Human rights campaigners have criticised plans for

first_imgHuman rights campaigners have criticised plans for an inquiry that will examine lessons from the deaths of people in mental distress in police custody, because they say the government already knows what action it needs to take.The call came from Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK), which has repeatedly raised concerns about the number of mental health service-users from the UK’s African-Caribbean community who have died in police custody, and has particularly criticised the dangerous and often fatal use of restraint on people with mental illness.The independent review of deaths and serious incidents in custody was announced in a speech in south London today (Thursday) by home secretary Theresa May.It will examine procedures and processes surrounding deaths and serious incidents in police custody, including the availability and effectiveness of mental healthcare facilities, the use of restraint and the training of officers.It will also “identify areas for improvement and develop recommendations to ensure appropriate, humane institutional treatment when such incidents occur”.But it will not reopen and reinvestigate past cases and will not “interfere” with ongoing inquests, investigations or Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) reviews.Matilda MacAttram, BMH UK’s director, said: “What is another inquiry going to do? They know the problems already.“The recommendations have been made in the hundreds. How many more recommendations do we need?”She added: “There is a sense of inquiry fatigue among many in Britain’s black communities as we have seen a raft of  inquiries with supposedly ‘hard hitting’ recommendations after almost every high-profile death of a black man in custody for the past 40 years – but nothing has changed.“What we need to see is justice, and what that looks like is ending the practice of using lethal levels of force with no accountability – do we need another inquiry to tell us that?”She said there were clear problems already identified within the criminal justice and mental health systems, such as police officers – often in riot gear – routinely entering psychiatric wards to restrain patients.And she pointed to a string of inquiries into the use of restraint that have been carried out by the police, the Department of Health, and the IPCC.She said the authorities had been “looking into it” for the last four decades, and that she would rather funding be spent providing community-based places of safety, crisis care or talking therapies.MacAttram said: “The people at the top know how the system works. An inquiry is like kicking something into the long grass for 12 months.”She said there were key measures the government could take instead of holding another inquiry.One is to ensure that the £15 million funding announced before the election to provide new health-based places of safety – to ensure people in mental distress are not kept in police custody – should be ring-fenced, or given direct to charities to resource community-based places of safety.MacAttram believes the new funding will otherwise disappear into the black hole of over-stretched local health budgets.She said: “Right now every provider has a health-based place of safety, but they are not staffed.”Another measure that could be taken is to outlaw the use of police officers on mental health wards, and instead to resource mental health services properly.And every time police officers are called onto a mental health ward, there should be an investigation by the IPCC, she said.Meanwhile, new IPCC figures show the number of deaths in or following police custody in England and Wales rose from 11 to 17 in 2014-15. Eight of the 17 people who died had mental health problems.There were also 69 apparent suicides following police custody, a fall of just one on 2013-14, but an increase of 30 since 2011-12.These figures – released on the same day as May’s speech – do not include deaths where police were called in to help medical staff to restrain individuals who were not under arrest.IPCC chair Dame Anne Owers said that IPCC investigations into deaths in or following police custody “have too often exposed the same issues”, such as inadequate risk assessments; token checks on a person in custody; insufficient handovers between custody staff; and a failure to recognise or properly deal with people with mental health concerns.last_img read more

