… in brief

This week’s news in brief

£56m boost for cataracts sufferers

The Department of Health is to make £56m available for the better treatment
of sight problems, particularly cataracts. In total, £52m will go towards tackling
cataracts, with the remaining £4m towards pilot projects for more up-to-date
ophthalmic services.

Nurse awarded £414k

The Court of Appeal has upheld a £414,000 compensation award to a nurse
whose career was wrecked by serious back injury. Angela Knott, a former nurse
at Newham General Hospital in East London, was awarded the compensation in
October (OH News, December), but the NHS appealed.

Doctor returns

Dr David Snashall, part-time chief medical adviser to the Health and Safety
Executive (HSE), moved back to Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Medical School in
London at the end of June, after a five-year secondment. Snashall provided the
occupational medical advice needed to develop the HSE’s Securing Health
Together strategy, and will return to being director of OH services at Guy’s
and St Thomas’ NHS Trust.

Epilepsy advice online

The National Society for Epilepsy has relaunched its website. The site aims
to give health professionals and members of the public access to reliable
information about the condition. It has been updated with more information and


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