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Obesity 'causes one in five cancer deaths' - Fri, 29 May 2015

Heavier people are more at risk, warns cancer expert at Chicago conference

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Nigeria's female genital mutilation ban is important precedent, say campaigners - Fri, 29 May 2015

As the outgoing president, Goodluck Jonathan, bans FGM in one of his final acts, groups look to the last African nations who have not yet made it illegal

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Ed Chambers obituary - Fri, 29 May 2015
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Meet the Oregon police dogs who have a big drug problem - Fri, 29 May 2015

Trained to sniff out marijuana, these canine cops face unemployment after the state’s legalisation of cannabis made their skill suddenly surplus to requirements

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Fewer adults dying because of smoking, figures for England suggest - Fri, 29 May 2015

Proportion of deaths in 35+ group estimated to be caused by smoking fell from 19% in 2003 to 17% in 2013, but hospital admissions linked to habit rose slightly

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Legal highs: which drugs will be banned in the UK? - Fri, 29 May 2015

The sale of laughing gas is to be outlawed in the latest government crackdown on legal highs. Which other drugs will be affected by the ban?

Whether it’s a high that’s been around since the 17th century, or a chemical cocktail created last weekend, successive governments have found it difficult to get a grip on legal highs.

Ban one thing then tweak the compound slightly and the revamped drug becomes legal again. This is because the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 classifies drugs as illegal by their chemical compounds.

Related: Laughing gas sales to be outlawed in government's legal highs clampdown

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Britain's youngest deputy mayor: 'All I can do is my best' - Fri, 29 May 2015

Terence Smith, 18, newly-elected Labour councillor for Goole town council – and the UK’s youngest deputy mayor - explains what motivated him

I became interested in politics in 2010, around the time of the last general election, partly because of the rise in tuition fees, and also after realising that decisions were being made that affected me. But it wasn’t until I started doing my A-levels at York College that I became very politically aware, because I knew that by the end of my college time I’d be able to vote.

I started campaigning for our local Labour parliamentary candidate in September last year. My first day canvassing it was chucking it down with rain – and I absolutely loved it. It rolled on from there and it became every weekend. Every second I wasn’t at college I was doing something on the campaign. I joined the Labour party in November, having been a supporter for years.

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Arise Sir Eric Pickles, knighted for failing to build the homes we need - Fri, 29 May 2015

The newly honoured former minister fought tirelessly to block, delay and reduce funding for the building of affordable homes in the UK

Arise Sir Eric. Former communities secretary Eric Pickles is to be knighted for his service as an MP we learned this week. In a letter informing him of the honour, David Cameron said he would be rewarded for his efforts in tackling the housing crisis.

Pickles has actually done more than most Conservatives to undermine the prime minister’s ambition to build new homes

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Exclusive: Monitor ramps up challenge to FTs over spending - Fri, 29 May 2015
Foundation trusts in breach of their licence will face tighter regulatory controls on their agency and management consultancy spending, as part of an interventionist drive by Monitor to bear down on escalating provider deficits.

Exclusive: Specialist service changes an ‘unmitigated disaster’, says review - Thu, 28 May 2015
COMMISSIONING: An independent investigation into the collapse of a specialist service at a large teaching hospital trust has described the handling of changes by commissioners and providers as an ‘unmitigated disaster’, HSJ can reveal.

Revealed: £690m Staffordshire contract bidders discuss private led consortium - Fri, 29 May 2015
Negotiations are taking place to establish a private provider led consortium to take on a 10 year, £687m contract to integrate cancer services in Staffordshire.

North West trust seeks £30m from DH for IT and air con - Fri, 29 May 2015
FINANCE: Bolton Foundation Trust is seeking £30m of capital funding from the Department of Health towards its IT and estates strategies.

Government considers cap on 'egregious' agency spend - Fri, 29 May 2015
A cap on the cost of agency staff supplied to NHS trusts is being explored by the Cabinet Office and Department of Health in an attempt to tackle the ballooning agency spend in the NHS, it has emerged.

HSJ Live: 29.05.2015: Government looks at possible cap on NHS agency spending - Fri, 29 May 2015
HSJ has learned the Cabinet Office and Department of Health are exploring the possibility of a cap on agency spending in the NHS, in an attempt to tackle ballooning costs.

