Statutory maternity, etc pay rates for 2021/22

9 December 2020

The Government has announced its proposed rates for statutory maternity, paternity, adoption, parental bereavement and shared parental payments from April 2021 (policy paper is here).

Covid-19 added to Vaccine Damage Payments Scheme

8 December 2020

While emphasising that no safety concerns have been reported in clinical trials for Covid-19 vaccines authorised for use, the Government has nevertheless decided to take the precautionary step of adding them to the Vaccine Damage Payments Scheme (VDPS).

New GMC guidance on consent now in effect

8 December 2020

The General Medical Council (GMC) has issued updated guidance setting out good practice principles for making decisions about care, from the treatment of minor conditions to major interventions with significant risks or side effects.

Patients for Covid-19 vaccine to be individually approved by GP

8 December 2020

NHS England has said each patient is to be given an individual assessment by a GPs before they receive a Covid-19 vaccination, and GPs will take full clinical responsibility for all vaccinations delivered by non-prescribers until a national protocol is agreed.