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Children are being misdiagnosed with special educational needs due to pressure from pushy parents, according to a poll. Some mums and dads want an official diagnosis rather than accept that their youngster has a problem in the classroom that could be dealt with by a teacher, it suggests, while others…
Around 160,000 disabled people will be stripped of benefits entitlements after the Government shifted the goalposts to deal with legal rulings, according to Labour. A tribunal said personal independence payments (PIP) claimants with psychological problems who cannot travel without help must be treated like those who are blind. Claimants who…
The under-pressure social care sector in England is reportedly in line for a funding boost in Chancellor Philip Hammond's Budget next month. According to the Health Service Journal (HSJ), additional "stabilisation" money will be overseen by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which regulates the sector in England. It comes after…
Ministers are closing a resettlement scheme for child refugees because they fear it is acting as a magnet and luring vulnerable youngsters to a "watery grave". The Government has faced a fierce backlash over its decision to close the Dubs scheme after 350 children have been brought to the UK…
Prisons will be expected to reform criminals as well as punish them under a major justice overhaul being unveiled on Thursday. Ministers will present legislation aiming to transform crisis-hit jails and drive down reoffending that costs society £15 billion a year. The wide-ranging Prisons and Courts Bill sets in law…
Sleeping for more than nine hours a night could be an early warning sign of Alzheimer's, new research suggests. Scientists believe an inability to get out of bed may be a symptom rather than a cause of the brain changes that lead to dementia. For this reason, simply reducing the…
Teachers and police officers should consider whether tantrums and excessive clinginess are possible signs of child abuse, a watchdog has said. New guidance says professionals working outside the NHS should be alert to "soft signs" that a child is experiencing abuse or neglect. These can include "frequent rages" with only…
Many nurses feel they are too busy to give dying patients high-quality care, a new poll suggests. Two-thirds of nurses from across the UK felt they were not given sufficient time to care for those nearing the end of their lives, it found. The poll of almost 1,000 nurses and…
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