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Social care services firm CareTech has agreed to buy Cambian in a deal that values the takeover target at up to £372 million. CareTech said the deal was "compelling" given the "highly complementary service offering and geographical coverage" provided by both firms. It also said the takeover would improve care…
The loss of learning disability specialists could lead to a return to Victorian-style care, leading nurses have warned. The number of learning disability nurses in England dropped by 40% from 5,368 in May 2010 to 3,247 in April 2018, figures from NHS Digital show. Many patients may end up being…
Children with disabilities face discrimination under equality laws which allow schools to exclude them for "challenging behaviour", a judge has ruled. Judge Alison Rowley, sitting in the Upper Tribunal, said it was "repugnant" to consider such behaviour as "criminal or anti-social" when it is a direct result of a child's…
Use of the drug Ritalin to treat UK children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) should be stepped up rather than reduced, a new study suggests. Evidence shows 5% of children suffer from the behavioural disorder, but only one in 10 are receiving medical treatment. Experts who took part in…
Early signs of autism can be detected in babies by playing peek-a-boo, research has shown. If their brains respond less than they should to the stimulating game they are more likely to be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as toddlers. Scientists used neuroimaging technology to compare the brain…
The loss of a loved one is a devastating life experience for anyone but for the 1.5 million people in the UK with a learning disability it is additionally bewildering, frightening, and upsetting. It is important that the wide range of professionals who support people with learning disabilities have the…
Carers who have to sleep at their workplace in case they are needed overnight will not be paid minimum hourly rates after a Court of Appeal ruling. In a decision which could have cost the UK care industry billions if it had gone in favour of workers, three leading judges…
Thousands of people with learning disabilities are "trapped" in institutional care and are having their "human rights routinely ignored", MPs have heard. Lib Dem former health minister Norman Lamb warned that more than 2,400 people in hospitals and care homes across the UK were being treated as "second class citizens".…
The NHS will be able to make decisions to deprive people of their liberty under new law, health officials have announced. The current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) system has been heavily criticised, with a Government-commissioned review in 2017 calling for the system to be replaced as a matter of…
Four new reports published today by the Mental Welfare Commission of visits to units for people with learning disabilities found unacceptable levels of delayed discharge, with some patients waiting years to leave hospital. The Commission found that overall care and treatment was good, and patients generally had positive relationships with…
Springwatch star Chris Packham's partner has told how his Asperger's syndrome affects their relationship. Packham, 57, was diagnosed with the condition - an autism spectrum disorder that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others - in 2005. In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Charlotte Corney, who…
Scientists have discovered a possible treatment to reverse a genetic form of autism - by using cancer drugs. A team of researchers have discovered that an experimental drug can potentially treat, and even permanently reverse, the symptoms associated with a genetic form of autism spectrum disorder. They discovered that the…
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