Baby must remain in foster care – BBC News

Posted February 8th, 2008 in children, mental health, news, social services by sally

“An 18-year-old mother, whose baby was taken into local authority care hours after he was born, has had her appeal to get him back turned down.”

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BBC News, 7th February 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Mentally ill man killed woman on mixed ward – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 8th, 2008 in homicide, hospitals, mental health, news by sally

“An MP has demanded an inquiry into mixed wards after a paranoid schizophrenic admitted killing a female patient in the next bed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th February 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Man accused of raping girl after fleeing secure hospital – The Guardian

Posted February 7th, 2008 in mental health, news, rape by sally

“A major investigation was under way yesterday after a man was accused of escaping from a secure mental health unit and raping a schoolgirl.”

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The Guardian, 7th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Baby returned to mother must go into foster care, says judge – The Guardian

Posted February 4th, 2008 in children, mental health, news, social services by sally

“A baby taken from his 18-year-old mother by social workers two hours after his birth without court authority must go into foster care while further inquiries are made and assessments carried out, a district judge ruled yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 2nd February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Disturbed patients refused help in squabble over cash – The Times

Posted January 31st, 2008 in mental health, news by sally

“The Mental Health Act Commission has found that practitioners are being told to delay sectioning people with urgent mental health needs until primary care trusts ascertain who should pay for their treatment.”

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The Times, 31st January 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Mother faces new fight to keep baby – The Independent

Posted January 31st, 2008 in children, mental health, news, social services by sally

“A teenage mother reunited with her newborn baby by a judge yesterday will today face a social services application to take the boy away again.”

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The Independent, 31st January 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Mental Health Campaign: Families demand full inquests for deaths in secure hospitals – The Independent

Posted January 28th, 2008 in hospitals, inquests, mental health, news by sally

“Hundreds of people with mental health problems are dying while detained in hospital but their deaths are not being fully investigated.”

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The Independent, 27th Janaury 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Savage v South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – Times Law Reports

Posted January 9th, 2008 in hospitals, human rights, law reports, mental health, suicide by sally

Savage v South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Court of Appeal

“To establish that a hospital at which a suicide had been a detained mental patient was in breach of the right to life guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights, the claimant had to show that at the time of the suicide the hospital knew or ought to have known of the existence of a real and immediate risk to her life from self-harm and that it failed to take measures which reasonably might have been expected to avoid that risk.”

The Times, 9th January 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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Sweet and sour emotions as Chinese restaurant couple win £10m legacy – The Times

Posted December 10th, 2007 in mental health, news, wills by sally

“The final will of a widow who left £10 million to the owners of a Chinese restaurant was upheld by the High Court yesterday, despite claims by her family that she did not know what she was doing.”

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The Times, 8th December 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Alzheimer’s drugs appeal granted – BBC News

Posted December 6th, 2007 in medicines, mental health, news by sally

“A row over funding for Alzheimer’s drugs on the NHS is to go to the Court of Appeal.”

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BBC News, 5th December 2007
Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Murder victim was failed by the system – The Guardian

Posted December 6th, 2007 in mental health, news, police, social services by sally

“Police, social workers and other agencies missed dozens of chances to intervene in the case of a man with severe learning difficulties who was tortured and drugged before plunging to his death from a viaduct, it emerged yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 6th December 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Challenge over widow’s £10m bequest – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 28th, 2007 in mental health, news, wills by sally

“A wealthy widow left her £10 million fortune to the owners of a Chinese restaurant after cutting her relatives out of her will, a court has heard. ”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th November 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Killer should have been in jail when he stabbed bus passenger over chips – The Times

Posted November 23rd, 2007 in criminal justice, mental health, news, young offenders by sally

“An investigation has started into the criminal justice failings that resulted in a bus passenger being killed by a man who should not have been released from prison.”

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The Times, 23rd November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Court ruling sought over ‘yuppie flu’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 16th, 2007 in mental health, news by sally

“A legal battle is being launched to force the Government’s health watchdog to stop defining so-called ‘yuppie flu’ as a mental illness.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th November 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Prison ‘default’ for mentally ill – BBC News

Posted October 24th, 2007 in mental health, news, prisons by sally

“Too many people with mental health problems are ending up in prison when what they need is specialist care, a Prisons Inspectorate report suggests.”

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BBC News, 23rd October 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk  

LSC faces judicial review – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 5th, 2007 in fees, judicial review, mental health, news by sally

“The Mental Health Lawyers Association (MHLA) has launched judicial review proceedings against the Legal Services Commission (LSC) over its decision to introduce a fixed-fee scheme for mental health work.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th October 2007

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Lasting Powers of Attorney: Practice Note – Law Society

Posted October 2nd, 2007 in mental health, powers of attorney, solicitors by sally

“A Law Society practice note intended to assist solicitors in advising clients who wish to draw up a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), as well as solicitors who are acting as an attorney under an LPA, also covers the ongoing arrangements for Enduring Powers of Attorney.”

Practice Note (pdf)

Law Society, 24th September 2007

Source: www.lawsociety.org.uk

Public guardian starts work on protecting vulnerable people – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 1st, 2007 in Court of Protection, mental health, powers of attorney, press releases by sally

“A new organisation looking after the interests of some of the most vulnerable people in society starts work on Monday 1 October. The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG), introduced under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, will provide legal protection for thousands of people lacking the mental capacity to make decisions themselves.”

Press release

Ministry of Justice, 28th September 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Consultation on the deprivation of liberty safeguards code of practice and regulations – Ministry of Justice

Posted September 11th, 2007 in codes of practice, consultations, mental health by sally

“This consultation document seeks views on a code of practice and supporting secondary legislation following the introduction of deprivation of liberty safeguards into the Mental Capacity Act 2005 by the Mental Health Act 2007.”

Documents for consultation

Ministry of Justice, 10th September 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Regina (Singh) v. Stratford Magistrates Court – Times Law Reports

Posted August 13th, 2007 in guardianship, judicial review, law reports, mental health by sally

No entitlement to trial

Regina (Singh) v Stratford Magistrates Court

“Where a hospital or guardianship order was made under section 37(1) of the Mental Health Act 1983, there was no entitlement to a trial under section 37(3). The Queen’s Bench Divisional Court (Lord Justice Hughes and Mr Justice Treacy) so held on July 3, 2007, when dismissing a claim for judicial review by Surat Singh of the decision of a district judge to adjourn his trial for a second psychiatric report with a view to considering making either a hospital or guardianship order under section 37(1) without convicting him accused under section 37(3).”

The Times, 13th August 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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