Legislating on loneliness: limitless or lonesome? – Family Law

Posted November 7th, 2018 in carers, elderly, mental health, news, social services by sally

‘Olwen Dutton, partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP, discusses the key aspects of the government’s loneliness strategy. Dutton also considers any potential ethical issues stemming from the social prescription aspect of the strategy, whereby GPs will be able to refer patients who are experiencing loneliness to community activities and voluntary services.’

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Family Law, 6th November 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

MPs and peers demand changes to Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill requires further changes to protect the human rights of vulnerable people, MPs and peers have warned.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st October 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Health and Social Care of Older People is a Human Rights Issue – Rights Info

Posted October 19th, 2018 in elderly, health, human rights, medical treatment, news, ombudsmen, social services by sally

‘The independent healthcare regulator, the Care Quality Commission recently warned that disjointed health and social care services in England are placing increasing pressure on A&E departments. As pressure grows on the country’s health and care system, what does this mean for the human rights of older people?’

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Rights Info, 18th October 2018

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‘Deceitful’ £17m solar panel scam gang jailed for fraud – BBC News

Posted October 3rd, 2018 in elderly, fraud, news, sentencing, Serious Fraud Office, victims by sally

‘Six men have been jailed over a £17m fraud involving selling solar panels to elderly, retired and vulnerable people.’

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BBC News, 2nd October 2018

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NHS trust’s letter of apology after a patient died from drinking cleaning fluid criticised by senior coroner – The Independent

Posted September 21st, 2018 in elderly, hazardous substances, health & safety, hospitals, inquests, news by tracey

‘The chief nurse at the NHS trust responsible for the hospital where a pensioner died after drinking Flash floor cleaner has apologised after a coroner’s strident criticism of its “serious failings”.’

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The Independent, 21st September 2018

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Conman duped dementia patients out of life savings to buy himself a £10,000 hair transplant – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 12th, 2018 in elderly, fraud, guilty pleas, mental health, news by tracey

‘A hair transplant conman duped two dementia patients out of their life savings so that he could buy a new £10k hairline.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th September 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Council wins rare appeal to Upper Tribunal over Right to Buy exemption – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 19th, 2018 in appeals, elderly, housing, local government, news, tribunals by tracey

‘Milton Keynes Council was won a rare appeal under the right to buy legislation in a dispute over whether the property in question was particularly suitable for occupation by elderly persons.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th July 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Failure to enforce law means older workers face discrimination – report – The Guardian

Posted July 17th, 2018 in age discrimination, elderly, employment, enforcement, news, reports by tracey

‘Government ministers and Britain’s equalities watchdog are failing to save more than a million older workers from discrimination, bias and outdated employment practices, according to a group of MPs. In a highly critical report for the government, the women and equalities committee said the talents of older workers were going to waste because too little was being done to enforce discrimination law.’

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The Guardian, 17th July 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

New law to protect people with dementia and learning disabilities announced – Law Commission

‘Thousands of vulnerable people with dementia and learning disabilities will be given better protection by a new law announced today by the Government. The new Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, based on Law Commission recommendations, brings in extra protections for those who lack the mental capacity to make decisions about their care.’

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Law Commission, 3rd July 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Gosport hospital deaths: Prescribed painkillers ‘shortened 456 lives’ – BBC News

Posted June 21st, 2018 in doctors, elderly, hospitals, inquiries, news, prosecutions, reports by tracey

‘More than 450 patients died after being given powerful painkillers inappropriately at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, a report has found.’

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BBC News, 20th June 2018

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Widespread blame expected from inquiry into suspicious hospital deaths – The Guardian

Posted June 20th, 2018 in doctors, elderly, hospitals, inquiries, medicines, news by sally

‘A four-year inquiry into the deaths of hundreds of elderly people who were routinely prescribed opioid drugs is expected to say that blame lies not just with the doctor involved but also those who worked with her, failed to monitor her and who failed to investigate – including the government.’

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The Guardian, 20th June 2018

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Court users “must buy in to reforms”, says MoJ as it pledges vulnerable will not be left behind

‘The Ministry of Justice’s top civil servant has told MPs that the government’s massive court reform programme will have failed if it does not carry the support of those who use the courts.’

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Legal Futures, 7th June 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Burglars fended off by woman using husband’s crutch jailed – BBC News

Posted April 12th, 2018 in burglary, closed circuit television, elderly, news, sentencing by sally

‘Two burglars who were fended off by an 87-year-old woman armed with her husband’s crutch have been jailed.’

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BBC News, 11th April 2018

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Lorry driver sentenced for peer’s mobility scooter death – BBC News

‘A lorry driver has been given a 24-week suspended jail sentence for knocking a Labour peer off his mobility scooter and killing him.’

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BBC News, 9th April 2018

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Court of Protection solicitor convicted of neglect following elderly mother’s death – Legal Futures

‘An associate in a law firm’s Court of Protection team has been convicted of the wilful neglect of her own elderly mother, who died in squalor despite the solicitor having power of attorney to act on her behalf.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd April 2018

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Hart v Hart: what led the court to order the ultimate sanction? – Family Law

Posted March 26th, 2018 in contempt of court, divorce, elderly, financial provision, imprisonment, news by tracey

‘Anyone reading that John Hart, an 83-year-old man with prostate cancer, had been sent to prison by a High Court judge might naturally raise an eye-brow in surprise. However, HHJ Wildblood QC did just that following judgments at [2018] EWHC 548 (Fam), [2018] EWHC 549 (Fam) and dated 23 February and 18 March 2018 respectively. These decisions are the latest in the long-running saga in the Hart v Hart divorce which has now been ongoing in various guises for some six and a half years.’

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Family Law, 23rd March 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Government commits to protect people with dementia and learning difficulties – Law Commission

Posted March 16th, 2018 in elderly, learning difficulties, mental health, press releases by tracey

‘The government has said it will bring forward legislation to provide greater protection for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. In a Written Ministerial Statement Health Minister Caroline Dinenage said the government broadly agreed with the Liberty Protection Safeguards model proposed by the Law Commission in 2017 and would legislate “when parliamentary time allows”.’

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Law Commission, 15th March 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Millionaire jailed for contempt of court over divorce deal – The Guardian

Posted March 16th, 2018 in contempt of court, divorce, elderly, news by tracey

‘A wealthy property developer has been jailed for 14 months for contempt of court in relation to his divorce settlement.’

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The Guardian, 15th March 2018

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Considerations for care homes on the charging of fees after death – Family Law

Posted March 8th, 2018 in care homes, competition, consultations, elderly, fees, news by tracey

‘In the first of a regular Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) column for Family Law Claire Davis, Director of SFE, considers the issue of care homes charging fees after death.’

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Family Law, 5th March 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Calls for inquiry over financial abuse of vulnerable care home residents as figures show 13,000 have been affected – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 19th, 2018 in care homes, elderly, freedom of information, inquiries, news, powers of attorney by sally

‘Care home managers reported almost 13,000 concerns that vulnerable residents were experiencing financial abuse in the past four years, new figures show.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th February 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk