Tuesday 18 January 2005

By Maria Ahmed, Amy Taylor and Derren Hayes

Free care for elderly proves more expensive than expected

The provision of free personal care for older people, as well as
free nursing care, is one of the Scottish executive’s most
electorally popular initiatives. It is also the policy area that
has diverged most from Westminster.

Source:- The Financial Times Tuesday 18 January 2005 page

Prison officer’s fury at ‘cut sick pay’

Colin Moses, the chair of the Prison Officer’s Association,
reacted angrily to suggestions from MPs that prison staff should
have their sick pay docked to curb high levels of

In a report published today, the Commons public accounts committee
described levels of absenteeism in the Prison Service as
“unacceptable” and said the cut in sick pay would save
the taxpayer £60 million a year.

Source:- The Financial Times Tuesday 18 January 2005 page

How a fake doctor helped 1,000 people to get asylum

A thousand successful asylum applicants face a review of their
cases after the doctor who gave expert evidence at their hearings
admitted yesterday that he was really a former taxi driver with no
medical qualifications. Barian Baluchi used a string of fake
qualifications to set himself up as a leading clinician, and was
behind bars last night after conning more than £1.5 million
from the government, leading charities and patients.

Source:- The Times Tuesday 18 January 2005 page 3

Gang rule in jail

The gang and drug culture of Liverpool’s streets has
infiltrated the city’s jail to the extent that parts of the
prison are “no-go” areas for staff when inmates are out
of their cells, according to a new inspection report.

Anne Owers, the chief Inspector of prisons, said that bullying and
drugs were rife in the prison.

Source:- The Times Tuesday 18 January 2005 page 24

Designer cannabis ‘harming young’

The increased availability of high-strength cannabis is harming the
physical and mental health of young people, the Royal College of
General Practitioners said yesterday.

Source:- The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 18 January 2005 page

Schizophrenic killed man eight days after discharging

A violent schizophrenic who stabbed a man to death was allowed to
discharge himself from hospital eight days earlier despite warnings
that he was extremely dangerous, an inquiry heard yesterday.

Dale Pick attacked Michael Doherty in an alleyway, stabbing him
seven times in the head and once in the heart. A report published
yesterday criticised the Beaumont ward at the Bradgate Mental
Health Unit, Leicester, where Pick was a patient.

Source:- The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 18 January 2005 page

Mothers face threat of fines over child access

Mothers could be fined for denying partners access to their
children under concessions to militant fathers that will be
unveiled today by ministers.

Three cabinet ministers led by Ruth Kelly, the Education Secretary,
will reveal they are prepared to make concessions to fathers who
have been campaigning for greater rights of access to their

Source:- The Independent Tuesday 18 January 2005 page

Youngest rapist in Britain

A boy of 12 overpowered his teacher and then raped her during a
one-to-one tuition session. The boy, who has severe learning
difficulties, faces a lengthy sentence in youth custody when he is
sentenced on March 11.

He pleaded guilty to raping the woman at a community centre in
County Durham last year.

Source:- The Daily Mail Tuesday 18 January 2005 page


The art of being a good governor

Source:- The Times Public Agenda Tuesday 18 January 2005
page 4

Escape? Not on my watch

The man who developed satellite technology for tracking offenders
says that the same equipment can now revolutionise care for older
people and children

Source:- The Times Public Agenda Tuesday 18 January 2005
page 5

Scottish newspapers

Shortages lead doctor to set up independent medical

A Scottish doctor is setting up the UK’s first independent medical
school since the launch of the NHS amid growing shortages of

Dr Paul MacLoughlin, from Loch Fyne, Argyll, intends to launch a
£20,000-per place per year course, primarily aimed at training
senior nurses, paramedics and military medical personnel to become
qualified doctors.

Source:- The Herald Tuesday 18th January

Family of preacher seeking asylum held

The family of an African preacher seeking asylum in Scotland has
been detained just days before the government decides whether they
can remain in the UK.

Pastor Makielokele Nzelengi Daly fled war-torn Angola with his wife
and children more than four years ago but he was detained last
month and is being held at Dungavel detention centre.

Source:- The Herald Tuesday 18th January

Welsh newspapers

Tug of love baby father surrenders

The husband of a Welsh nurse who went into hiding in New Zealand
with their five-month-old daughter has returned to his
parents’ home in Auckland.

Stephen Jelicich has won the right to appeal against a court
decision that gave his wife custody of their baby.

The hearing will take place tomorrow.

Source:- IcWales Tuesday 18 January

‘Every teacher’s worst nightmare’

A teacher has won his case of unfair dismissal after wrongly being
sacked over sexual allegations by two girl pupils.

Iwan Rees won £22, 000 in damages at a tribunal.

The girls were pupils at the John Beddoes secondary school in
Presteigne, Powys.

Rees was fired after the girls alleged the he touched them even
though a police investigation found there was no basis for

Source:- Western Mail Tuesday 18 January

Call for schools to employ more nurses

Every pupil in Wales should be able to contact a school nurse, the
Royal College of Nursing said last night.

The body said that expanding the programme would help to tackle
drug and alcohol abuse and sexual health concerns.

Source:- Western Mail Tuesday 18 January


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