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Alan Bates calls for protection of legal funding that helped bring Horizon scandal to court | Post Office Horizon scandal

Alan Bates calls for protection of legal funding that helped bring Horizon scandal to court | Post Office Horizon scandal

[ad_1] Alan Bates has warned of a “concerted effort” by big business to constrain access to the kind of funding that allowed the post office operators to bring a landmark case against their former employer. In an article for the Guardian, Bates, who exposed the Horizon scandal that has been described as one of the UK’s “greatest miscarriages of justice”, said ministers should push forward with legislation to protect the litigation funding sector. Litigation funders give financial backing to legal battles that they calculate are likely to succeed in exchange for a share of the compensation. It allows expensive class action-style cases to be launched by people who could not otherwise afford them. The government’s bill, which is going through parliament and applies to England and Wales, seeks to overturn the effects of an obscure supreme court ruling last year that threw litigation funding into disarray. The Guardian reported this week that Fair Civil Justice, a campaign linked to the US and UK chambers of commerce, wrote to ministers twice in March lobbying against the …

Scandal in the pageant world: Why did Miss USA and Miss Teen USA both quit?

Scandal in the pageant world: Why did Miss USA and Miss Teen USA both quit?

[ad_1] The world of pageants is seemingly never without controversy, but this week’s news that both the reigning Miss USA and Miss Teen USA relinquished their crowns for unclear reasons has caused wider speculation about the state of the Miss USA Organization. On May 6, Noelia Voigt announced that she was resigning as Miss USA, saying she had to do what was best for her mental health. Only two days later, UmaSofia Srivastava, the current Miss Teen USA, wrote on Instagram that she would also resign from the role, saying that her “personal values no longer fully align with the direction of the organization.” Both winners are Latina women: Voigt is of Venezuelan heritage while Srivastava is of both Mexican and Indian ancestry. Their cryptic Instagram statements and lack of any clear context for their sudden resignations have granted a peek behind the scenes of their parent organization amid mounting public scrutiny on pageants as a whole. So why are people theorizing that Voigt’s Instagram statement spelled out “I AM SILENCED” with the first letters of the first 11 sentences? …

Infected blood scandal: Bereaved families say loved ones who died after being contaminated were being ‘used for research’ | UK News

Infected blood scandal: Bereaved families say loved ones who died after being contaminated were being ‘used for research’ | UK News

[ad_1] Bereaved families who lost loved ones in the contaminated blood scandal say they have seen evidence that proves their relatives were being “used for research” without their knowledge and despite clinicians knowing the risks. Historic notes in medical records found by campaigners are said to show that some patients being treated for the blood clotting disorder haemophilia in the 1970s and 1980s were given blood plasma treatment which doctors knew might be contaminated and infect them with hepatitis. Clinicians involved in the treatment have maintained they wanted to study the links between the haemophilia treatment Factor VIII and the risk of infection. Jason Evans, director of the campaign group Factor 8, believes that instead of stopping treatment, clinicians lobbied to continue trials, even after identifying the association between hepatitis and the treatment. He has found notes alluding to the research in his own father’s medical records. Read more:Infected blood compensation scheme ‘to be extended’Campaigners concerned govt may seek to delay paying compensation Mr Evans, whose father died in 1993 after being infected with both …

Malta’s ex-PM Muscat charged in connection with hospital sell-off scandal – POLITICO

Malta’s ex-PM Muscat charged in connection with hospital sell-off scandal – POLITICO

[ad_1] The Times of Malta reported last week that Chris Fearne, Malta’s EU funds minister who is believed to be a strong contender for the role of the country’s next European Commissioner, was also likely to be charged in connection with the hospitals deal. As of early Monday evening, that had not happened. Fearne wrote on Facebook that he had “never broken any law or ministerial ethics.” In late 2021 the Times of Malta reported that Muscat had received €60,000 from Accutor AG, a Swiss company linked to U.S. group Steward Health Care, which took over the hospitals contract from Vitals Global Healthcare in 2018. Muscat has always denied any wrongdoing. In a post on Facebook on Monday, Muscat said: “This is no longer just a political vendetta, but has transformed itself into a disgrace and abomination where the lives of tens of people are being thrown into a bureaucratic landfill for years for the convenience of some.” He added: “All those who tainted themselves with this injustice, or washed their hands from trying to …

Revealed: key files shredded as UK government panic grew over infected blood deaths lawsuit | Contaminated blood scandal

Revealed: key files shredded as UK government panic grew over infected blood deaths lawsuit | Contaminated blood scandal

[ad_1] Disastrous failures that caused the contaminated blood scandal were denied by ministers for decades after officials destroyed, lost and blocked access to key documents, memos submitted to the official inquiry reveal. Several batches of files involving the work of a blood safety advisory committee were shredded as the government faced the threat of legal action, documents show. Patients who were given contaminated blood when they were children have also told the infected blood inquiry how their hospital medical files were destroyed or initially withheld. About 3,000 people died from contaminated blood from commercial concentrated products for haemophiliacs and blood transfusions. Dame Diana Johnson, the Labour MP who has campaigned for proper compensation and justice for the victims, said ministers were able to resist calls for a public inquiry because documents had not been disclosed exposing the failures. She said: “Successive governments took the line up until 2017 that there was no reason for a public inquiry and everything was done properly.” Campaigners, including many who are infected and affected by contaminated blood, in Westminster …

