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The Scottish Government has confirmed that individuals involved in the retention of baby ashes at crematoria across Scotland will not be expected to give evidence to the Commission.

The revelation came through a series of written parliamentary questions tabled by Shadow Health Minister Jackie Baillie MSP, which also questioned the Government on issues around a public inquiry and policies on handling ashes and cremated remains. The Scottish Government recently announced a Commission would be set up to examine legislation around crematoria following the baby ash scandal which came to light in December last year.

Thompsons has notched up another successful win for a union client who fell at work resulting in head injuries which impacted on her senses.

Janet Harper, who was employed by British Polythene Industries in Greenock, tripped over a piece of metal in the warehouse causing her to fall in November 2010. She put out her hand to break her fall which resulted in soft tissue damage to her right wrist as well as more serious head injuries.

Jayne CrawfordA school technician has been awarded £8,500 compensation after cutting off part of his finger while sawing wood for a school project.

Victims of the PIP implant scandal have today (Friday) expressed disgust after the month long trial of PIP boss Jean Claude Mas ended with a deferred verdict. The founder of the French company behind the flawed breast implants has been on trial charged with fraud and causing involuntary injury. The trial which was due to conclude today has now deferred reaching a verdict until 10 December 2013.

Thompsons Solicitors has welcomed the appointment of the Right Hon Lord Bonomy to chair the independent commission into infant cremation and the disposal of ashes in Scotland.

Patrick McGuire, PartnerThe Scottish Government announced it would be setting up the commission in the wake of the baby ash scandal which saw hundreds of parents denied the ashes of their babies at crematoria across the country.

Things are hotting up as Glasgow gears up for the most prominent MayDay celebrations for a number of years. In a major concert, Comedian and activist, Mark Thomas; marxist magician, Ian Saville, and former BBC Young Folk Musicians Siobhan Miller and Jeana Leslie join political song master Arthur Johnstone, and harmonica virtuoso, Fraser Speirs, in a star studded line-up at the Great MayDay Cabaret that crowns this years’ Friends of MayDay activities.

Anne Marie HarbisonA Glasgow City Council employee has been helped to £3,000 compensation from specialist trade union lawyers Thompsons. The local authority worker was a passenger in a council vehicle when it was struck from behind by a refuse lorry while sitting stationary.

Paul McIntosh, SolicitorA television engineer crushed by a faulty gate while trying to access a transmitter has been helped to £10,000 compensation by specialist trade union lawyers Thompsons.

An independent review by NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh into cosmetic interventions has revealed systematic failings which could have contributed to the scale of the PIP breast implant scandal.

The review published today (Wednesday) highlighted a lack of data in relation to cosmetic procedures and described the PIP implants as a “data free zone”. The review is calling for a register for people who carry out cosmetic procedures to ensure information is more readily available and to enable problems such as those experienced by the PIP victims to be identified more quickly.

Andrew Henderson, PartnerThe families of the victims of the Flying Phantom tug boat deaths have welcomed the announcement that two companies have been indicted for trial at the High Court.

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