Category: In the News 2019

In The News – April 2019

Dementia and cancer patient being treated 235 miles from home finally moved to local unit

A&E admissions for Birmingham dementia sufferers hits ‘alarming’ record high

DWP admits destroying report on safety failings in jobcentres

More people asking for social care support but fewer getting it – Alzheimer’s Society comments

Empathy often avoided because of mental effort

Rights of disabled children in Scotland ‘not protected’ over seclusion and restraint

Geelong court shown video of ‘extremely serious assault’ on elderly woman with walker

Number of disabled people in poverty rose by 200,000 in one year… says DWP

Council broke law over deprivation of liberty, ombudsman rules

Council accused of ‘settling scores’ after cutting funding from DPO that criticised it

Daughter ‘in tears’ as insurance company sells woman with dementia $15,000 funeral policy

Labour unveils plan for £2.8bn social care fund to help dementia sufferers


In The News – March 2019


Theresa May to consider axeing Human Rights Act after Brexit, minister reveals

Disabilities Minister won’t be replaced until after Brexit ‘turbulence’ resolved, says Tory vice-chairman

Pathways from poverty: The future of the DWP

Court’s intervention to limit options is not a deprivation of liberty

Tory Vice-Chairman says there will be no Minister for Disabled People until Crisis Resolved

Woman with Down’s syndrome ‘loses independence’ after being stripped of free bus travel

Tory council set to force disabled people into residential care to cut costs

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill

Further fire directed at Mental Capacity Act (Amendment) Bill

New analysis highlights ‘deeply flawed assumptions’ behind Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill

Care homes ‘ill equipped’ to carry out new responsibilities under DoLS replacement system, warn providers


Capita assessor lied about woman’s thoughts of suicide, recording shows

Man slams ‘ridiculous’ benefits system after winning third DWP battle in six years

Jack Carroll: ‘I was treated with derision and suspicion in my PIP assessment’

Jodey Whiting petition: Lib Dems back petition, but doubts over Labour

Tomlinson silent after ‘lying’ to MPs about benefits freeze

DWP’s latest confession on safety: ‘We keep no record of complaints linked to deaths’

Jodey Whiting petition: Seventh family demands justice over DWP benefit deaths

Jodey Whiting petition: DWP ‘has blood on its hands’, says Green party

Six families back petition to MPs calling for inquiry into DWP benefit deaths

NHS call for government action on link between mental distress and benefit cuts

DWP silent on figures suggesting ‘fit for work’ deaths may have fallen

DWP handed petition of 200,000 names on benefit assessment travel

Reaction to Rudd’s reforms: Tinkering, crumbs and fears of a Trojan horse for cuts

Jodey Whiting: DWP apologises, but no word on preventing future deaths

Social Care

Social care ‘national scandal and disgrace’

Social Care: Government urged to match words with actions

County councils urge government to ‘look again’ at social care funding formula

Cross-party group launched to tackle social care crisis

The NHS apprenticeships offering a new route to health and social care

Tory council set to force disabled people into residential care to cut costs

CQC admits one in five social care services have not been inspected in two years


Failed Alzheimer’s trial leaves families and patients heartbroken. Medical community reels

Dementia sufferers will trial a cannabis-based medicine that could ease symptoms

Other News

Claims of maggot-infested genitals in nursing home

Letters: hospital no place for those with dementia

Proposed new definition of Alzheimer’s aims to spot disease sooner

‘Dementia is the plague of our time, the disease of the century’

Brexit has ganged up with Alzheimer’s against my mother

Disabled peer criticises Lib Dem leader over support for ‘discriminatory threat’

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In The News – February 2019

If there was any doubt about how the government views our rights, this comment in the Independent Newspaper says it all

“The Home Office said the couple would not face “very significant difficulties” continuing their family life together outside the UK in Sri Lanka, and that any infringement of their right to family life “would be justified and proportionate in the pursuit of maintaining effective immigration control”.”

Read the full article here


George Young, from Warwickshire, was diagnosed with a rare form of dementia at three

Linda Ronstadt: “I’m afraid of suffering, but I’m not afraid of dying”

Dementia patients to be tracked by smart meters so that doctors can monitor any sudden changes that indicate illness, falls or mental decline

Hospital staff taught creative ways to spot signs of dementia

UN tells UK: stop using terror charges against peaceful protesters

Age UK: 50,000 elderly in England have died waiting for social care package

Grandmother whose entire family is settled in UK told to leave country

Hundreds of nursing home residents taken off anti-psychotic drugs

Newton forced to apologise after misleading MPs in WOW debate

Tories challenged over ‘outrageous’ pension credit cut

Launch of Neurodivergent Labour ‘could be milestone in fight for rights and equality’

‘I had to sack my carers’: agonising choice between food and home support

Dementia law report recommends better oversight on health care consent

Watchdogs’ comments boost hopes for rail access improvements

The importance of co-creation with patients