Ant McPartlin fined £86,000 for drink-driving – The Guardian

‘The TV presenter Ant McPartlin has been fined £86,000 and disqualified from driving for 20 months after admitting drink-driving.’

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The Guardian, 16th April 2018

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Divorce – how narcissists are tackled by the family courts in England and Dubai – Family Law

Posted April 6th, 2018 in divorce, mental health, news by sally

The narcissist is a challenge for both family court judges and the object of the narcissist’s regime of control and coercion. Faced with an arch deceiver, judges, however experienced they are in identifying dishonesty and manipulation, regularly fall victim to a personality hell bent on winning; but not in Dubai it seems.

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Family Law, 6th April 2018

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Prisons watchdog demands action after 500 self-harm incidents in six months at young offenders’ institution – The Independent

Posted March 27th, 2018 in mental health, news, prisons, self-harm, violence, young offenders by tracey

‘Prison inspectors have demanded urgent action at a young offenders’ institution that saw more than 500 incidents of self-harm in just six months.’

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The Independent, 27th March 2018

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NHS trust fined £2m for Connor Sparrowhawk and Teresa Colvin deaths – The Guardian

Posted March 27th, 2018 in fines, health, health & safety, mental health, news by tracey

‘An NHS trust has been fined a record £2m after admitting “systemic failures” following the deaths of two vulnerable patients. Southern Health pleaded guilty last year to breaching health and safety laws following the deaths of Teresa Colvin and Connor Sparrowhawk, an epileptic teenager with autism who drowned in a bath at an NHS care unit.’

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The Guardian, 26th March 2018

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Government to legislate for replacement of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards – Local Government Lawyer

‘The government has said this month that it broadly agrees with the Liberty Protection Safeguards model proposed by the Law Commission to replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st March 2018

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Failings in mental healthcare are violating basic human rights – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2018 in human rights, mental health, news, ombudsmen, reports by sally

‘My report shows that too many people in the UK aren’t being treated with the dignity and respect they should expect when in crisis.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2018

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Damning report finds ‘serious failings’ in NHS mental health services – The Guardian

Posted March 21st, 2018 in mental health, news, ombudsmen, psychiatrists, reports by tracey

‘Vulnerable mental health patients are suffering serious harm, and in some cases dying, because of “serious failings” in their treatment, the NHS ombudsman has warned. Mistakes such as failing to diagnose or treat patients properly and discharging them from hospital too soon can have “catastrophic consequences”, said Rob Behrens.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2018

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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

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Divorce? You may regret it if you don’t ask for legal advice – Family Law

Posted March 12th, 2018 in agreements, damages, divorce, financial provision, mental health, news by sally

‘Yedina v Yedin and another [2017] EWHC 3319 (Ch) was an interesting case which highlighted the importance of seeking advice from a family lawyer when planning to divorce.’

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Family Law, 9th March 2018

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CQC: Access to mental health care for children and young people at a ‘crisis point’ – Family Law

Posted March 12th, 2018 in children, health, mental health, news, reports, young persons by sally

‘The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has said UK health care, education and other public services are failing children and young people regarding their access to mental health services – arguing young people are at a ‘crisis point’ when it comes to mental health support. In light of its findings the CQC has made recommendations for the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on how they can best ensure support.’

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Family Law, 9th March 2018

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Leonne Weeks murder: Jailed Shea Heeley ‘liked killing’ – BBC News

Posted March 6th, 2018 in mental health, murder, news, sentencing, violent offenders by sally

‘A 19-year-old man “obsessed with murder and killing” has been jailed for stabbing a 16-year-old girl to death in a “brutally violent” attack.’

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BBC News, 5th March 2018

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Peter Wrighton murder: Ex-soldier found guilty – BBC News

Posted March 1st, 2018 in armed forces, DNA, mental health, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A “callous” ex-soldier has been convicted of murdering an 83-year-old dog walker in an “animalistic” attack.’

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BBC News, 28th February 2018

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Up to 60 per cent of prisoners have head injuries, as experts warn brain damage may fuel crime – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 27th, 2018 in crime, mental health, news, personal injuries, prisons, violent offenders by tracey

‘More than half of criminals may have suffered a head injury which could be fuelling their offending, a new review by British brain experts suggests.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th February 2018

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More than 100 women in Yarl’s Wood detention centre go on hunger strike over ‘inhumane’ conditions – The Independent

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in demonstrations, detention, immigration, mental health, news, women by tracey

‘More than 100 women in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre have gone on hunger strike over “inhumane” conditions at the facility. Around 120 female detainees began their protest on Wednesday, urging the Home Office to end “offensive” practices which they said leave people “breaking down psychologically” after being detained for immigration reasons.’

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The Independent, 22nd February 2018

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Psychiatrist suspended for 12 months after man drowned in epileptic fit – The Guardian

‘A senior psychiatrist has been suspended for 12 months following the death of a vulnerable teenager who suffered an epileptic fit and drowned in a bath at an NHS care unit.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2018

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Barristers ‘more stressed’ than NHS staff – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 21st, 2018 in barristers, mental health, news by tracey

‘Barristers are less happy in their working lives than staff in the National Health Service, with stress and a failure of chambers to help with pressures outside work among major concerns.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th February 2018

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Coroner criticises hospital failings and busy A&E department over death of rape victim who overdosed on diet pills – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 15th, 2018 in drug abuse, duty of care, hospitals, inquests, mental health, negligence, news, victims by sally

‘A coroner has criticised hospital failings in an overwhelmed A&E department over the death of rape victim who overdosed on diet pills.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th February 2018

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Court of Appeal castigates judge who thought litigant with severe depression was “putting on act” – Litigation Futures

Posted February 15th, 2018 in appeals, costs, evidence, judges, mental health, news, setting aside by sally

‘A senior circuit judge who “clearly thought” that a litigant with severe depression was “putting on an act” has been strongly attacked by the vice-president of the civil division of the Court of Appeal.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th February 2018

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Vulnerable people ‘trapped in homelessness’ due to law – BBC News

Posted February 14th, 2018 in homelessness, housing, local government, mental health, news, reports by michael

‘Vulnerable people are unable to access social housing, potentially trapping them “in a cycle of homelessness”, due to a change in the law.’

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BBC News, 14th February 2018

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Tasers used 58 times in mental health settings – BBC News

Posted February 2nd, 2018 in mental health, news, police, statistics, weapons by sally

‘Police drew, aimed or fired Tasers in mental health hospitals, wards, and clinics 58 times in the first six months of figures being recorded.’

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BBC News, 1st February 2018

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