Social services affected by NHS deficits
Two-thirds of council social services in areas of NHS deficits say services have been adversely affected as a result of health bodies withdrawing from services and narrowing responsibilities.
The findings come from a survey by the Local Government Association.
Source:- Financial Times ,Tuesday 25 July 2006, page 4
New Child Support Agency to have more powers over errant parents
Fathers who fail to support their children could be named and shamed, placed under curfew and stripped of their passports, as part of the government’s plan to scrap the discredited child support agency.
Source:- The Guardian, Tuesday 25 July 2006, page 7
Freed serial rapist hunted after attack on teenager
A serial rapist under supervision by the Probation Service was being sought in connection with an attack on a teenager near Cockles in Weymouth on Saturday.
Richard Ewing, 41, from Weymouth, was released from prison last December and was being monitored under multi-agency public protection arrangements.
Source:- The Times Tuesday 25 July 2006 page 5
Missing web girl found safe
A West London man was remanded in custody charged with abducting and sexually grooming a 15-year-old girl, who was found safe after going missing yesterday.
Mehdi Boudhedra, 30, from Shepherds Bush was remanded until 31 July.
Source:- The Times, Tuesday 25 July 2006, page 11
Dying woman, 91, ‘begged for cup of tea’
A coroner heard that a 91-year-old woman was deliberately starved by a hospital on the basis that she would have no quality of life if she continued to live.
The family of Olive Knockels said she died in Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital despite an injunction forcing doctors to reinstate nutrition and hydration after it had been withdrawn.
The inquest has been adjourned.
Source:- The Times, Tuesday 25 July 2006, page 20
Hospital’s focus on waiting time targets led to 41 superbug deaths
At least 41 older people were killed by a hospital superbug in the squalid wards of Stoke Mandeville because senior executives ignored the dangers and concentrated on delivering the government’s waiting time targets, the Healthcare Commission warned yesterday.
Source:- The Guardian, Tuesday 25 July 2006, page 9
Education secretary helps boy go to private school
Education secretary Alan Johnson has disclosed that he helped one of his constituents get her son into a private school.
Source:- The Independent, Tuesday 25 July 2006, page 5
Immigrant threat to UK workers
A leading businessman warned yesterday that Britain could face “significant social problems” if companies continue hiring east European immigrants over their unskilled British counterparts.
Director general of the British Chambers of Commerce said thousands of young people may be left on the “scrapheap'” as firms opt to employ Poles and other migrants over British people.
Source:- Daily Mail, Tuesday 25 July 2006, page 29
Mother-in-law made to pay £35,000 for inflicting four wretched months
A woman was awarded £35,000 after suing her former mother-in-law for the bullying and forced labour she endured while living in her former husband’s family home.
A judge at Nottingham County Court said Gina Singh, 26, suffered “four months of hell” at the hands of Dalbir Kaur Bhakar.
Source:- The Times Tuesday 25 July 2006 page 3
No social care news today.
Man escapes late justice
A man has escaped being tried for a series of sex crimes against boys due to it taking police 32 years to find him.
Roger Hawkins, 52, failed to turn up in 1974 when he was accused of seven sex crimes against teenage boys.
Hawkins was finally found a few weeks ago at his home just a few miles from the court.
Yesterday a judge ruled that he would not face trial for the offences.
Source:- Western Mail, Tuesday, 25 July 2006