'The bill will bring together the responsibilities of the parliamentary and health service ombudsman and the local government ombudsman, making the process simpler and removing unnecessary barriers to making a complaint. And the new ombudsman’s reach will be broad, extending to government departments and a range of other public bodies in the UK, local government, adult social care and the NHS... View details ⇨
'What kind of system sends two – albeit kind – police officers to take a 13-year-old suicidal child to the hospital? Perhaps the involvement of the police in mental health crises is the legacy of suicide once being a criminal offence. If it is, it’s no wonder it’s proving so hard to eradicate the stigma of mental health problems.'
Howard Sinclair, chief executive of homelessness charity St Mungo’s: “Rough sleeping is increasing year-on-year – and so are the needs of those people, the complex issues, the range of problems. The degree of need, is much, much higher than it was even three years ago.”
At its worst, NHS management is a reputational meat grinder. A combination of extreme financial stress, dysfunctional local systems and a tough inspection regime that can come to simplistic judgments means that a doctor or nurse who had been secure in their clinical role and spent perhaps three decades building their good name can see it pulled down in a matter of months.
"I am a national officer for the Prison Governors’ Association, the union that represents prison governors, and it is my duty to say that the prison service is in spiralling decline, brought about through savage staff cuts over the past four years, increased overcrowding, synthetic drugs, mobile phones and the imposition of doctrines about how we should manage."
New evidence commissioned by the government from its own health advisers has concluded that ministers should introduce minimum unit pricing of alcohol to tackle the grim medical, economic and social toll of drink-related harm.
"On 5 July this year my world was turned upside down. Until then I was an average 28-year-old, married with two children and a full-time job, juggling the stresses of everyday life.But that morning I woke up to find my husband missing."
Frank Field: “The funding of the NHS for the remainder of this parliament is built upon extremely shaky foundations. It is therefore likely that, at some stage in this parliament, the government will be made by public opinion to increase the NHS budget. It would be a pity if this opportunity was not seized upon.”
MPs have questioned whether private companies should be barred from providing core welfare services after an aggressive attempt to reduce tax credit fraud by US firm Concentrix saw thousands of low-income families wrongly stripped of benefits.
"Channel 4’s documentary Kids on the Edge, screened over the last month ... has captured, with great sensitivity, the challenges faced by young people and their families, and which our services are working through on a daily basis." #kidsontheedge #mentalhealth
“I’ve never known anything like it – children are going out walking every evening and weekend. Teaching assistants take the children out at lunchtime three times a week and take whole classes out twice a week. I’ve had parents telling me how happy they are to be spending time with their children going fobbing rather than sitting in front of the TV.”
Sanctions on welfare payments which have allegedly caused thousands of claimants to fall into hardship and depression are being handed out without evidence that they actually work, Whitehall’s official spending watchdog has found.