Fresh debate on ‘right to die’

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MPs are to debate whether some terminally ill people in England and Wales should be allowed to end their lives with medical supervision.

Under proposals, people with less than six months to live could be prescribed a lethal dose of drugs, which only they are allowed to take.watch full Bastille Day 2016 film online

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Staff sacking over poor elderly care

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One staff member has been sacked and seven suspended from one of England’s largest care homes after an undercover probe by BBC Panorama found poor care.

The filming at the Old Deanery in Essex showed some residents being taunted, roughly handled and one was slapped.

The home said it was “shocked and saddened by the allegations”.

Care Quality Commission figures seen by the BBC show over a third of homes that received warning notices since 2011 still do not meet basic standards.

Jeremy Hunt to highlight plight of ‘chronically lonely’

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It is a source of “national shame” that as many as 800,000 people in England are “chronically lonely”, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to say.

In a speech later, Mr Hunt plans to highlight the “problem of loneliness that in our busy lives we have utterly failed to confront as a society”.

“Some five million people say television is their main form of company,” he will say.

Labour accused of him trying to blame families for government failures.

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Jeremy Hunt calls for GPs to improve care for elderly

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Elderly people often feel there is no reliable alternative to hospital, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said, as he called for improved care from GPs.

Mr Hunt said GP contract changes brought in by Labour in 2004 had “undermined the

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Care workers jailed for abuse

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Six out of 11 care workers who admitted a total of 38 charges of neglect or abuse of patients at a private hospital have been jailed. Five other workers from Winterbourne View near Bristol were given suspended sentences after the acts of abuse were uncovered by BBC Panorama. Judge Ford said no attempt was made to provide a caring environment and if the abuse had not been uncovered by the BBC,

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Abuse secretly filmed in ‘excellent’ London care home

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An elderly woman was physically assaulted by a male carer and mistreated by four others in a care home classed ”excellent” by the national regulator, the Care Quality Commission. Jane Worroll secretly filmed her mother’s room in Ash Court, London, after she noticed bruising on her mother’s arms and legs and suspected she was being mistreated. Maria Worroll, 81, suffers from Alzheimer’s and arthritis, and requires around-the-clock care. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17809560

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Loneliness ‘can shorten your life and make every day activities a struggle’

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Loneliness can shorten your life, a new study has shown. For the over 60s feeling lonely is a common source of distress and can lead to an impaired quality of life. Now researchers from the University of California have found that it could increase the risk of death by almost 10 per cent. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2161136/Loneliness-shorten-life-make-day-activities-struggle.html#ixzz1yHRGYSb1

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