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A foster carer who sued her former agency over allegations that prevented her from working has accepted substantial damages at the High Court. Francine West brought proceedings for defamation, malicious falsehood and breach of the Data Protection Act against 24Seven Fostering Services. Her solicitor, Dominic Garner, told Judge Richard Parkes…
An adult care home manager from Swansea has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers after a fitness to practise panel found he put individuals in his care in unwarranted risk of harm. The Social Care Wales hearing was told that Ashley Bowen, who managed the now-closed St…
Criminal charges could be brought following "truly shocking" revelations that the lives of more than 450 people had been shortened by the prescribing and administering of opioids without medical justification at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital. A damning report found an additional 200 patients were "probably" similarly affected between 1989…
Concerns about the care of older patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital have been the subject of scrutiny since 1998. Families of those who died have persistently sought a full and independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of their relatives and the care they received prior to death.…
Here is the full text of Bishop James Jones's statement on the publication of the report of the Gosport Independent Panel: Institutionalised practice of the shortening of lives The documents reveal at Gosport War Memorial Hospital from 1989 to 2000 an institutionalised practice of the shortening of lives through prescribing…
A hospital has admitted liability for the death of a cancer patient who was not given the correct antibiotics. Father-of-three Simon Tulitt (pictured) was admitted to the Royal Derby Hospital for routine surgery for a cancerous growth on his bowel on May 28 2013. The 62-year-old contracted sepsis, also referred…
An "institutionalised regime" of prescribing and administering opioids without medical justification at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital shortened the lives of more than 450 people, an inquiry has found. An additional 200 patients were "probably" similarly affected between 1989 and 2000, when taking into account missing records, according to a…
A hospital where patients were left waiting on trolleys and delays were "manipulated" to make them appear less frequent has been told it must improve. Inspectors from health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) praised staff at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital but said they were unable to provide…
Bupa Care Homes has been fined £3 million over the death of an 86-year-old in Essex. Kenneth Ibbetson died after contracting Legionnaires' disease while living at the Hutton Village Nursing Home in Brentwood in March 2015, the Health and Safety Executive said. Bupa Care Homes admitted breaching the Health and…
The number of patients waiting longer than the recommended 18 weeks to start planned NHS hospital treatment has reached the highest number in almost a decade by exceeding half a million, official figures show. NHS England referral to treatment (RTT) statistics for April show 500,068 patients waited more than 18…
Patients with pre-existing mental health conditions feel they are treated with less respect and dignity while staying in hospital, according to the results of a wide-ranging survey. This group reported worse experiences across most areas of care, including how well their needs and preferences were respected, than those without diagnosed…
Dementia sufferers at a Northern Ireland care home suffered a "horrific catalogue of inhuman and degrading treatment", an investigation has found. Launching a scathing report into standards at Dunmurry Manor Care Home, the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland (COPNI) Eddie Lynch identified "significant failures" in the safeguarding and…
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