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Edge Hill University has received funding from the National Institute for Health Research to review the provision of respite care for young adults with life limiting conditions or complex needs. The research team, led by Sally Spencer, Professor of Clinical Research in the University’s Postgraduate Medical Institute, has received £168,554…
Millions of pounds is being wasted on reassessing people with Parkinson's for benefits even though their condition will never improve, campaigners have warned. Analysis by Parkinson's UK suggests it will cost £3 million to reassess everyone with Parkinson's as they switch over from disability living allowance (DLA) to its replacement…
A 79-year-old woman left brain damaged and severely physically disabled following a stroke has died following a life-support treatment ruling by a judge in a specialist court. Mr Justice Cobb had decided that doctors could lawfully stop artificial feeding after analysing the case at a hearing in the Court of…
About 30,000 disabled people in Scotland could lose entitlement to disability benefits as a result of UK Government welfare reforms, according to a new report. The Scottish Government research looked at the impact of welfare policies affecting disabled people, including the replacement of disability living allowance (DLA) for working-age people…
A new pill can reduce the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) among children and teenagers, a study has found. Sufferers aged between 10 and 17 who were treated with Gilenya tablets had an 82% lower relapse rate compared to those injected with an alternative standard treatment, pharmaceutical giant Novartis said.…
The Government has taken more than a year to respond to a review outlining how to speed up NHS patients' access to innovative medicines, a charity has said. Muscular Dystrophy UK said that the Accelerated Access Review should be dubbed the "Delayed Access Review". The Government-commissioned review - which made…
The Princess Royal has officially opened a new centre for deafblind adults. Charity Deafblind Scotland spent a decade campaigning and fundraising for the £2 million learning and development centre in East Dunbartonshire. The princess toured the building which has a recording studio, arts space and high-tech IT room, and has…
Theresa May has again rejected calls to pause the roll-out of Universal Credit as ministers announced that controversial charges of up to 55p a minute to call a helpline were to be scrapped. Appearing before a Commons committee, Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke (pictured) said the line would be…
Fear of hostility has stopped nearly one in three disabled people from going out in their local area, according to new research. A poll of 1,609 disabled adults in the UK found three in ten (30%) reported that they had experienced hostile behaviour motivated by their disability. And roughly the…
A disabled man who complained a High Court judge acted unlawfully when giving medics permission to take him from home to hospital and authorising the use of force has lost a legal fight. Aamir Mazhar, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, said an order made by Mr Justice Mostyn, who is…
Tory MPs have called on the Government to halt the rollout of its controversial new benefits payment system over concerns about the impact on claimants, it has been reported. A letter backed by 12 MPs has been sent to Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke urging him to pause the…
Disabled people are being "shut out" of the jobs market in huge numbers because of the discrimination they face when looking for work, according to a new report. A survey of 2,000 disabled people for the charity Scope found that only half are given an interview when applying for jobs…