Health & Safety
Health and safety is one of those subjects that receives a bad press. But health and safety failings are things the law takes very seriously and breaches of the regulations can have serious consequences for you and your business.
Fines have been increasing over the last few years and fines for breaches which result in death or serious injury can now be big enough to threaten an organisation’s future. The Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act enables prosecutions to be brought against corporate care providers. Directors, managers and secretaries of corporate care providers have more responsibilities and there are growing calls for the individuals responsible for breaches to be prosecuted where possible.
We can represent you if you have any problems or if you are threatened with prosecution. Our solicitors have a great deal of experience in defending care providers who have breached the Health & Safety at Work Act. We also assist healthcare providers in connection with investigations carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). This includes accompanying providers and employees to interviews under caution with the HSE.
Of course, the best way to protect your business against health and safety breaches is to make sure you have an up-to-date and compliant health and safety policy in place and that all members of staff are aware of it. Our healthcare law team has the experience to advise in the preparation of robust policies that reflect the needs of your organisation, protecting both your business and your staff.
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We have been supporting providers to prepare corrections of fact for many years and CQC’s latest approach suggests a positive shift in the direction of providers and a willingness to significantly amend draft reports if sufficient supporting evidence is provided.
Last month there was welcome news for the health and social care sector when Parliament approved an amendment to the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (“the Act”) clarifying the legal position on when an inquest will be held following the death of someone who was subject to a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (“DoLS”) order.