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A county council has been fined £100,000 after files containing highly sensitive personal details of more than 100 people were discovered in a disused building. Social care files were found along with 45 bags of confidential waste at Town End House in Havant, Hampshire, by the new owners of the…
A heavily-criticised health trust has defended its payments of millions of pounds to consultancies run by professional contacts of under-fire chief executive Katrina Percy. Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has been the subject of independent government reviews since it was revealed it failed to investigate the unexpected deaths of hundreds…
A revolutionary mobile device to deliver radiotherapy more precisely during surgery, without causing damage to surrounding tissue and organs, is to be used for the first time at a UK hospital. The Mobetron is the first portable system able to administer the treatment in this way - known as intraoperative…
A hospital has been condemned by health inspectors for putting patients at "unacceptable risk" in its overcrowded A&E department. Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth was so busy that 16 ambulances - one-third of the emergency ambulance fleet for Hampshire - were queueing outside when inspectors from the Care Quality Commission…
A scandal-hit NHS trust where a teenager drowned in the bath is still failing to protect patients from risk of harm, a watchdog has found. Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors were ordered to carry out a report by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt following problems at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.…
Social services staff asked to make decisions about the future of five children were involved in an attempted "cover-up", a family court judge has said. Judge Mark Horton said there had been a "deliberate and calculated" alteration of a social worker's report. The judge said the report had been altered…
A vulnerable woman embroiled in a family court fight over the future of her eight-year-old son may have been exploited by a psychologist, a judge has said. Dr Ludwig F Lowenstein could be in breach of professional codes of conduct, said Judge Mary Lazarus. The judge has raised concerns in…
A man whose two grandchildren were taken into care has been criticised by a family court judge for conducting an "abusive and cowardly" Facebook campaign against social services staff. Judge Helen Black said the man - the children's paternal grandfather - had named social workers and described them as paid…
Young males between the ages of 10 and 24 have committed suicide in growing numbers as a direct result of austerity measures brought in across Europe following the 2009 recession. According to new research from the University of Portsmouth and Webster Vienna University, more males of all ages are committing…
Social Worker Neil Ellesmere has been struck off the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Register for abusing his position to defraud a service user of over £63,000 whilst employed by Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, Portsmouth. A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that on 18…
The owner of a chain of children's nurseries who stole £950,000 from his employees - through money deducted from their salaries as tax and National Insurance - has been jailed for five and a half years. Michael Scott, 63, of Grovebury, Locks Heath, cheated more than 180 employees by deducting…
As leaders from the nine Integrated Personal Commissioning demonstrator sites meet to share early learning, Dr Linda Collie, Clinical Executive at NHS Portsmouth CCG, explains how working together with Portsmouth City Council and Age UK Portsmouth is enabling older people with complex health needs to become the real experts in…
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