Wednesday 28 July 2004

    By Shirley Kumar and Lauren
    Revans
                   

    Child criminals tested to fight cash-for-drugs
    link

    Children aged between 14 and 17 will be tested for hard drug use
    if charged with crimes such as burglary and mugging under new Home
    Office plans.

    The pilot scheme extends a three-year drug testing programme for
    adults.

    Source:- The Telegraph, Wednesday 28 July, page 2

    Self harm victims poorly treated by casualty
    staff

    Care and treatment of around 170,000 people who harm themselves,
    mainly teenagers and young adults, is often unsympathetic, reveals
    the first formal survey of patients treated at accident and
    emergency departments.

    But the total number of those who harm themselves is greater as
    many never seek medical help, claims the National Institute for
    Clinical Excellence report.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph, Wednesday 28 July, page
    8

    People smugglers made £1.4m from
    ‘students’

    Three illegal immigrants who managed to avoid deportation made
    at least £250,000 by smuggling more people into Britain, a
    court was told.

    The men charged £3,000 to provide immigrants with a new
    identity and places on bogus language courses.

    Source:- The Times, Wednesday 28 July, page 7

    NHS hospital projects win £4bn

    Health secretary John Reid has approved 15 new NHS hospital
    development projects worth a total of £4bn.

    The new projects bring the total number of hospitals approved by
    Labour since 1997 to 132.

    Source:- The Times, Wednesday 28 July, page 8

    Banning the cane ‘ruined discipline’

    The end of corporal punishment, such as the cane or a clip
    around the ear, has led to a decline in discipline within schools,
    the chair of the Professional Association of Teachers Union has
    said.

    Barry Matthews told delegates at the union’s annual conference
    that parents were contributing to the problem by allowing children
    to stay out late, drink too much and watch too much television.

    Source:- The Daily Mail, Wednesday 28 July, page 15

    Hunter Disease cruelly robs children of health and hope.
    Now a man has been charged with the murder of his son, a sufferer.
    A father whose boys have the illness too tells his heartbreaking
    story.

    Source: The Daily Mail, Wednesday 28 July, page
    30-31

    Nine councils to gain more control over
    funds

    Nine councils are to embark on a pilot scheme which will give
    them greater control over how they spend central government funds
    from next April.

    The government’s 10-year vision for local government was
    welcomed by the Local Government Association.

    Source:- The Financial Times, Wednesday 28 July, page
    2

    Boy killer unmasked as a bully obsessed with
    knives

    A school bully who stabbed 14-year-old Luke Walmsley in the
    heart with a knife in a school corridor was jailed for life
    yesterday.

    Alan Pennell, 16, was an obsessive collector of knives.

    Source:- The Guardian, Wednesday 28 July, page 3

    Patients wait six weeks to visit sex disease
    clinics

    People with sexually transmitted diseases have to wait up to six
    weeks for an appointment at a specialist clinic.

    Campaigners accused ministers of failing to make the crisis a
    priority and are calling for improved clinics, extra funding and
    better sex education for young people and gay men.

    Source:- The Guardian, Wednesday 28 July, page 4

    Father charged with son’s murder

    An ex-soldier was charged with the murder of his terminally ill
    10-year-old son at Chichester Magistrates Court yesterday.

    Andrew Wragg, was arrested with his wife on Saturday, at their
    home in Worthing, West Sussex, after they made a 999 call to say
    their son, who suffered from Hunter syndrome, had stopped
    breathing.

    Source:- The Guardian, Wednesday 28 July, page 6

    Boy gets £1.5m damages

    A 12-year-old boy was awarded £1.5 million in damages after
    a general anaesthetic during dental treatment left him brain
    damaged.

    Jay Ali, who was three at the time, will never be able to live
    independently.

    Source:- The Guardian, Wednesday 28 July, page 6

    Fast-track asylum idea for refugees

    Asylum seekers who clearly qualify as refugees could be put on a
    fast-track recognition scheme, according to a paper by refugee and
    human rights campaign groups.

    The paper also argues that the Home Office should be replaced by
    an independent body in deciding asylum applications.

    Source:- The Guardian, Wednesday 28 July, page 7

    Cross purposes

    Challenging pay discrimination has brought lawyer Stefan Cross
    into conflict with both councils and unions. But it is a fight that
    he relishes.

    Source: Society Guardian, Wednesday 28 July, page 6

    Why work anywhere else?

    An innovative approach to recruiting social workers gives Essex
    Council a strong case for consideration in the Guardian Public
    Service Awards.

    Source:- Society Guardian, Wednesday 28 July, page
    7

    Filling in the gaps

    From next April, social workers must be registered in order to
    practise. So why are many in the profession holding back from
    returning their application forms?

