General Reports and Other Publications

DH/PHE: With Black, Asian & minority ethnic (BAME) groups aged 65 & over set to treble in the next 25 years, a Public Health England-commissioned report highlights the growing need to make end of life care more accessible & appropriate

Palliative and End of Life Care for BAME Communities in the UK found that lack of knowledge about services, misunderstandings & mistrust (due to previous experiences of discrimination), and a lack of cultural sensitivity on the part of service providers are identified as some of the reasons for low uptake of end of life care by BAME communities.
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MonitorCornwall & the Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust failed to conduct transparent decision-making in its commissioning of learning disability services, according to a report by Monitor. The health sector regulator also found that there was no decision made by the Trust to exclude the independent sector from providing specialist inpatient mental health and learning disability services.
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NO: A disabled man has been left to live in unsuitable accommodation for 3 years because Daventry District Council wanted to save money, the Local Government Ombudsman has found.
 
The finding comes following an investigation into a complaint that the council failed to deal properly with the man’s application to adapt his property in November 2010.   The alterations were needed to create a downstairs bedroom for the complainant, who suffers with a degenerative medical condition and uses a wheelchair.
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ScotGov: The Scottish Government’s Instrumental Music Group has made 17 recommendations to build on current successes and Scotland’s position as a leading nation in music.
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Preventing Unwanted Sensitive Data Acquisition on Government Networks