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Compulsory Covid-19 Vaccination of Care Home Employees: What does it mean for staff, care home employers and the protection of the vulnerable?
An amendment to the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 was approved by Parliament on 22 July 2021 and means staff working in care homes registered with the Care Quality Commission for residents requiring nursing or personal care must be fully vaccinated with both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination, unless they have a medical exemption. The new legislation is due to come into force on 11 November 2021 and has been delayed to give the care home sector time to comply with the new regulations.
On 30 July 2021, the Department for Transport announced that a new version of the Highway Code will be published next year to protect the safety of vulnerable road users, in particular cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders. Associate Michael Trueman looks at the incoming changes and what impact this will have for insurers.
In a judgment handed down last week, Master Cook provided an important reminder about the approach taken in relation to the preparation of joint expert reports - in particular on the question of agendas for joint discussion. Partner Jamie McCabe takes a closer look.
It was not so long ago that the UK Government was declaring that “We are leading the world in preparing for autonomous vehicles”, but does that declaration still hold up to scrutiny?
The statistics prior to the Covid-19 pandemic indicated a significant increase in mental ill health, with one in four adults experiencing mental illness in each given year. We have seen a particular increase in women presenting with mental illness. However, suicide is far more common in men and is in fact the biggest killer in men up to age 45 in the UK. According to NHS England, mental health problems are the largest single cause of disability in the UK. Those living in poverty, the unemployed and ethnic minorities are thought to be disproportionately affected by mental ill health. We don’t know what the long-term effect of the pandemic will be on the population in terms of mental health issues, but it is likely to be significant.
Client Alerts 18/08/2021
The Master of the Rolls has accepted the changes recommended by the Civil Justice Council’s (CJC) working group on Guideline Hourly Rates (GHR), and has asked that the recommendations are implemented, with a view to the new guide being used from 1 October 2021.