Life and Style Over 3,000 people are still living as patients in hospitals, one year on from Government commitments to transform adult social care in the wake of the Winterbourne View abuse scandal

Thousands of patients still live in hospitals, a year on from Government promises to transform adult social care

The shocking impact of recession and austerity on England’s poorest people has come to light again in figures showing the number of malnutrition cases treated at NHS hospitals has nearly doubled since the economic downturn

Malnutrition cases in English hospitals almost double in five years

Admissions to hospitals have soared as poorer families struggle to afford food

Hidden cameras and mystery shopper plan for care homes

Hidden cameras and “mystery shoppers” could be used to keep tabs on care homes under proposals being considered by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Two-thirds of local councils are commissioning 15-minute visits

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Government cutbacks blamed after two-thirds of councils slash elderly and disabled services

Loss of 5,000 nurses prompts safety warning

The NHS has lost more than 5,000 nurses in just three years, official figures show. Data for May this year reveals that there were 348,311 qualified staff working in nursing, midwifery and health visiting, down 5,601 on the figure of 353,912 in May 2010.

Physiotherapists in UK can now independently prescribe medication to their patients in world first

New legislation will also empower podiatrists to prescribe medicines, would speed up treatments and free up GP’s time

Liverpool Care Pathway to be phased out after claims that patients were drugged and deprived of liquids

The Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP), a technique used to alleviate suffering in the final stages of a person’s life, is to be phased out following a review that heard hospital staff wrongly interpreted its guidance, leading to claims of patients who were drugged and deprived of liquids.

The Liverpool Care Pathway is dead, but we must still address how we care for the dying

It is now clear that the "one or two mistakes" were in fact overwhelming problems, but phasing out the LCP still leaves the problems it was created to resolve

Liverpool Care Pathway: Controversial 'end-of-life' regime for dying patients 'to be replaced'

The results of an independent review show concerns raised by family members over the care of their dying loved ones

Up to 1,200 patients died needlessly at Stafford hospital between 2005 and 2009

Hospital bosses face prosecution over care failings

Hospital and care home managers who allow neglect and abuse to take place on their watch could face criminal prosecution and unlimited fines under new Government plans designed to restore trust in the health service after a series of high profile NHS scandals.

Residents at a Southern Cross care home in south London

Government aims to avoid Southern Cross repeat with 'tough series of checks' on cares homes' finances

Hundreds of care home providers are struggling with the sector's £5bn debt mountain

Suicide rates among men rise to ten-year high

The number of suicides in the UK rose "significantly" in 2011, official figures revealed today, with the rate of men taking their own lives reaching its highest level for nearly a decade.

Care home directors and owners to be made criminally liable for abuse

The new plans could lead to fines – or even prison sentences – for directors who fail to safeguard vulnerable patients in homes which they run

Norfolk council leader Keith Johnson shoots wife with a shotgun before turning it on himself

Tory politician ‘had  been depressed the day before fatal attack’, says neighbour

The scheme, being introduced across England in April 2015, is intended to help around 40,000 people each year who are forced to sell their homes to cover care costs

Care home companies could be forced to open books to prevent another 'Southern Cross' collapse

Care homes could be regulated to prevent a repeat of the Southern Cross crisis.

Government backs mutual Post Office

The Government is pressing ahead with plans to mutualise Post Offices, saying the proposals were supported by staff and the public.

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