Wednesday 19 January 2005

    By Maria Ahmed, Amy Taylor and Clare Jerrom

    Hospital ‘starved 11 patients to death’

    Eleven older patients on the same hospital ward were deliberately
    starved to death, an inquest was told yesterday.

    The patients, all men aged between 67 and 93, died after having
    their food and drink needlessly withdrawn, according to
    relatives.

    The men were all terminally ill patients suffering from dementia on
    the Rowsley ward at the Kingsway hospital in Derby. The inquest
    continues.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 19 January 2005
    page 9

    Feuding parents may be subject to curfew

    Those who ignore courts over access to children face being made to
    do unpaid community service under a package of measures unveiled by
    the government yesterday.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 19 January 2005
    page 8

    Teacher devastated by sex abuse claims wins £22,000
    payout

    Iwan Rees, a teacher from Powys, agreed a £22,000
    settlement with Powys Council after being sacked over false
    allegations that he had sexually abused two girls aged 12 and
    16.

    An employment tribunal found there was no basis for finding him
    guilty of any misconduct.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 19 January 2005
    page 9

    Bars should pay for police to deal with drunken yobs, says
    Clarke

    The licensing industry has to face up to its responsibilities, the
    Home Secretary Charles Clarke says.

    He also wants much more to be done to speed up the process of
    returning failed asylum seekers to their home countries, and wants
    more to be done abroad to deter people from coming to
    Britain.

    Source:- The Times Wednesday 19 January 2005 page 4

    Sleep tight dear, from mum in jail

    Storybook Dad/Mum, a scheme which allowed people in prison to tell
    stories for their children on tape or CD, helps them to be
    participating parents

    Source:- The Times T2 section Wednesday 19 January 2005
    pages 10-11

    Investigation into nursing home where 28 died in one
    year

    A coroner is to investigate the deaths of 16 older residents at a
    private nursing home after health officials warned that events
    there raised “serious concern.” Birmingham coroner
    Aidan Cotton, officers from West Midlands police and officials from
    Birmingham and the Black Country strategic health authority are
    involved in a review of the deaths of pensioners at the former
    Maypole nursing home in Kings Heath, Birmingham.

    Source:- The Guardian Wednesday 19 January 2005 page
    1

    Clarke orders crackdown on race inequality

    An extension of ethnic monitoring right across the public services
    to provide the first official, systematic picture of racial
    inequality in Britain is to be announced by the home secretary
    today. The strategy includes measures to improve poor social
    housing for ethnic minority families.

    Source:- The Guardian Wednesday 19 January 2005 page
    2

    Prison attacked for failing to protect suicidal women

    The prisons ombudsman yesterday criticised a jail where six
    vulnerable women prisoners died in a 12-month period, saying that
    he was deeply uncomfortable that they had been placed in a
    segregation unit.

    Stephen Shaw was speaking at the inquest of Sarah Campbell, 18, the
    youngest of the six women to die at Styal Prison in Cheshire.

    Source:- The Guardian Wednesday 19 January 2005 page
    6

    MPs urged to listen to the young

    Politicians should stop regarding young people as troublemakers and
    listen more to their views, the charity Barnardo’s said
    yesterday in its report Give Us a Chance.

    Source:- The Guardian Wednesday 19 January 2005 page
    12

    Winning Goals

    Despite the promise of reform, fear of crime is on the increase and
    the prison population is at record levels. Public figures and
    opinion formers say what they would do to overhaul the criminal
    justice system.

    Source:- The Society Guardian Wednesday 19 January 2005
    pages 2-3

    Method man

    Eyebrows were raised when Shelter aligned itself with the
    housebuilding lobby. Its director Adam Sampson explains why the
    homelessness charity must reinvent itself.

    Source:- The Society Guardian Wednesday 19 January 2005
    page 6

    Goodwill hunting

    The City Nurses Project in east London improves the sometimes
    fraught relationship between psychiatric nurses and their
    patients

    Source:- The Society Guardian Wednesday 19 January 2005
    page 7

    Emergency exit?

    The management of offenders bill has been condemned for giving
    criminals an escape route from jail to stem rising inmate numbers.
    Paul Goggins, prisons minister, gives some answers.

    Source:- The Society Guardian Wednesday 19 January 2005
    page 8

    If it ain’t broke…

    As debate rages over plans to bring the Sure Start early years
    scheme under local authority control, service users and those
    delivering the service say what they think of the changes

    Source:- The Society Guardian Wednesday 19 January 2005
    page 10

    Scottish newspapers

    Heroin use falling across Scotland

    The number of people taking heroin and valium has fallen by almost
    eight per cent, according to statistics.

    There were 51,582 people abusing substances in 2003 compared with
    55,800 three years earlier, according to a report by the Centre for
    Drug Misuse Research at the University of Glasgow.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Wednesday 19 January

    1,000 to sue over slopping-out

    More than 1,000 prisoners are preparing to take the Scottish
    executive to court following last year’s ruling that the
    practice of sloping-out in prisons was
    “degrading”.

    It emerged last night that hundreds of prisoners and former inmates
    have come forward to challenge the executive about being forced to
    slop-out. Robert Napier was awarded £2,450 in damages last
    year after he successfully claimed his human rights had been
    breached at Barlinnie prison in Glasgow.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Wednesday 19 January

    Education spending ‘poor value’

    Ministers were accused yesterday of failing to improve
    Scotland’s schools despite increased public investment.

    Spending on education rose by 10 per cent to £3.9 billion in
    2003-4 but opposition politicians argued that much of the extra
    money had been spent on administration rather than benefiting
    pupils.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Wednesday 19 January

    Bed blocking crisis prompts city summit

    High levels of bed-blocking has led to a crisis summit with city
    leaders to be arranged.

    Deputy health minister Rhona Brankin has called the summit due to
    figures, out today, showing that 420 people have been delayed in
    Lothians hospitals, only seven lower than last year.

    The area is the worst in Scotland for bed-blocking, as it was last
    year.

    Source:- The Scotsman Wednesday 19 January

    Fears NHS to lose ramp in disabled row

    A ramp into a patient watchdog group’s offices may have to be
    removed due to city planners recommending for its retrospective
    planning application to be rejected.

    The Lothian Health Council’s base in the West End is in an
    Edinburgh World Heritage Site.

    Source:- The Scotsman Wednesday 19 January

    Welsh newspapers

    Most NHS leaders would shun Welsh care

    Two out of three NHS leaders in Wales would not rely on the Welsh
    health service to look after their friends and relatives.

    The anonymous survey by the Welsh Institute of Health and Social
    Care at the University also found that most health service leaders
    are not convinced current policies will enable the Welsh NHS will
    catch up with the NHS in England.

    Source:- Western Mail Wednesday 19 January

    Mum awaits New Zealand tug-of-love hearing

    A custody battle between a Welsh nurse and her estranged husband
    over their six-month baby takes a new turn today.

    A hearing will here Stephen Jelicich’s appeal against a
    previous court’s decision to give custody of the baby girl to
    her mother Diane of Swansea.

    Jelicich came out of hiding with the girl in New Zealand when Diane
    made an appeal on TV.

    Source:- Western Mail Wednesday 19 January

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