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13 hours ago
Probation chief for England and Wales says ministry payments come from windfall savings
Private probation companies responsible for supervising more than 200,000 offenders in England and Wales face total losses of more than £100m, even after a £342m “bailout” by the Ministry of Justice, MPs[...]
Criminal Justice
14 hours ago
TV presenter Simon Thomas, whose wife died from a rare form of blood cancer last year, is calling for better training of GPsThe Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas has revealed that doctors missed his wife’s blood cancer three times in the days before her death.Thomas called for better training of G[...]
Health
16 hours ago
This week we were told that rats didn’t spread the plague, the Aztecs weren’t wiped out by smallpox and ‘whipping boys’ may never have actually existed. So what other ‘facts’ are historically suspect?You wait years for a historical theory to be debunked and then three come around at once[...]
18 hours ago
My daughter, Lindsay Riddoch, who has taken her own life aged 24, was an ardent and articulate advocate for better mental health services. She was a fiercely independent thinker and debater who was intent on exposing injustice, and if she saw something wrong she would try to put it right. She often [...]
EducationHealth and CareMental HealthCriminal Justice
20 hours ago
Putting my life down on paper – and looking back over my work as a learning disabilities campaigner – helped me to become me, rather than part of a twoI live with a learning difficulty: dyspraxia. In my case, this means I am awkward, clumsy and I don’t see the world as others do. I live in a w[...]
Disabilities
20 hours ago
Data showing 33,000 nurses left in 2016-17 triggers warning of ‘dangerous and downward spiral’One in 10 nurses are leaving the NHS in England each year, according to official figures, raising fresh concerns about staffing shortages in hospitals.Data published by NHS Digital on Wednesday shows th[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
20 hours ago
Despite efforts to amend the law, the act isn’t going anywhere. Charities can avoid falling foul of the guidelines by following five simple rulesMuch has been made of the “chilling effect” of the Lobbying Act on charities and the attacks on campaigners’ freedom of speech by the government. T[...]
CharitiesCharities and VolunteerismGerontology
22 hours ago
The Perspective Project hosts art, poetry and writing with the aim of ending stigma and providing an outlet for those with mental health problems. The 24-year-old founder, Mark Anscombe, is already sharing the work of over 30 artists from around the UK, US and Canada, all of whom have various mental[...]
HealthHealth and CareMental Health
22 hours ago
Women say requirement to disclose past convictions criminalises trafficking victimsA group of former prostitutes have taken a ground-breaking legal challenge to the high court, arguing that government policy criminalises victims of abuse and trafficking.The women argue they have been stigmatised by [...]
Charities and VolunteerismCriminal JusticeWomens Issues
1 day ago
A Guardian investigation reveals that thousands of under-fives are being squeezed into temporary housing with nowhere to safely play or crawlAgne speaks calmly, but the longer she talks, the more obvious it becomes that she is quietly frantic. For nearly two months, she and her 11-month-old daughter[...]
HousingPovertyChildrenChildren and ParentingHousing and Poverty
1 day ago
Former student sues Stephen Coxen for damages two years after jury found case against him not provenA former university student in Scotland is suing her alleged rapist for £100,000 in damages after he walked free following a high court trial two years ago.Stephen Coxen, 23, from Bury in Lancashire,[...]
EducationCriminal Justice
1 day ago
Commons public accounts committee has warned against advice to cut spending to NHS’s Continuing HealthcareCalls for cuts to the cost of care for some ill and disabled patients could put safety at risk, MPs have said. Officials want local health bodies to cut the amount spent on the NHS’s Continu[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment PolicyDisabilities
1 day ago
This Friday, parliament must not pass up the opportunity to give tenants a fighting chance against rogue landlords
This coming Friday, 19 January, a bill is to be debated in parliament that could hugely improve the lives of many people in England. The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill wou[...]
HousingHealth and CareCriminal Justice
1 day ago
Tracey Crouch tasked with implementing recommendations from commission set up after the MP’s deathTheresa May has appointed one of her ministers to lead on issues connected to loneliness, implementing one of the main recommendations of a report into the subject by the Jo Cox Commission.Tracey Crou[...]
Health
1 day ago
Self-belief | Obesity | Mary Shelley | The new Guardian• Hadley Freeman may be right that maleness seemed a necessary factor in acquiring confidence (Weekend, 13 January), but it is not sufficient. Neither I, nor my male friends leaving Huddersfield in the late 1960s for elite universities, manage[...]
WomenHealth and Care
1 day ago
Latest study lends support to experts who say more operations should be carried out in UKObese patients undergoing stomach-shrinking surgery have half the risk of death in the years that follow compared with those tackling their weight through diet and behaviour alone, new research suggests.Experts [...]
Health
1 day ago
A British tourist who went missing in the Negev desert may have a rare psychiatric disorder that affects religiously inspired visitors to the holy cityThe disappearance of Oliver McAfee, a 29-year-old British tourist who was last seen in November, has raised the possibility that he may be suffering [...]
Mental Health
1 day ago
Clare and Megan aren’t up to speed on the Guardian’s new format Continue reading...
1 day ago
Suicide prevention expert Alys Cole-King wants distressed NHS colleagues to seek support themselves during the winter crisisReports by overstretched NHS staff of the pressures of the winter crisis moved Dr Alys Cole-King to fire off a series of tweets last week:“You matter as much as your patients[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 day ago
If a contractor fails, it’s the public sector that carries the can. We must make profit-seeking firms take more responsibility
Carillion’s cave-in isn’t the first nor will it be the last spectacular failure of a contractor. There are more to come – and soon – in social care, where priva[...]
Health and CareCriminal Justice
1 day ago
In previous roles, Esther McVey never cared about the impact of her policies and appeared to relish removing disability supportAs backlashes go, the days following Esther McVey’s appointment as the new work and pensions secretary have seen intense criticism. Between 2012 and 2013, as minister for [...]
PovertyHealthChildren and ParentingEducationHealth and CareDisabilities
1 day ago
Like 12% of medical students, the graphic sights of the operating theatre caused me to faint. But slowly, after many queasy incidents, I learned how to cope
Medicine is great, but it involves pain, pus and blood. For some, seeing those things is a problem. When I started medical school, I was wor[...]
HealthEducationHealth and Care
1 day ago
We have much to learn from colleagues in healthcare about raising the public profile of the issues facing the sector Social work leaders must learn to engage with the public and the media if we are to raise public awareness of the issues facing the profession.
Social workers are fully aware of[...]
ChildrenChildrenHealth and Care
2 days ago
The housebuilding of the 19th century paved the way for slum tenancies. As inequality rises, miserable living conditions have returnedSame place, different time. It was in the early 1990s that I first walked down Falkner Street in Liverpool. Twenty-five years later and I’ve been back to make the B[...]
HousingHousing and PovertyEducation
2 days ago
King’s Fund says physical health services are still getting bigger budgets, five years after ministers promised ‘parity of esteem’Mental health care providers continue to receive far smaller budget increases than hospitals, five years after ministers pledged to create “parity of esteem” be[...]
HealthHousing and PovertyHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
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