News Analysis

'Victory' for disabled people as taxi drivers face heavy fines for discriminating against wheelchair users

Charley Walker, News Editor (07-Feb-17)

A new change in the law means that from 6 April 2017, it will be illegal for taxi drivers to discriminate against disabled taxi users, the Department for Transport has announced. Under the new legislation,.....

Earlier diagnosis of dementia in people with learning disabilities urgently needed

Sue Learner, Editor (24-Jan-17)

A group of voluntary sector organisations has called for earlier diagnosis of dementia for people with learning disabilities, so they can receive better support. VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group).....

Charity calls for HIV training for care workers after they showed 'unacceptable' prejudice

Charley Walker, News Editor (19-Jan-17)

The Terrence Higgins Trust is calling for a 'major shift' in awareness and training of care workers to support older people with HIV, after it revealed a care home made a woman with HIV sit on the same chair and used antibacterial.....

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.....

HC-One buys Helen McArdle's 20 care homes and home care business

Angeline Albert, News Editor (10-Jan-17)

Care provider HC-One has acquired 20 care homes in the North East of England from Helen McArdle Care and its ‘At Home’ business. The acquisition on 10 January involves 1,343 beds from 19 existing care.....

Mediterranean diet reduces risk of learning and memory loss in older people

Charley Walker, News Editor (05-Jan-17)

Eating a Mediterranean diet can slow down natural brain shrinkage in older people, which is commonly linked to decreased learning and memory ability, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of.....

Grandparents who help with childcare are living longer

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (05-Jan-17)

Those who help out with childcare or provide support to others in their community tend to live longer than older people who do not care for other people, new research has revealed. A study called 'Caregiving.....

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.....