A summary of social care stories from the main newspapers

    By Clare Jerrom and Reg McKay.

    Asylum seekers end strike

    Asylum seekers detained at Cardiff prison ended their hunger
    strike yesterday.

    The 30 strikers had refused to eat for six days in protest at
    being held in custody. They are among 1,100 people detained under
    the Immigration Act.

    The prison service confirmed the asylum seekers had agreed to
    receive food.

    Source:- The Independent Wednesday 15 August
    page 4

    Huge rise in foreign NHS nurses

    The number of foreign nurses registered to work in Britain rose
    by 41 per cent last year, figures have shown.

    The UK register holds more than 8,400 nurses and midwives names
    from at least 24 countries outside the European Union,
    demonstrating Britain’s increased reliance on NHS staff from
    overseas. The figures compare to 5,945 in 2000 and 3,621 in

    The Philippines supplied the highest figure of 3,396 registered
    nurses. South Africa and Australia were second and third in the

    Acute shortages in some hospitals, especially in London, mean
    that up to a third of nursing staff are recruited from abroad.
    Private nursing homes have also turned to foreign staff.

    Source:- The Independent Wednesday 15 August
    page 1

    Guardian Society

    Moral victory

    How English Churches has emerged from a nightmare period to
    become a model housing association.

    Source:- Guardian Society Wednesday 15 August page

    On the outside

    Raekha Prasad on how people with mental illness are kept in the
    dark about assessments of their state of mind.

    Source:- Guardian Society Wednesday 15 August page

    Clouded vision

    An everyday story of how the health service’s treatment of
    older people fails to live up to its ambitious pledge

    Source:- Guardian Society Wednesday 15 August page

    Scottish newspapers

    Scotland’s prisons face chaos

    The first joint action by prisoners against the slopping out
    regime in Scotland’s prisons is threatening to bring the
    country’s penal system to a standstill.

    Sixty prisoners from Glasgow’s Barlinnie Prison are
    claiming that their human rights have been infringed because of the
    lack of toileting facilities and the continuation of slopping

    Raising the claim on their behalf under article three of the
    European Convention on Human Rights, solicitor Cameron Fyffe is
    demanding £5,000 compensation for each man, and has said he
    will raise similar cases on behalf of prisoners at other jails.

    Source:- The Scotsman Wednesday 15 August page 1





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