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The use of restraints on adults with learning disabilities has risen by 50% in hospitals, figures show. Restraints in this setting were used a total of 15,065 times in England in 2016, according to data obtained by BBC Radio 4's File On 4, rising to 22,620 in 2017. The use…
Access to sexual health and HIV services has been dramatically reduced following changes to the funding and organisation of the services, health leaders have warned. The British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) and the British HIV Association (BHIVA) said surveys of their members show the sector is at…
More needs to be done to help the UK's seven million carers and improve the current system that waits for them to ask for help, which is usually when they are already "on the brink of a crisis", a report has warned. Healthwatch said its findings paint a "stark picture"…
Local services face £1.3 billion in extra cuts, councillors have said. The main grant funding from central government will be reduced by 36% in 2019-2020, according to local authorities. And 168 councils will not get any of the grant money at all, the Local Government Association (LGA) said. In the…
The rise in legal orders giving control over finance, property and welfare safeguards for adults without the capacity to make their own decisions is “concerning”, a watchdog has said. Guardianship orders in Scotland rose 12% to 13,501 between 2017/18 and the previous year, a Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland report…
A campaigner has told MSPs he feels a special moment has been “stolen” from him because he cannot ask his stepfather to adopt him now he is over 18. Nathan Sparling, 28, wants to change the law in Scotland which currently limits adoption to people aged under 18. Speaking at…
Two people have gone on trial accused of murdering a woman who has allegedly not been seen for more than 18 years. Margaret Fleming (pictured) was reported missing in October 2016 from her home in Inverkip, Inverclyde, but it is claimed she has not been seen since December 1999. Edward…
More than one in 10 Scots report having two or more symptoms of depression, after a “steady and significant rise” in the number struggling with the condition. A total of 11% of those questioned for the 2017 Scottish Health Survey had at least two symptoms, compared to 8% in the…
There are around 110,000 unfilled posts in the adult social care workforce in England, according to a new report. The majority of vacancies, 76,000, are for hands-on care workers, according to a report by the charity Skills for Care - which focuses on workforce development in adult social care in…
More than eight out of 10 councils are being forced to reduce their public health budgets this year following £96 million in "devastating" Tory health cuts, the Labour Party has said. In total, local authorities will have to make £800 million of public health cuts over six years, the party…
Millions of unpaid carers are putting their own health at risk to look after loved ones, council leaders have warned. The Local Government Association (LGA) and charity Carers UK said many of the 5.7 million people looking after family or friends in England were unable to take a break from…
Social Care Wales have issued a call for your views on changes to the practice guidance for social workers, social care managers and residential child care managers. The practice guidance describes the standards expected in every day practice and builds on the Code of Professional Practice for Social Care and…