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Woman wins £27,000 payout over care package row between council and NHS - Fri, 29 May 2015

Ombudsman investigation finds multiple failings in council and NHS support for vulnerable woman with mental health needs

Government quells fears it could scrap coalition’s mental health funding pledge - Fri, 29 May 2015

Campaigners welcome announcement but call for greater transparency on funding

Deprivation of liberty: Sign up for webinar to learn about proposed Dols replacement - Wed, 27 May 2015

Community Care webinar on 7 July will feature presentation from Tim Spencer-Lane from the Law Commission

More mental health cuts inevitable without funding reform, warns boss of under-fire trust - Thu, 21 May 2015

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust chief executive says providers are 'victims' of unfair NHS payment system

Lessons for social work practice from people’s stories of poverty - Thu, 21 May 2015

A recent report into poverty gives the lie to the stereotypes of 'scroungers' and 'skivers' and provides valuable learning for social workers, says Karen Postle

Government sets out £15m plan to cut use of police cells for mental health patients - Wed, 20 May 2015

Policing and crime bill will also ban the use of police cells for mentally unwell children and cut detention time limits

Supporting women with alcohol issues: what social workers need to know - Wed, 20 May 2015

Problematic alcohol use among women is often associated with domestic or sexual abuse or self-harm and requires a tailored and sensitive response from practitioners, says Dr Patsy Staddon

Deprivation of liberty safeguards caseloads rose ten-fold in year after Supreme Court ruling - Tue, 12 May 2015

Figures indicate councils are running up backlogs of cases as less than half of applications have been completed

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Government will address Olive Cooke issues, says Grayling | FRSB upholds complaint about Breast Cancer Campaign | Social investment added to charities bill - Fri, 29 May 2015
Plus: Big Lottery Fund gives £7m for Phillippines | Jail for woman who stole £700K from trusts | Deny charity status to private schools, says SCVO

Reinstatement of Patrick Sookhdeo at Barnabas Aid International would raise serious concerns, Charity Commission says - Fri, 29 May 2015
Sookhdeo, international director of the poverty relief charity, was convicted of sexual assault; the charity said it was considering asking Sookhdeo not to resign

Deadline approaches for Third Sector Awards - Fri, 29 May 2015
Entries for the awards, which recognise the achievements of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises, close Thursday 4 June

Oxfam fundraising director Tim Hunter says charities must address issues raised by Olive Cooke case - Fri, 29 May 2015
Hunter says the situation is a test of self-regulation, and charities should press the Institute of Fundraising to fulfil its leadership role

Big Society Capital chief executive Nick O'Donohoe to step down - Fri, 29 May 2015
O'Donohoe, who has led the social investment wholesaler since its inception, has announced he will leave by the end of the year

FRSB refers complaint about Breast Cancer Campaign fundraising phone call to Information Commissioner - Fri, 29 May 2015
The call was made by the agency Insight CCI on behalf of the charity; the complainant said their number had been used unlawfully for marketing purposes

SCVO says fee-charging schools should not have charitable status - Thu, 28 May 2015
The membership body says the charity test isn't working because it allows schools that spend only a small proportion of their income on bursaries to be charities

Highlights of the Business Charity Awards 2015 - Thu, 28 May 2015
Third Sector Video: Seventeen outstanding winners were presented with their awards at a glittering ceremony at The Brewery in the City of London, hosted by the BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz

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Pulse launches bid to find the most influential GPs in the UK - Fri, 29 May 2015

Nominations open for Power 50

CCG 'saves thousands' by moving mental health check-ups into GP practices - Thu, 28 May 2015

Patients with severe stable mental illnesses discharged from secondary care

GPC 'still waiting for Public Health England response' over antivirals fiasco - Thu, 28 May 2015

GP leaders blanked

GPs left out of pocket after botched list-cleansing drive - Thu, 28 May 2015

NHS SBS deletes real patients from practice lists

Poor UK cancer survival rates linked to lack of GP direct access to scans - Thu, 28 May 2015

GPs half as likely to have direct access

Ambulance trust ends NHS 111 contracts after problems with call answering - Wed, 27 May 2015

South Western Ambulance Service says its model ‘was not sustainable’

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