NHS spends 4m a week on elderly who block beds with managers blaming cuts for problems getting worse

NHS spends 4m a week on elderly who block beds with managers blaming cuts for problems getting worse Nine in ten health managers fear 'bed blocking' is worse following financial cuts | UPDATED: 23:08 GMT, 23 September 2012 The NHS is being forced to spend nearly 4million a week keeping elderly patients in hospital who are well enough to go home, according to a report.

Italian villa: The once palatial rustic retreats from the Renaissance that now lie abandoned

Decline and fall of the Italian villa: Haunting images of the forgotten palaces which are now spectacular ruins Photographer charts decline of country homes from Piedmont to TuscanyBelieved to be more than 300 ghost villages – “paesi fantasma” – in Italy. A grand staircase lies in ruins – the steps have crumbled; its ornate railings covered in dust.

Dementia care: Number of patients "restrained" by hospital staff and carers jumps 50% in a year

Locked up and sedated: Huge rise in number of dementia patients being 'restrained' by hospital staff and carersApprovals for controversial measures jump 50% | UPDATED: 00:00 GMT, 27 March 2012 Dementia patients are increasingly being ‘restrained’ by hospital staff and carers, a report warns.