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Half of children in some parts of the UK are growing up in poverty, revealing a "growing crisis", a new report warns. Research by the End Child Poverty coalition showed that some of the most deprived areas of the country have seen the biggest increases in child poverty over the…
Within 20 years more than two million Britons will be living with four or more chronic illnesses due to years spent living a sedentary lifestyle, new research has found. Although life expectancy is set to increase by 3.6 years for men and 2.9 years for women, two-thirds of this extra…
The growing problem of prescription drug addiction is to be reviewed by health officials, the Government has announced. Public health minister Steve Brine has commissioned Public Health England (PHE) to examine why one patient in every 11 was prescribed a potentially addictive drug last year. Mr Brine said the issue…
A new electronic monitoring scheme for supervising offenders has been condemned by MPs as a "catastrophic" waste of taxpayers' money. In a scathing critique, the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said at least £9 million has been squandered on a project which has so far failed to deliver the intended…
A steep rise in the number of detentions of mentally unwell people could be a sign that the health service is under "considerable pressure", health inspectors have warned. In the decade to 2015/16 the number of detentions under the Mental Health Act increased by 40%. A new review into such…
The number of vacant nursing posts reached a new high of 34,260 last year, with some areas only recruiting one nurse for every 400 jobs advertised - revealing a staffing "crisis", it has been warned. Official figures showed there were almost 88,000 vacancies across the NHS in England in the…
Violence against women and girls is endemic, with widespread cases of harassment at work or public places, according to a new report. The Fawcett Society claimed the legal system was failing women, and needed fundamental reform. Research for the campaign group found that half of women had suffered sexual harassment…
Youngsters are being "disadvantaged most" by cuts to public health services, leading children's doctors have said. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) said there had been "destructive" reductions in preventive services. A year on from its State of Child Health report, the RCPCH has examined how officials…
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