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Violent inmate in vicious attack on prison officer

A 45-year-old prison officer working at category B prison, HMP Bullingdon, suffered extensive and painful injuries to his face and head after being viciously attacked by a prisoner being transferred from HMP Broadmoor.  The inmate was being transferred as he was deemed too violent to be dealt with at Broadmoor, but it was found that staff at HMP Bullingdon had not been made aware of the risks he posed.  The prison officer from Bicester had been interviewing the inmate alone when he was violently attacked, causing him serious breaks to his jaw.  The damage was so serious that the officer had to have his jaws wired for more than four months, during which time he had to endure a liquid diet.  He then had to wear jaw braces for several more months.  He had been due to apply for a promotion on the day of the incident.

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Norfolk road worker forced to leave his job

A 25-year-old road worker has been forced to quit his job after contracting Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) whilst working for Norfolk city council.  Adrian Bideau contracted HAVS and Carpel Tunnel Syndrome after prolonged use of vibrating tools such as whacker plates, saws and breaker packs.  It has been claimed that the council were liable due to their bonus scheme programme that encouraged staff to work more hazardously.  Mr Bideau described how he now has great difficulty working outside and finds that his condition gets much worse in cold weather.  Despite having decompression surgery on both of his wrists he was still unable to return to his job.  He was subsequently retired on medical grounds aged 25.

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Escaped cow injures meat inspector

A meat hygiene inspector from Surrey has been awarded £6 thousand in damages following being landed on by a cow who jumped over the top of her stunning pen.  The inspector was passing along a narrow path in front of the pens when the cow made her escape.  She landed on the inspector, Mr Melvyn Treen from Camberley in Surrey, causing him injury to his back, neck and shoulder.  The accident occurred at the Chitty Wholesale Abbattoir at Slyfield Industrial Estate in Guilford. 

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Woman wins £6 thousand for fractured pelvis

A 26-year-old woman from Basildon, Essex has received compensation of £6,000 after fracturing her pelvis at her place of work.  The victim had been working as a waitress at the Outback Steakhouse in Yardley Business Park in Basildon when she slipped on a puddle of water next to the dishwasher.  The waitress, who was working her notice at the restaurant, was coming to the end of her shift and was putting her takings into the till, when she slipped and fell very heavily causing the fractures to her pelvis.  The young woman had just been successful in securing a new job in human resources when the accident happened.  She was subsequently unable to walk without aid for five weeks, and suffered substantial pain for around two months.  The pain in her pelvis recurred on and off for several months after the fall.

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Tourist awarded compensation following aeroplane injury

A tourist was awarded £3900 in compensation by an airline following injuries sustained when returning from an overseas holiday.  The claimant had warned the operator in advance that she had difficulties walking and had requested assistance on boarding and disembarking the aeroplane.  However, upon her return from holiday, assistance was not provided.  She subsequently stumbled whilst descending the staircase causing her to jar her back and shoulder.  She also sustained injury to her leg.

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Flight cabin crew exposed to air toxins

Researchers at the University of Gottingen in Germany have found that cabin crews and passengers can be subject to exposure to air toxins.  In its study, the researchers found that toxins can be leaking into cabins from substances such as antifreeze, engine fuel or oil.  Volatile organic compounds and organophosphates were found in the blood and urine tested in 140 patients, many of whom were flight attendants.  The result of this can lead to nausea and dizziness, and more seriously, affect the central nervous system, respiratory tracts and blood circulation.

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Surgeon charged by General Medical Council

The General Medical Council (GMC) has found a breast surgeon guilty of unlawfully and maliciously wounding 11 female patients.  The surgeon, Dr Ian Paterson, was found guilty of 21 counts of neglect against 11 patients, and was suspended in 2012.  Since the suspension, more than 550 patients have been recalled to have their treatment reviewed.  Dr Paterson treated around 700 women between 1993 and 2012, during which time he carried out unlawful surgery in hospitals run by the Heart of England NHS Trust and Spire Healthcare.

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Man dies after defibrillator set at incorrect level

At a hearing that took place in Ruthin on Tuesday, a panel heard that 78-year-old John Rogers lost his life in March of last year due to a defibrillator being set at the wrong power level.  Mr Rogers, from Denbigh, died in a coronary care ward in the Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan.  The event triggered a serious case review by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board which runs the hospital.  Mr Rogers’ daughter, Melissa, told the inquest on the first day that she and her mother had been requested to meet a heart consultant at the hospital following her father’s death.  They were informed by the specialist that Mr Rogers had been treated with a defibrillator set at two joules – it should have been set to power level 150 joules.

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Ambulance station closure concerns

Councilllors from Chirk Town Centre have been expressing their concerns surrounding the closure of Chirk’s ambulance station, claiming that the lives of residents will be put at risk.  The ambulance depot on Station Avenue is to be replaced by a new building, costing £15 million which will be situated in Wrexham town centre.  Wrexham and Flintshire ambulance service locality manager, Karl Hughes, told councillors that the decision had been made in a bid to make the Welsh Ambulance service more efficient.  He stated that the new building would improve better coverage across Wales as a whole.

