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NHS waiting lists in England hits a record 5.45 million and is set to increase to 14 million by Autumn 2022

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The latest data released by NHS England for June and July 2021 illustrates the continued disruptive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on NHS care. In July, the Health Secretary Javid Sajid announced that NHS waiting lists could rise to 13 million patients....

Can we rely upon religious institutions to protect our children from sexual abuse?

Malcolm Underhill
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What is the answer to the question? Although a blog, with a question in its title, will usually proceed to have an examination of the evidence before providing an answer, I will start with the answer and explain my reasons. I do not think we can rely on...

Hope for Victims of Sexual Assault

Malcolm Underhill
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I may be accused of being biased and unrealistic, but I believe every victim survivor of sexual assault, whether abused as a child or assaulted when they were an adult, should receive full and fair compensation for what they were forced to endure and from...

Care Worker Raymond Longley Guilty of Indecent Sexual Assaults

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Raymond Longley, of Back Lane, Caythorpe, Lincolnshire, was a care worker at Stubton Hall School, near Grantham. He worked at the school between 1982 and 1997. Stubton Hall School was primarily a boarding school for children with special educational needs....

Sex Offenders Change Name to Avoid Detection

Malcolm Underhill
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Whatever steps are taken by government, institutions, organisations and individuals, to prevent paedophiles getting access to children and young people, paedophiles will continue to look for ways in which they can circumvent the hurdles and barriers that we...

Concerns persist over "Inadequate" Hillingdon Hospital

Simon Pimlott
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Since the Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection and report in 2020, the health care services provided by Hillingdon Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have been rated as “Inadequate”. The Trust has undergone subsequent inspections, which have...

E-scooters - do the initial safety concerns persist?

Simon Pimlott
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Over a year has passed since rental e-scooters were first permitted on public roads in England and there is no doubt that they have become an increasingly common sight. However, concerns that were raised by safety groups at the time of their first trial...

How to Stop Paedophiles

Malcolm Underhill
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I frequently point to the Soham tragedy of 2002 as a turning point on the issue of child protection, although changes were already in hand to improve the safeguarding of children, by undertaking a more comprehensive criminal records check of those having...

Drink Driving and Cycling Fatalities on the Rise

Malcolm Underhill
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Statistics published by the Government, this year, reveal a worrying rise in the number of drink-driving deaths and cycle fatalities on our roads. These figures demand that action be taken by the Government to understand the cause of these increases and take...

Are Victims of Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Losing Out?

Malcolm Underhill
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At the beginning of the lockdown, in March 2020, the pandemic brought every aspect of our lives to a stop. That included the criminal justice system, which ground to a halt. Although it was one of the first issues to be addressed by the Government, to ensure...

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