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An NHS trust has been placed in special measures after some hospital patients were found to have died after waiting too long for heart treatment while others were left to go blind. NHS Improvement took action against the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust after inspectors from the Care Quality Commission…
A woman with a "very significant learning disability" has lost the latest round of a fight over the care of her two children. Two Court of Appeal judges have backed a family court judge's decision and concluded that the youngsters, a boy aged 11 and a seven-year-old girl, should go…
Breaking a bone can make everyday activities particularly tricky. Especially when it’s your dominant arm and you live alone. Just ask Mrs Bennet who badly broke her right arm last year. But thanks to a close group of good friends and a little help from British Red Cross volunteer Janet…
The mother of a teenage girl who took her own life has criticised the health professionals who "failed" her daughter and said she would never have left her alone if she had been warned she was a suicide risk. Sandy Legg said 14-year-old Sofia was "failed by the system" and…
Alzheimer’s Society has announced today that it has committed almost £2million to the University of Exeter, as part of its biggest-ever single investment in dementia care research. The funding will be used for a national collaboration led by Exeter to improve both quality of life for people with dementia, and…
The investigation into abuse of vulnerable adults at two care homes in Devon was launched after one of the residents contacted the authorities. The resident - known only as AC - reported managers of the Veilstone and Gatooma homes to the Care Quality Commission in July 2011. He had lived…
Thirteen directors, managers and staff at two care homes have been convicted of imprisoning disabled adults in empty rooms to punish or control them, it can be reported. An abusive culture developed in which vulnerable residents were left alone for hours on end with little food or water by managers…
Council social services bosses unlawfully allowed the surname of two sisters to be changed before they were adopted, a family court judge has concluded. Judge James Meston said bosses had allowed the girls' names to be changed to the names of a couple aiming to adopt before an adoption process…
A major new discovery has been made towards finding the cause of multiple sclerosis - potentially paving the way for new treatments. Scientists have found a new cellular mechanism which may cause the disease and a potential hallmark which could be a target for future treatment of the autoimmune disorder.…
An investigation has been launched into the death of a man held at an immigration removal centre. The 43-year-old man, who has not been identified, had been detained at The Verne in Portland, Dorset. He died at the centre on Sunday. A Home Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that…
In the build up to World Social Work day 2017 earlier this month, this evening seminar brought together a panel of eminent speakers from within the field of social work to discuss these contemporary issues affecting the profession. The seminar explored the challenges and opportunities for social work, across policy,…
A council which failed to alert border agencies when a mother took her children to Australia without their father’s consent, has been asked by the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) to pay the father’s expenses to return them. Somerset County Council first became aware of the family when the father visited…
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