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An elderly man died while waiting in an accident and emergency unit because of the "dangerous overcrowding of the department", the trust's medical director has said. An email leaked from Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust to the Health Service Journal (HSJ) said the patient died after going to A&E with…
A man has been jailed for almost six years for violently robbing a 92-year-old woman, in an attack which left her with several cracked ribs. Sanchez Edwards, 28, was sentenced to five years and eight months at Wood Green Crown Court for attacking the elderly woman from behind and dragging…
Care home residents are suffering because they and their families are not told about important parts of their contracts before they sign, an investigation has found. Which? said care homes could be breaking the law by neglecting to inform residents and their families about any part of the contract deemed…
A care home for older people in Dunoon, Argyll, has been told to make urgent improvements in the care provided to residents. The Care Inspectorate has served a formal Improvement Notice on Ardnahein Care Home following an inspection which raised serious concerns.The notice lists six areas which require urgent improvement,…
Legislation designed to cap energy prices for 11 million households across Britain will be introduced to Parliament today. The Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill would allow Ofgem to limit tariffs until 2020, with the option to extend the cap annually until 2023. Prime Minister Theresa May said that…
National older person’s charity MHA has announced Sam Monaghan as its new Chief Executive. Monaghan joins MHA from Barnardo’s, where he was Corporate Director Children's Services. Prior to that, he worked at Action for Children and was a practitioner and manager in social services for a number of years. MHA…
Three quarters of NHS nurses believe that winter pressures on the NHS have hampered their ability to care for dying patients. A new poll found that 77% of nurses said that strain on the system over the colder months has had a negative effect on the quality of care they…
Heavy drinking may be a major risk factor for early-onset dementia, new research suggests. Scientists who looked at 57,000 cases of dementia diagnosed before the age of 65 found that 39% could be attributed to alcohol-related brain damage. Brain damage associated with drinking was thought to be responsible for 3%…
An off-label drug thought to be commonly prescribed by doctors to treat osteoarthritis of the hand when conventional medication has failed is ineffective, researchers have said. Hand osteoarthritis is estimated to affect nearly a third of people over the age of 70. But the first-line treatments - paracetamol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory…
A "care pension" which would help cover costs for people later in life should be introduced, according to a former pensions minister. Sir Steve Webb, who is now director of policy at mutual insurer Royal London, said a solution is needed which could help people build up protection against the…
Welsh Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has launched a new innovative action plan which aims to ensure people with dementia can live as independently as possible in their communities. The Dementia Action Plan aims to create new ways of caring, training and increasing the number of support workers, increasing rates of…
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…
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