News round up: Carers reaching ‘breaking point’

Carers reaching ‘breaking point’

Three out of four carers have reached “breaking point” at some point due to the pressure of their role, according to a poll. A survey of 1,941 unpaid carers found 74 per cent had felt stretched to their limits by the stress of trying to care for somebody who is ill, frail or disabled.

Read more on this story in The Daily Telegraph

Prejudice skews public view of asylum seekers

Attitudes to asylum-seekers in Britain are being skewed by gross over-estimation of the numbers of refugees reaching the United Kingdom and prejudice towards immigrants among young people, the British Red Cross says today.

Nearly a quarter of people believe there are more than 100,000 asylum applications every year – about four times the annual figure of 25,670, and just 5 per cent of Britons know to within 10,000 how many refugees come to the UK every year, according to a survey carried out for the charity.

Read more on this story in The Independent

Pressure grows for inquiry into deaths of elderly patients

Pressure is growing for a public inquiry into a series of deaths of elderly people at a hospital in Gosport, Hampshire, as a doctor faces the General Medical Council charged with giving patients excessive doses of the drug diamorphine.

Read more on this story in The Guardian


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