A group of Surrey parents have stepped up their legal fight to defend the rights of their disabled children. Families taking Surrey County Council (SCC) to court over its "unlawful" budget savings to services supporting children with additional needs will be heading to the High Court after the case was granted permission. However, it is a bittersweet celebration for the determined parents who say they are simply defending the fundamental needs of their children, including access to education and vital support services. "It's sad we've had to take things this far, the council have had opportunities to avoid this judicial review," one mother told Get Surrey . Law firm Irwin Mitchell argue SCC unlawfully failed to consult those whose lives were to be impacted by the reduced funding and said the "issue will not go away" despite the local authority's financial pressures. A SCC spokesman said in response: "We are currently considering our response, but as ever our main focus is … [Read more...] about High Court grants parents’ legal battle against SEND budget cuts
Pathological demand avoidance in adults
More than 50,000 people with dementia are ending up in hospital for emergency treatment every year as cuts to "threadbare" social care mean minor conditions are becoming life-threatening, a charity has warned. Avoidable emergency admissions have increased by 70 per cent in the past five years, according to a report by the The Alzheimer's Society. The increase coincides with a 40 per cent cut to local authority budgets since 2012, as part of the government's austerity measures. Read more Social care on its knees as MPs call on government to act Councils face 'decades more austerity' amid social care costs More than 2.3 million elderly people 'miss out on vital social care' Government scraps £72,500 cap on social care costs "Successive governments have shirked the issue of our threadbare social care system," said the charity's chief executive, Jeremy Hughes. "Starved of the care they need, people with dementia end up in A&E as a last resort, disrupting their home life and … [Read more...] about More than 50,000 dementia patients ‘avoidably’ admitted as emergencies due to cuts to social care, warns charity
PATHOLOGICAL demand avoidance is a continued resistance to ordinary life demands. But what characteristics can you look out for and is it different from the autism spectrum? What is pathological demand avoidance? The main characteristic of pathological demand avoidance (PDA) is when a person has a high level of anxiety when demands are placed upon them. The nature of the avoidance, along with extreme social behaviour, lead to it being described as “pathological”. People with PDA can appear stressed by seemingly simple every day tasks, and may go to great lengths to avoid them. Those with a PDA profile: may overreact to seemingly trivial events fail to understand unwritten social boundaries between adults and children may use resistance as a way of managing acute anxiety may be unsubtle and lack depth may identify effective “strategies” to manipulate a particular person Is pathological demand avoidance on the autism spectrum? PDA is increasingly, but not … [Read more...] about What is PDA, is pathological demand avoidance on the autism spectrum and what does it mean in medical terms?
A CARDIAC arrest is a life-threatening emergency, where time is of the essence. But would YOU know what to do if your child or partner suddenly collapsed, and their heart stopped beating? One in five adults don't, a worrying new study has revealed. And it's prompted the British Heart Foundation to urge everyone to learn CPR, and basic first aid so they are better prepared. A cardiac arrest isn't the same as a heart attack, there are vital differences. It happens when your heart suddenly stops pumping blood around the body, and will cause a person to drop down unconscious. Their breathing will be irregular and might stop and you won't be able to rouse them. Time is of the essence, and you must act fast to keep a loved one, or stranger alive. Dial 999, or get someone nearby to do it. And, crucially, it's important to start CPR almost immediately, experts said. Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the BHF, said: "CPR is the difference between life and death for thousands of people every … [Read more...] about The 6 first aid steps YOU need to know to save a loved one suffering from a cardiac arrest
More than 50 British tourists have been rushed to hospital after falling ill in New York City. The group, made up of 48 teenagers and three adults, were visiting the US on a school trip when many reported feeling unwell while in New York. However upon arrival at their next destination, Washington DC, one teen reported having “gastrointestinal distress” with many others following suit. Read more The one make-up item you should throw away after you've been sick "One by one people began indicating they were feeling ill,” DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services public information officer Vito Maggiolo told The New York Post. First responders initially transported at least a dozen teens and one adult to hospital first with complaints of nausea and vomiting. Shortly after, the rest of the group were taken to four local hospitals as a precautionary measure. Despite Maggiolo reporting that food poisoning may have been the cause, he later confirmed that it remains … [Read more...] about More than 50 British tourists rushed to hospital with mystery illness in NYC