Infected blood inquiry: study that said risk was seen as ‘tolerable’ omitted patient death | Contaminated blood scandal

Infected blood inquiry: study that said risk was seen as ‘tolerable’ omitted patient death | Contaminated blood scandal

[ad_1] A study cited at the infected blood inquiry, as evidence that the devastating consequences of blood products contaminated with hepatitis could not have been foreseen, misrepresented the results of a trial in making its case, the Guardian can reveal. Up to 6,520 people are believed to have been infected with hepatitis C through imported factor VIII blood products in the 1970s and 80s, while a further 26,800 are estimated to have been infected with the virus though blood transfusions. About 2,000 people are estimated to have died as a result. The inquiry, which publishes its final report on 20 May, heard that the medical profession considered non-A and non-B hepatitis (later known as hepatitis C) as “relatively benign” at the time, with Pier Mannuccio Mannucci’s 2003 paper, Aids, hepatitis and haemophilia in the 1980s: memoirs from an insider, quoted in support of this proposition. Mannucci’s 2003 paper argued that the view held by “the great majority of haemophilia treaters was that the problem of hepatitis was a tolerable one, because the benefits of concentrates …

MAFS Australia stars Jack and Tori’s relationship timeline: from ex-girlfriend scandal to now

MAFS Australia stars Jack and Tori’s relationship timeline: from ex-girlfriend scandal to now

[ad_1] Married at First Sight Australia stars Jack and Tori are one of the most controversial couples of season 11. They’ve had their fair share of dramatic moments, from bombshell claims from an ex-girlfriend to clashes with other cast members.  But what exactly happened between the pair and are they still together? Keep reading to find out… WATCH: MAFS fans will love E4’s new dating show, Love Triangle The early days Jack and Tori, 28, got off to a good start on their wedding day, with both parties happy with their matches.  The 34-year-old personal trainer did spark a reaction from viewers, however, when he told the cameras that he could “sort her out” if challenged. © Red Arrow/NineTori and Jack’s wedding day “She seems sweet. I think she’ll challenge me a little bit, but I definitely reckon I’ll sort her out, and we’ll have a good time,” he said, adding: “I definitely want to play that dominant role to Tori. It might be a bit of a power struggle. But I feel like she’s …

Infected blood scandal: Campaigners concerned government may seek to delay paying compensation | UK News

Infected blood scandal: Campaigners concerned government may seek to delay paying compensation | UK News

[ad_1] It has taken decades, the loss of thousands of lives and an exhausting battle to have their harrowing, heartbreaking stories heard. Now the end is almost in sight. In just over three weeks, Sir Brian Langstaff will deliver his long-awaited report into the infected blood scandal. But for those who have suffered so much, there is still so much to fear. Jason Evans lost his father to AIDS when he was just four years old after Jonathan Evans’s NHS treatment for haemophilia included blood products contaminated with HIV. Image: Jason Evans lost his father to AIDS when he was just four years old Mr Evans said: “My first memory is being at his parents’ house on my fourth birthday, and he was dying of AIDS in a bed. “In the 70s, he began to be given the new Factor VIII (8) product, which infected him with hepatitis C and then into the 80s he was also infected with HIV.” Mr Evans has devoted his life to uncovering the truth behind the scandal by searching …

Yes, prime minister, it’s a scandal so many of us are signed off work. Maybe you Tories should stop making us ill | Zoe Williams

Yes, prime minister, it’s a scandal so many of us are signed off work. Maybe you Tories should stop making us ill | Zoe Williams

[ad_1] Another week, another phantom menace for Rishi Sunak. The people he is talking about, regarding his benefit reforms, do not exist. The 1.35 million people who could work but just don’t want to, who have a label of depression or anxiety but are just a little bit sad, who could have their benefits replaced by vouchers and find that incentivising: these people do not exist. People are not signed off work because we are all a little bit more comfortable talking about our moods. People are not on disability benefits because Prince Harry did a podcast. We don’t have a “sicknote culture” because it’s too easy to get a sicknote. The pressure on GPs will not be lifted by parcelling out sicknotes to private contractors. Those with depression and anxiety severe enough to claim a personal independence payment (Pip) are catastrophically unwell. If numbers have surged over the past 14 years, which they have, it is because Conservative governments make you catastrophically unwell. Pushback on this new narrative of cruelty has so far been pathetic: …

Japan’s Ruling Party Loses All 3 Seats in Special Vote, Seen as Punishment for Corruption Scandal

Japan’s Ruling Party Loses All 3 Seats in Special Vote, Seen as Punishment for Corruption Scandal

[ad_1] TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s governing party, stung by an extensive slush funds scandal, lost all three seats in parliamentary by-elections Sunday in a major setback for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in seeking reelection as his party’s leader in the autumn. The loss is considered punishment by voters for the Liberal Democratic Party scandal that erupted last year and has undermined Kishida’s leadership. The party’s loss of power is unlikely, however, because the opposition is fractured. “The results were extremely severe,” LDP Secretary General Toshimitsu Motegi told reporters. “We humbly accept the severe results, and we will do our utmost to regain the trust from the public as we continue our effort to reform and tackle the challenges.” The liberal-leaning main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan clinched all three seats in Shimane, Nagasaki and Tokyo, according to final vote counts posted on prefectural election committee websites. The LDP previously held all three vacated seats. It did not field its own candidates in the Tokyo and Nagasaki by-elections because of the apparent low support for …