Stop drugging dementia patients, urges report
Ministers should step in to stop inappropriate prescriptions of powerful antipsychotic drugs for Alzheimer’s patients, an influential group of MPs said today.
Up to 105,000 people with dementia in Britain are wrongly being treated with the drugs, which are used to control behavioural symptoms such as aggression, they claim.
Vulnerable children face a greater risk of harm because of a dramatic rise in the cost of taking them into care, ministers have been warned.
Fees for care proceedings are to leap next month from £150 to £4,000 per case — a jump of 2,500 per cent — as the courts are made to pay for themselves.
Gordon Brown in cannabis row snub
Gordon Brown is to introduce tougher penalties for cannabis use despite a report out today saying it should remain a Class C drug.
Pregnant prisoner chained up in hospital 24 hours a day
A prisoner who was admitted to hospital after serious complications during her pregnancy was shackled to a security officer on a metre-long chain while she slept, showered and used the toilet.
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