Monday , April 23 2018

'I fear being in a hospital, not death'

Tommy was diagnosed with dementia in 2011. He isn’t scared to die – but he’s terrified of going into hospital. He says hospital staff don’t always understand the needs of dementia patients. New research commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research says care isn’t always good enough. The Department of Health says it aims to make England the best place in the world to live with dementia. To hear the full story listen to BBC Radio 5 live Investigates on Sunday at 1100 or catch up on the BBC iPlayer.

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Carwyn Jones exit 'does not help Sargeant family'

Image caption Carwyn Jones (R), pictured in 2009, fired Carl Sargeant after allegations emerged about the minister's conductFirst Minister Carwyn Jones' decision to stand down does not help Carl Sargeant's family, their lawyer has told BBC Wales. Neil Hudgell said there will be no "closure" until the inquiry into the circumstances around Mr Sargeant's death concludes. Mr Jones's decision to leave office in the autumn was dramatically announced at Welsh Labour conference on Saturday. It comes five months after he sacked Mr Sargeant who was found dead days later. UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn paid tribute to Mr Jones when he spoke at the conference in Llandudno, saying the AM for Bridgend is "not done yet". Mr Jones, who will step down after around nine years in charge, said on Saturday he had been through the "darkest of times". He sacked the AM for Alyn and Deeside Carl Sargeant last November following allegations of inappropriate conduct towards women. ..

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Security services 'to get more power to stop attacks'

Image caption Eight people were killed when three attackers drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and then stabbed people in Borough MarketPolice and security services are to get more powers and resources to stop terror attacks at an earlier stage, according to the Sunday Times. It says the new government anti-terror strategy proposes sharing information about suspects more widely, according to a leaked draft which it has seen. It follows a review of last year's attacks in Manchester and London. The Home Office would not comment on the leaked report but has promised a "comprehensive" strategy. Some of the attackers involved in last year's terror attacks at Westminster, London Bridge and Manchester, which saw 35 people killed, had been known to the police and intelligence services. That sparked calls for changes to be made to the UK's counter-terrorism laws. The intelligence agency MI5 has information on more than 23,000 "subjects of interest", but only around 3,0..

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Jeremy Hunt threatens social media with new child-protection laws

Image copyright Facebook/AFP/Google Image caption Jeremy Hunt has written to a number of internet companies, including Facebook and GoogleSocial media firms are being threatened with new laws if they don't do more to protect children online. In a letter to companies including Facebook and Google, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt accuses them of "turning a blind eye" to their impact on children. He gives them until the end of April to outline action on cutting underage use, preventing cyber bullying, and promoting healthy screen time. Google says it "shares the government's commitment" to children's safety. The age requirement to sign up to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat is 13 - although Snapchat has launched a version for under 13s. To use WhatsApp or to have a YouTube account, you must also be at least 13. Mr Hunt met social media companies six months ago to discuss how to improve the mental health of young people who use the technology. At the time, a spo..

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Carwyn Jones 'not done yet' says Jeremy Corbyn

Image caption Jeremy Corbyn praise Carwyn Jones' record in his speech to Welsh Labour conferenceThe Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has paid tribute to the First Minister Carwyn Jones, following Mr Jones' announcement yesterday that he would be standing down in the autumn. Mr Corbyn was speaking at the Welsh Labour Conference in Llandudno. He thanked Carwyn Jones for his "tireless work" for Labour in Wales, and said that he "wasn't done yet". Mr Jones said on Saturday he had seen the "darkest of times" following the death of ex-minister Carl Sargeant. Carwyn Jones and Jeremy Corbyn have not seen eye-to-eye ideologically, although the first minister has never attacked him personally. Earlier a lawyer representing Jack Sargeant said Mr Jones' decision to quit had not helped Carl Sargeant's family. The Labour leader told conference that Mr Jones had called him yesterday morning to inform him of his decision. Mr Corbyn paid tribute to the outgoing first minister..

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Why a faecal transplant could save your life

The faecal transplant, also known as trans-poo-sion, surely has the title of medicine's most disgusting procedure. It is pretty much what you are imagining - part of a faecal stool is taken from one person and given to another. The purpose is to introduce new beneficial microbes to the receiving patient's digestive system. And it can be life-saving. It shows just how important microbes, which colonise nearly every surface of our body, are to our health. The gut is an exceptionally rich world with many different species of micro-organisms interacting with each other and our human tissue. Down in the dark, oxygen-deprived depths of your bowels is an ecosystem as rich as a rainforest or coral reef. But a bacterium called Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) can take over and dominate the bowels. It is an opportunist and normally takes hold after patients have been treated with antibiotics. Antibiotic drugs are one of the miracles of the modern age, but they kill good an..

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Allied Healthcare: Home care provider seeks rescue plan

Image copyright Getty ImagesOne of the biggest providers of UK home care is in financial difficulty. Allied Healthcare, which cares for 13,500 elderly and vulnerable patients across the UK, is set to file for protection from its creditors due to a "highly challenging environment". The company said it would continue to provide care and there would be no redundancies. "Councils have robust contingency plans" to manage care, the Local Government Association said. Allied employs 8,700 people and is owned by a private equity firm. The home care visits it arranges help people live independently and can include cooking and cleaning, managing medication and overnight stays. Allied, which also offers learning disabilities support services, has 150 contracts with local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales. "As with many independent providers in the UK health and social care sector, Allied Healthcare has been operating in a highly challenging environment for a sustained period of tim..

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