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Up to 600 GP surgeries could close over course of next year as doctors retire - Wed, 01 Oct 2014
Number of young medics choosing general practice falls short of those leaving as patient numbers increase, says GPs leader

Up to 600 GP surgeries in Britain could close over the next year because family doctors are due to retire and a recruitment crisis may mean there is no one to replace them, according to the leader of Britains GPs.

The practices include 543 in England, says Dr Maureen Baker, chair of the Royal College of GPs (RCGP).

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Society briefing: Cameron pledges to protect NHS budget - Wed, 01 Oct 2014

Prime minister attempts to remove health service from becoming Labours potential election-winning weapon

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Scottish referendum: young Scots reflect on independence vote - video - Wed, 01 Oct 2014
Sixteen and 17-year-olds were given the chance to vote for the first time in the UK in the Scottish referendum in September. Here, Scottish teenagers who voted in the referendum discuss how the process has affected their engagement with politics. They offer their thoughts on Alex Salmond and their hopes for the future of Scotland and the UK Continue reading...






Press irresponsibility and political bullying damage child protection | Ray Jones - Wed, 01 Oct 2014
The treatment of Joyce Thacker echoes that of Sharon Shoesmith in the Baby P case. Why havent we learned that this just makes it more difficult to protect children from abuse?

Rotherhams director of childrens services, Joyce Thacker, was hounded out of her post last month following the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal. The independent inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013 by Prof Alexis Jay found failings by South Yorkshire police and the local council in protecting children and pursuing perpetrators. Understandably, there has been public outrage. And where there have been organisational or professional failings these should be appropriately responded to and tackled. But there has also been political bullying and intimidation, which will make it more difficult to protect children in the future and shows an irresponsible disregard of lessons from the past.

Should Thacker have been sacked? We will never know. With no acknowledgement of proper or due process Keith Vaz, the chairman of the House of Commons home affairs select committee, demanded within the full glare of the media that she should leave her job. It did not have to be like this. Instead Vaz and his committee could have noted their serious concerns and asked that these be considered and addressed through the proper legal and legitimate employment procedures by Rotherham council.

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Doncaster launches independent child protection company | Patrick Butler - Wed, 01 Oct 2014
The council is one of the first to take childrens services out of direct control in a bid to achieve improvements. Where is next and how long before the private sector gets a look-in?

How do you solve a problem like Doncaster social services? Both Whitehall ministers and local councillors hope fervently it is by launching a new childrens trust, a specially created independent, not-for-profit company that they believe will transform social work in the borough and mark a significant break with the councils notorious recent history of child protection failure.

The trusts principal innovation is that it takes the day-to-day running of local safeguarding services out of the direct control of the council.

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Eric Holder raises concerns over privacy advances by tech companies - Wed, 01 Oct 2014

US attorney general suggests an increase in privacy protections may thwart attempts to crack down on child exploitation

US attorney general Eric Holder said on Tuesday he was worried that attempts by technology companies to increase privacy protections were thwarting attempts to crack down on child exploitation.

Speaking at the biannual Global Alliance Conference Against Child Sexual Abuse Online in Washington, Holder warned that encryption and other privacy technologies are being used by sexual predators to create more opportunities to entice trusting minors to share explicit images of themselves.

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David Cameron pledges to protect the English NHS budget in real terms - Tue, 30 Sep 2014

Prime minister attempts to remove the public health service from becoming Labours potential election-winning weapon

David Cameron will on Wednesday try to prevent the health service becoming Labours election-winning weapon when he guarantees that a majority Conservative government will protect the English NHS budget in real terms from 2015 to 2020.

It is the first time the prime minister has pledged to ringfence the health service from spending cuts for the next parliament, but his promise will still leave the NHS under massive cost pressures due to soaring demand for NHS services largely caused by an ageing society.

