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Peers have backed reform of safeguards for vulnerable people detained in care homes or hospitals without the mental capacity to consent to the arrangements. But despite giving the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill an unopposed second reading, they criticised some of its provisions and called for "radical" changes during later stages.…
The loss of a loved one is a devastating life experience for anyone but for the 1.5 million people in the UK with a learning disability it is additionally bewildering, frightening, and upsetting. It is important that the wide range of professionals who support people with learning disabilities have the…
Carers who have to sleep at their workplace in case they are needed overnight will not be paid minimum hourly rates after a Court of Appeal ruling. In a decision which could have cost the UK care industry billions if it had gone in favour of workers, three leading judges…
Thousands of people with learning disabilities are "trapped" in institutional care and are having their "human rights routinely ignored", MPs have heard. Lib Dem former health minister Norman Lamb warned that more than 2,400 people in hospitals and care homes across the UK were being treated as "second class citizens".…
The UK's most senior judge has called for an overhaul of mental health laws. Supreme Court president Lady Hale said it is "time for yet another Mental Health Act" to ensure the UK meets its international obligations on human rights. She said the number of people being detained under the…
A University of Stirling academic has been called upon to help the World Health Organisation (WHO) promote personalised care for older people in the Middle East and North Africa. Professor of Global Ageing Ian Philp (pictured) was one of three international experts invited to the WHO Regional Consultation on Integrated…
A global DBS check for aid workers should be introduced to better protect vulnerable children from sexual abuse, ministers have been told. Labour former minister Stephen Twigg made the call after the Charity Commission revealed around 1,100 complaints about safeguarding in aid agencies had been made since the Oxfam sex…
The NHS will be able to make decisions to deprive people of their liberty under new law, health officials have announced. The current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) system has been heavily criticised, with a Government-commissioned review in 2017 calling for the system to be replaced as a matter of…
The Government's policies have created a "hostile environment causing grave violations on disabled people", Labour has claimed. Minister of State for disabled people, health and work Sarah Newton appealed to Opposition MPs in the Commons to "stop saying things which they know are not true" during a heated exchange with…
The parents and brothers of a "vulnerable" young man have appeared in court accused of killing him at the family's mansion. Kennedy Ife, 26, allegedly suffered a heart attack after being restrained at the home in Lancaster Avenue, Barnet, north London, in August 2016. His mother Josephine, 55, and father…
The Government is being urged to extend a scheme aimed at helping vulnerable refugees to settle in the UK. Citizens UK said the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) had helped more than 10,000 refugees, including people needing urgent medical treatment, survivors of violence, and women and children. Research by the…
Four new reports published today by the Mental Welfare Commission of visits to units for people with learning disabilities found unacceptable levels of delayed discharge, with some patients waiting years to leave hospital. The Commission found that overall care and treatment was good, and patients generally had positive relationships with…
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