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Pay back the cash.

We welcome the pledge from leading law firm Mark Gilbert Morse to pay back every penny the firm received from dying miners and their families.

Durham North Labour MP Kevan Jones accused the firm in the House of Commons of taking money from claimants despite having already been paid by the Government for its work. While charging a fee is not illegal, it was deemed immoral and Mr Jones demanded that the money be paid back.

Today John Morse says his firm has not only stopped charging its clients any of their compensation but is paying back all the cash it took.

So far, he claims hundreds of people have already been given back the deductions they lost, which amounts to hundreds of thousands of pounds, with more claims to come.

His firm is not the only law one dealing with miners' compensation cases and we would urge other companies to follow its example and repay clients. If not, a Government inquiry should be instigated and they should be made to pay the money to its rightful owner.

Fledgling idea

INVENTIVE staff at North Tyneside Hospital have come to the aid to the maternity unit by recycling ripped patients' gowns into baby clothes. More than 1,700 babies are born there every year and the bill to dress the new-borns used to run into several thousand pounds every year. Now, hanks to Gwen Gribble and her staff, the cost to clad a baby is just a few pence and the money saved has gone towards buying new medical equipment. It just goes to show that savings can be made in the NHS without compromising patients' health.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 13, 2004
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