Round up of the week
Week beginning Monday 14th February
Monday 14 February
Prime minister Tony Blair unveiled the Labour party’s six
manifesto pledges which are:- low inflation, and mortgages, modern
schools for all and strong discipline, more choice over parental
leave, childcare and after school care, faster hospital treatment,
safer communities and the country’s borders protected.
It also emerged at the Zahid Mubarek murder inquiry that police
considered bringing corporate manslaughter charges against the
Prison Service following the Asian teenager’s death. Director
general of the Prison Service Philip Wheatley made the statement at
the public inquiry.
Tuesday 15 February
Conservative party leader Michael Howard revealed that people
coming to live in the UK would face a practical system of medical
checks including X-rays to detect TB and tests for HIV and
hepatitis under a Tory government.
Home Office minister Hazel Blears also set out a range of options
for intensive rehabilitation for more than 1,000 antisocial
Wednesday 16 February
The Scottish executive pledged to revisit the cost of providing
free personal care in Scotland after research found that providing
such care could cost the executive £130 million more than
Thursday 17th February
Community care minister Stephen Ladyman announced that services for
people with learning difficulties are set to receive over
million in funding. The money is for PCTs to ensure the aims in the
Valuing People White Paper are met.
Chief executive of the British Institute for Brain Injured Children
Julie Spencer-Cingöz, also told a conference on antisocial
behaviour orders that there was “substantial” anecdotal
evidence that not enough was being done to prevent those with
conditions such as ADHD, autism and Asperger’s from
“falling foul” of antisocial behaviour
Friday 18th February
Professor John Gunn, former chair of forensic psychiatry at the
Royal College of Psychiatrists, told the inquiry into Zahid
Mubarek’s death that a psychiatric assessment may have
prevented Robert Stewart from being placed in a cell with Mubarek.
Stewart went on to kill Mubarek.