Mental Health Act reform – draft legislation now announced.

Mental Health Act reform – draft legislation now
announced.

In the Queen’s Speech, it was announced that draft legislation would be brought forward to reform the Mental Health Act in England and Wales.
The purpose of the draft Bill is to:
Ensure patients suffering from mental health conditions have greater control over their treatment and receive the dignity and respect they deserve.
Make it easier for people with learning disabilities and    autism to be discharged from hospital. Read

Sturgeon accused of ducking and diving over care home COVID discharges.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has come under fire for “ducking and diving” over the issue of discharges into care homes during COVID.

In a meeting of the Parliament she was challenged to accept the High Court in England ruling that the policy of discharging    positive & untested Covid patients into care homes was “unlawful”, unreasonable and “irrational”. Read

 

Government confirms it won’t appeal COVID care home ruling.

Government confirms it won’t appeal COVID care home ruling.

The Government has decided not to appeal a High Court
decision which found that the policy of discharging patients from hospitals to care homes at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic was unlawful.

Former health secretary Matt Hancock Public Health
England (PHE
) were taken to court by two women who argued that patients with the coronavirus were discharged from
hospitals back to care homes without testing. Read

Coroners report -Care home fire in 2017 resulting in two deaths.

Regulation 28 report to Prevent future Deaths by HM Senior Coroner for Hertfordshire, Geoffrey Sullivan, on the 10th Feb 2022.

This relates to a Care home fire in 2017 resulting in two deaths.

Two matters of concern were raised.

The MATTERS OF CONCERN are as follows. – (1) That sprinkler systems are not a mandatory requirement for care homes whose occupants have either limited or no independent mobility and are therefore at higher risk from fire.

(2) That care homes whose occupants have either limited or no independent mobility, and are therefore at higher risk from fire, are not deemed to be ‘Higher Risk Buildings’ unless they are at least 18m in height or at least 7 storeys high
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Social Care sector to receive £290million to boost staffing levels & testing.

Social Care sector to receive £290million to boost staffing levels & testing.

The funding is to protect and support staff and residents in care homes and those receiving help in their own homes. 19/1/2021

  • New £120 million fund for local authorities to boost staffing levels.
  • £149 million grant system to support increased testing in care homes.
  • The new £120 million funding will help local authorities to boost staffing levels, a direct ask of the sector.
    The funding can.
  • provide additional care staff where shortages arise
  • .support administrative tasks so experienced and skilled staff can focus on providing care.
  • help existing staff to take on additional hours if they wish with overtime payments or by covering childcare costs.
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Care Home Residents To Receive Free Vitamin D Doses

Care Home Residents To Receive Free Vitamin D Doses.

The government will provide a one off free 4-month supply of daily vitamin D supplements for residents in residential and nursing care homes in England to help support their general health, in particular bone and muscle health. Delivered direct to Nursing & Care Homes from January 2021.

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Fire Safety Bill Published

The Home Office 19th March introducing a new bill to improve fire safety in buildings in England and Wales.

The proposed Fire Safety Bill builds on action already taken to ensure that people feel safe in their homes, and a tragedy like the Grenfell Tower fire never happens again.

The bill will amend the Fire Safety Order 2005 to clarify that the responsible person or duty-holder for multi-occupied, residential buildings must manage and reduce the risk of fire for:

  • the structure and external walls of the building, including cladding, balconies and windows
  • entrance doors to individual flats that open into common parts

This clarification will empower fire and rescue services to take enforcement action and hold building owners to account if they are not compliant.

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