Month: July 2019

The care watchdog is failing to order urgent inspe

first_imgThe care watchdog is failing to order urgent inspections of care homes, despite coroners warning that urgent action must be taken to prevent further deaths of the disabled and older people who live there, an NHS whistleblower has found.Coroners publish Prevention of Future Deaths (PFD) reports after holding inquests in which they have concluded that organisations – such as residential and nursing homes – or individuals need to change procedures or policies to prevent further similar deaths.Concerns were first raised by The Independent in September 2015, which revealed that in more than half of the more than 20 cases in which coroners had written PFD reports following deaths in care homes, those reports had failed to trigger Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections.But Dr Minh Alexander (pictured), an NHS whistleblower and former consultant psychiatrist, has updated that research and says her findings show that CQC is still failing to act on PFD reports, despite it promising last year that it would improve.David Behan, CQC’s chief executive, said last year that he was “not going to defend the indefensible” and that the commission had “more to do” in responding to PFD reports, while promising that any concerns raised in PFDs would in future be “effectively logged, analysed, managed and reviewed”.But Alexander has looked at 66 PFD reports on care home deaths since July 2013 and says they show that CQ is still failing to act.She says that CQC has failed to inspect 18 of those homes after the reports were published.Among concerns raised by the coroners were poor training, insufficient staffing, people being placed in homes that were incapable of meeting their complex needs, and safeguarding failures.For homes that were eventually inspected by CQC following a PFD report, it often took more than a year for those inspections to take place, and in one case more than two years.The commission appears to have taken more than a year to inspect a care home after a PFD report in 10 cases, and in another 10 is still yet to carry out an inspection more than a year after the PFD report was published.Even in those cases where inspections did take place after a death, but before a PFD report was written – with CQC acting before it was notified of concerns by a coroner – there were still many lengthy delays, says Alexander.Of the more than 50 care homes inspected following deaths that led to a coroner’s PFD report, it took an average of seven months before the watchdog carried out an inspection, says Alexander.Most inspection reports failed to even mention the deaths or the PFD reports, she said.Alexander told Disability News Service (DNS) that she believed the commission was contributing to suppressing the truth about the state of public services.She said: “As I see it, the CQC is a political device to allow Department of Health deniability, and for selling a political story of tough regulation and government action on care quality, whilst hiding the truth about the destruction of public services.”She added: “It seems to me that after last year’s embarrassment, CQC improved a bit in its handling of new coroners’ warnings (but was still a bit slow and variable) but it didn’t bother to check and act on the older cases that had been neglected.“It’s a fly-by-night operation that concentrates on how it looks, and doesn’t bother too much if it thinks no-one can see.”She said the CQC’s “floundering” response to her concerns – after they were forwarded to the commission’s press office by DNS – suggested that it was not familiar with the data and “has not kept its promise a year ago to proactively collate, track and analyse coroners’ warnings”.She said: “The continued variability in intervals between PFDs and subsequent inspections also suggests CQC still does not effectively coordinate its responses to coroners’ intelligence.“This is two years after it claimed it had arranged to receive all coroners’ reports from health and care settings.”Alexander added: “The CQC often tries to wriggle out of hot water by saying that it is ‘learning by doing’, etc, but it is a multi-million pound business from which we should reasonably expect more professionalism.”She has now written to both the Commons health and public accounts select committees, with details of her research, hoping that MPs will hold the watchdog to account when they next question its senior figures.In her email, she criticised CQC’s “seven years of failure” since its launch in 2009, and said that its approach “does not work, is not safe and is poor value for money”.When asked to comment on Dr Alexander’s figures, the commission released the following statement from its chief inspector of adult social care, Andrea Sutcliffe, who said: “The Care Quality Commission is committed to using information from coroners to support our work in making sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care and holding providers appropriately to account.“We have previously acknowledged that our handling of reports from coroners has not been sufficiently effective which is why we carried out an internal review in 2014, introduced new procedures in 2015 and established a formal agreement with the Coroner’s Society in November 2015. “I believe that we are now much better at making the right decisions at the right time so we respond to risks robustly and in a timely fashion.“In particular, I do not expect inspectors to wait for risks to be identified at inquests, which may happen some time after the death of somebody using a service, but to respond proactively and appropriately when we are first notified.“Our response may include an inspection, but it may also include following up on action we have already required the provider to take.  “We are also looking to improve our own practice, for example, we are planning to introduce standard wording in our reports to outline the reason for the inspection, including when this is in response to information from the coroner.“Everyone using care services deserves to experience great care and to know they are safe. As the regulator we are determined to do our part to make this a reality.”last_img read more

