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A seriously ill two-month-old baby who doctors say feels pain when held should be allowed to die, a High Court judge has decided. Specialists told Mr Justice Williams that the boy was being sedated when handled to reduce his agitation. They said he should move to a children's hospice and…
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…
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…
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…
Almost three quarters of specialist breast cancer nurses in Wales are aged 50 or over so many could retire in the next decade, a charity has warned. Macmillan Cancer Support said its latest census shows 74% of breast cancer nurses where age was reported are at least 50, leading to…
A partnership offering specialist courses to healthcare staff has been signed between the University of Wolverhampton and Compton Care. The courses provide opportunities for healthcare professionals to further develop their knowledge and skills and to gain a recognised qualification. The University of Wolverhampton works in collaboration with Compton Care, a…
Motor neurone disease sufferer Noel Conway has lost his Court of Appeal challenge against a "blanket ban" on assisted dying. The 68-year-old retired lecturer from Shrewsbury, who says he feels "entombed" by his illness, has fought a long legal battle for the right to a "peaceful and dignified" death. He…
The number of older cancer patients will rocket in the next two decades, experts have predicted. Cancer Research UK said the number of older people diagnosed with cancer each year could rise by 80% by 2035. It reported that 130,000 British people over the age of 75 currently get cancer…
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…
The parents of baby Charlie Gard, who died after being at the centre of a High Court treatment battle, have launched a foundation to provide a "brighter future" for other sick children. Connie Yates and Chris Gard (pictured) say the Charlie Gard Foundation aims to invest in research and provide…
A crackdown on "rip-off" pre-paid funeral plan providers who prey on the vulnerable has been signalled by the Government. The Treasury is proposing bringing the sector under the regulation of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) after evidence showed elderly people are being "pressured, harassed and misled" by some operators. Action…
The Duchess of Cambridge has described how she cherishes moments like playing outside with her children in a letter of support for "remarkable" children's hospices. Kate wrote the letter in her role as patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (Each) to mark Children's Hospice Week. The national awareness initiative is…
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