Medomsley Detention Centre: Former Officers in Court

22nd December 2017

Seven former officers of Medomsley Detention Centre in County Durham have appeared in court this week after they were charged with a number of offences including physical abuse and sexual abuse of former inmates. Approximately 1,400 men have claimed they were abused by officers whilst serving sentences at Medomsley Detention Centre in the 1970s and […]

Use of restraint in mental health units

11th December 2017

The NHS annual mental health bulletin  for 2016-2017, published on 30 November 2017, provides new figures on the use of restraint on patients in mental health units. The Guardian’s analysis of these figures shows: Patients in mental health units were physically restrained by staff more than 80,000 times last year in Britain, including 10,000 who […]

The Traveller Movement National Conference

6th December 2017

The Traveller Movement Annual National Conference took place on 24 November 2017. This year the conference was about ‘Care and Custody: A Social Justice Agenda’. It was a full house and packed programme for the day, with enthusiastic participation both with the panel Q&A sessions and in the workshops. The first of two panels addressed […]

Jeremy Hunt says the NHS must learn from mistakes

Can we dare to hope that eventually after years of failure lessons might be learnt in the future? The health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said this week that the NHS in England must do better at learning from mistakes to cut the number of baby deaths and injuries in childbirth in the UK. There are […]