A regulator failed to find a single nurse not fit

first_imgA regulator failed to find a single nurse “not fit to practise” despite more than 220 complaints about face-to-face disability benefit assessments carried out for government contractors, its own figures have revealed.The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) figures show it dealt with 224 complaints about the way nurses carried out personal independence payment (PIP) assessments and work capability assessments (WCAs) in 2016 and 2017.But not one of those complaints led to the regulator concluding the assessor was not fit to continue to work as a nurse.In 2016, of 88 complaints dealt with, 87 were closed in the initial “screening” process and one nurse was found to have “no case to answer”.The following year, of 136 complaints, 129 were closed in screening, four nurses were found to have no case to answer, while one led to the conclusion that the nurse’s fitness to practise was not impaired, and two complaints had not been concluded.Only two months ago, the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) said it had found widespread mishandling by NMC of complaints it had received about the way nurses had carried out PIP assessments.PSA found a string of failings, including a refusal to consider all the concerns raised by complainants.It also found that NMC relied on the findings of government PIP contractors Atos and Capita to justify closing cases about their employees, and failed to consider crucial documentary evidence, often ignoring the evidence of the person who had lodged the complaint, and failing to ask them for further information.NMC also told some complainants that the role of PIP assessor was not relevant to the nurse’s fitness to practise, unless it involved dishonesty.The new figures suggest NMC’s problems extend to complaints about nurses who have carried out WCAs on behalf of the government contractor Maximus.Disability News Service (DNS) spent months investigating allegations of dishonesty by PIP assessors in late 2016 and throughout 2017, hearing eventually from more than 250 disabled people in less than a year about how they had been unfairly deprived of their benefits.It continues to receive such reports today, more than two-and-a-half years after the investigation began.NMC released the new figures under the Freedom of Information Act to Andrew Hill, from Norfolk, who has himself lodged a complaint with the regulator about the nurse who carried out his face-to-face PIP assessment in 2017 on behalf of Capita.An appeal tribunal found the nurse had been “unreliable” and that her “incorrect and inaccurate findings” about his mental health condition contributed to him having his benefits cut.Hill has diabetes, and has had one leg amputated, and has further serious diabetes-related impairments which are “fluctuating and unreliable” and have left him with significant support needs.He had asked for a reassessment of his PIP because his health had deteriorated and he had lost his partner and carer.But the nurse’s assessment instead led to him losing his PIP enhanced rate of mobility, as well as points on his daily living component – for which he had previously been granted the standard rate.A subsequent mandatory reconsideration of its initial decision by the Department for Work and Pensions restored him to the enhanced mobility rate of PIP but left his daily living component unaffected.An appeal tribunal last July allowed his appeal and confirmed his enhanced rate of mobility as well as awarding him the enhanced rate of PIP daily living for the first time.Meanwhile, he has lodged a complaint with Capita and the NMC about the nurse who assessed him.NMC is still investigating his complaint. Capita has not yet ruled on his complaint against the nurse.Matthew McClelland (pictured), NMC’s director of fitness to practise, said: “After the PSA published its report, we acknowledged that our approach to PIP-related cases fell short of what is expected. We didn’t get things right and I am sorry for that.“Since 2018, we have taken action to address these concerns. We have reviewed our processes, improved our quality checks, and enhanced management oversight of cases.”DNS has now asked for NMC’s 2018 figures through a freedom of information request. A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

TICKETS for Saints Carnegie Challenge Cup Fourth R

first_imgTICKETS for Saints Carnegie Challenge Cup Fourth Round tie at Widnes Vikings on Saturday April 14 (5.30pm) are still on sale.Saints have been allocated the West Stand and prices are:Adult – £20Concession – £13Junior – £11Junior Season Ticket Holders can gain entry to the match for free but must exchange their voucher number 1 for a ticket in advance.If any remain, tickets will increase £2 on matchday.Widnes Vikings classify concessions as full time student or age concession over 65’s. Juniors are under 16s. Under 4s are free but must sit on parent’s knees.Tickets will be on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.The Draw:London v DewsburyWidnes v St HelensLeeds v WakefieldWhitehaven v SalfordFeatherstone v CastlefordHull FC v HuddersfieldWigan v North Wales CrusadersSwinton v GatesheadHull KR v CatalanBradford v DoncasterSouth Wales Scorpions v HalifaxYork v SheffieldKeighley v WarringtonLeigh v RochdaleOldham v BarrowHunslet v BatleyGames to be played over the weekend of April 14-15last_img read more

Kelvin Taylor right and Brandon Scully left ha

first_imgKelvin Taylor (right) and Brandon Scully (left) have each agreed a two-year part time contract with the Academy.Kelvin is a winger from Oldham St Annes. He was a Saints Scholar from the age of 14 but a serious injury curtailed his progression.He fought back to be part of the Academy’s Tour of Australia and impressed the coaching staff with his attitude and ability whilst down under.He is also part of the newly formed Cowley Category 3 Academy, and the first of what we hope will be a very successful partnership between ourselves and Cowley International College.Brandon is from Blackbrook. He plays at prop and like Kelvin has been with the club since he was 14. Whilst he didn’t produce his best form in the Scholarship games, he took the chance in Australia and was one of the Academy’s stand-out performers.He flourished in the full time environment and grew in confidence to show the coaching staff he was more than worthy of an Academy contract.Academy Head Coach Derek Traynor said: “These signings show the benefit of our Tour of Australia. Both players showed attitude and commitment to force their way into our 2018 plans and we are really looking forward to seeing them develop this coming season.”last_img read more

