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Mental health bodies have raised concerns over revelations that thousands of mental health patients are being locked in "effectively institutionalised settings". A new Care Quality Commission (CQC) report has highlighted that a "surprising" number of patients are being cared for in "locked rehabilitation wards", with some patients spending more than…
The British Red Cross has started rolling out brand new services to tackle loneliness & social isolation and is calling for people across the UK to join its teams providing vital support for up to 12,500 adults of all ages. In response to its major research published in December, and…
Vulnerable people who lack the ability to choose how they are cared for are being "let down" by the very institutions that are charged with their care, an Ombudsman has warned. The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, which investigates complaints about adult social care, raised concerns about how decisions…
People in Scotland lose more years to poor health caused by neck and lower back pain than early heart disease, researchers have claimed. Similarly, depression causes more years of poor health for the Scottish population than lung cancer, according to the Scottish Burden of Disease Study. NHS researchers calculated the…
Four street drinkers who savagely killed a vulnerable man in his own home before scattering his mother's ashes over his partially dismembered body have been jailed. David Miller, 56, was attacked with weapons including corkscrews, knives, broken glass, an angle grinder, scissors, a rolling pin, a chisel and a saw.…
A care home worker who sprayed an aerosol can in the face of a 77-year-old woman with dementia has been convicted of an ill-treatment offence. Susan Draper, 43, is the second care worker convicted of ill-treating Betty Boylan after her family rigged up a covert camera in her room. Birmingham…
The Royal Borough of Greenwich has won £1.95m of funding from the Department for Education’s Innovation Programme for a three year project which will transform help for children and families experiencing domestic abuse. SafeCORE will work intensively with up to 360 local families a year who have had a number…
People are sleeping rough in barns and outhouses as a hidden homelessness crisis hits rural areas, an influential think tank has warned. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) warned that it is particularly hard to prevent or relieve homelessness in the countryside because of the difficulties in covering larger…
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