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Being candid with patients is second nature to doctors, MDU survey finds

A new survey from the Medical Defence Union (MDU) of over 400 doctors has demonstrated doctors’ willingness to be open and honest with patients when something goes wrong in their care. The survey of 411 MDU members* found: 99% of doctors followed up incidents by apologising, explaining what happened and trying to put things right,… Read more »

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Gamekeeping Taskforce “needed now more than ever”

A year on from BASC Scotland’s call for the establishment of a Gamekeeping Taskforce, the Minister for Environment and Land Reform, Màiri McAllan MSP, has been urged to address the ongoing difficulties facing gamekeepers and rural workers in managing the countryside. Ahead of the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary election BASC Scotland called for the creation of a Scottish Gamekeeping… Read more »

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High Court rules dropping of BAE-Saudi probe 'unlawful'
Dropping of BAE-Saudi Arabia probe ‘was unlawful’

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) acted unlawfully when it abandoned its investigation into alleged Saudi Arabian slush fund payments at BAE Systems, the high court has ruled. The SFO halted its corruption probe in December 2006 after pressure from the government, citing national security concerns. Tony Blair’s administration said Saudi Arabia was threatening to withdraw… Read more »

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MoJ says sentencing matter for judges
Judge ‘simply wrong’ to flout minimum sentences for gun crime

Legislation calling for tougher sentences for individuals convicted of gun crimes is being ignored by judges, a senior police officer has said. Bernard Hogan-Howe, chief constable of Merseyside police, said it was “simply wrong” for mandatory five-year sentences for possession of a firearm to be overlooked. Despite government attempts to toughen up sentencing, in 2005… Read more »