Category Archives: Multiple Sclerosis

Appeal to secure future of carers’ site

Can you help to bring the outside world into the lives of those unable to leave their home

Carers website produces fundraising calender, and woman who runs site wins digital hero award. Hellesdon woman Wendy Maxwell, who runs carers website Chill4Us, has won the East region TalkTalk Digital Hero Award and the £5,000 that goes with it.; PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY  Wendy Maxwell


Wednesday, March 26, 2014
12:05 PM

Call for changes to disabled work assessments

MSPs believe five changes are needed to improve the assessment process.


 The DWP said there was strong evidence that working can be beneficial for many people who have a health condition

The assessment used to decide whether ill or disabled people can work should be made more “effective and humane”, a Holyrood committee has said.

The UK government said the criteria was developed in consultation with medical experts and disability groups.

It looks at an individual’s ability to work, “taking into account the modern workplace and developments in healthcare”.

Charity attacks 'rise' in 'disgraceful' short care visits

Charity attacks ‘rise’ in ‘disgraceful’ short care visits


Richard Stapeley, who has Multiple Sclerosis, says his 30-minute visits are not long enough

Short care visits to elderly and disabled people are “disgraceful” and on the rise, a charity has claimed.

In England, 60% of councils use 15-minute visits, which are not long enough to provide adequate care Leonard Cheshire Disability says.

The charity says such visits can “force disabled people to choose whether to go thirsty or to go to the toilet”.

The government said the Care Bill would prevent “inappropriate” short visits but would not outlaw 15-minute visits.

Leonard Cheshire wants a ban on what it calls the “scandal of flying 15-minute visits”, lobbying the government to prevent the practice in England.