SF Officer Involved in Shooting Could Face Discipline for Facebook Comment

first_img 0% The story showed a picture of Nieto smiling, to which Morse commented: “Smiling. Ugh how about burning down his house and tazing his friend who pressed charges.”The comment likely referred to an incident in which Nieto allegedly torched a book inside his own home and tazed a childhood friend, as documented in a February 2015 report by the District Attorney investigating the shooting. But community members and the victim’s family called the content and timing of Morse’s comment highly inappropriate.The Office of Citizens Complaints agreed.“The allegation of conduct reflecting discredit on the department against a police officer for behaving inappropriately or and making making inappropriate comments is sustained,” read a letter sent by Joyce Hicks, the executive director of the office, and posted to Facebook by Benjamin Bac Sierra, a principal advocate for Nieto.The complaint has been transmitted to San Francisco’s police chief for review. “This is right after the news that Nieto’s parents received,” said Oscar Salinas, an activist with the Amor for Alex Coalition, in reference to the conclusion of a week-long civil trial that exonerated the officers of wrongdoing. Anger over the comment prompted Father Richard Smith, vicar at Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist at 15th and Julian streets and an activist for police accountability, to file an official complaint with the agency immediately after the trial. “They need to take into account the context,” said Smith about Morse’s ongoing investigation by the agency. “I sat with the Nietos in the hallways outside the courtroom when the medical examiner was showing photographs of Alex’s body mutilated by bullets. I know how traumatized they were – this [comment] opened up an old wound for them and many of us in the community.”On December 6, the agency, tasked with overseeing police misconduct and civilian complaints against officers,  agreed with the complaint that Smith had filed nine months earlier. Smith, who has been in contact with the investigator on the case, said that he is “cautiously optimistic” that disciplinary action will be taken against Morse.The coalition and Nieto’s parents failed to get the District Attorney’s office to file criminal charges against the officers and in March of this year lost a civil lawsuit against the officers. The post appeared on the day the trial ended. “Somebody in the community took a quick snapshot of [the Facebook comment] and it spread like wildfire,” said Salinas. He said of group of Nieto supporters was notified of the post at a debriefing meeting held at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts the night after the civil trial end.“It’s a shame it didn’t come out sooner because it would have revealed to jury what kind of person we are dealing with – [an officer] who lacks basic compassion as a human being,” said Smith.Still, as the police department is in the midst of major reforms, Smith said that the agency’s response to his complaint is a step in the right direction in ensuring police accountability to the public. “I’m beginning to see a thaw in the system.”Smith said that he was informed that pending review by Interim Police Chief Toney Chaplin, the complaint will move in front of the Police Commission, a seven-member civilian panel that acts as the police department’s disciplinary body.Salinas said that giving credence and resolve to the community’s complaints against officers is the agency’s job, and that pressure in the wake of recent police shootings may have moved the agency to take action against Morse. On Tuesday, the city also approved a memorial for Nieto, which activists have long been advocating for. “Between the Alex Nieto movement and all other coalitions, including the Frisco Five that really put pressure on the city and a huge spotlight on the OCC, we are hoping that now they have cleared their minds and are saying, ‘You know what, there’s something wrong here,” he said. Traduccion en español aquí.A city investigation has found that a San Francisco police officer involved in the fatal shooting of Alex Nieto made inappropriate comments on social media in reference to the deceased and may face disciplinary action. The Office of Citizens Complaints found that Roger Morse, one of the police officers who shot and killed Nieto in 2014, acted inappropriately when he commented on a news story posted on Facebook in reference to the slain man.On March 10, hours after a jury cleared Morse and three other officers of using excessive force in the March 2014 shooting that killed 28-year-old Nieto – a security guard who was armed with a taser when police confronted him on top of Bernal Hill – Morse took to Facebook to express his views in response to a news story about the verdict. Tags: alex nieto • District Attorney • police • police shooting Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Moms Against Poverty reach out beyond the Iranian community

