Thousands complain about care of elderly and disabled
More than 4,000 whistleblowers have spoken out in the last 16 months to raise concerns about the way elderly and disabled people are being treated in care homes.
The Care Quality Commission – which regulates care homes and hospitals in England – revealed that some of the complaints concerned care home residents being physically assaulted, according to a report compiled by the BBC.
Chris Skidmore, the Conservative MP for Kingswood in South Gloucestershire who sits on the House of Commons Health Committee, obtained the information about the rise in complaints using a Freedom of Information request.
Western Daily press | 25 June 2012
£50k bill to police Infidel demo
THE cost of policing a Bolton town centre protest by a far right group and a counter protest by an anti-fascism organisation was almost £50,000, it has been revealed.
The Bolton News Under used the Freedom of Information Act, to request information about how much demonstrations by North West Infidels and counter group Unite Against Fascism had cost Greater Manchester Police.
The policing operation involved 308 officers of whom 294 were paid £48,848. But police say the figures are not specific to Bolton and officers were prepared for other demonstrations which took place in Thameside and Heywood on the same day in March.
This is Lancashire | 25th June 2012
Exit interviews show Melbourne City Council bullies staff
Melborune City Council is a hotbed of bullying, incompetence and low morale, its former employees say.
Exit interviews of staff members seen by the Herald Sun under Freedom of Information reveal some employees have even walked out of their jobs because they felt bullied and harassed at work.
Anne Wright | Herald Sun | 26 June 2012
Inquiry call over missing NHS records
More than 100 health records – almost half of them in NHS Grampian – went missing in Scotland last year.
The 104 files included personal details of children and sensitive health information, according to details in a Freedom of Information response.
NHS Grampian insisted its 50 records were not “lost” but “reported missing”.
BBC News Scotland | 24th June 2012