News Analysis

Premier League football clubs may face legal action over lack of accessibility for disabled fans

Charley Walker, News Editor (16-Jan-17)

Premier League football clubs have been highlighted as having inadequate facilities for fans with disabilities and could face legal action if they fail to change. A new report by the Culture, Media and Sport.....

'Undignified' 15 minute home care visits: still the norm for 34 councils

Angeline Albert, News Editor (11-Jan-17)

Thousands of disabled and older people are still receiving 15 minute homecare visits in England because almost a quarter of councils (22 per cent) – 34 - are ignoring Care Act guidance to stop the practice. While.....

UK in 2030: Robots take our jobs and ageing population grows by a third

Sue Learner, Editor (29-Dec-16)

By 2030, the number of people aged 65 and over will have grown by a third, up to two-thirds of jobs could be done by robots and the gap between rich and poor will have grown even wider, according to the think tank IPPR. Its.....

Sajid Javid announces extra £900m for adult social care over two years

Angeline Albert, News Editor (15-Dec-16)

Councils are being given the power to raise tax for social care by six per cent over the next two years, as part of £900m of extra money, but critics call it a 'sticking plaster' for the care sector's ills. Local.....

By 2025 dementia will be managed and 'treated in much the same way as HIV'

Charley Walker, News Editor (14-Dec-16)

Belgium scientist Professor Bart De Strooper, newly appointed director of The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI), said he believes dementia will be as manageable as HIV/AIDS by 2025. Professor De Strooper.....

NHS hospitals need to 'radically change' to stop people with learning disabilities dying prematurely

Sue Learner, Editor (13-Dec-16)

It has been common knowledge for decades that people with learning disabilities and mental health problems are dying prematurely, yet a Government review has found hospitals are still not bothering to investigate these deaths. The.....

Should people keep working into old age to stay healthy?

Angeline Albert, News Editor (08-Dec-16)

The ‘baby boomer’ generation are being advised not to put their feet up and retire but to carry on working, if they want to stay healthy. England’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) is advising people aged 50.....

Parkinson's disease could be linked to gut bacteria, say researchers

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (02-Dec-16)

Microbes in the gut may play a critical role in the development of Parkinson's disease, according to new research published in Cell. American researchers showed that treatment with antibiotics could reduce.....

Over half of older people miss having someone to laugh with

Charley Walker, News Editor (02-Dec-16)

Laughing with another person, hugs and simply being together with someone are the things most missed by lonely, older people, according to a new survey by The Campaign to End Loneliness. The Campaign found.....

Government to scrap 'bureaucratic nightmare' of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard coroner inquests

Charley Walker, News Editor (24-Nov-16)

Coroners will no longer be required to carry out inquests for anyone who dies while under Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), under an amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill. The Government has ruled.....

Autumn Statement: Job losses from wage rise puts social care in 'NAM' not 'JAM'

Angeline Albert, News Editor (23-Nov-16)

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement tried to 'absolutely ignore’ social care but seemed to deal the sector a body blow anyway with a rise in the minimum wage expected to bring job losses. Instead.....

MP Norman Lamb warns Brexit may exacerbate social care workforce crisis if UK 'clamps down' on immigration

Charley Walker, News Editor (18-Nov-16)

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for health, Norman Lamb, has spoken of fears for the social care sector which depends ‘very substantially’ on EU workers. The pressures facing the health and social care systems.....

Rallying cry for MPs to 'Save social care tonight' gets 279 'noes'

Angeline Albert, News Editor (17-Nov-16)

An opposition-led debate proposing a motion to bring forward social care funding for 2019-20 to treat the sector’s funding crisis, has been defeated with 279 'noes' and only 200 ‘ayes’. Speaking on 16 November,.....

Care failures reveal home care workers are 'crying out' for dementia training

Angeline Albert, News Editor (17-Nov-16)

A lack of training for home care workers is leaving people with dementia in soiled clothing, without food or water or in hospitals and care homes when they should be at home, an investigation reveals. The.....

Probiotics found in yoghurt may 'benefit cognition' in people with Alzheimer's disease

Charley Walker, News Editor (11-Nov-16)

Probiotics found in yoghurt and supplements could help improve memory and cognition in people with Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests. A small clinical trial of 52 participants revealed that people.....

'Underfunded' and 'unstable' home care sector puts older people at risk

Charley Walker, News Editor (25-Oct-16)

The viability of state-funded home care is at risk due to ‘widespread and systematic’ underfunding, according to a report by UK Home Care Association. In a report based on Freedom of Information requests.....

Prostate cancer treatment may double risk of dementia

Charley Walker, News Editor (14-Oct-16)

There is a significant link between a common therapy for prostate cancer and increased risk of dementia, a new study reveals. Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is a widely used therapy for prostate cancer.....

Fragile adult social care sector 'at tipping point' despite good care says watchdog

Angeline Albert, News Editor (13-Oct-16)

The majority of care homes and home care providers are giving ‘good quality care’, the Care Quality Commission (CQC)’s State of Care report reveals but growing demand and financial pressures mean the adult social care market is ‘approaching.....

Jeremy Hunt makes 'long overdue' pledge to help ageing population by training more UK doctors

Charley Walker, News Editor (04-Oct-16)

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has promised to deliver 25 per cent more training posts for the UK’s medical students to make Britain a more ‘self-sufficient’ country. In a speech at the Conservative Party conference.....

'Heartbreaking': Only eight per cent of over 65s with dementia die in own homes

Charley Walker, News Editor (30-Sep-16)

The Alzheimer’s Society has condemned the ‘shameful inequality’ between those with dementia and those without, as a report reveals those with the illness rarely have the chance to die in their own home. An.....