first_imgDozens of community members—many of them Iranian-American—gathered at The Laundry, a swanky Mission event space on 26th Street, on Saturday night to raise money and awareness for Moms Against Poverty, a non-profit founded in 2008 by an Iranian-American determined to do something about poverty.Although most of the organization has given heavily to projects in Iran and other countries, it also wants to increase its domestic presence.“It’s so important that we impact our home in the U.S.,” said 60-year-old Delfarib Fanaie, who sits on the Moms Against Poverty board, as she mingled in the crowd filled with Persian, Spanish and English speakers.Moms Against Poverty, known by its acronym, MAP, works in about 10 countries, including Iran, Cambodia, Senegal, and the United States, but Saturday night’s affair was an effort to broaden its base beyond the Iranian-American community, Fanaie said. Delfarib Fanaie, right, talking to a supporter. Photo by Brian Perlman.“There is a lot of negative feeling about Iran,” she explained, “and I don’t want to make this political, because we are not a political organization.”“Race, color, nationality—doesn’t matter to us,” she said.Saturday’s event succeeded in drawing a fair number of people who were learning about MAP for the first time.Bianca Nicolosi, who works at a health tech startup, discovered the event on Facebook. She decided to attend thanks to the free wine and art and the fact that “it seemed like it was hosted by a group that was for a good cause.”The Bay Area-based health and wellness company for which Nicolosi works is focused on the United States. MAP “seemed to have a little bit more of a global view that I don’t necessarily get,” she said.Hayward resident Zoe Tran, who went to Boston University with Nicolosi, said she enjoyed the evening.“There’s food and art and a nice, cozy environment,” she said.Their friend Rocio Chavez, who grew up in the Bay Area and attended San Francisco State University, was interested in the fundraising aspect of the event. “I do fund-raising for my gym,” she said, adding that it is a non-profit based in Oakland and free for low-income kids.U.S. Navy veteran and first-year UC Berkeley doctoral candidate Darryl Diptee and his wife, Summer Naranjo, have supported MAP since attending its fundraiser last October.“I’m actually thinking of doing some volunteer work in Cambodia this summer with my daughter if I can convince her to go to Cambodia with me,” said Diptee. “She’s an artist.”“We’re very humanitarian and socially-aware people, so this is right up our alley,” he said. After decades in the military, he added, he’s “trying to balance out my life a little bit.”Even though five mothers founded MAP, the organization now counts fathers, adults with no children and non-Iranians among its supporters.Locally, the organization has contributed philanthropically to hygiene, nutrition and toy donations. For example, it has raised money to buy freezers and food for Bay Area residents in need. In 2017, it gave more than $35,000 to domestic projects.MAP contributed about $555,000 abroad that same year.Most recently, MAP funded a campaign to replace 257 heaters inside pre-school centers located in the desolate and sparsely populated Sistan and Baluchestan province of Iran.“Baluchestan is absolutely impoverished,” said Fanaie, who left Iran in her late teens and settled in the United States about two years later. “No Iranian really goes there. There’s a lot of sandstorms, drugs.”Three children died inside one of these centers when they were burned by antiquated heaters powered by oil, she said.Fanaie said the funds for the electric heaters came largely from Bay Area-based Iranian-American donors.When asked about her plans for MAP’s future, she said her goal was to eradicate global hunger among children.“Is it possible? No!” She laughed. But, she added, “[our goal is] to impact the world as much as can possibly be done by an organization, by doing it right….”Fanaie said the night achieved its fundraising goals. Attendees bought five or six pieces of art that were on display, and the wine tasting also contributed to the evening’s success for MAP, she said.Photo by Brian Perlman. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img Email Addresslast_img read more

