Forensic Medicine & Pathology of the Vulnerable Patient

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Police face drain due to NHS failures on mental health

Police are facing “an unacceptable drain” on their crime-fighting resources because of the failure of the NHS to treat mental health patients …

Online health records may increase risks for victims of abuse

In a final wave of “modernisation”, NHS England wants to give all patients online access to their GP medical records. On the surface, this may seem …

Informatics

INOUIRIES: JASMINE BECRFORD CASE

From Jasmine Beckford to Daniel Pelka: a history of chaos and calumny

In three decades of child protection, an alliance between state and children has been compromised by the compliance culture<p>Almost three decades lie between the deaths of four-year-old Daniel Pelka and four-year-old Jasmine Beckford. Both suffered cruelty, beatings, and starvation. Both were, in …

Social Work on Trial

Social Work

Dark secrets of childhood

Dark secrets of childhood: Media power, child abuse and public scandals<p>By Fred Powell, Margaret Scanlon

Remembrance Day

Social Work, Child Protection and Politics: Some Critical and Constructive Reflections

This Critical Commentary reflects on how the author's personal and professional experiences have both mirrored and fed into the changing policy and …

Social Work

Depression: Let' talk

23 February 2017 -- According to new estimates of depression, released by the World Health Organization today, the number of people living with …

Suicide

Fact sheet<br>Updated March 2017<p>Key facts<p>Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year.<br>• For every suicide there are many more people who attempt …

Mental Health

E069 - Elder Abuse & Neglect

This episode covers Chapter 69 of Rosen’s Emergency Medicine.<p>Sign Post:<p>1. List six types of elder abuse?<br>2. List ten risk factors for elder abuse?<br>3. …

Health

The Forensic Lens: Bringing Elder Neglect Into Focus in the Emergency Department.

2016 Sep;68(3):371-7. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2016.02.008. Epub 2016 Mar 18.<p>1Stanford Center on Longevity, Stanford University, Stanford, CA. …

University of Southern California

Katharine Sacks-Jones: Face-down restraint has no place in modern mental health settings

Concern over women’s mental health is growing. Suicide among women in the UK is at its highest rate since 2005 and recent data show that young women …

Gender

Dying in prison: Two women's stories

<b>The number of women who died in prison in England and Wales reached a record high of 22 last year, and more than half of them took their own lives, Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Nigel Newcomen reported this week.</b><p>"Behind the statistics are stories of avoidable tragedy," says Deborah Coles, …

Mental Health

Male victims of domestic violence are being failed by the system

I can still feel his hands around my throat, choking the air out of me. It wasn’t the first time. There were the times he threw me into the wall, or …

Domestic Violence

The Guardian view on domestic abuse: cuts cost lives

The prime minister has shown a laudable commitment to tackling domestic abuse. But austerity has slashed the funding for essential services<p>Tomorrow a patchwork quilt with 598 squares will be displayed in Westminster Hall to mark International Women’s Day. Each square on that quilt represents a …

Violence Against Women

Delirium: a guide for the general physician

• Oliver M Todd, geriatrics registrarA⇑ and<br>• Elizabeth A Teale, clinical senior lecturer in geriatric medicineB<p>ABradford Institute for Health Research, …

Medicine

Perceptions of mental illness: The media and mental health

This post first appeared on thebraindomain.org<p>You wouldn’t blame someone with breast cancer or cystic fibrosis for their disease, would you? We know …

Mental Health

GPs miss chances to save the lives of victims of domestic abuse

More than 400 people were murdered by partners or ex-partners in three years in England and Wales. Report says doctors fail to spot those at risk<p>GPs are missing vital opportunities to intervene and potentially save the lives of people experiencing domestic abuse, a leading charity has warned.<p>Two …

Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse incident reported every 15 minutes in south Wales

There was one incident of domestic abuse reported to police in south Wales every 15 minutes last year – an indication of the shocking rate of …

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Thesesa May to tackle 'unacceptable' domestic violence issue with new law

Theresa May has announced she is to directly oversee work to develop a new law to tackle domestic violence, developed to end the current …

Mental health issues are rife in prison, but I'm not trained to deal with them

The young men I find rocking on their beds need a mental health professional. Instead they get well-meaning but unprepared prison officers like me<p>I am one of the new breed of prison guard, the cannon fodder sent in when Chris Grayling was justice secretary. In 2010 he decided to benchmark public …

Mental Health

Inside the psych ward: Can Britain's most dangerous criminals really be rehabilitated?

Rapists, armed robbers, arsonists… At Bethlem Royal Hospital, medical teams try to rehabilitate some of Britain’s most violent, mentally ill patients. The Telegraph gets a rare glimpse of the secure wards.<p>Tony is showing me around his room. In many respects, it is the typical bedroom of a single …

Child Protection

Unexpected mental health deaths up 50% in three years

<b>The number of unexpected patient deaths reported by England's mental health trusts has risen by almost 50% in three years, figures suggest.</b><p>The findings, for the BBC's Panorama programme, are based on FOI results from half of mental health trusts.<p>Unexpected deaths include death by suicide, neglect …

Psychosis

South African scandal after nearly 100 mental health patients die

Gauteng minister resigns after facilities found to be ‘unable to distinguish between proper care and a business opportunity’<p>At least 94 patients with mental health issues died after South African authorities moved themfrom hospitals to unlicensed health facilities that were likened to concentration …

Mental Health

Human Rights Lottery Advertisement (1976)

In 1976, after three years of austerity and drastic cuts, the government admitted that there were no longer enough human rights to go around. …

Pediatric Protective Custody

<b>Author: Matthew Pirotte, MD (Assistant Professor, Assistant Residency Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine) //</b> …

Child Abuse

CPS accused of failing domestic violence victims after woman loses eye in attack

Prosecutors decided not to charge Akorede Odutayo’s partner until police appealed – one in a string of such cases, officers say<p>A woman who was left permanently blind in one eye by her violent fiance has criticised the Crown Prosecution Service after her case was initially dropped despite …

Extremism