Judge approves suicidal girl care plan

Judge approves suicidal girl care plan

A judge who said society should be “ashamed” for not protecting a suicidal girl has approved a care plan for her. The girl, known as X, will be moved to a special unit on Thursday after doctors managed to find her a place. Sir James Munby, head of the family courts in England and Wales, said the provision of care “should not be dependent” on legal involvement. The secure unit where the 17-year-old has been…

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Care homes face 'huge shortfall' in available beds

Care homes face 'huge shortfall' in available beds

Up to 3,000 elderly people will not be able to get beds in UK care homes by the end of next year, research suggests. Research commissioned by BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme reveals a huge shortfall in the number of beds available. Increasing demand from an ageing population could see that grow to more than 70,000 beds in nine years’ time. The Department of Health said local authorities in England had been given…

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Health regulator to investigate care home rape cover-up claims

Health regulator to investigate care home rape cover-up claims

The body which regulates health and social care in England admits it could have acted more quickly after a rape was reported at a home for people with learning disabilities in north London. The rape is alleged to have happened in November 2015 and the home closed a year later. An article in the Times on Thursday accused the Care Quality Commission of a cover-up. The CQC says it will now investigate what should have…

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Charlie Gard parents hold private talks about his end of life care

Charlie Gard parents hold private talks about his end of life care

The parents of terminally-ill Charlie Gard have agreed he should spend his final days in a hospice. Connie Yates and Chris Gard originally asked to be allowed to take their son home to die, after ending their legal case on Monday to seek therapy abroad. For practical reasons, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) said a hospice was the most appropriate place for him. His parents and the hospital have until 12:00 BST on Thursday to…

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Mental health care 'risks being over-run'

Mental health care 'risks being over-run'

Mental health services in England risk being overwhelmed by a combination of rising demand and staff shortages, a survey of NHS trusts suggests. The poll by NHS Providers, which represents trusts, found seven in 10 mental health leaders expected demand to increase this year. But fewer than one in three was confident they had enough staff to deliver services. Ministers said extra money being invested would help improve care. It comes as an investigation by…

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Vulnerable told to expect cuts to council care

Vulnerable told to expect cuts to council care

The elderly and disabled in England are being told to expect cuts to care services and rises in charges after council chiefs unveiled spending plans. The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services said £20.8bn was expected to be spent on care this year, a cash rise of 5% since last year. It follows a £1bn cash injection announced in the Budget which ministers said would relieve the pressures. But ADASS said £824m of savings…

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Worries over care home fees and funding

Worries over care home fees and funding

Care homes may be charging families for extended periods after a resident has died as well as large upfront fees, a competition inquiry has revealed. The concerns emerged from the initial findings of a review by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) which began in December. The CMA has now opened owing to fears that there could be breaches in consumer law. There are more than 400,000 people in care and nursing homes in the…

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Conservative social care funding cap: Theresa May defends changes

Conservative social care funding cap: Theresa May defends changes

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May has defended her changes to the Tory social care policy, as critics called it a “manifesto meltdown”. The PM told the BBC “nothing has changed” and said rival parties had been “trying to scare” elderly people. It came after she said earlier that there would be a cap on how much people paid for care – a change from the original policy which included no cap….

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