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Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith has called for an investigation into a fire that broke out at a care home in his constituency killing one, after hearing that a neighbour had to call the emergency services. London Fire Brigade was called to Connington Crescent, Chingford, just before 2.15am on…
A woman has died after a fire at residential units for adults with learning disabilities. More than 70 firefighters were called to Connington Crescent, Chingford, just before 2.15am on Friday. London Fire Brigade said 12 people left the three-storey block before firefighters arrived. Pictures from the scene show flames pouring…
An official report has been unable to rule out a cover-up in the case of two disabled men who were severely injured at a care home which is now the subject of a police probe. Hospital staff raised concerns Matthew Bates and Gary Lewis, residents of Beech Lodge care home…
A "valuable opportunity" was missed to prosecute Rochdale's former Liberal MP Cyril Smith during his lifetime in the late 1990s, a child sexual abuse inquiry found. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) concluded authorities in the town showed a "total lack of urgency" to address the sexual exploitation…
Child sexual abuse involving pupils at Knowl View happened from its early years onwards and continued for 20 years, an independent panel found. The council-run residential school in Rochdale was set up in 1969 to house boys aged from seven to 16 with a "wide range of needs and adverse…
A Labour councillor said to have lied to an independent inquiry into child sexual abuse in Rochdale is facing a possible police investigation. Richard Farnell told a panel last year he was unaware of issues of abuse involving a residential school in the town while he was leader of Rochdale…
An adult care home manager who worked in Flintshire has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers after a Social Care Wales hearing found her fitness to practise was impaired as a result of a lack of competence and misconduct. Mrs Debbie Lloyd, who did not attend the…
Care home provider Advinia Health Care has announced the names of the 11 Scottish care homes it has acquired as part of a deal with Bupa Care Homes that secured 22 across the UK. The move puts the company among the top 10 private care providers in the UK. Advinia,…
An elderly care home resident who repeatedly stabbed a member of staff has been jailed for 13 years and three months. Pensioner Fred Butcher was armed with a knife and a cleaver when he inflicted serious injuries on the woman in the unprovoked attack at the residential care home on…
Thousands of older people in low and middle-income countries are at risk of abuse and human rights violations when being admitted to care homes, according to new research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA). The study provides the first systematic analysis of admissions practices for residential long-term care…
Three care homes in Stirlingshire operated by the same care provider have been told to make urgent improvements by the Care Inspectorate. The services, owned by Mauricare Ltd, are Ashford House in Bridge of Allan, Ashlea House (pictured) in Callander and Ashwood House also located in Callander. Inspectors who visited…
Thirteen NHS bodies have been threatened with legal action over policies which "breach the human rights of patients". The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is launching legal action against 13 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England over their policies on NHS Continuing Healthcare. NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) is a…
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