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A hospice boss whose arrest cost the charity £100,000 in lost donations is facing jail after he admitted a long-running fraud. Graham Leggatt-Chidgey, 62, pleaded guilty to abusing his position as chief executive of Butterwick Hospice by using its credit card for his personal expenditure over nearly eight years. He…
The closure of scores of public toilets across Britain has caused social isolation for some elderly and disabled people, leading nurses have warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has launched a campaign for local governments to provide accessible public facilities "catering for a broad range of needs". Cash-strapped councils…
Thousands of dementia patients are being taken to hospital because of a fall, a new study has found. Researchers tracked 8,000 people living with dementia for more than two years and found that 31% suffered a fall which led to them being admitted to hospital. Meanwhile 18% suffered from a…
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has supported calls to build sheltered accommodation on hospital sites. Veteran Labour MP Mike Gapes made the suggestion after telling ministers there were currently 1.2 million older people with "unmet social care needs". The Ilford South MP, speaking during health questions in the Commons, said: "Isn't…
Tawel Fan ward, an older people’s mental health ward in the Ablett Unit at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan was closed in December 2013 following concerns being raised about the quality and safety of care provided on the ward. The Health Board had undertaken internal investigations resulting in some staff…
A new inquiry into the care of dementia patients on a troubled mental health ward in North Wales has been branded a "whitewash" after it said there was no institutional abuse. The findings of an in-depth investigation into the treatment of patients on Tawel Fan ward at Glan Clwyd Hospital…
The Welsh Government is demanding that a problem-plagued health board makes further improvements to services following the publication of a report into the closure of a hospital ward for dementia patients. Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said he wants Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in North Wales to increase the pace…
A campaign is being launched to encourage people to talk about death in a bid to break the taboo of preparing for bereavement. The Co-op said it is holding the biggest ever survey into dying with the aim of engaging at least 20,000 adults over the next few weeks. Research…
Charities and leading doctors have reacted with dismay to the "concerning" news that a technical blunder meant nearly half a million women were not invited to their final breast cancer screening. Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt told MPs that a "serious failure" in the screening programme meant an…
A breast cancer screening error affecting 450,000 women may have led to hundreds of lives being cut short, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has revealed. Mr Hunt told the Commons that a "computer algorithm failure" dating back to 2009 had meant many women aged 68 to 71 were not invited to…
A terminally ill man is to begin an Appeal Court challenge against a "blanket ban" on assisted dying. Motor neurone disease sufferer Noel Conway, who says he feels "entombed" by his illness, is fighting a legal battle for the right to a "peaceful and dignified" death. The 68-year-old retired lecturer…
Anxiety among the middle-aged could be linked with dementia later in life, researchers have said. An analysis of existing data found an association between moderate to severe mid-life anxiety and future incidence of the neurological disorder, according to research published in journal BMJ Open. The authors, from the University of…
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