(re Dargan) Amaca Pty Limited v Northern Sydney Area Health Service & Ors [2017] NSWDDT 1

Decision date: 16 March 2017
“Dust Diseases – cross claim – mesothelioma – statutory compensation paid to plaintiff by WorkCover Queensland – agreement between WorkCover Queensland and plaintiff that in proceedings against Amaca Pty Limited, plaintiff may retain 20% of proceeds if proceeds less than compensation received – proceedings by plaintiff against Amaca Pty Limited – plaintiff’s proceedings settled for less than compensation received – whether the agreement resulted in plaintiff receiving double compensation – if so, whether Amaca Pty Limited and cross defendants were not “liable in respect of (the) damage” suffered by the plaintiff within the meaning of s 5 Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1946 (NSW) such that Amaca Pty Limited could not claim contribution from the cross defendants.”
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Webb v Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service & anor [2016] QCATA 20

25 January 2016, last updated online 22 March 2016
“CATCHWORDS: APPEAL ANTI-DISCRIMINATION – where complaint raised contentions of direct and indirect discrimination – where alleged discrimination on basis of presumed attribute of mental health – where complainant directed to attend independent medical examination – where complainant suspended from employment”
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Genetic Non-Discrimination Act

Parliament of Canada, second reading and referral to committee, 27 January 2016
“This enactment prohibits any person from requiring an individual to undergo a genetic test or disclose the results of a genetic test as a condition of providing goods or services to, entering into or continuing a contract or agreement with, or offering specific conditions in a contract or agreement with, the individual. Exceptions are provided for health care practitioners and researchers. The enactment provides individuals with other protections related to genetic testing and test results. …It also amends the Canadian Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the ground of genetic characteristics. The Privacy Act and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act are also amended to expressly include information derived from genetic testing as “personal information”.”
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Trust pays cardiologist £1.22m for unfair dismissal

BMJ 2016;352:i787
Author: Clare Dyer
“A whistleblowing consultant cardiologist who fought a 14 year battle against the NHS trust that employed him has won £1.22m for unfair dismissal. Raj Mattu was suspended by the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust in February 2002, five months after he spoke to the BBC about the death of a 35 year old patient in an overcrowded bay at Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry. The trust accused him of bullying two junior doctors in an attempt to persuade them to join him in his dispute with management.”
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Cuban doctors fleeing Venezuela find themselves in limbo

Miami Herald, 17 August 2015
Author: Jim Wyss
“Discel Rodriguez is one of many Cuban medical workers who have fled Venezuela to Colombia hoping to get quick passage to the United States through the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program. But as months have dragged on without a response from the U.S. Embassy, he’s been forced to share a home with a dozen others in the same situation.”
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Indonesia’s female police recruits subjected to virginity tests

SMH, 18 November 2014
Author: Michael Bachelard
“Indonesia’s new women officers are required to be single and virginal, but the digital penetration test the police medical officers use as part of their physical examination leaves them feeling traumatised and humiliated, according to interviews conducted recently by Human Rights Watch.”
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