Wednesday, 22 July 2009 London Lite Swine flu: employees may sue for thousands Girls death one in million Firmswarnedtoprotectstaff nCHURCHES are changing the way the way they hand out Holy Communion to protect their congregations from swine flu. Some Anglican churches are allowing intinction, or dipping bread in communion wine, rather than drinking from the chalice, while others have stopped giving out wine altogether. The changes are allowed under the 1547 Sacrament Act, which was drawn up after the bubonic plague swept the land. Meanwhile in some Catholic churches priests are putting bread into worshippers hands rather than on their tongues. THE death of a six-year-old girl with swine flu was a one in a million event, doctors said today. GPs sought to reassure parents after a postmortem into Chloe Buckleys death showed she died of septic shock as a result of tonsillitis but did not rule out swine flu as a factor. Chloe, of West Drayton, Middlesex, died 48 hours after complaining of a sore throat. Dr Simon Tanner, Londons director of public health, said: It is not possible to say to what degree swine flu contributed. Mark Porter, a GP in Gloucestershire, said the chance of an otherwise healthy child dying of a combined bacterial infection and flu was less than one in a million. British Medical Association chairman Laurence Buckman said: A GP could go their whole career not seeing toxic shock caused by bacteria. Meanwhile, a Scottish teenager has become the 30th person in the UK to die after contracting the virus. SWINE flu victims could sue employers for tens of thousands if they believe they caught the disease at work, a Lon- don law firm said today. Employees under pressure not to take time off and supermarket checkout staff who deal with hundreds of people a day were more likely to have a case, firm Dickinson Dees said. Its employment law partner James Wilders also said cashiers would be acting completely reasonably if they refused to serve a customer who was sneezing and spluttering and could complain if they were forced to do so. He said employers also left themselves open to legal action if they failed to provide soap in office bathrooms, or if staff were infected by sick colleagues who were not sent home promptly when they developed flu symptoms or were asked to return before they had fully recovered. Mr Wilders said: In the most tragic instance, if someone died from swine flu and their relatives could show they probably contracted the disease at work because of lax health and safety proce- dures, it could potentially be very costly for the employer. Employers have a duty of care to employees and that means providing reasonable protection from swine flu. He added that companies could avoid lawsuits by taking additional measures such as separating desks and allowing staff to work from home. He also warned that firms should ensure their employers liability insur- ance covered swine flu. by mark blunden THE cricket ball used by Andrew Freddie Flintoff to win the second Test for England has helped to raise 200,000 for his charity. Celebrities bid as Lord Archer auctioned the ball and a stump -- seen held aloft by Flintoff, right -- at a Hurlingham Club dinner to launch the Andrew Flintoff Foundation, which provides child rehab and physio units in the UK. Celebs stumpup forFred index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html