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Community mental health services are getting better, a survey from the health watchdog suggests. But access to counselling and support for carers is still poor, the Healthcare Commission warned. A survey of 16,000 patients highlighted a "worrying" lack of progress in helping people with mental illness access benefits or get…
The European Commission has been asked to investigate whether a local health authority can refuse to pay for drugs when funding is available elsewhere. Tory MEP Chris Heaton-Harris claims the so-called NHS post-code lottery breaks European anti-discrimination laws.
The government has admitted for the first time that almost half of all children will be dangerously overweight by 2050 if drastic action is not taken to halt the growth in childhood obesity.
Almost 3,000 crimes were committed last year where the suspect was too young to be prosecuted, the BBC has learned. Figures show there were about 1,300 incidents of criminal damage and arson, and over 60 sex offences where suspects were under-10s in England and Wales.