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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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Downing Street aide Ruth Turner questioned over loans for honours row
Blair aide questioned in loans for peerages row

A Downing Street aide has been questioned by police investigating the loans for honours row. Ruth Turner, Tony Blair’s director of government relations, was interviewed under caution by officers from Scotland Yard last week, reports suggest. The news – which Downing Street has refused to comment on – increases the likelihood that the prime minister… Read more »

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Jack Staw told delegates in Manchester to be 'grateful' for donations
Straw defends ‘honourable’ party donors

Jack Straw yesterday defended the big donors who propped up the Labour party, saying they were “not dodgy but honourable”. The leader of the House of Commons told the party conference in Manchester that members should be “profoundly grateful” to those people who had “put something back, to fulfil their sense of their civil duty”…. Read more »