New fatal accidents inquiry law comes into force in Scotland

Changes to the law governing fatal accident inquiries (FAIs) in Scotland will bring the legal framework for the process “into the 21st century”, the Scottish Government has said.16 Jun 2017

An FAI is a judicial process which investigates and determines the circumstances of some deaths occurring in Scotland. Currently, an FAI must take place when someone dies in custody in prison or in a police station, or a death is caused by an accident at work. They can be held in other circumstances if it is thought to be in the public interest. FAIs take place before a sheriff, who is required to produce a determination setting out time, place and cause of death, and any precautions or defects in the system which could have prevented the death.

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New Health and Social Care Standards Scotland

Scotland’s new Standards have been launched, with human rights at their core.

The standards, which will be implemented on 1 April 2018, will apply to the NHS as well as services registered with the Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland, and set out the standard people should expect when using health or social care services.

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Disabled parking legislation to be examined by committee.

Has legislation aimed at tackling the misuse of disabled parking places been effective?

This is  one of the questions Local Government & Communities Committee will ask as it launches an investigation into the Disabled  Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Act 2009.

The Act, was aimed at stopping disabled parking spaces being used by those not entitled to use them. Whilst enforcement action can be taken against non-blue badge holders who park in a disabled persons’ place,  some local authorities rely on the goodwill of drivers not to park in what is known as ‘advisory parking places’.

 

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Government revises Care Act guidance after Supreme Court loss

The D of H has reviewed and updated the guidance following the Supreme Court judgment in July in the case of R (on the application of Cornwall Council) v Secretary of State for Health.

The updates, which can be read from paragraphs 19.17 to 19.43 of the guidance, set out changes in the approach that should be used to determine ordinary residence or  disputes between councils in relation to adults who lack capacity to decide where to live and looked-after children who are transitioning to certain adult social care services.

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Winterbourne View – Time for Change

Transforming the commissioning of services for people with learning
disabilities and/or autism.
he Winterbourne View scandal, exposed by the Panorama programme,shocked the nation.. It led to the Government pledge to move all people with learning disabilities
and/or autism inappropriately placed in such institutions into community care by June this year.
A report by the Transforming Care and Commissioning
Steering Group, chaired by Sir Stephen Bubb – 2014
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