In the news: Children failed and smart home gadgets helps domestic abuse

Date: 12/07/2018 Written by: Rosie 2 minutes to read.
News Review

There has been an immediate stop to NHS mesh operations, children with mental health complications are being failed at a vulnerable point and smart home gadgets are facilitating domestic abuse. Below, we have given a brief overview of the news stories which have caught our eye over the past couple weeks so you don't have to go looking yourself!

Immediate stop to NHS mesh operations

After the release of a recent review, NHS England has accepted advice to put an “immediate stop” to NHS mesh operations. Baroneess Julia Cumberlege, the review’s chair, stated she was “appalled at the seriousness and scale” of the problem.

Many women were left in extreme pain due to the mesh cutting into tissue. Some of these women have been left with “life-changing injuries”.

100,000 UK women are estimated to have a mesh fitted which is used to “support organs…to keep them in the right place to help manage incontinence or another condition called prolapse.” NHS England ha stated that most patients suffer no ill effects.

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Mental health: Children failed at vulnerable point

The transition that young people with mental health issues moving to adult services have left them “suffering”. The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) said “difficult transitions” are being experienced by many young people transitioning into adult care “at exactly the time when they were most vulnerable”.

25,000 young people make this transition every year, however adult services have “different thresholds for providing support” which in some circumstances, could mean young people lose their support altogether. This HSIB investigation was “sparked” by the suicide of an 18-year-old “shortly after moving from child to adult mental health services”.

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Smart home gadgets in domestic abuse warning

New York Times recently released a report detailing examples of “technology facilitated abuse”. This centres around devices remotely controlled to inflict “fear or confusion” in the victim. A UK team have produced a “tech abuse” list. This list was created to “better inform and guide victims of technology-facilitated abuse as well as those working with them”.

One lady who runs a shelter for victims of domestic abuse in the US stated that some of the people she has spoken to have said they were “losing control of their own homes”.

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Young people with learning disabilities 'isolated' and 'hidden'

Professor Sally Holland, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales has stated that young people with learning disabilities have been “marginalised and often hidden from view”.

Holland’s report focuses on “the experience of young people with learning disabilities as they become adults.” The findings included many young people and their families found it “difficult to access support and were often left with little or no information about where to go for help”.

The Welsh Government has announced it was improving services.

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