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New report from disability charity finds disabled people in Britain face ‘hidden housing crisis’

Disabled people face 'hidden housing crisis'

Disabled people face ‘hidden housing crisis’

A new report from Leonard Cheshire Disability uncovers a ‘hidden housing crisis’ experienced by disabled people in Britain.

The report finds that many disabled people are living in accommodation which is ill-designed for their needs, meaning that in some cases, people cannot even access their bedrooms to sleep.

Leonard Cheshire Disability claims that around five million people require a disabled-friendly home, and this number is expected to rise due to our ageing population.

A survey carried about by the charity found that almost three-quarters of people with mobility problems do not have an accessible door into their building, and more than half say that their buildings do not have doors and hallways wide enough for a wheelchair. Read the rest of this entry

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Understaffing in Hospitals Pose a Danger to Patients

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) recently warned that registered nurses’ workloads should not exceed more than eight patients at any one time, as patient safety will be at risk.

Nice spent several months examining evidence on the impact staff numbers have on the quality and safety of the care which patients receive.

This intervention will put more financial pressure on hospitals, many of which are already struggling. Campaigners believe at least 20,o00 extra nurses are needed across the country, at a cost of £700m.

Until now, government ministers have refused calls for the NHS to introduce minimum staffing levels, due to worries about costs.

In one serious case, a previous official inquiry found that understaffing at Stafford hospital due to cost-cutting by the trust, directly contributed to “appalling care”, including patients dying and suffering serious harm. Read the rest of this entry