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Labour has blamed the sharp rise in deaths of homeless people on the "results of Government decisions, Government choices" after figures showed almost 600 died last year.After the death of a man sleeping rough outside the entrance to Parliament earlier this week, shadow housing minister Melanie Onn (pictured) accused the…
The scale of homeless deaths has been branded a "national tragedy" after official estimates showed a rise of almost a quarter over five years.Some 597 people sleeping rough or in emergency accommodation were estimated to have died last year in England and Wales, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.This…
One in 10 young parents has used food banks and many skip meals because they cannot afford to eat properly, according to a report.Research by the Young Women's Trust suggested young parents with secondary school age children are most likely to receive supplies from food banks.A survey of 4,000 people…
Achieving parity of access to treatments for mental health patients compared with that for people with physical conditions will be the work of a generation, the Health Secretary has warned.Matt Hancock said he understood the urgent need to make improvements but stressed that achieving equality of access between mental and…
Tens of thousands of migrants could come to the UK to work for up to a year under the Government's proposed post-Brexit immigration system.The new measure, which would be in place until at least 2025, is designed to act as a "safety valve" for the economy and protect sectors reliant…
Three people have been taken to hospital after stabbings at two health centres in east London, police said.A man was detained nearby and taken to hospital for treatment.It is understood two people were stabbed in the Tredegar Practice (pictured) on St Stephen's Road, Tower Hamlets and a further person was…
A young woman left infertile because her cervical cancer was not spotted for more than four years has been awarded the costs of having surrogate children in America by the Court of Appeal.Whittington Hospital NHS Trust admitted negligence in failing to detect signs of cancer, leading to the woman, known…
The case of a convicted fraudster who rose from the ranks of nurse to chief executive has been highlighted by a watchdog as cause to review how NHS trusts are employing "fit and proper" directors.Paula Vasco-Knight (pictured) was given a suspended prison sentence at Exeter Crown Court in 2017 after…
A police officer has been sacked after breaching professional standards during the restraint of a mental health patient who collapsed and died in 2011.Pc Paul Adey was found guilty of giving a false account to investigators in relation to the fatal collapse of Walsall man Kingsley Burrell, who went into…
Reforms to make it simpler for care homes and hospitals to hold vulnerable people who cannot consent to treatment or care have cleared their first Commons hurdle - despite cross-party opposition and concern.Ministers were warned that the measures in the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill could "potentially give private companies the…
Health officials lack a clear post Brexit recruitment plan which could exacerbate current medical staff shortages, MPs have said in a report that also warns that the NHS faces regional funding pressures.The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said it had not been reassured by a Department of Health and Social Care…
Homeless people are being denied access to public services because they do not have a fixed postal address, according to a report.Citizens Advice said the homeless could have their benefits sanctioned, drop down waiting lists or miss out on offers of housing.The Royal Mail said it was open to the…
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