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David Cameron tests Labours resolve by upping ante on NHS spending - Tue, 30 Sep 2014
The party leaders are engaged in a bidding war over how much money the NHS needs, given its likely election significance

With David Camerons pledge today to ringfence the health budget for the five years of a second successive parliament, he is effectively saying to Ed Miliband: I heard your conference pledge last week of 2.5bn a year extra for the NHS. I can do better than that.

The party leaders are engaged in a bidding war over how much money the NHS needs, given its likely significance in the looming election campaign. The Liberal Democrats will offer their own solution to the NHS funding dilemma it is due to be 30bn short by 2021 at their own conference in Glasgow.

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IPPR calls for creation of local school commissioners to prevent more 'cracks in the system' - Wed, 01 Oct 2014

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Local commissioners should be introduced to oversee new school places, hold academies to account and coordinate area-wide education improvement work, a think-tank has said.

Daily roundup 1 October: Cadets, youth services and children's trust - Wed, 01 Oct 2014

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Independent school cadet forces face closure due to funding changes; union condemns youth worker cuts in Staffordshire; and Doncaster children's trust launched, all in the news today.

Councils could save £150m on foster care services, says report - Wed, 01 Oct 2014

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Local authorities would be able to save a total of £150m a year by improving the way they work with prospective foster parents, a report has claimed.

Conservative Party Conference: Call for youth sector to promote informal education - Tue, 30 Sep 2014

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Youth organisations must do more to promote the value of informal education, the chief executive of Girlguiding has said.

Inspectors criticise Doncaster agencies over CSE failings - Tue, 30 Sep 2014

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Child protection agencies in Doncaster have come under fire for failing to take action to protect three girls in a children’s home from child sexual exploitation (CSE).

Looked-after children and adoption numbers rise again - Tue, 30 Sep 2014

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The number of children in care has risen for the fifth successive year to total nearly 69,000, latest statistics show.

Conservative Party Conference: Votes at 16 'not supported' - Tue, 30 Sep 2014

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A pledge to lower the voting age to 16 is unlikely to feature in the Conservative Party’s election manifesto, according to former children's minister Tim Loughton.

Government orders councils to review child sexual exploitation procedures - Mon, 29 Sep 2014

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Local authorities have been ordered to undertake an audit of how they respond to child sexual exploitation (CSE) cases in the wake of the Rotherham abuse scandal.

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Cameron: We will protect the NHS budget - Wed, 1 Oct 2014
The prime minister has announced at the Conservative Party conference that he would “protect the NHS budget and continue to invest more” in the next parliament

Exclusive: Ombudsman seeks new powers to investigate NHS - Wed, 1 Oct 2014
A new public services ombudsman should be established with powers to probe the decisions of clinical commissioning groups and councils, the Parliamentary Health Services Ombudsman has said.

CCG appoints NHS-led consortium for £800m flagship contract - Wed, 1 Oct 2014
Commissioners have selected a consortium led by NHS providers as preferred bidder for a pioneering £800m contract for older people’s services in Cambridgeshire.

Councils call for primary care commissioning role - Wed, 1 Oct 2014
Councils in London have asked to be given greater involvement in the commissioning of primary care.

Revealed: NHS England's new area team structure - Wed, 1 Oct 2014
HSJ can reveal the 12 area teams that will be created as part of NHS England’s upcoming major restructure.

PHSO to take on more historic complaints - Wed, 1 Oct 2014
The Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman has pledged to help seal the “regulatory gap” identified by the CQC after abandoning its probe into an historic complaint.

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‘An arts centre is a perfect base for us to offer social support for wellbeing’ - Wed, 01 Oct 2014

The team from the Creative Alternatives project in Sefton explain a bit about their work - in pictures.