The two competitions will come together when the C

first_imgThe two competitions will come together when the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final shares the stage with the men’s semi finals in a triple header at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday July 27.The men’s Coral Challenge Cup Final will be held at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 24.“This is a really significant day both for the Challenge Cup, and for women’s Rugby League,” said Ralph Rimmer, the RFL chief executive.“The men’s Challenge Cup is one of the iconic competitions and trophies of British sport, with more than 120 years of history, and the famous Wembley final televised live to the nation and the world by the BBC.“The Women’s Challenge Cup may not have that history, but Coral’s enthusiasm for it to be part of a joint sponsorship deal confirms our determination that it is set for a really exciting future.“With Coral’s name now linked to both the men’s and women’s Challenge Cups, it’s equally exciting to be able to extend the double header for the men’s semi finals that proved such a big hit last year, and now incorporate the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final.“The University of Bolton Stadium proved a popular venue for the sold-out double header last summer, so we’re delighted to be going back for a triple header in 2019.“We are confident that thousands of the supporters of the teams who reach the semi finals of the men’s Coral Challenge Cup will also take the opportunity to watch the outstanding spectacle provided by our best women’s teams – and that will ensure their skills and athleticism are seen by the record audience they deserve.”Adrian Osman, the Head of Sponsorship and Events at Coral, said: “The Rugby League Challenge Cup and the final at Wembley are flagship events in British sport, and we are delighted that Coral’s name will now be associated with them in this significant deal. In addition, the opportunity to get involved with women’s sport and the development of women’s Rugby League as the first title sponsors of the Women’s Challenge Cup is hugely exciting for us – and combining the final with the semi finals of the Coral Challenge Cup should produce another great event. We’re really looking forward to seeing the two competitions unfold through the spring and summer.”Leeds Rhinos are the Women’s Challenge Cup holders, having beaten Castleford Tigers in a classic final at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium last summer.The RFL also confirmed today that the 2018 Wembley winners Catalans Dragons will defend the Coral Challenge Cup, after reaching an agreement with the French club to end recent uncertainty about their participation.They will enter the competition at the Sixth Round stage in May, having finished in the top eight of the Super League in 2018.The teams who finished in the bottom four will enter in the Fifth Round in April.The Road to Wembley begins this weekend, with 52 community clubs competing in First-Round ties from Portsmouth to Wallsend, and featuring Sunday’s meeting on the Cumbrian coast between the oldest amateur club in the country, Millom, and the Challenge Cup newcomers Red Star Belgrade – which will be streamed live on the BBC Sport online platforms.The Trans-Pennine battle between Orrell St James and Holmfirth’s Underbank Rangers will be shown live on the RFL’s Our League membership App and Website the previous day.Tickets for the triple header at the University of Bolton on Saturday July 27 go on sale today, and are available here.Tickets for the Coral Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 24 are available here.Coral Challenge Cup, 2019First Round Jan 26-27, Second Round Feb 9-10, Third Round March 9-10, Fourth Round March 30-31, Fifth Round April 13-14, Sixth Round May 11-12.Quarter Finals June 1-2.Semi Finals – Saturday July 27, University of Bolton Stadium (triple header, also including Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final)Final – Saturday August 24, Wembley Stadium, 230pm.(Dates for earlier rounds of Coral Women’s Challenge Cup to be confirmed shortly)last_img read more

