Daily News Roundup – 21 December 2012

Categories: In The Media.

Neon Roberts case: seriously ill patients need empathy and facts

The Guardian

People sometimes turn to ineffective therapies in desperation. There are lessons for conventional and alternative practitioners.

‘It never ceases to amaze me how resilient families are’: social workers supporting children with cancer

Community Care

Lynn Lockhart, a social worker with CLIC Sargent in Newcastle, explains how social workers support children and families after a cancer diagnosis.

Lack of public support leads to Hospice at Home charity’s liquidation

Civil Society

Beacon of Hope, a Welsh charity which provided home support to terminal illness sufferers, has gone into voluntary liquidation with the loss of 17 jobs after public donations dried up.

HMRC changes rules of Gift Aid declarations for goods donated to charity shops

Third Sector

The Charity Retail Association welcomes the move, which it says will save UK charities millions of pounds in administration costs.

Hospitals specialising in community healthcare are key to future of NHS

The Guardian

Prevention and rehabilitation need to be more widespread if the NHS is to cope with the costs of ageing, say healthcare leaders.

Alzheimer’s cure would be on NHS

The Telegraph

Jeremy Hunt said the service was likely to invest “on a large scale” in a drug that markedly slowed the march of the disease. Although such a move would probably be extremely expensive, he said the cost would be offset by savings in caring for people with the degenerative brain disease. 

Robin Gibb’s widow finds solace in pre-Christmas hospice visit

The Express

Robin Gibb’s widow has returned to the late singer’s hometown to visit Rebecca House, the children’s hospice he helped launch, and insists the experience has helped bring the star “back to life”.

Palliative care consultation may benefit heart failure patients

News Medical

Symptomatic heart failure patients experience a high prevalence of pain and symptom burden akin to the experiences of cancer patients, say researchers, who report that a palliative care consultation in this population could reduce these factors.

Panto stars bring a touch of festive magic as they visit hospice day centre

The Portsmouth News

With a wave of her wand, Fairy Sparkle was able to spread some festive joy at the Rowans Hospice. The cast from The Kings Theatre’s production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs visited the Purbrook hospice yesterday.

Bag-loads of help for charity shop

Glasgow Evening Times

Christmas arrived early for a Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice charity shop after receiving a bumper stock donation from Clydesdale Bank employees.

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