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British man received bionic eye implant

Surgeons at Manchester Hospital have performed the world’s first bionic eye implant in a patient with dry age-related macular degeneration.  The condition is the most common cause of sight loss in the developed world and causes sufferers to gradually lose their central vision, it does not, however, affect peripheral vision.  The condition effects at least… Read More

Plans for early release for prisoners who study

It is thought that Justice Secretary Michael Gove is due to announce plans for an “early release” scheme for prisoners who engage in prison courses and gain qualifications. Currently a high percentage of prisoners are serving a fixed term sentence and they are automatically released midway through the term. Mr Gove has asked his department… Read More

DYING CARE: ‘IMPROVED’ GUIDELINES PROPOSED

England’s health watchdog, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), has put forward new draft guidelines proposed to improve the care of dying adults in their last few days of life. The previous system – the Liverpool Care Pathway – is very controversial and many have continued to be concerned that there has… Read More

Denying Legal Aid to Prisoners may be illegal

The Court of Appeal has handed down a landmark judgment in which they have granted permission to two charities to challenge the removal of legal aid for prisoners who wish to challenge the conditions under which they are being held. The Howard League and The Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS) sought permission to bring a full… Read More

Myth Busters: mental illness

One in four people are expected to experience a mental health problem, yet stigma and discrimination are still very common. Some still strongly believe that mental illness is somehow caused by a ‘personal weakness’. Swain & Co are here to set the record straight! These days it appears a person who is considered ‘mentally healthy’… Read More

Court of Appeal to hear Bedroom Tax appeals this year

The Court of Appeal is to hear the case of A. This case will consider whether Bedroom Tax applies where there is a Domestic Violence sanctuary/Panic Room in the home and whether this should be considered a spare room or not. In addition the case of SR is also to be heard. This is a… Read More

Southern Domestic Abuse Service gets funding boost

Southern Domestic Abuse Service (SDAS) has been awarded a £500,000 funding boost through The Big Lottery Fund. The money will help the charity to fund more Independent Domestic Violence Advisors who are highly trained to help those victims of domestic abuse who are in danger of serious harm or murder. Last year there were concerns… Read More

Care Costs Cap limit pushed back by FOUR years.

The government announced on Friday (17th June 2015) that the much publicised £72,000 care cost cap limit will be pushed back by four years. The cap which would set the direct costs of care limited to £72,000 was due to come into law with the implementation of Part 2 of the Care Act 2014 in… Read More