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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has endorsed a new online toolkit developed by researchers at Keele University, which aims to prevent falls amongst the elderly that cost the NHS more than £2 billion a year in total. The Falls Risk Assessment Toolkit identifies patients at risk…
Two children whose destitute illegal immigrant parents were accused of using them as "puppets" in a fight to get state cash should be placed for adoption in Britain, a judge has ruled. Mr Justice Keehan says adoption will be in the "welfare best interest" of the children - who are…
Probation officers are supervising up to 80 offenders at any one time - leaving the public at greater risk, a watchdog has warned. HM Chief Inspector of Probation Dame Glenys Stacey highlighted large caseloads in a report on services in Staffordshire and Stoke. The inspection is the latest to examine…
A top mental health GP and a senior clinical commissioning manager who defrauded £153,600 of NHS cash set aside to treat winter patients have avoided being immediately jailed. Dr Ian Walton and Lisa Hill admitted raising a false invoice for GP training from a charity, on whose board they both…
A 101-year-old paedophile thought to be the oldest man convicted by a British court is beginning a 13-year prison sentence after carrying out a string of historical sex offences against children. Retired haulier Ralph Clarke had already been warned to expect a significant custodial sentence for 17 offences of indecent…
Four children aged between seven and 15 have been taken into council care after a family court judge said they had been overtaken by a "current of sexual abuse" which ran through their family. Judge Anthony Cleary said social workers had told of concerns dating back 15 years. The judge…
The prison population needs to be reduced if more jail riots are to be avoided, the chairman of the Parole Board has warned. Nick Hardwick, an ex-chief inspector of prisons, said the Government could not just rely on recruiting more staff, but had to get the number of inmates down…
Staff shortages at a privately-run youth jail are undermining its stability, watchdogs have warned. Inspectors criticised "poor and problematic" arrangements when the management of Rainsbrook secure training centre transferred earlier this year. A report published by Ofsted concluded that the facility near Rugby in Warwickshire requires improvement for overall effectiveness.…
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