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The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) are changing the way they inspect local authority fostering services and independent fostering agencies across Wales. CSSIW will be using a new inspection framework the next time they inspect services and are stressing the importance of understanding these changes and how they…
An acute ward at a Glasgow mental health hospital presented a "much neglected and dismal environment" for patients to be cared in, according to a report. The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland found there were "dated" bedroom areas, unclean windows, tired paintwork and "unkempt" curtains during a visit to Ward…
Too many older people are "suffering in silence" when things go wrong with their NHS care, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) has said. Elderly people often rely on relatives to raise concerns when things go wrong with hospital care, the PHSO said, but a new poll found that…
Local health bodies should have to face a tribunal board if they have "overly restrictive commissioning policies", a new report suggests. The recommendation comes after researchers found that there is "unacceptable" variation in access to care for patients across England. After examining data concerning each of the 209 clinical commissioning…
At least 1.8 million people aged 65 and over could have an urgent dental condition, according to a new report. Dentists have raised concerns about the impact conditions such as dental pain, oral sepsis - an infection that can lead to blood poisoning - and extensive tooth decay are having…
Breast cancer patients should be given better access to support after their hospital treatment ends, a charity has said. The call from Breast Cancer Care comes after a new poll found that many women said being discharged from hospital care was one of the hardest moments to face. The survey…
Britain's largest police force has failed to achieve any significant improvement in the quality of child protection investigations several months after a watchdog first raised the alarm, a report warns. An audit found a string of flaws were still apparent in some Metropolitan Police inquiries involving under-18s, despite inspectors delivering…
A doctor has told medical watchdogs she missed warning signs weeks before an epileptic teenager drowned in a bath after suffering a seizure at an NHS care unit. Valerie Murphy, who is accused of misconduct, was the psychiatrist responsible for the care of Connor Sparrowhawk, an 18-year-old with learning difficulties…
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