care Quality Commission raising concerns that a rigorous review of the circumstances that led to the death of Jake Baker has not been undertaken by the council, nor has it taken steps to avert the risk of future deaths.