    Source:- Society Guardian, Wednesday 28 July, page
    10

    Everyone’s a winner?

    A Conservative-run council wants to use freedoms created by a
    Labour government to privatise itself.

    Source:- Society Guardian, Wednesday 28 July, page
    14

    Scottish Papers

    Call for housing review after man found dead in
    flat

    An Aberdeen councillor has called for an urgent review of the
    council’s procedures for dealing with apparently abandoned
    properties after a tenant’s body lay undiscovered in his flat for
    up to six months.

    A neighbour had reported that George Elphinstone had not been
    seen for some time on 31 May, and the council served abandonment
    notice on 24 June. This could not be enforced until 28 days later,
    when council officers entered the property and found the tenant
    dead.

    Source:- The Scotsman, Wednesday 28 July

    Rural GPs ‘aghast’ at out-of-hours reforms

    Thirty rural GPs from Dumfries and Galloway have written to the
    prime minister Tony Blair, first minister Jack McConnell, and
    Scottish health minister Malcolm Chisholm to express their concerns
    about new arrangements for out-of-hours calls.

    Under the new GP contract, introduced earlier this year, GPs can
    opt out of out-of-hours calls, which then become the responsibility
    of local health boards.

    But the GPs claim the reforms are reducing out-of-hours services
    in rural areas to a skeletal level.

    Source:- The Scotsman, Wednesday 28 July

    Consultants clamp down on NHS 24 helpline

    Nurse advisers working for NHS 24 have been told they need to
    double-check with consultants at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee
    before sending patients there for treatment, amid suggestions that
    the helpline is increasing rather than cutting the number of people
    turning up at hospital casualty departments.

    Source:- The Herald, Wednesday 28 July

    Head tilt test could reveal Asperger’s

    Scientists at Florida University have found that tilting the
    head of six-month-old babies could determine whether they are
    likely to have a form of autism. The findings claim that babies
    with Asperger’s syndrome kept their head straight when their body
    was tilted.

    Source:- The Herald, Wednesday 28 July

    Experts’ workloads delays cot deaths review

    A pilot scheme looking for patterns to explain sudden infant
    death syndrome has halved the number of cases under investigation
    and is a year behind schedule because experts conducting the
    research cannot find the time to do the work.

    Source:- The Herald, Wednesday 28 July

    Addicts offered help as alternative to jail

    The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland is planning
    to tackle Scotland’s hard-core drugs misuse with a rehabilitation
    scheme as an alternative to custody.

    Instead of arresting and imprisoning drug users, the project
    will provide rehabilitation services, including help with arranging
    doctor and dental appointments, education, housing and advice.

    Source:- The Herald, Wednesday 28 July

    Mum loses fight over school ban

    A Glasgow mum has lost her fight to restrict the ability of
    headteachers to exclude disruptive children from schools.

    Diana Fox-Flynn took went to court after her severely disabled
    son was suspended from a Glasgow special needs school.

    But a sheriff ruled the school’s decision was “justified and
    reasonable”.

    Source:- Evening Times, Tuesday 27 July

    Staff suspended from care facility

    Twelve members of staff at a Glasgow Council-run residential
    school for troubled teenagers have been suspended amid claims of
    excessive restraint of children.

    Seven other staff at Kerelaw School in Stevenson, Ayrshire, have
    been redeployed following the allegations.

    The school was criticised by inspectors earlier this year for
    failing to improve the education it provided over the previous two
    years.

    Source:- Evening Times, Tuesday 27 July

    Welsh Papers

    Pair criticised by Clywch demand apology

    Two senior education officials criticised by the Children’s
    Commissioner for Wales in his report into sexual abuse at a south
    Wales school are demanding a public apology.

    Eddie Roberts, former director of education at Mid Glamorgan
    Council, and Graham Dunn, who at the time of the alleged abuse
    worked as a personnel officer, want the Welsh assembly to launch an
    investigation into the conduct of the inquiry.

    Source:- Western Mail, Wednesday 28 July, page 1

    Mother fights for son’s life in court

    A mother says that hospital bosses are playing God with the life
    of her seriously ill baby after they applied to the High Court for
    permission to withdraw his treatment.

    Six-month old Luke Winston-Jones was given only days to live
    following a diagnosis of a rare genetic condition. He has been
    cared for at Ysbyty Gwynedd, in Bangor. His mother claimed the
    hospital had given up on her son.

    Source:- Western Mail, Wednesday 28 July, page 6

    Sex health help criticised as infections
    soar

    A crisis in sexual health services in Wales is contributing to
    the growing number of people infected with a sexually transmitted
    disease, according to experts in the field.

    They claim that lack of funding and support for services is
    contributing to the rise.

    Source:- Western Mail, Wednesday 28 July, page 9

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