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Healthcare Commission finds institutionalised abuse at care home

Hospital abuse prompts review of learning disability services

The Healthcare Commission has launched a national audit of learning disability services after a new report found "institutionalised abuse" in one hospital in south London.

  • Medical expert system faces reform

    Medical expert system faces reform

    A radical shake-up of the system for providing medical expert witnesses in court has been announced today, to address fears that current witnesses are not reliable.

  • Former health secretary Alan Milburn moots NHS credits idea

    Milburn moots personal NHS budgets

    Former health secretary Alan Milburn has proposed a new system of personalised NHS budgets, which people with chronic illnesses could use to buy social care.

  • Conservatives set up new commission on social workers for children

    Tories in new drive to help social workers

    The Conservatives have today called for an urgent review of the role and status of social workers, warning they are currently underfunded and overstretched.

  • Inspection report finds home care services must be more flexible

    Home care services shake-up urged

    Councils have been urged to rethink the way they provide home care for the elderly amid fears that services are too rushed and not properly tailored to people's needs.

  • Elderly people and asthma sufferers could be at risk if their flu vaccine is delayed

    Flu vaccine delays put elderly at risk

    Fears that vulnerable people may have to wait for their free flu jabs were sparked today after the government confirmed that stockpiles of the vaccines had been delayed.

  • The Healthcare Commission warned of gaps in the provision of round the clock care for the mentally ill

    Mentally ill 'failed' by the system

    People suffering from mental health problems are being let down by gaps in the provision of care, a health watchdog warned today.

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