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Concerns that older people suffering under NHS care

Concerns that older people suffering under NHS care Half of the people who receive NHS care are elderly, however, they account for only a third of the total complaints of NHS care.  There is now a real worry that elderly patients are enduring poor standards of NHS care because they do not complain.  It is… Read More

Young mother dies after misdiagnosis

Young mother dies after misdiagnosis Zoe Adams, of Manchester, died of a brain abscess on 21 March 2013 after being wrongly diagnosed with an ear infection.  She attended her local GP on 12 February 2013 complaining of pain in her left ear but he diagnosed her with a minor outer ear infection after an examination. … Read More

The real story behind adoption

The real story behind adoption A new TV documentary  “15,000 Kids and Counting”  tells the real story behind adoption “We’re not starting with the idea of adoption: we start with the idea of permanence, because children do best who have lifelong meaningful relationships,”  say’s  the Social worker. Adoption is to be seen as a last… Read More

Do I have legal rights for my children?

Do I have legal rights for my children? Not all parents of children have parental responsibility for their children. Parental responsibility is all the rights, duties and responsibilities that a parent has in relation to their child. Mothers will automatically have parental responsibility however, not all fathers will. If a father of a child is… Read More

Large regional divide of households in negative equity

Large regional divide of households in negative equity New figures published by the mortgage group HML show nearly half a million households are in negative equity. Negative equity occurs when the price of a property falls so dramatically that it is no longer worth as much as the loan that was taken out on it.… Read More

Police powers under the Mental Health Act being reviewed

Police powers under the Mental Health Act being reviewed A review has been launched to determine whether legislation that grants powers to the police under the Mental Health Act is ‘fit for purpose’. The police currently have powers available under sections 135 and 136 Mental Health Act 1983 to detain someone to a ‘place of… Read More

Social workers allowed to submit evidence in Court proceedings

Social workers allowed to submit evidence in Court proceedings For the first time the Court of Protection, via the COP3 form, has allowed social workers to submit evidence of assessments of people’s mental capacity under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Previously, the Court of Protection would only accept capacity assessments as evidence when carried out… Read More

Solent Waste Services fined after worker crushed

Solent Waste Services fined after worker crushed Solent Waste Services have been fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £19,752 in costs after pleading guilty to Health and Safety failings. Martin Jewell, 49, was working at the company’s yard in Eastleigh when he was knocked over by a reversing digger. He sustained a double fracture to… Read More

The Bedroom Tax – One Year on

The Bedroom Tax – One Year on On 01 April 2014 it was a year since the government introduced a series of welfare reforms which were apparently designed to ‘make it pay to work’. One of the most controversial introductions was the so called ‘bedroom tax’ where tenants saw their housing benefit entitlement docked by… Read More