Nythan Smith

NSPCC calls for tougher laws following Rotherham child abuse scandal

The NSPCC has called for more robust laws to deal with professionals who fail to protect children following the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal. John Cameron, head of the child protection charity’s helpline said: “When people who have authority to act deliberately fail to act, then we need to think more about the consequences of …

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Councils tendering care contracts in online ‘auctions’

According to the Guardian, councils are putting care packages for vulnerable people out to tender in ‘eBay-style timed auctions’. It is common for local authorities to tender for block contracts with care providers but in a new development councils are now searching for the most competitive bid to support elderly, disabled, ill or dying people …

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Doctors who fail to apologise to patients could be struck off

The GMC has launched a consultation covering the improvement of patient protection and public confidence in doctors.  They are carrying out a major review of the guidance provided to fitness to practice hearing panels which are responsible for deciding what action should be taken to address doctors who do not meet the GMC professional standards.  …

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Norman Lamb comments on personalisation of care homes

The Care Minister, Norman Lamb, has stated that care homes should furnish resident’s rooms with their own furniture, curtains and bed spreads to ‘civilise’ institutions and ensure familiarity with their surroundings. Mr Lamb said “The whole focus needs to be on personalising care as much as possible.  For everyone, but particularly with dementia, it is …

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