First austerity and now the pandemic: the Tories have devastated disabled children’s services

Support us and go ad-free The Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP) has launched a campaign calling on chancellor Rishi Sunak to properly fund disabled children’s social care in the wake of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Maureen Muteesa has shared an open letter in collaboration with DCP detailing her son’s experience of the pandemic. Muteesa claims that …
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Outrage grows as police embed themselves in mental health services

Trigger warning: this article contains discussion of suicidality, self-harm, and mental distress Police officers are being used alongside community mental health teams in NHS services. Former police sergeant Paul Jennings founded a company called the High Intensity Network (HIN) which runs Serenity Integrated Mentoring (SIM). Under the SIM programme, police are used to intervene with highly …
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UK abortion services amounted to ‘torture’ and ‘breached human rights’

As part of the #OurLivesOurStories series, The Canary has spoken to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) after it launched legal proceedings against the devolved government over a failure to fund abortion services. Following pressure by the United Nations (UN) in 2019, the government in the north of Ireland decriminalised abortions. With new services set …
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We’re in a mental health crisis, but England doesn’t have the services needed to support patients

Mental health systems in England and Wales face a string of problems, not least of which is privatisation. As part of our #ourlivesourstories series, The Canary has spoken to a number of experts who told us that there are many issues blocking supportive and accessible care. Like many countries across the world, the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic …
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Profit before patients: NHS mental health services are already partly run by private companies

The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has seen a number of healthcare contracts handed out to private companies. The pandemic, however, is by no means the start of the process of privatising the NHS. In fact, the NHS has long been on the table for private companies to run its services. As part of our #followthemoney series, …
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Community mental health services are letting people down just when they need them the most

Experiences of community mental health services are consistently poor and the coronavirus pandemic will prompt a rise in people seeking help at crisis point, the care regulator has warned. “Few positive results” People reported poor experiences of NHS community mental health services relating to access to care, crisis care and support for wider needs and …
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Brucella: laboratory and clinical services

The BRU provides: advice on the diagnosis and clinical management of brucellosis assistance in the diagnosis of neurobrucellosis a Brucella serodiagnosis service Likelihood of brucellosis in a UK patient Brucellosis is a rare disease in the UK as it is a non-endemic country. Typically, most patients will have been exposed to infection in a Mediterranean …
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Data submission template: child health information services

Published 1 June 2015 Last updated 2 November 2020 + show all updates 2 November 2020 Updated submission template to cover period 1 July to 30 September 2020. 17 August 2020 Added Data reporting template for period 1 April to 30 June 2020 with guidance for child health information services (CHIS). 30 April 2020 Updated data …
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COVID-19: guidance for hostel services for people experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping

Published 16 March 2020 Last updated 30 October 2020 + show all updates 30 October 2020 Updated in line with face coverings regulations. 3 September 2020 Revised language in relation to self-isolation. 7 August 2020 Updated to reflect the extension of self-isolation from 7 to 10 days. 5 August 2020 Full guidance for those working with …
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