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An MP choked back tears as she called for a change in the law to allow doctors to determine whether someone is terminally ill so they can get fast-tracked access to benefits. Labour's Madeleine Moon said current rules were too restrictive, arguing that allowing a clinical judgment to determine when…
Nearly 1,700 medical requests for hip or knee surgery were turned down last year - a sharp rise from the previous year, a report suggests. In 2017/18, 1,675 requests by doctors on behalf of patients were rejected by local health bodies, according to a news article published in the British…
A drug to cure or slow dementia would boost healthcare spending "at a stroke", the head of the NHS has said. Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said a scientific breakthrough to treat Alzheimer's and similar degenerative diseases would immediately free up funds from social care that could be…
Care for patients who are dying is not being prioritised by local health bodies, research suggests. End-of-life care, also known as palliative care, is only prioritised in the strategies of 4% of Health and Wellbeing Boards, according to analysis conducted by experts at King's College London. Meanwhile only half of…
Peers have backed reform of safeguards for vulnerable people detained in care homes or hospitals without the mental capacity to consent to the arrangements. But despite giving the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill an unopposed second reading, they criticised some of its provisions and called for "radical" changes during later stages.…
Barchester Healthcare, one of Britain's biggest care home groups, is to be put up for sale in a deal that could net its owners north of £2.5 billion. The Press Association understands the group's owners - the Irish business tycoons Dermot Desmond, JP McManus and John Magnier - have mandated…
Northern Ireland's Department of Health has announced the appointment of a consultancy to carry out an independent review into care failings at Dunmurry Manor Care Home, focussing on the actions of the Health and Social Care system. The Department has appointed CPEA, an independent consultancy company which specialises in social…
A "morally bankrupt" care home owner who took millions of pounds from wealthy pensioners has been jailed for 21 years. David Barton, 64, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday for what Judge Steven Everett described as the "most brazen" case of fraud he had ever seen. He was…
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…
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…
A University of Stirling academic has been called upon to help the World Health Organisation (WHO) promote personalised care for older people in the Middle East and North Africa. Professor of Global Ageing Ian Philp (pictured) was one of three international experts invited to the WHO Regional Consultation on Integrated…
Health and social care organisations are prioritising individual performance over patients, the health watchdog has warned. Local leaders should be incentivised to work together and judged on how well the system as a whole is meeting the needs of elderly people, according to a report by the Care Quality Commission…
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