THIS Saturday Hattons Solicitors will be hosting a

first_imgTHIS Saturday Hattons Solicitors will be hosting a special party in St Helens Town Centre to celebrate their tenth birthday – and you’re invited.Kicking off at 12pm in Church Square, there will be several family friendly games with Saints Community Development Foundation, freebies and guest appearances from your favourite Saints players to make the day go with a bang.A digital van will also play short films of Saints supporters talking about their memories of the club.Bruce Hatton, Senior Partner at Hattons Solicitors, said: “When I decided to open Hattons Solicitors I couldn’t have imagined what a success it was going to grow into. I am so proud of the high standards our staff continue to give, which explains why so many of our clients go on to recommend us.“We are so thankful to all of our clients who have supported us over the years and in our tenth year we wanted to organise an event that involved St Helens residents. The town centre event is a great way to look back on our achievements and thank people for their support, as we look to serve them for many years to come.”Originally opening with a staff of three, Hattons Solicitors have grown to almost forty with offices in St Helens, Widnes and Leigh.Recently, they have also been nominated for Hattons Firm of the Year, Partners 1-5 by the Liverpool Law Society.Make sure you come and join in Hattons’ celebrations which will be running alongside St Helens Council’s own Easter Garden in Church Square with children’s rides and trampolines – making Saturday a real family fun day for all.For the latest news from Hattons Solicitors join them on Facebook or follow them on @Hattonslaw on Twitter.If you’ve had a personal injury or need business legal advice call Hattons local team for FREE initial advice on 0800 298 9690 or visit www.hattonslaw.comlast_img read more

SAINTS will take on Huddersfield Giants in a frien

first_imgSAINTS will take on Huddersfield Giants in a friendly at Langtree Park on Friday January 11, 8pm.It will be the first test of Nathan Brown’s side and continue their preparations for the new season which kicks off on February 2.It is also likely that new signings Willie Manu (pictured), Jordan Turner and Alex Walmsley will be on display.“Pre-season has been going well and we are all looking forward to getting our campaign underway,” Saints Captain Paul Wellens said. “The match will be a chance to put into practice what we have learnt as well as looking at various combinations on the pitch. It should be a good contest as the Giants look strong too.”Tickets are on sale now from just £6 and at present only the South and West Stands will be open.Prices:You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

