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A care home for older people in Inverurie has been told to make urgent improvements in the care provided to vulnerable residents. The Care Inspectorate has served a formal Improvement Notice on Garioch care home following an inspection which raised serious concerns. The notice lists three areas which require urgent…
A woman was banned from visiting her mother in a Liverpool care home after she complained about her treatment, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found. The woman, whose mother had been placed in a BUPA care home by Liverpool City Council (pictured), said she was banned by…
Antipsychotic medicines are being prescribed inappropriately, in many cases as a first option rather than a last resort, to treat the behavioural and psychologic symptoms of dementia, often without adequate reviews or records being kept, according to a new report from a National Assembly committee. The Health, Social Care and…
A residential child care worker from Wrexham has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers after a Social Care Wales fitness to practise hearing found her fitness to practise was impaired because of her misconduct. The hearing was told that Debra Lloyd was present when two young people…
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…
The findings of a review into the early deaths of people with learning disabilities show a "much worse picture" than previous reports, Labour has warned. Asking an urgent Commons question on the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review, shadow health and social care minister Barbara Keeley claimed it was "disgraceful" that Health…
The unequal distribution of children's homes demonstrates the "continuing catastrophic failure" of the care system for some youngsters, a Labour MP has warned. Ann Coffey said children were being placed in care homes out of their local area because there was no choice in provision. The MP for Stockport raised…
Ministers have been accused of breaking their promise to cut the numbers of children being "farmed out" to children's homes huge distances from where they were brought up and live. Labour MP Ann Coffey (pictured) will use a parliamentary debate to highlight evidence that a "sent-away generation" is in danger…
A former orphanage resident has said Scotland "should be ashamed" for failing to face up to a history of abuse and neglect in its child care system. The witness, who cannot be named, described a life at Nazareth House in Aberdeen between 1968 and 1972 of routine beatings, sexual assaults…
Alcohol treatment services have reached "crisis" point in England as poor investment and staff shortages eat away at their ability to operate, a report has warned. A study by the recently merged Alcohol Concern and Alcohol Research UK surveyed 154 professionals linked to the sector, including nurses and GPs. It…
Police responding to a seven-year-old's report of seeing someone pointing a gun from a window attended a nursing home and now believe what the child saw was a Zimmer frame. The alarm was raised when the pupil in Walker, Newcastle, told a teacher about the weapon being aimed from a…
More than 300 complaints have been made to police in Scotland about alleged abuses at children's homes run by a Catholic order, an inquiry has heard. The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry was told that officers have received 308 complaints about 194 people associated with institutions run by the Sisters of…
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