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A grandfather died after he took twice as much medication as he should have following a "communication breakdown" between two branches of Boots, a coroner has said. The fact Richard Lee, 84, took double doses of the drugs he was taking was a "contributing factor" in his death after he…
The Government's free childcare policy is being challenged in the High Court by lone parents and their children, who say they are discriminated against. Free childcare provision for three and four-year-olds whose parents are "deemed to be in work" was doubled from 15 to 30 hours from last year. But…
An investigation has been launched into the police response to an allegation of rape made by teenager Gaia Pope-Sutherland before her death. The 19-year-old was found dead on November 18 last year after being reported missing from Swanage, Dorset, 11 days earlier. Her family have said she developed symptoms of…
Scores of new ambulances will be on the road ready for winter following a multi-million pound Government investment. Some 256 "state-of-the-art" vehicles will be added to ambulance fleets, the Department of Health and Social Care said, with more than half available for use this winter. It is hoped the funding,…
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 UK's most senior judge has called for an overhaul of mental health laws. Supreme Court president Lady Hale said it is "time for yet another Mental Health Act" to ensure the UK meets its international obligations on human rights. She said the number of people being detained under the…
A council has been told to apologise for acting unfairly towards a mother who wanted to move her son to a new school after she was the victim of "honour"-based violence. Nottingham City Council failed to follow proper procedures and subjected the woman to an inappropriate line of questioning during…
A predatory paedophile who worked with Newcastle United's youth players and sexually abused boys over three decades has been jailed for 20 years. George Ormond, 62, worked with a prominent youth team in the city in the 1970s and 1980s, before assisting at the Premier League club in the 1990s.…
A global DBS check for aid workers should be introduced to better protect vulnerable children from sexual abuse, ministers have been told. Labour former minister Stephen Twigg made the call after the Charity Commission revealed around 1,100 complaints about safeguarding in aid agencies had been made since the Oxfam sex…
A London-based nurse who used voodoo threats to traffick vulnerable women from Nigeria to Germany to work as prostitutes has been jailed for 14 years. Josephine Iyamu exposed her five victims to a "real and significant" risk of death as they made hazardous journeys across north Africa and the Mediterranean…
More than two million children in England are growing up in families where there are serious risks, a study has found. The Children's Commissioner, Anne Longfield, said more than a million of the most vulnerable in the country are being let down by a system that leaves them to "fend…
A Caribbean journalist granted asylum in Britain after saying he was at risk as a result of exposing human rights abuses by police has become embroiled in family court litigation and had a baby taken from his care. Social workers raised concern after the man's son suffered a head injury.…
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