Daily News Roundup – 18 April 2013

Categories: In The Media.

NHS privatisation ‘within health bill’

Financial Times

A coalition of charities, including Marie Curie Cancer Care, Sue Ryder and Help the Hospices, have accused health secretary Jeremy Hunt of launching a fresh attempt to privatise the National Health Service.

Right to die: Paul Lamb takes up Tony Nicklinson fight

BBC News

A paralysed man is taking up the legal challenge previously mounted by the late Tony Nicklinson for the right to die with the help of a doctor.

Dementia tests ‘would be disaster’


The routine screening of all elderly patients for dementia would be a ‘disaster’, an expert is to warn.

Home care services face more inspections as CQC scraps generic model of regulation

Community Care

Regulator to introduce new care standards, differentiated by sector, and specialist teams to inspect social care, while bringing back ‘star ratings’ of services.

More than 1,200 people with a learning disability die of avoidable causes

The Guardian – healthcare professionals network

Clinical commissioning groups could play a key role in ending the health inequalities faced by people with a learning disability in the NHS.

Delays in HMRC guidance ‘stop charities from using new retail Gift Aid rules’

Third Sector

Charities might not be taking advantage of new rules on retail Gift Aid that came into force at the start of April because HM Revenue & Customs has not issued guidance on how they will work, according to the Charity Retail Association. 

Court ruling could affect charities’ use of empty buildings

Civil Society

A High Court judge has ruled that local authorities are allowed to consider the extent of a charity’s charitable use of a private landlord’s empty building before deciding whether to grant mandatory rate relief.

Hospice art therapy given a £116k boost

Stroud Life

Cotswold Care Hospice plans to expand its creative therapy services thanks to a £116,000 government grant.

Government grant turns Bridgwater hospice dream into reality

This is The West Country

Bosses at St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice say news that a hospice will be built in Bridgwater will see an eight-year dream become reality.

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