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In June 2020, the National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care (the NDG), Dame Fiona Caldicott, launched a public consultation seeking views on her intention to revise the existing seven ‘Caldicott Principles’ and issue new guidance about the role of ‘Caldicott Guardians’.
After several years of careful consideration by review committees, key stakeholder groups and the subsequent preparation by the legislature of legislation, pre-action protocols in clinical negligence claims are yet to be introduced in Ireland. Despite the Legal Services (Regulation) Act coming into force in 2015, commencement of section 219 of the Act - the final step required for the drafting of the necessary regulations to formally introduce the pre-action protocols - has not been commenced.
Advances in genomics are turbocharging the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and continuing to redefine how we understand healthcare.
Our research identified five key risk themes that have implications and represent both challenges and opportunities for businesses, insurers, and wider society. This will assist in moving the conversation forward as we look beyond COVID-19, highlighting the important need to reshape the dynamic relationship between companies, households, and insurers.
From the Insurance Post Claims and Fraud summit 2020, in this video James Shrimpton, Partner at Kennedys, focuses on the legal basis for Covid-19 infection claims, current medical research, the impact of the pandemic on other injury claims and whether we will see a flood of infection claims.
Case review 08/12/2020
On 13 November 2020, the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in this case concerning the standard of proof applicable for determining suicide and unlawful killing in inquest proceedings.
A roundup of recent court decisions in relation to consent for prescription decisions; the standard of proof applicable in inquest proceedings; expert evidence; the quantification of accommodation claims; and the requirement for expert evidence in professional negligence cases.
Kennedys is celebrating 20 years in Hong Kong, and is also moving to new offices.
Integrating new technology systems into large institutions is notoriously difficult even when it is carefully planned. So how has the rapid roll-out of telehealth during the pandemic altered the risk landscape?
A summary of key developments, including the reintroduction of ‘shielding’ in England; updated guidance from the General Medical Council on decision making and consent; the discount rate in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland; bereavement damages for cohabitees; publication by the Office of National Statistics of the 2020 first ASHE release data; and new guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office on subject access requests.