Academy Reserves SAINTS TV

first_imgThe hosts took the lead in the 7th minute through Alex Sutton after the Saints had defended two full sets in their own 20, but from the restart Saints pressed with Cole Appleby being held over the line on the fifth tackle.At the other end Pemberton was held over the line and denied the score before Saints were put under pressure but again the defensive line held out with Appleby and Reece Sumner combining to dislodge the ball in a crunching tackle.This proved a turning point as Sumner carried the ball well into the opposition half and on the last Dan Ganson put in a neat grubber. His half back partner Daniel Moss attacked the ball and distracting the full back allowing Ganson to follow up his own kick tipping the ball on and regathering to go under the posts.Saints were not to be denied and took the lead with 2 minutes to go to the interval. Two penalties gave Saints repeat sets on the host’s line and from the third set the ball was moved left for Sumner to power his way over. Pemberton missed with the tricky kick but the Saints were 10 – 6 up.From the restart, Saints were on top and created a number of scoring opportunities, but unfortunately did not take them.In the space of two minutes Appleby had two tries under the sticks chalked off, before the hosts went straight down the other end and took the lead with a try down their left side, before they increased it with another try from the restart.A repeat set in the host’s 10 metre area was finally finished off under the posts by Appleby. Pemberton’s goal levelled matters.With three minutes left and the Saints pressing the line Dan Ganson stepped back to slot over the match winner on the last tackle only to injure himself in the process.With Saints rearranging personnel the hosts went down field but instead of setting up for the drop goal they went for a try down the left but Moss’s tackle saved the day.Saints then forced a knock-on at the other end on the 30 metre line and three tackles later Pemberton lined up and kicked a drop goal which, on its way to the posts, was tipped up into the air by a Wigan player, only to drop onto the bar and bounce over the right side.With only 30 seconds left there was just enough time for Moss to take the short restart and wait for the whistle as Saints triumphed.Match Summary:Wigan Scholarship U16’s: Billy Cannon; Lewis Caine, Daniel Evans, Alex Sutton, Zach Eckersley; Adam Jones, Jack Martin; Harvie Hill, Thomas Forber, Toby Brannan, Jack Taylor, Kian Fishwick, Matthew Nicholson.Interchanges: Richard Nsemba, Callum Neal, Harvey Makin, Lewis Pinder, Sam Craig, Niall PovallTries: Alex Sutton (7 & 52), Zach Eckersley (55). Goals: Zach Eckersley 2 from 3.St Helens Scholarship U16’s: Zak Whitehead; Shay Martyn, Owen Blackwood, Tom Lyon, Kallem Rodgers; Daniel Moss, Daniel Ganson; Cole Appleby, Taylor Pemberton, McKenzie Buckley, Ben O’Donnell, Reece Sumner, Harrison Picton.Interchanges: Keane Gilford, Sam Haynes, Kalan Devine, Matthew Parkes.Tries: Daniel Ganson (22), Reece Sumner (38), Cole Appleby (71), .Goals: Taylor Pemberton 2 from 3.Drop Goals: Taylor Pemberton.Half Time:  6-10Full Time: 16-17last_img read more

Traffic Alert Portion of River Road closed until further notice

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — River Road between Raleigh Street and Sunnyvale Drive in Wilmington will remain closed until further notice.According to a release from the city, the closure is so crews can investigate and make emergency repairs to a failed culvert under the road.- Advertisement – The city says crews are working on the problem but there is no timetable for when the road will reopen. The city will have another update tomorrow.last_img

Coastal Beverage Company gets location at Pender Commerce Park

first_img Commissioner George Brown says he hopes that the park’s location along Highway 421 will continue to entice new businesses to come to Pender County.“To sit here and say we were glad to see it happen is an understatement,” Brown said. We’re trying to fill that park up, so we want all the business we can get in the park. We’ve got a good momentum going so far.”The buildable area of the parcel that Coastal bought is around 20 acres. The company bought the land for a little more than $850,000. FedEx Freight and Coastal Beverage could soon move into Pender Commerce Park (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Pender Commerce Park officially has a fourth tenant. The Board of Commissioners approved the sale of 27.7 acres to Coastal Beverage Company at a meeting Monday evening.This news comes after FedEx Freight announced on Friday that they would be building a new service center in the park in the coming months. The new development will serve as Coastal’s new corporate headquarters and regional distribution space.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Arrested man rushed to MDH after falling in police Lockup

first_imgCMRUCMRU A man has been taken to Mater Dei Hospital after falling inside his cell at Police Headquarters.The 54-year old Turkish male is understood to have fallen and suffered injuries after slipping on water that had spilled from the sink in his cell.The police say the incident took place at around 11.45AM today.The man was taken to Mater Dei for treatment. Their condition is not known.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Jorginho chooses Chelsea ahead of Manchester City

first_imgJorginho, who joined Napoli in 2014, was close to signing for Manchester City but then opted for Chelsea’s offer. The midfielder will once again work with Maurizio Sarri after it was confirmed that Antonio Conte has been sacked.Chelsea are expected to invest £50m to get their man as Pep Guardiola was also keen on the midfielder. Jorginho has left Napoli after making 133 appearances for the parternopei and is set to sign a five-year contract worth up to £102,000 a week with Chelsea. The 26-year-old stated that he has enjoyed his time in Napoli and will forever carry the city in his heart.Brought to you by Hublot<a href=”;cb={random}” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb={random}&amp;n=a01a3708&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}” border=”0″ alt=”” /></a>WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more