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A woman with a "very significant learning disability" has lost the latest round of a fight over the care of her two children. Two Court of Appeal judges have backed a family court judge's decision and concluded that the youngsters, a boy aged 11 and a seven-year-old girl, should go…
Health campaigners have called for changes in how society treats adults with learning disabilities following the scandal at two care homes in Devon. They said that vulnerable adults were often subjected to solitary confinement, forcefully restrained and given anti-psychotic medication when they were not mentally ill. Jan Tregelles (pictured), chief…
The investigation into abuse of vulnerable adults at two care homes in Devon was launched after one of the residents contacted the authorities. The resident - known only as AC - reported managers of the Veilstone and Gatooma homes to the Care Quality Commission in July 2011. He had lived…
Thirteen directors, managers and staff at two care homes have been convicted of imprisoning disabled adults in empty rooms to punish or control them, it can be reported. An abusive culture developed in which vulnerable residents were left alone for hours on end with little food or water by managers…
A former NHS chief executive has walked free from court after admitting paying her husband more than £11,000 from her budget. Paula Vasco-Knight, 53, was in charge of South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and the national lead for equalities and diversity for NHS England at the time. She paid her…
Council social services bosses are to stop trying to penalise a grandmother who they say has breached orders made in the Court of Protection. Teresa Kirk, of Brighton, East Sussex, hit the headlines earlier this year after she was given a six-month jail term. Lawyers representing Devon County Council had…
A former NHS chief executive wept in the dock as she admitted fraudulently paying her husband more than £11,000 from her budget. Paula Vasco-Knight, 53, was in charge of South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, and the national lead for equalities for NHS England at the time. She paid her husband,…
Family members of a talented junior doctor who killed herself among crippling self-doubts and anxiety about her performance have called for action to alleviate the "crisis" of staff anxiety and low morale in the health service. Rose Polge (pictured) was just 25 when she killed herself in February this year,…
A 71-year-old grandmother given a six-month jail term after social services bosses complained that she had breached orders made in the Court of Protection is to be freed after mounting an appeal. Teresa Kirk had complained that a Court of Protection judge's decision to jail her was disproportionate. Three Court…
One of Britain's oldest nurses has celebrated her 83rd birthday - and vowed to carry on working. Monica Bulman started work aged 19 in 1952 - just four years after the National Health Service was founded. Since then she has clocked up 64 years working for the NHS, treating tens…
An abusive culture developed at two care homes where staff routinely imprisoned disabled adults in empty rooms to punish or control them, a court heard. Vulnerable residents were left alone for hours on end with little food or water by "arrogant" managers at the care homes in Devon. They are…
People with early-stage dementia benefit when they are empowered to manage their own condition, a study led by researchers at the University of Exeter has found. Research involving Bangor University and published in the journal International Psychogeriatrics, found that attending weekly ‘self-management’ group sessions which encouraged socialisation, discussion, problem solving…
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