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Labour has attacked Bedlam-like conditions for people with learning disabilities.Shadow health minister Barbara Keeley said the current situation was "nothing short of a national scandal" with patients being treated in a way that has "no place in the 21st century".Recent reports of an autistic teenager called Bethany who was locked…
A committee of MPs has called for an urgent reassessment of the Government's benefit sanctions regime, warning that the current system appears to be "pointlessly cruel" to some claimants.The human cost of the policy appears "simply too high", with evidence showing that its impact is at best "mixed" and at…
Thousands of patients are being denied prescriptions for cannabis despite the law change because of "botched and cruel" medical guidance, MPs have warned. Conservative former minister Sir Mike Penning was among those on Monday to say the material being relied on by the NHS is shutting down the fresh law.…
Almost 1,000 children have been transferred from St John’s Hospital (SJH) in Livingston to Edinburgh for treatment due to closures at the children’s ward. The paediatric ward at the West Lothian hospital has been closed to out-of-hours inpatients since July 2017 due to staff shortages. The ward was hit by…
NHS Scotland is planning to consolidate its IT systems into one in a move it hopes will cut waiting times and improve patient care. The health service has signed a deal with Microsoft to bring together more than one hundred separate computer systems into one with the aim of improving…
New rights giving paid leave to workers suffering the loss of a child have been set out by the Government. Parents in Britain will have the right to two weeks' leave if they lose a child under the age of 18 or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy.…
Men suspected of committing "dreadful offences" against children are not being pursued by prosecutors due to a lack of resources, ministers have been warned. Labour's Barry Sheerman (pictured) cited "senior police sources" as claiming the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not have the capacity to take on new cases linked…
Criminals are being sentenced to "worsened health" when they are sent to prison, a new report suggests. The Health and Social Care Select Committee said poorer health is "too often the outcome" for inmates as a result of "overstretched staff, overcrowding and poor facilities". MPs on the committee have penned…
Care inspectors have reiterated calls for a long-term funding solution for social care, the day after the Chancellor announced a funding boost for the sector. Care Quality Commission (CQC) chief executive Ian Trenholm said a "long-term and sustainable solution" to funding social care is needed. It comes a day after…
Examples of potential hate crimes are highlighted in a new national campaign to increase awareness about the "sickening" offending. The initiative aims to make clear that directing abuse at someone because of their religion, race, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability is a criminal offence. Films and posters depicting fictional…
The NHS will adopt a "zero tolerance" approach to violence against its staff, the Health Secretary has announced. Matt Hancock will set out a series of measures to protect workers in England as it emerged almost one in eight experienced violence in the last year. He said it was "unacceptable"…
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is launching a month-long pilot communications programme to promote jobs in the adult social care sector. The pilot starts October 31st and is taking place in Gloucestershire and Tyne and Wear. This will test and identify the optimal marketing channels in different…
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