Legal Aid for Domestic Abuse – response from health professional to request for evidence of injuries/condition consistent with domestic violence


https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/legal-aid-cases-of-domestic-violence-and-child-abuse-letters-for-professionals

Response from health professional to request for evidence of injuries/condition consistent with domestic violence
This example letter has been designed by the Ministry of Justice to be used by doctors (including GPs), nurses, midwives, practitioner psychologists & health visitors (or, in the examining health professional’s absence, another health professional who has access to the applicant’s medical records), when responding to requests for evidence of injuries or condition consistent with domestic violence.

Information required is highlighted and instructions are italicised. Please delete any unnecessary text and instructions (including this introduction) before sending.

HEADED LETTER [Please can you ensure that the letter is on headed paper from the surgery or hospital where the doctor, nurse, practitioner psychologist, health visitor or midwife practises.]

[Addressee name]

[Address]

[Your Address]

[Your E-mail (if applicable)]

[Your Contact telephone number]

[GMC/NMC/HCPC] Registration Number:[GMC/NMC/HCPC] Registration Number]

Dear [Insert name of addressee],

Name of applicant: [Name of applicant]

I understand that [APPLICANT’S NAME] (‘the Applicant’) wishes to access legal aid for a family dispute as a victim of domestic violence. For this reason I have been asked to provide a letter in accordance with regulation 33 of the Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) Regulations 2012.

Accordingly I can confirm that the Applicant presented [himself/herself] to me [insert relevant health professional’s name] on the [DATE WHEN CONSULTATION OCCURRED] (being within 24 months prior to the Applicant’s intended application for legal aid). After examining them I [insert relevant health professional’s name] was satisfied that the [injuries [and/or] condition] that the Applicant presented me [insert relevant health professional’s name] were consistent with domestic violence.

I understand that the Ministry of Justice and the Legal Aid Agency recognise that the great majority of physical injuries and many non-physical conditions could be caused by domestic violence.

I understand that this evidence is only required for a decision on whether or not to grant legal aid – it is not designed to prove domestic violence in the context of a criminal or civil court case.

The applicant has confirmed that the [injuries/condition] that [he/she] presented to me [insert relevant health professional’s name] with on [date of consultation] were caused by domestic violence.

Yours sincerely,

[Sign]

[Name of Medical signatory]

[Title of signatory]

[Please indicate if signing on behalf of health professional colleague in their absence]

Suicidal young man turned away by hospital takes his own life


Originally posted on The Source News:

EMMA McCLUNEY

Christopher Ball takes his own life less than two weeks after being refused admission into hospital. Christopher Ball takes his own life less than two weeks after being refused admission into hospital. Photo: Facebook

The mother of a 21-year-old man who took his own life said he was turned away by Redland Hospital because he was “attention-seeking”.

Christopher Ball’s heartbroken mother Kerrie Keepa had rushed her son to the emergency department after an attempted suicide.

She cannot understand the hospital’s lack of concern and said her son’s death could have been prevented.

“I took him to where I thought I could get help and was turned away,” she said.

“He’s gone forever – they can’t fix that. [Christopher] was really badly depressed, so much so that his friend and I were a tag-team 24-hours a day. He wasn’t ever left alone.”

After being prescribed various anti-depressants by the local GP, Christopher lost his battle with depression on September 14.

Ms Keepa blames the Redland Hospital for his death.

“There is…

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Applause in Edinburgh as Cameron slanders the poor.


Originally posted on Social Action:

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,022
Sunday 08 March 2015. Applause in Edinburgh as Cameron slanders the poor.
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Dear Mr cluck cluck, meaningless sound-bite, Cameron,
I couldn’t help but notice at your little soirée with the party air heads in Edinburgh that one of your main election planks will be your baseless, fact free, sound bite, slandering of the poor.
How was your stay in Edinburgh by the way, did everything meet your ill informed standards of entitlement?
I notice that…

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Degrees don’t matter anymore, skills do


Originally posted on Quartz:

If I were to make a nomination for the most destructive belief in our culture, it would be the belief that some people are born smart and others are born dumb. This belief is not only badly off target as a shorthand description of reality, it is the source of many social pathologies and lost opportunities. For example:

People misunderstand the past and imagine a dystopian…

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Indonesia’s stance ‘clear’ on Australians’ executions: Widodo – Channel NewsAsia


Indonesia’s stance ‘clear’ on Australians’ executions: Widodo – Channel NewsAsia.

via Indonesia’s stance ‘clear’ on Australians’ executions: Widodo – Channel NewsAsia.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has said his country’s stance is “clear” on the pending executions of two Australian drug smugglers, despite the suggestion by Australia’s prime minister that he is “carefully considering” his position.

 

JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo has said his country’s stance is “clear” on the pending executions of two Australian drug smugglers, despite the suggestion by Australia’s prime minister that he is “carefully considering” his position.

The executions by firing squad of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, the Australian ringleaders of the so-called “Bali Nine” drug smuggling gang, are believed to be imminent.

Their appeals for presidential clemency, typically the final chance of avoiding death, were recently rejected by Widodo, and a court this week dismissed a bid to challenge that decision.