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Six police officers and staff will face misconduct proceedings following the death of a man with mental health problems in police custody. A Devon and Cornwall Police sergeant, two detention officers and three police constables will face misconduct hearings, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said. Thomas Orchard, 32,…
A new kind of antipsychotic has been found to relieve terrifying and disturbing symptoms suffered by millions of people with Alzheimer's disease worldwide. New research has found that Pimavanserin significantly improves psychosis symptoms in people with the condition, without the devastating side-effects of currently-used antipsychotics. Scientists also found that the…
Researchers at the University of Exeter have launched the second phase of a national survey to help identify existing services and gaps in provision for young adults with Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder (ADHD). Once considered to be a condition restricted to childhood, there is clear evidence that ADHD persists into…
A hospital where staff failings resulted in the death or significant harm of four newborn babies has been told it must make "significant improvements". North Devon District Hospital (pictured) was assessed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on emergency, maternity, end of life and outpatient care. In maternity care, the…
Police will provide temporary mobile phones to people at risk of domestic violence whose own phones have been taken for investigative reasons. The decision comes following the murder of Katrina O'Hara by her ex-partner Stuart Thomas in Blandford Forum, Dorset, on January 7 last year. Married Thomas, 49, stabbed Ms…
Public sector organisations are being driven to produce greater efficiencies and cost savings, and the NHS in particular is facing the requirement to do more with less, and deliver better and more effective care while at the same time reducing a fiscal deficit. This economic challenge has been the catalyst…
The UK's dementia 'hotspots' have been revealed in interactive maps. They show the regions most affected by dementia, with coastal towns and areas popular with retired people featuring heavily in the list. Christchurch in Dorset has the highest prevalence of dementia per head of population at 28 cases per 1,000…
An NHS trust has been placed in special measures after some hospital patients were found to have died after waiting too long for heart treatment while others were left to go blind. NHS Improvement took action against the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust after inspectors from the Care Quality Commission…
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