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The risk of dying in hospital increases when nurses are replaced with nursing assistants, according to a new study.The research authors from the University of Southampton suggest that policies encouraging the increased use of nursing assistants to compensate for shortages of registered nurses (RN) may be putting lives at risk.Professor…
One in five of the 1,540 people who attended A&E in the three months prior to taking their own lives died within two days of leaving hospital, new figures show.More than a quarter (30%) of the 5,826 people who died by suicide between 2011 and 2017 in Scotland went to…
Three missing people have been reunited with their families in time for Christmas after their faces were displayed on posters on the backpacks of Deliveroo riders.Five hundred of the food delivery app's riders will sport mobile billboards in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol from Monday as part of a campaign…
Thousands of vulnerable young people will be homeless or at risk of homelessness in the weeks leading up to Christmas, a charity has said.Centrepoint said 18,000 young people aged 16-25 in the UK are currently or under threat of sleeping rough, and warned that homelessness is not always visible.The charity…
Scotland’s Housing Minister has pledged to bring forward legislation to restrict the use of unsuitable temporary accommodation for homeless people.Kevin Stewart said the government would consult on the issue early in 2019.He said: “We recognise that work needs to be done here. We will consult on all of this at…
Members of the public will be able to use their contactless payment cards to donate £3 to help tackle the "shameful" fact that almost 8,000 people are sleeping rough on London's streets this winter, the city's mayor said.More than 90 contactless points will be placed in cafes, cinemas, bars and…
Scotland could become a “world-leader in ending homelessness” under a new plan to end rough sleeping, charities have said.The Scottish Government said it will shift towards getting homeless people into long-term and settled accommodation as part of their Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan.Described as a “historic opportunity to make a…
The Government has suffered a further defeat at the hands of peers demanding strengthened safeguards for vulnerable people detained in care homes or hospitals.The House of Lords backed by 277 votes to 192, majority 85, a change to draft legislation to give the person being looked after and their representatives…
Police have been left to pick up the pieces amid a national crisis in mental health care, a watchdog report has warned.Stretched forces are responding to tens of thousands of cases that would be better dealt with by other agencies, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS)…
Mental health trusts are being asked to review deaths for "red flags" to improve patient treatment and prevent failings being repeated in light of the death of a teenager with learning difficulties.Inspections of deaths that occurred after one of four scenarios should prompt further investigation under guidance published on Tuesday…
The charity which runs hundreds of foodbanks is expecting December to be its busiest month ever.The Trussell Trust said its network of over 400 foodbanks provided almost 160,000 three-day emergency food supplies in December last year, a 49% increase for the monthly average for the 2017/18 financial year.The figure was…
Officers at Maghaberry Prison are making renewed efforts to identify the most vulnerable prisoners, the criminal justice inspector said.The high-security jail has a significant proportion of inmates with mental illness.Self-harming is an ever-present threat and five people have taken their own lives in recent years. Many are recovering from alcohol…
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