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Thorneycroft News for February 2016

DHRA Geotechnical Ltd sign Thorneycroft Solicitors employment shield

22nd February 2016

Buxton based DHRA Geotechnical,who specialise in rope access operations in the quarry and rail industries, are the latest local company to sign up to Thorneycroft Solicitors Employment Shield.

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Air Ambulance saves lives after serious RTA

25th February 2016

At Thorneycroft Solicitors we have always recognised the importance of Air ambulances after a serious road traffic accident occurs and yet again the Air ambulance crews have come to rescue after a road accident involving a lorry and a number of cars.

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‘Never events’ back in headlines highlighting Clinical negligence in NHS hospitals

25th February 2016

‘Never events’ are events that should never happen, removal of the wrong limb, wrong organ, surgical instruments being left inside a body etc.  We have always been led to think that they are extremely rare incidents and based on the number of operations performed each year, this I still a true statement, however there are still too many occurring according to recent figures.

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Woman awarded six figure payout after employment tribunal

17th February 2016

An NHS executive has been successful in her claim for unfair dismissal and sexual harassment after proving that her boss and his colleague colluded to get her dismissed after she spurned his romantic advances.

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Competitive interview leads to disability discrimination

11th February 2016

Waddingham v NHS Business Services Authority

During a redundancy process, Mr Waddingham was diagnosed with cancer. This meant that he was disabled for employment law purposes, imposing additional obligations on his employer – including the duty to make reasonable adjustments.

He was interviewed for a new role within the NHS. But he didn’t hit the required 75% competency level and so wasn’t appointed. He claimed disability discrimination, and won; he had been put at a substantial disadvantage. 

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Dentist to be sued by former patients

17th February 2016

A dentist is to be sued by a number of patients after it was revealed he exposed them to cross contamination including HIV and hepatitis B and C.  The dentist was exposed by a whistle-blower who claimed he used dirty equipment which exposed approx. 6,000 patients.

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Transgender guidance

11th February 2016

A new guide has been published to help employers deal properly with transgender staff. It’s all about creating a more inclusive culture.

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HMRC’s estate administration fine quashed after tribunal decided they took too long to raise queries 

10th February 2016

A tax tribunal has quashed a £5,000 fine for an undeclared income error on a deceased estate calculation.   The case came about after two executors failed to declare the correct income received in the deceased person’s final year of life between 6 April 2012 and his death on the 15 Oct 2012. 

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16 year old receives 5 figure pay out.

3rd February 2016

A teenager has been successful in her claim for dental compensation.  The 16 year old will  receive a £10,000 pay out after her tooth decay went undetected.

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2015 saw increase in cosmetic procedures

10th February 2016

We live in a society now where image matters more and more.  The very fact that selfie sticks even exist should highlight the fact that we are increasingly becoming a nation obsessed with our looks. 

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