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1 week ago
Eleven parliamentarians and experts in children’s welfare sign a letter calling on the government to expand the limited provision for young people exposed to parental conflictThis week is Children’s Mental Health Week. We welcome the recent publication of the green paper Transforming Children an[...]
ChildrenHealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareMental Health
1 week ago
Family say they delayed taking in Melissa Whiteley, 18, following advice not to attend A&E unless it was an emergencyA young engineering student reportedly died of flu after her family followed NHS warnings over Christmas not to attend A&E unless it was an emergency.Melissa Whiteley, 18, was[...]
HealthEducationHealth and CareGovernment Policy
2 weeks ago
Shadow chancellor accuses government of forcing cash-strapped councils to absorb cutsJohn McDonnell has accused the government of using cash-strapped local councils as “human shields” to absorb deep spending cuts by the Treasury.The shadow chancellor seized on reports that Surrey – where the R[...]
2 weeks ago
Only 77.1% of patients were dealt with within four hours in January, well short of 95% targetHospitals recorded their worst performance against the four-hour A&E treatment target last month as the NHS came under unprecedented strain because of winter and the flu outbreak.
A&E units based [...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
2 weeks ago
Undervalued and poorly rewarded care workers are leaving the sector, and they are not being replaced quickly enough to meet demandNearly 1.5 million people work in adult social care in England and billions of pounds of public money is spent on the sector. Yet the workforce is undervalued and poorly [...]
CareersPolicyHousing and PovertyHealth and Care
2 weeks ago
Report calls for nationwide changes to the way care placements are managedPeople with autism living in a care home in Somerset were taunted, bullied and humiliated by staff, a review has found.
Workers at the home run by the National Autistic Society threw objects at residents and t[...]
Health and CareDisabilities
2 weeks ago
Do you work in the NHS? Please participate in our survey and tell us about the state of the sector and its workforceThe NHS is never out of the headlines. News about healthcare staff leaving their jobs, those who feel pushed to the limit, and hospitals cancelling urgent operations suggests all is no[...]
HealthCareersHealth and CareGovernment Policy
2 weeks ago
Charities have been able to react swiftly after tragic events like Grenfell. Collaboration will make them even more effectiveOver the past year, the UK has had to cope with an unprecedented number of disasters, including the Grenfell Tower fire and terror attacks in Westminster and Manchester. What [...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
2 weeks ago
It only takes a moment of being in need to make cuts frighteningly real. The tipping point must be comingAnyone witnessing Jeremy Hunt defending the NHS to Donald Trump on Twitter this week likely found themselves in the unprecedented position of agreeing wholeheartedly with the health secretary. An[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
2 weeks ago
95% of councils in England could increase charges in April, while some will cut servicesLocal authorities in England are teetering on the edge of a financial crisis, with most planning to increase council tax from April while continuing to cut services, a survey has found.The annual finance survey f[...]
Social
2 weeks ago
Researchers say much wider action is needed after a major programme in primary schools in the West Midlands was shown to have made no difference to obesity levels Childhood obesity programmes in schools are not the answer to the epidemic affecting the UK, according to researchers who say much wider [...]
HealthEducationChildren and ParentingHealth and Care
2 weeks ago
Rolex is paying a fortune to pair young artists up with stars like David Adjaye, Joan Jonas and Alfonso Cuarón. Is there a catch? We join their big Berlin jamboree
The crowd wandering through Berlin’s Gemäldegalerie may look like any other bunch of gallery-goers keeping out of the snow on a S[...]
Education
2 weeks ago
Economic shifts are being driven by austerity politics – and now crucial questions about family life are being settled by necessity rather than choiceWhen it comes to family, where does love stop and duty begin? Sometimes that’s easily answered: evolutionary instinct moulds a parent’s love for[...]
ChildrenChildren and ParentingHealth and Care
2 weeks ago
A Guardian reporter who attended ICE Totally Gaming conference, held at London’s ExCeL centre, found gambling firms defying calls from the industry regulator to stamp out sexist behaviour. One of the companies, Endorphina, hosted a popular stand at which pole dancers entertained a mostly male audi[...]
WomenWomens Issues
2 weeks ago
95% of councils in England could increase charges in April, while some will cut servicesLocal authorities in England are teetering on the edge of a financial crisis, with most planning to increase council tax from April while continuing to cut services, a survey has found.The annual finance survey f[...]
2 weeks ago
Findings flag up ‘considerable uncertainty about its costs and benefits’ seven years onMinisters expect the public to “take it on faith” that the controversial universal credit reform will deliver an improved service for claimants, despite an absence of proof that it works or will save money[...]
Poverty
2 weeks ago
Babies in trial put on more weight in first three weeks and parents were less stressedPremature babies do better if their parents are allowed to help care for them in hospital alongside the nurses, rather than being treated as visitors and left on the sidelines, a new study shows.Many parents feel a[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and Care
2 weeks ago
Gloria Copeland’s advice to ‘inoculate yourself with the word of God’ met with scorn amid worst flu epidemic in a decadeA Texas evangelist preacher and member of Donald Trump’s faith advisory council told parishioners to skip the flu shot in favor of prayer, inviting scorn from concerned med[...]
HealthHealth and Care
2 weeks ago
Exclusive: ICE Totally Gaming had pole dancers and hostesses, despite regulator’s demandGambling companies have defied calls to stamp out sexism at an industry conference, with guests being entertained by pole dancers and a Playboy-themed show, and hostesses claiming to have been harassed and prop[...]
WomenWomens Issues
2 weeks ago
Figures released by charity – one of the world’s biggest funders of biomedical research – make ‘uncomfortable reading’, says directorWomen working at Britain’s largest charity earn 21% less on average than men, gender pay gap figures reveal.The Wellcome Trust, one of the world’s bigges[...]
Charities and VolunteerismHealth and CareWomens Issues
2 weeks ago
82,135 hospital admissions had a primary or secondary diagnosis of drug-related disordersThe annual number of hospital admissions in England with a diagnosis of a drug-related mental or behavioural disorder has reached an all-time high, figures show. There were 82,135 hospital admissions in the year[...]
HealthHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
2 weeks ago
All of us in the NHS work long hours with no breaks like Bawa-Garba did when she made a fatal errorImagine, if you can, returning to your job after a prolonged leave of absence, beginning your role afresh in a new, unfamiliar environment, and being told that your colleague couldn’t be in today, an[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
2 weeks ago
As residents of Peabody and Family Mosaic, we fear losing our rights if the two housing associations become oneHousing associations have preserved an image of being more socially responsible than private landlords or local authorities. In fact, their drive to become more commercial and the way they [...]
HousingHousing and Poverty
2 weeks ago
If your council is experiencing financial difficulty and is selling assets we’d like to hear from youNorthamptonshire county council has admitted it is close to bankruptcy and is facing an estimated £10m overspend on its budget this year. Due to “severe financial challenges” it has issued a s[...]
2 weeks ago
Our mental health needs protecting, but too many people feel forced to deal with the burden of their work aloneIt’s incredible how much emotional labour social care workers take on but rarely discuss. We work intimately, often alone, with some of the most vulnerable people in our society. We see, [...]
CareersHousing and PovertyHealth and CareMental Health
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