Half of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards cases breaching legal timescales - Wed, 01 Oct 2014

Experts have welcomed a Supreme Court ruling's extension of key human rights safeguards but councils are struggling to meet demand

‘The simple idea that has shaken adult social care to its foundations’ - Wed, 01 Oct 2014

Six months on from a landmark Supreme Court ruling on deprivation of liberty, legal researcher Lucy Series analyses its impact

Six ways councils are trying to combat a shortage of best interests assessors - Wed, 01 Oct 2014

We look at strategies councils are taking to boost BIA capacity to meet a surge in deprivation of liberty cases

The best interests assessor: ‘We need the resources to make this massively positive Dols ruling a reality’ - Wed, 01 Oct 2014

A best interests assessor gives their take on how the 'Cheshire West' ruling is impacting frontline staff

A lawyer’s view on the legal risks to councils from breaching Dols case timescales - Wed, 01 Oct 2014

Jess Flanagan, associate solicitor and mental capacity law expert, gives her view on the significance of timescale breaches

‘The Supreme Court Dols ruling was right but an impossible workload is diluting advocacy’ - Wed, 01 Oct 2014

An independent mental capacity advocate reflects on the impact of a landmark Supreme Court ruling on deprivation of liberty in care

‘I don’t see any signs that the government views the Dols as a priority’ - Wed, 01 Oct 2014

A social worker involved in deprivation of liberty safeguards work shares his experiences of the six months post-Cheshire West

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Mark Fisher appointed Office for Civil Society director - Wed, 01 Oct 2014
Fisher, social justice director at the Department for Work and Pensions, replaces Helen Stephenson, who moves to the Department for Education

John Ramsey, founder of Association of Volunteer Managers, dies - Wed, 01 Oct 2014
Ramsey, former chair of the AVM, was 'the embodiment of all that was good about our sector', according to Justin Davis Smith of the NCVO

New data security scheme offers charities one day of free IT expertise - Wed, 01 Oct 2014
The GiveADay scheme aims to match cybercrime experts with charities that want help and advice in that area

Civil society minister Rob Wilson wants 'massive' expansion of National Citizen Service - Wed, 01 Oct 2014
The newly appointed minister tells Conservative Party fringe event that he had seen the positive effects of the initiative in his own constituency

Big society concept a necessary accompaniment to spending cuts, says Francis Maude - Wed, 01 Oct 2014
The Minister for the Cabinet Office tells a fringe event at Conservative Party conference that the concept, though mocked, still has a place in Conservative politics

Charity Commission concludes Lord Lawson charity 'promoted a particular position on global warming' - Tue, 30 Sep 2014
An operational compliance report into the Global Warming Policy Foundation says its website 'could not be regarded as a comprehensive educational resource sufficient to demonstrate public benefit'

Cathy Pharoah says charities should stop trying to please funders and be more open about core costs - Tue, 30 Sep 2014
Some charities would have to close because of running costs unless they are more ambitious in the amounts of money they seek from trusts and foundations, says Pharoah

Social investment promoters should not alienate sceptical charities, says Leonard Cheshire Disability head Clare Pelham - Tue, 30 Sep 2014
She tells Tory conference fringe event that the social investment sector needs to improve at 'marketing its products' and 'understanding its customers'

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NICE approves drug to help cut alcohol use - Thu, 2 Oct 2014

Nalmefene could be used by 600,000 people in England

International graduates to face 'more robust' test for working in UK - Wed, 1 Oct 2014

The number of times an EU-doctor can retake the PLAB will be reduced

Call to screen under-50s with bowel cancer for Lynch syndrome - Wed, 1 Oct 2014

Genetic cascade testing in younger people diagnosed with bowel cancer ‘cost-effective’, say researchers

All practices to receive maternity funding under new GP contract - Tue, 30 Sep 2014

Funding to cover maternity leave will be guaranteed for all GP practices under the new GP contract.

NHS England 'in discussion' with GPC over emergency funding to stop practice closures - Tue, 30 Sep 2014

Exclusive GPC is demanding short term funding to stop practices closing, help GPs recruit staff and develop infrastructure.

PMS cash to fund GP premises development - Tue, 30 Sep 2014

Money taken off PMS practices must be reinvested within the CCG area, aligned with co-commissioning plans.

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