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Cancer network team cuts nonsensical, say campaigners

Cancer network team cuts nonsensical, say campaigners | Disability Issues | Scoop.it
Nine staff being made redundant and remaining three merged with another clinical network in MidlandsA team of specialist staff who help doctors improve cancer care is being scrapped as a result of the coalition's NHS overhaul, in a move condemned...
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NEWS: Swann pledges support to protect 'vulnerable tenants'

NEWS: Swann pledges support to protect 'vulnerable tenants' | Disability Issues | Scoop.it
... the scrapping of six key benefits with the subsequent introduction of Universal Credit – an all in one style payment – and the replacement of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with a Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
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PIP – a quick guide | Limbless Association

PIP – a quick guide | Limbless Association | Disability Issues | Scoop.it
You may be aware from previous news items that Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is due to be replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP) from next year. To that end, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) ...
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Social work courses take stricter line on suitability of applicants - Communitycare.co.uk

Social work courses take stricter line on suitability of applicants - Communitycare.co.uk | Disability Issues | Scoop.it
Social work courses take stricter line on suitability of applicantsCommunitycare.co.ukThe objective of the changes, outlined by the Social Work Reform Board (SWRB) in 2009 and 2010, is to ensure new students are equipped to handle both the academic...
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'Shocking pants' stop bedsores

'Shocking pants' stop bedsores | Disability Issues | Scoop.it
Underwear designed to jolt the buttocks with electricity may be able to prevent dangerous open wounds called pressure sores, claim researchers.
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Weekend hospital admissions more fatal for stroke and kidney patients

Weekend hospital admissions more fatal for stroke and kidney patients | Disability Issues | Scoop.it
Patients with serious conditions are up to 10% more likely to die if they arrive at weekend rather than on week day, study findsPatients taken into hospital at the weekend with serious conditions such as a stroke, kidney failure or thickened...
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It's about time we had a cabinet minister for social care

It's about time we had a cabinet minister for social care | Disability Issues | Scoop.it
Social care impacts on the lives of a fifth of the UK population and yet it's the responsibility of a junior minister, writes Tony Butcher...
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Convicted criminals recruited as carers for elderly - Telegraph

Convicted criminals recruited as carers for elderly - Telegraph | Disability Issues | Scoop.it
Frail and vulnerable elderly people are being forced to rely on care in their homes from workers with convictions for theft and violence, an investigation has found.
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The Equality and Human Rights Commission is being destroyed

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is being destroyed | Disability Issues | Scoop.it
Lester Holloway: Victims of inequality and discrimination need an empowered institution, not the hollowed-out shell coalition cuts would leave...
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DWP, Atos, Fraud, Job Seeking, and Chronically Sick and Disabled People

DWP, Atos, Fraud, Job Seeking, and Chronically Sick and Disabled People | Disability Issues | Scoop.it
There  are many who believe that people are choosing to live on benefits as an alternative to work. The vast majority of people want to work, some are desperate for a job, when there just aren&#821...
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Kenneth L. Elmes

Kenneth L. Elmes | Disability Issues | Scoop.it
On discharge I was awarded DLA (Disability Living Allowance) at the higher rate, this allowing me to obtain a car through Motorbility and with the help of a PA live as near as normal as possible. In 2007 I was asked, and ...
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Intensive care 'trauma lingers'

Intensive care 'trauma lingers' | Disability Issues | Scoop.it
More than half of people who survive intensive care treatment go on to develop psychological disorders, according to UK researchers.
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Disability charities warn of families 'at breaking point' over gaps in care

Disability charities warn of families 'at breaking point' over gaps in care | Disability Issues | Scoop.it
Report laments shortage of local childcare, nursery places, appropriate schools, essential therapies and healthcare...
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ADASS and LGA response to ILF consultation

ADASS and LGA response to ILF consultation | Disability Issues | Scoop.it
          Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and Local Government Association (LGA) response to the consultation on the Future of the Independent Living Fund Background  The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services...
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Elderly care: Norman Lamb urges greater family role - BBC News

Elderly care: Norman Lamb urges greater family role - BBC News | Disability Issues | Scoop.it
BBC NewsElderly care: Norman Lamb urges greater family roleBBC NewsMr Lamb said pressure on government budgets meant families would have to play an increased role in care.
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Electric pants may prevent bed sores

Electric pants may prevent bed sores | Disability Issues | Scoop.it
Smart-e-Pants electrically stimulate patients' buttock muscles to promote circulation and reduce the incidence of bed soresScientists have developed underwear with built-in electrodes that deliver small electric shocks to combat bed sores in...
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Glasgow Against ATOS protests and meetings information

Glasgow Against ATOS protests and meetings information | Disability Issues | Scoop.it
Here is a report of the meeting we had in the Piper bar. It went well and we will hold a pre action meeting on Wednesday 24 October currently booked in the Piper Bar.
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£6m compensation for injured boy

£6m compensation for injured boy | Disability Issues | Scoop.it
A boy left severely brain damaged by complications at his birth is awarded £6m compensation from Wolverhampton New Cross Hospital.
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Iain Duncan Smith Plans Food Stamps Scheme For Disabled Parents

Iain Duncan Smith Plans Food Stamps Scheme For Disabled Parents | Disability Issues | Scoop.it
Iain Duncan Smith is planning to introduce a food stamps style scheme aimed at the poorest families who he accuses of wasting all their benefits on drugs and alcohol.  Disabled parents or those wit...
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Tory profiteers’ attack on MS sufferers

Tory profiteers’ attack on MS sufferers | Disability Issues | Scoop.it
Don’t read this while eating; it will turn your stomach over.
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Twitter / mellojonny: Absurdity from #ATOS: my disabled ...

RT @mellojonny: Absurdity from #ATOS: my disabled patient expected to change 9 times in 60 minute journey for assessment http://t.co/VpfhPeqg...
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NHS chief raises fears that health reforms will end in 'misery and failure'

NHS chief raises fears that health reforms will end in 'misery and failure' | Disability Issues | Scoop.it
David Nicholson speaks out about competition and putting commissioning decisions in the hands of GPsThe head of the NHS has laid bare his fears that the government's controversial reforms of the health service could end in "misery and failure".Sir...
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Irony of outsourcing by private contractors Atos back to the public ...

In this regard, Atos – which is the private company under contract from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to carry out metical assessments of people who claim benefits – has subcontracted the NHS to carry out the ...
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