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Charity closes due to funding cut

A charity set up in 1995 to help prevent suicides, self-harming and the spread of sexually transmitted infections, faces having to close in the light of its funding being cut.  Darlington Borough Council is looking to make savings of £12.5 million and the not-for-profit organisation, Gay Advice Darlington and Durham (GADD) depends upon the £20 thousand it receives each year from the council. 

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Care home conditions “inadequate”

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out an unannounced inspection of Aston Manor care home in Dewsbury in early November of last year and found conditions at the home to be “inadequate”.  It found that residents at the care home “were not treated with dignity and respect”, in the report published by the care watchdogs.

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Dangers of Working in the Construction Industry: Making a Personal Injury Claim

There have been a number of initiatives attempting to improve workplace safety and prevent serious injury through accidents, however, despite this, the workplace remains one of the most common places for someone to sustain a serious injury.

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£1.2m awarded to cardiologist who exposed NHS failings

Dr Raj Mattu, a leading cardiologist who threw light on medical malpractices in 2001, has been awarded £1.2 million upon winning his case against being sacked for his exposure of the shortcomings.  It was heard that more than £10 million of tax payers’ money has been squandered by the NHS in an attempt to silence Dr Mattu and ruin his career.  Dr Mattu, who had been working for the Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry, claimed in 2001 that patients were being put in danger by overcrowding in wards and by the hospital trying to cover it up.

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Four men killed on building site

Following the death of four men on a building site five years ago, charges were pressed against three companies and a company director for breaches of safety regulations.  The defendants, Claxton Engineering Services Ltd of Norwich, Encompass Project Management Ltd of Thetford, Hazegood Construction Ltd of Stowmarket and David Groucott, Director of Encompass Project Management Ltd were all charged under different sections of the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974.  The four who perished in the accident were Daniel Hazelton aged 30, his brother 26-year-old Thomas Hazelton, Adam Taylor, 28 and Peter Johnson aged 42.  The men died on 21 January 2011 when a steel cage in which they were working “folded like a picnic table” crushing them to death.

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Scrapping the NHS 111

It has been suggested that scrapping the NHS 111 health helpline should be considered according to an organisation representing local GPs.  This is following the shortcomings leading to the death of one-year-old William Mead who died from undiagnosed blood poisoning (sepsis) in December of 2014. After visiting her GP several times, who also did not recognise the seriousness of William’s condition, William’s mother, Melissa Mead called the NHS 111 helpline during the weekend. 

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Carbon emissions must see further reduction

Despite significant reductions in carbon emissions being achieved in Dundee between 2005 and 2013, the city’s Labour group has said that the city must achieve a further 25% over the next 15 years.  Richard McCready, Labour spokesman for the environment, has called for a city wide solution to the problem, requesting that transport companies and the public pull together to help achieve the targets.  Dundee is home to two of Scotland’s most polluted streets, with both Lochee Road and Seagate breaching EU legal limits on nitrogen dioxide.

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A&E closure Huddersfield

A report has been published suggesting that the Accident and Emergency department of the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary could be closed, leaving the inhabitants of Huddersfield having to travel to Halifax, Barnsley or Wakefield in the event of an emergency.  It has also been revealed that the Infirmary may be demolished all altogether and a new hospital built without an Accident and Emergency department.

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The affects of hospitalisation on patients

Studies are being carried out in both the UK and the US to observe the affects of hospitalisation on patients who are readmitted within a month of being discharged.  Dr Harlan Krumholtz from the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at Yale School of Medicine, has observed that around 20% of patients in the US are readmitted within a month.  In England around 7% are readmitted, costing the NHS around £2.4 billion in the 2012-2013 financial year.  The research is suggesting that a hospital stay can weaken patients so much that they are more likely to become ill again after discharge.  Dr Krumholtz is calling for patient care to be completely reviewed.

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Crane hire firm fined £700,000

Baldwins Crane Hire has been fined £700,000 after health and safety failings led to the death of one of its employees. 49-year-old Lindsay Easton, from Sowerby Bridge in Yorkshire, was killed while driving a crane at Scout Moor quarry in Lancashire. It was heard that the brakes failed on the 130-tonne vehicle while Mr Easton was driving the crane on a steep slope. He lost control of the vehicle and it crashed into an earth bank. The crash left him with such severe injuries that he subsequently died.

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Ryanair compensate injured passenger

Flight operator Ryanair have been forced to pay out compensation to a traveller following a court case.  The company, who deny any blame for the incident, paid 33 year old Ronald Furlong, £28k, following a cup of boiling tea being spilled on Mr Furlong’s lap when passing the tea to another passenger.  Ryanair claim that Mr Furlong was not paying adequate attention and was acting in a careless fashion which resulted in him spilling the tea himself.   However Mr Furlong claimed that sufficient health and safety procedures were not carried out.  He claimed that the cup did not have a lid and that the stewardess did not pass the tea safely.  The incident took place in August 2012.

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