SAINTS returned to the top of the First Utility Su

first_imgSAINTS returned to the top of the First Utility Super League with a 11-try win over London Broncos at The Hive.Mark Percival, Jordan Turner and Matty Dawson all grabbed braces in the victory which sees Nathan Brown’s men leapfrog Leeds and Wigan at the summit.Saints ran in five tries to lead 28-6 at the break and were good value for it.As they’ve done all season London never gave up and fought back in the second half and scored two well-worked tries.But the visitors crossed five times in the final stages to round off a solid performance in blistering heat.Missing Tommy Makinson and Willie Manu for family reasons, Saints opted to bring Matty Dawson and Josh Jones into the starting line up.The Broncos made a number of changes through injury and suspension but there was a familiar face in Scott Moore.London forced an error from Saints straight from the kick off – but couldn’t find a way through – and then had another promising set.But two kicks from Jon Wilkin had the Broncos on their heels and the latter forced a drop out.From there, a strong run by Alex Walmsley allowed a probing Lance Hohaia to offload and Mark Percival duly went over for his eighth of the season.On 11 minutes the lead was doubled as Kyle Amor plunged over from close in – Percival goaling.Saints continued to come and a great 40:20 from Jon Wilkin almost brought more points; a forward pass denying a try.But seconds later, that didn’t matter as Alex Walmsley broke through, took on his man and offloaded to James Roby who then found Jordan Turner in acres of space.James Woodburn-Hall charged down Wilkin’s kick on 20 minutes to get the Broncos underway but moments later Turner was in for his second.Saints’ fifth try came on the half hour mark and it was harsh on the home side.Hohaia made a delightful break down the right and had Paul Wellens on his left hand side.The stand off’s pass hit the floor, and went a little forward too, but Paul Wellens gleefully collected for his 11th of the season.Oscar Thomas almost scored for London in the final stages but Saints headed into the sheds 28-6 to the good.London had all the pressure early in the second half but Saints dowsed that fire on 48 minutes as a fast move saw Wellens feed Mark Percival for his second.Will Lovell replied three minutes later – ironically as Saints looked more likely to score – and then a great cover tackle in the corner stopped them going over again.London did score next though – on the hour mark – and it was a high kick to the corner that was collected by Denny Solomona.Matty Dawson polished off a move that began in his own half to stem the flow of Broncos’ points with 15 remaining and then Luke Thompson brought up the 40.Alex Walmsley then sent Sia Soliola 80 yards straight from the Broncos’ restart for the pick of the afternoon’s tries.Four-pointers from Anthony Laffranchi and Matty Dawson rounded off a good afternoon’s work.Match Summary:Broncos: Tries: Woodburn-Hall, Lovell, Solomona, Goals: Drinkwater (2 from 3)Saints: Tries: Percival (2), Amor, Turner (2), Wellens, Dawson (2), Thompson, Soliola, LaffranchiGoals: Percival (7 from 11)Penalties: Broncos: 3Saints: 7HT: 28-6FT: 58-16REF: Tim RobyATT: 1791Teams:Broncos:34. Oscar Thomas; 4. Thomas Minns, 6. Ben Farrar, 22. James Woodburn-Hall, 23. Denny Solomona; 33. Joe Keyes, 7. Josh Drinkwater; 16. Nick Slyney, 9. Scott Moore, 10. Olsi Krasniqi, 11. Michael McMeeken,  13. Alex Foster, 12. Matt Cook.Subs: 17. Will Lovell, 18. George Griffin, 21. Joel Wicks, 30. Jon Wallace.Saints:17. Paul Wellens; 26. Matty Dawson, 3. Jordan Turner, 22. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Lance Hohaia, 12. Jon Wilkin; 16. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 18. Alex Walmsley, 11. Sia Soliola, 15. Mark Flanagan, 4. Josh Jones.Subs: 8. Mose Masoe, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 28. Luke Thompson.last_img read more

OUR Meet the Tourists feature concludes with numbe

first_imgOUR Meet the Tourists feature concludes with numbers 20 to 25.21. Jordan Olmez – Prop Forward from Thatto Heath Crusaders and St Peter and Paul High SchoolHe is sponsored by RIA Solutions, Mullally’s Barbers, Saint Peter & Paul College and Glowbar Supplies & Power Tools LtdPrevious Number 21’s:2004 – Sean Weed (Blackpool Scorpions)2006 – Joe Molyneux (Orrell St James)2009 – David Pike (Thatto Heath & Blackbrook)2011 – Dominic Speakman (Halton Farnworth Hornets)2013 – Joe Ryan (Rylands & Bold Miners)22. Kieran O’Mara – Prop Forward from Orrell St James and St Peters Catholic High SchoolPrevious Number 22’s:2006 – Rob Murphy (Blackbrook)2009 – Adam Tatlock (Pilkington Recs)2011 – Adam Swift (Blackbrook)2013 – Adam Saunders (Thatto Heath Crusaders)23. Brad Pinder – Hooker from Thatto Heath Crusaders and The Sutton Academy He is sponsored by A to B DeltaPrevious Number 23’s:2006 – Steven Nield (Saddleworth Rangers)2009 – Danny Wakefield (Pilkington Recs)2011 – James Tilley (Portico Vine)2013 – Aaron Smith (Blackbrook)24. Jack Unsworth – Scrum Half from Clock Face Miners and The Sutton Academy He is sponsored by Duscovent Engineering Ltd and Clock Face Colliery Welfare CentrePrevious Number 24’s:2006 – Dave Sutton (Thatto Heath Crusaders)2009 – Anthony Walker (Golborn Parkside & Blackbrook)2011 – Luke Thompson (Pilkington Recs & Bold Miners)2013 – Connor Smith (Clock Face Miners & Blackbrook)25. Mike Weldon – Second Row from Blackbrook and St Edmund of Arrowsmith High SchoolPrevious Number 25’s:2006 – Warren Thompson (Thatto Heath Crusaders)2009 – Callum Welsby (Blackbrook)2011 – Jamie Tracey (Thatto Heath Crusaders)2013 – Jake Spedding (Blackbrook)Other Previous Numbers:26:2006 – Barry Walsh (Thatto Heath Crusaders)2009 – Stephen Yates (Blackbrook)2011 – Chris Webster (Blackbrook)2013 – Bobby Williams (Blackbrook)27:2006 – Martin Waring (Pilkington Recs)2009 – Joe Greenwood (Saddleworth Rangers)2011 – Greg Wilde (Golborn Parkside)2013 – Chris Worrall (Leigh Miners)28:2006 – Mike Welsby (Pilkington Recs)2011 – Matthew Wood (Rylands)29:2006 – Gary Wheeler (Blackbrook)2011 – Danny Yates (Waterhead)30:2006 – Andy Yates (Thatto Heath Crusaders)last_img read more

