Friday 14 January 2005

    By Maria Ahmed, Amy Taylor and Derren Hayes

    Drink blamed for rise in female hospital admissions

    More girls and young women are being admitted to hospital with
    mental health and behavioural problems caused by alcohol, with
    psychiatric admissions rising by 24 per cent for girls under 15
    since 1996, according to an analysis published in the British
    Medical Journal today.

    But there has been a significant decline in hospital admissions due
    to drug abuse, particularly among teenagers.

    Source:-The Financial Times Friday 14 January 2005 page
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    Patients can withhold sensitive information

    Patients are to be given the right to withhold information about
    themselves on the electronic record the National Health Service is
    to introduce this year, the Care Records Development Board
    said.

    Source:-The Financial Times Friday 14 January 2005 page
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    Crackdown on bail bandits

    People who skip bail will face swoops on their homes or the
    prospect of appearing on a “wanted” list in the local
    press, Lord Goldsmith, the attorney general, has warned.

    Source:-The Financial Times Friday 14 January 2005 page
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    Don’t jail criminals if prisons are full

    Judges have been told to avoid jailing offenders if prisons are
    full.

    New guidance from Home Secretary Charles Clarke will require courts
    to take prison capacity into account when sentencing.

    This could mean increasing numbers of offenders end up doing some
    kind of community service instead. The measure will form part of
    the management of offenders and sentencing bill.

    Source:-The Daily Mail Friday 14 January 2005 page
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    The boy killed for not being perfect

    A wealthy couple were each jailed for five years yesterday for
    killing a three-year-old boy they planned to adopt by poising him
    with salt.

    Angela Gay and her husband Ian force-fed four teaspoonfuls to
    Christian Blewitt as punishment. The child was five weeks into a
    13-week trial adoption period when he collapsed in their home. A
    social services inquiry has been launched into the case and the
    NSPCC has called on the government to set out a strategy for child
    abuse deaths.

    Source:-The Daily Mail Friday 14 January 2005 page
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    Abuser chose his victims in a childminder’s
    home

    A paedophile carried out a string of sex attacks on seven young
    children as they were being “cared” for by his
    childminder girlfriend, a court heard yesterday.

    Computer expert Stephen Langford filmed himself as he raped and
    sexually abused traumatised victims between 18 months and seven
    years, Oxford Crown Court heard.

    Langford admitted 16 charges and was jailed for life.

    Source:-The Daily Mail Friday 14 January 2005 page
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    My son was refused swim classes because he has
    Down’s

    Mother Elaine Doran is taking legal action against her local
    swimming pool for banning her son Samuel, 8, from swimming lessons
    because he has Down’s syndrome.

    Hoyland Swimming Pool, near Barnsley, could face having to pay
    £50,000 costs and compensation if it is found guilty of
    contravening the Disability Discrimination Act.

    Source:-The Daily Mail Friday 14 January 2005 page
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    Gangmaster regulator named

    Paul Whitehouse, vice-chair of Nacro, the crime reduction charity,
    is to chair the Gangmaster’s Licensing Authority, a
    government watchdog designed to curb exploitation of
    labourers.

    Michael Wilson, currently chief executive of the Defence Vetting
    Agency, will be chief executive.

    Source:-The Guardian Friday 14 January 2005 page 4

    Baby death case reviewed

    A mother convicted of killing two of her babies is to have her case
    looked at “imminently”.

    Donna Anthony, from Yeovill, Somerset, is one of 28 people to have
    their cases referred to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

    Source:-The Guardian Friday 14 January 2005 page 9

    £15,000 award for jailed nurse

    A care home nurse jailed for abusing residents has been awarded
    £15,000 damages against former employers, Four Seasons
    Healthcare.

    Roland Maughan successfully claimed breach of contract because a
    disciplinary inquiry was not completed within a week.

    Maughan was jailed in 2003 for a series of assaults at Willow Court
    care home in North Shields, North Tynside.

    Source:-The Daily Telegraph Friday 14 January 2005 page
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    Mother refused home

    A Spanish mother of two who fled to Britain to escape her violent
    husband does not have the right to be housed at public expense, a
    High Court judge ruled yesterday.

    Olivia Conde came to England with Romero, 4, and Gwendoline, 5 and
    turned to Lambeth Council in southwest London for help after a
    friend said that he could no longer shelter her.

    She went to the High Court to challenge a refusal by the
    council’s social services department to accommodate her. Mr
    Justice Collins said it was not unlawful for Lambeth to tell Conde
    she could return to Spain where she would be entitled to welfare
    assistance and protection from her husband. Conde is expected to
    take her case to the Court of Appeal.

    Source:-The Times Friday 14 January 2005 page 26

    NHS board with £35m deficit must cut jobs

    Argyle and Clyde health board is facing having to make job cuts in
    an effort to reduce an overspend of £35 million, the former
    head of NHS Scotland has said.

    Trevor Jones told an executive audit committee that job cuts were a
    reality if an organisation was so far in debt.

    Source:- The Scotsman Friday 14 January

    Fleeced by carer

    A support worker for disabled people has been given 200 hours of
    community service after embezzling £1,500 from three of her
    clients. Louisa Corrigan, a key worker for Capability Scotland,
    admitted the offences and was also ordered to pay the cerebral
    palsy sufferers back their money.

    Source:- The Daily Record Friday 14 January

    Welsh newspapers

    Six years after Labour’s vow – and Wales is still
    waiting

    Hospital facilities in Wales are not being used efficiently due to
    a large number of patients experiencing delays before being
    discharged, according to a new report from the National Audit
    Office.

    There are more than 700 patients a month being kept in hospital
    when they are ready to leave.

    The report on waiting times in Wales is highly critical of the
    country’s health service.

    Source:- Western Mail Friday 14 January

     

     

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