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A judge has given doctors the go-ahead to perform a caesarean section on a woman who lacks the mental capacity to make decisions about treatment, following a hearing in a specialist court.Mr Justice Cohen approved treatment plans, agreed by doctors and lawyers representing the woman, after analysing evidence at a…
Golden hellos of £10,000 will be used to attract students to hard-to-recruit nursing disciplines, the Government has said as Labour failed to overturn wider cuts.Health minister Steve Barclay said the intention is to offer the incentives to help mental health, learning disability and district nursing as part of a £10…
The findings of a review into the early deaths of people with learning disabilities show a "much worse picture" than previous reports, Labour has warned. Asking an urgent Commons question on the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review, shadow health and social care minister Barbara Keeley claimed it was "disgraceful" that Health…
Children with autism may be at risk from bullying because they are more willing to accept unfair behaviour say psychologists. The research by Dr Calum Hartley and Sophie Fisher of Lancaster University involved young children playing trading games with a puppet. In the Ultimatum Game and Dictator Game, the children…
New research from the National Autistic Society suggests that autistic people are among the most isolated and lonely in the UK. The charity compared their new survey of almost 900 autistic people with the Government’s own data and the results indicate that autistic people are four times more likely to…
Former chief inspector of social services Lord Laming has told a health minister he needs to take the threat to one of the country's biggest private home care providers more seriously. The independent crossbencher said that vulnerable people dependent on services provided by Allied Healthcare were "living under the shadow"…
An anti-psychotic drug prescribed to a teenager caused him to suffer from a rare condition that was a "significant contributory factor" to his death, a coroner has said. The parents of Thomas Oliver McGowan, known as Oliver, say they repeatedly told doctors that on "no account" was the 18-year-old to…
Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith has called for an investigation into a fire that broke out at a care home in his constituency killing one, after hearing that a neighbour had to call the emergency services. London Fire Brigade was called to Connington Crescent, Chingford, just before 2.15am on…
A woman has died after a fire at residential units for adults with learning disabilities. More than 70 firefighters were called to Connington Crescent, Chingford, just before 2.15am on Friday. London Fire Brigade said 12 people left the three-storey block before firefighters arrived. Pictures from the scene show flames pouring…
Hans Asperger, the respected Austrian paediatrician whose name describes a form of high-functioning autism, actively assisted in the murder of disabled children by the Nazis, a new report claims. Asperger's Syndrome, marked by an impaired ability to interact socially with others, tends to affect people of average or above average…
A consultant has told an inquest that anti-psychotic drugs she prescribed to a teenager were "one of the contributing factors" in his death. Thomas Oliver McGowan, 18, who was mildly autistic and had epilepsy and learning difficulties, died at Southmead Hospital in Bristol on November 11 2016. His parents, Tom…
Sharon Jeffreys from the Mental Health Intensive Support Team, NHS Improvement discusses the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)’s learning disabilities guideline and how organisations can work to improve local services. In my former role as a lead commissioner on behalf of four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in…
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