See below a range of news items gathered by National Mencap 

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Mencap in the news

Pancakes gain a Red Hot flavour – As part of Pancake Day celebrations a leisure centre in Nottingham hosted their annual pancake flipping competition, which involved flipping pancakes through an obstacle course, and with all the funds raised going to Mencap.

Nottingham Post: page 18


Disability news

Viewpoint: ‘Children see a person not a disability’ – Caroline White’s son Seb has Down’s syndrome. Caroline is a parent ambassador for Mencap. In a blog for BBC Ouch, she explains why she wishes more adults would treat him the way children do.

BBC Ouch: http://goo.gl/WtYg9w


Disabled children ‘left in pain’ – Thousands of disabled children are waiting too long for vital treatment because of cuts to services, a survey suggests. The British Academy of Childhood Disability (BACD) says some are waiting more than two years for a diagnosis. Dr Karen Horridge, who chairs the BACD, says children with autism and complex disabilities are being failed.


BBC News: http://bbc.in/1AJuziv
Wiltshire school autism row voicemail ‘message revealed’ – A voicemail message has emerged of a school asking a mother to keep her autistic son at home during an Ofsted inspection. The parent, who did not want to be named, said she received the call from a member of staff at Matravers School in Westbury, Wiltshire suggesting that her son took an “authorised” absence.

BBC News: http://bbc.in/1G6j3fW


Inducing babies at 37 weeks ‘cuts risks of child dying or developing a serious health condition such as cerebral palsy’ – Inducing pregnant women once they reach 37 weeks can lower the chance of the baby dying or developing a serious health condition or disability, a study has suggested.

Daily Mail: http://goo.gl/EIsVwI


Teenage boys’ babies are ‘30% more likely to develop autism, schizophrenia and spina bifida’ – Teenage fathers are more likely to have children with birth defects because of problems with their sperm, scientists suggest. They found unexpectedly high levels of DNA mutations in the sperm cells of teenage boys, creating a 30% higher risk of children being born with conditions such as autism, schizophrenia and spina bifida.

Daily Mail: http://goo.gl/M3b8Tu


Health news

Simon Stevens: tackling cheap booze is urgent priority – The head of the health service says increasing the price of cheap alcohol, tackling the toll of obesity caused by soaring sugar consumption, and tackling ‘unaccceptable’ failings in cancer and care of those with a learning disability, are urgent priorities for the NHS.

The Daily Telegraph: http://bit.ly/1G6FwJN


Hire more staff to end agency nurse scandal says NHS chief – Simon Stevens, the head of the NHS, has stated his belief that hospitals must hire more staff nurses to reduce the amount spent on agency staff.

Daily Mirror: http://bit.ly/1G6H46l


NHS misses patient treatment target again – Official figures show that more than 5,000 patients had to wait at least two months for cancer treatment on the NHS last year. NHS guidelines state that 85 per cent of patients should wait no more than 62 days for their first treatment.

The Times: http://goo.gl/djzwD0 (behind pay wall)


Social care news

Why are vulnerable people in Britain being ‘supported’ to live in squalid flats? – The chief executive of Healthwatch England, has written to the Department of Health, demanding action to close loopholes that mean that some of the most vulnerable people in society with mental health problems and learning disabilities are living in appalling conditions and receiving poor care, which is not subject to any regulatory scrutiny.

The Guardian: http://goo.gl/lfU1PY


Soaring childcare costs leave many families ‘better off by NOT working’, according to new research – Soaring costs of childcare, leaving low earning parents in some parts of Britain more than £50 a week worse off, mean that many families are better off not working, according to the Family and Childcare Trust.

The Independent: http://ind.pn/1A8uvGU


Carers need support to continue after the death of a loved one, claims report – Support for carers must not stop after the person they look after passes away or moves out of the home, a new report has urged. Carers need help not just to look after loved ones, but also to cope with the aftermath of their caregiving coming to an end, the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK) said.

The Independent: http://ind.pn/19ANpN1

Also in BBC News: http://bbc.in/1Fx0KD8


Let residents choose their own bedtimes, care homes ordered – Care homes must not tell residents when to eat or go to bed, the health watchdog has ordered.

The Times: http://goo.gl/bpH51r (behind pay wall)


How my family inspired me to start a career in adult social care – Watching her family provide home care for her grandmother inspired Laura Crehan to pursue the ‘precious, authentic moments’ of a career in social care.

The Guardian: http://goo.gl/lUOYWE


Welfare news

We can’t vote on this government’s welfare reform with out-of-date data – No new statistics on poverty and inequality will be published before the general election, making informed assessment about the coalition cuts impossible.

The Guardian: http://goo.gl/Owo9BN


Education news

Are permanent exclusions for disruptive students the best we can do? – Caitlin Prentice, a primary school teacher in Oxfordshire, debates exclusion in schools. With the Conservative government proposing to give schools the right to exclude students without having to go through an appeals panel administered by the local authority, Caitlin asks whether lowering the threshold in this way will lead to giving up too easily on vulnerable children and those with special needs?

The Guardian: http://goo.gl/4YHU0D





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