Wilmington firm proposes 2 projects on Military Cutoff Road

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington real estate development firm, Tribute Companies, is proposing two mixed-use communities on Military Cutoff.They would be called Arboretum West and Arboretum Village.- Advertisement – The plans include 360 apartments, 98 townhomes, retail, dining, office space, and a coffee shop.All buildings are proposed to be three stories or less, and located on the west side of Military Cutoff Road.The projects are not far from each other, one is on Station Road and Westwood Drive and a city spokesman says the other other would be in the Wheel Estates lot behind Harris Teeter.Related Article: City leaders approve new apartments, retail at vacant movie theater siteTribute Companies said the site design, crafted by architect and designer Scott Stewart, preserves significant trees and embraces design elements of the New Urbanist movement.As part of the development, Tribute Companies would make traffic improvements to offset the impacts of the development and coordinate with the NCDOT to provide pedestrian access to the Cross City Trail with a crosswalk.Nothing is official just yet.The city said the reviewing committee still needs to go over the site plans.last_img read more

Columbus County Sheriffs Office finds unidentified body in Fair Bluff

first_img A cause of death has not been determined. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is helping the sheriff’s office with the investigation. FAIR BLUFF, NC (WWAY) — The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after finding an unidentified body in Fair Bluff.The body was found in the 4000 block of Hinson Crossroads, behind a tobacco barn.- Advertisement – last_img

PUMPKIN PICKING Is the hot sun melting away a favorite fall tradition

first_img The western NC based business has been coming to the Cape Fear for more than 25 years. From small to large ones, you can pick out the perfect one at their 2715 Shipyard Blvd location in Wilmington from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Saturday.The pumpkin patch will be open through November 1.With Christmas not too far away, they say they will be back with a variety of Christmas trees around November 19. 1 of 8 – Advertisement – Barr Evergreens Christmas Trees sells pumpkin in Wilmington. (Photo: Facebook) Barr Evergreens Christmas Trees sells pumpkin in Wilmington. (Photo: Facebook) Barr Evergreens Christmas Trees sells pumpkin in Wilmington. (Photo: Facebook) Barr Evergreens Christmas Trees sells pumpkin in Wilmington. (Photo: Facebook)center_img Barr Evergreens Christmas Trees sells pumpkin in Wilmington. (Photo: Facebook) Barr Evergreens Christmas Trees sells pumpkin in Wilmington. (Photo: Facebook) Barr Evergreens Christmas Trees sells pumpkin in Wilmington. (Photo: Facebook) Barr Evergreens Christmas Trees sells pumpkin in Wilmington. (Photo: Facebook) 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Since the start of fall on September 22, temperatures have been far from cool and crisp. This brings up the question: Does the summer-like heat have an impact on the area pumpkin crop?Barr Evergreens Christmas Trees, who sells pumpkins this time of the year, says the toasty temperatures have caused a small loss at their pumpkin patch.last_img read more