Drive to end Winterbourne View-style care going backwards, official report shows – Daily Telegraph

‘Report commissioned by NHS calls for closure of all Winterbourne View-style institutions for disabled patients but Chief Nursing Officer insists complexity of cases leading to slow progress.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th November 2014

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Care worker Lorenzo Bacus could have more victims, say police – BBC News

Posted November 25th, 2014 in care workers, elderly, news, sentencing, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘A care worker who has been jailed for abusing a male resident at a home could have struck before, say police.’

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BBC News, 25th November 2014

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Tribunal rejects call by FOI requester for names of legal advisors at care regulator – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 5th, 2014 in care workers, disclosure, freedom of information, news, tribunals by sally

‘The First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has upheld the Care Quality Commission’s refusal to supply the names of individuals who provided it with legal advice on the de-registration of a care agency.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th November 2014

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Cumbrian care workers jailed after abuse at Penrith home – BBC News

‘Three care workers have been jailed for abusing dementia patients at a Cumbria home.’

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BBC News, 24th October 2014

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Gloria Foster inquest: ‘Neglect contributed to death’ – BBC News

Posted September 10th, 2014 in care workers, elderly, hospitals, inquests, medical treatment, medicines, news by sally

‘Neglect contributed to the death of an elderly woman found dying at home nine days after her care agency was shut in a police raid, a coroner has concluded.’

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BBC News, 10th September 2014

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Care workers take Hampshire home employers to tribunal over pay and working hours – The Guardian

‘Eleven female carers to the elderly are taking their employers to a tribunal claiming they were only paid by the minutes they spent with clients rather than their rostered working hours. The staff, who were on zero-hours contracts, allege that, due to the arrangements, they were paid less than the minimum wage of £6.31 an hour. It is understood that some of the employees at Apex Care in Romsey, Hampshire, where the firm was commissioned to provide the home care service by the council, believe their real hourly wage was close to £3.50.’

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The Guardian, 17th August 2014

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Care Act 2014

Posted May 23rd, 2014 in care homes, care workers, carers, legislation, local government, standards by sally

Care Act 2014 published

Full text of Act

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Hillcroft nursing home care workers jailed for abusing elderly residents – The Guardian

‘Three nursing home staff have been jailed and a fourth given a community sentence for tormenting and abusing elderly residents with dementia, actions described by the trial judge as “gratuitous sport at the expense of vulnerable victims”.’

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The Guardian, 10th January 2014

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Parkside Nursing Home deaths: Police to review evidence – BBC News

Posted January 10th, 2014 in care homes, care workers, disciplinary procedures, elderly, evidence, news by tracey

‘Police are to review evidence given at a tribunal after five “severely” neglected patients died in two weeks at a Northampton home.’

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BBC News, 9th January 2014

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Tribunal wrong on Sunday working decision, but forcing care assistant to work was proportionate, court rules – OUT-LAW.com

‘An employment tribunal was wrong to conclude that refusing to work on a Sunday for religious reasons should not be protected under discrimination law, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th December 2013

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Mba v Merton London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Mba v Merton London Borough Council [2013] EWCA Civ 1562; [2013] WLR (D) 474

‘A provision put in place by a council care home requiring a worker who was a Christian whose genuine belief that Sunday was a day of worship and rest to work on Sundays as rostered discriminated against the worker but was a proportionate means of achieving the legitimate aim of running the care home effectively.’

WLR Daily, 5th December 2013

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Christian care worker loses Sunday working discrimination appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 6th, 2013 in appeals, care workers, Christianity, employment, news, Sunday trading by tracey

‘Mba v London Borough Of Merton [2013] EWCA Civ 1562. The Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal of a Christian care worker against the decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) that a requirement that she work on Sundays indirectly discriminated against her on the grounds of religion or belief.’

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Uk Human Rights Blog, 5th December 2013

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Christian Celestina Mba loses Sunday shifts appeal – BBC News

‘A Christian care worker who claimed she was forced to leave her job after refusing to work Sundays because of her faith has lost her legal appeal.’

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BBC News, 5th December 2013

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Five disabled people win independent living fund appeal – The Guardian

“Five disabled people have won their court of appeal bid to overturn the government’s decision to abolish the independent living fund (ILF).”

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The Guardian, 6th November 2013

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Care workers need better training and regulation, independent review says – The Guardian

Posted July 10th, 2013 in care workers, news, standards by sally

“Healthcare assistants and care support workers – who wash, dress and feed the elderly and the infirm – will have to obtain a ‘certificate of fundamental care’ to work in the health and social care system, an independent review recommends.”

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The Guardian, 10th July 2013

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‘Not up to standard': 25% of care agencies providing services to people in their homes are failing – The Independent

“A quarter of agencies that provide care to people in their own homes do not meet all five national standards of quality and safety, regulators said.”

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The Independent, 13th February 2013

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Winterbourne View abusers sentenced – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted October 29th, 2012 in abuse of position of trust, care homes, care workers, news, sentencing by sally

“11 people have been sentenced for ill-treating patients at the Winterbourne View care home near Bristol.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 26th October 2012

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Care assistant jailed for abuse of 89-year-old woman – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 30th, 2012 in assault, care workers, closed circuit television, elderly, news, sentencing by tracey

“A care assistant who was caught abusing an 89-year-old woman after her family recorded the ‘gratuitous’ mistreatment on a hidden CCTV camera was jailed today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 29th August 2012

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Should we be using ‘special’ offences to prosecute crimes against disabled people? – UK Human Rights Blog

“Eleven Winterbourne View staff have pleaded guilty to 38 charges of ill-treatment and neglect of a mental health patient under s127 Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA). In this post I want to consider why we need ‘special’ offences like s127 MHA and also s44 Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA), rather than prosecuting crimes in care settings using more ‘mainstream’ offences.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 14th August 2012

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Winterbourne View abuse: report criticises authorities for failing to act – The Guardian

Posted August 8th, 2012 in assault, care homes, care workers, local government, mental health, news, reports by sally

“The shocking catalogue of abuse at a care home first exposed by a TV investigation has been laid bare in a damning report.”

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The Guardian, 7th August 2012

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