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A drug to cure or slow dementia would boost healthcare spending "at a stroke", the head of the NHS has said. Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said a scientific breakthrough to treat Alzheimer's and similar degenerative diseases would immediately free up funds from social care that could be…
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…
Peers have backed reform of safeguards for vulnerable people detained in care homes or hospitals without the mental capacity to consent to the arrangements. But despite giving the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill an unopposed second reading, they criticised some of its provisions and called for "radical" changes during later stages.…
Barchester Healthcare, one of Britain's biggest care home groups, is to be put up for sale in a deal that could net its owners north of £2.5 billion. The Press Association understands the group's owners - the Irish business tycoons Dermot Desmond, JP McManus and John Magnier - have mandated…
Northern Ireland's Department of Health has announced the appointment of a consultancy to carry out an independent review into care failings at Dunmurry Manor Care Home, focussing on the actions of the Health and Social Care system. The Department has appointed CPEA, an independent consultancy company which specialises in social…
A "morally bankrupt" care home owner who took millions of pounds from wealthy pensioners has been jailed for 21 years. David Barton, 64, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday for what Judge Steven Everett described as the "most brazen" case of fraud he had ever seen. He was…
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…
A grandfather died after he took twice as much medication as he should have following a "communication breakdown" between two branches of Boots, a coroner has said. The fact Richard Lee, 84, took double doses of the drugs he was taking was a "contributing factor" in his death after he…
A University of Stirling academic has been called upon to help the World Health Organisation (WHO) promote personalised care for older people in the Middle East and North Africa. Professor of Global Ageing Ian Philp (pictured) was one of three international experts invited to the WHO Regional Consultation on Integrated…
Health and social care organisations are prioritising individual performance over patients, the health watchdog has warned. Local leaders should be incentivised to work together and judged on how well the system as a whole is meeting the needs of elderly people, according to a report by the Care Quality Commission…
Low dose aspirin may help cells in the brain to clear away a toxic protein molecule at the core of Alzheimer's, early research suggests. Scientists showed the common pain killer stimulated cellular machinery that acts as a waste disposal system to keep the brain "clean". Genetically engineered mice given the…
The Government has announced a £215 million package of funding for research into transforming the lives of millions of people living with a range of conditions, including life-long illnesses, mental health issues and obesity. It will see leading academics and technology experts able to apply for research funding with the…
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