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Prisons and NHS Trusts are among the public sector organisations that will soon have a legal duty to refer people at risk of becoming homeless to a housing authority. Heather Wheeler, the Minister for Homelessness, announced on Thursday that, for the first time, several public bodies will be required to…
Antidepressants are effective in the treatment of the mental health condition, according to the authors of an international study. Led by researchers at the University of Oxford, the study aimed to clear up lingering questions about the efficacy of medicine to treat acute depression in adults. Through examining trials involving…
Shortcomings are still rife in child protection investigations mounted by Britain's largest police force, a watchdog report reveals. An audit of cases found "significant weaknesses" remained apparent in Metropolitan Police inquiries involving under-18s, a year after a scathing critique exposed a catalogue of failings. The original assessment, published in November…
Crimes will be treated as more serious if they are committed in a domestic setting under new sentencing guidelines. People who subject spouses, partners or family members to abuse will face tougher punishments than those who commit similar offences in a non-domestic context. For the first time official guidance for…
A Tory peer's links with pharmaceutical companies have been questioned in the Commons after she was chosen to lead a review into NHS patient concerns. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he had "every confidence" that Baroness Julia Cumberlege will do a good job in examining how the health service responds…
"Just about managing" families on the lower end of the pay spectrum are set for three years of stagnating living standards, a new report has warned. The Resolution Foundation think tank said average incomes are set to rise over the years before the next general election in 2022, following real-terms…
NHS trusts are £1.2 billion in the red as they face increasing demand for services, new figures show. At the end of December, NHS providers in England reported a year-to-date deficit of £1,281 billion, which is £365 million worse than the £916 million planned deficit, according to NHS Improvement data.…
A doctor has been suspended from working for a year after an epileptic teenager drowned in a bath while left alone in an NHS care home. Dr Valerie Murphy was the psychiatrist responsible for the care of Connor Sparrowhawk, an 18-year-old with learning difficulties, who was found submerged in the…
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