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Jeremy Hunt keeps top job but gains 'social care'

Angeline Albert (09-Jan-18)

Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle has seen Jeremy Hunt retain his position as the country’s top health chief, prompting many to hope his new title of ‘Health and Social Care Secretary’ will bring ‘a new dawn’ and not.....

Care homes charging fees after residents die could be forced to pay compensation

Sue Learner (30-Nov-17)

Care homes that continue to charge relatives fees for a resident who has died, in some cases for up to four weeks, may be forced to pay compensation, according to a new report. The Competition and Markets.....

Top care homes not affected by income level of area

Sue Learner (29-Nov-17)

Low income areas do not affect whether a care home is good or outstanding, according to a new report. The research carried out by Which? found that the quality of a care home is not determined by the income.....

Budget 2017: 'Seize opportunities' Chancellor fails to mention social care

Angeline Albert (22-Nov-17)

Despite his speech’s repetitive slogan that the UK must ‘seize opportunities’ particularly in light of Brexit, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond spread no Christmas cheer for many of the most vulnerable in society, choosing.....

Government to 'take time' with care leaders before publishing Green Paper

Angeline Albert (16-Nov-17)

Cabinet Office Minister Damian Green has announced the Government will take 'the time needed' to work with care leaders to shape its long-awaited Green Paper on social care, before publishing proposals in Summer 2018......

Rise in ambulance delays as service is 'pushed to the brink'

Michaela Chirgwin (03-Nov-17)

Current ambulance handover targets are failing, with a dramatic rise in the number of patients stuck in ambulances outside hospitals, according to recent figures obtained by the Labour party under a freedom of information request. The.....

Charities condemn Government back-pay scheme for overnight care workers

Melissa McAlees (03-Nov-17)

Care providers have been given a year to identify how much back-pay they owe ‘sleep-in’ care workers, and a further three months to pay off the arrears, under a new scheme set out by the Government. The.....

Requests to lock up people with dementia hit record high

Angeline Albert (01-Nov-17)

The number of applications to detain people with mental health issues, dementia or learning difficulties for their own safety has reached the highest level on record. The application process, known as Deprivation.....

Nurse numbers fall with Brexit exposing workforce 'fragility'

Angeline Albert (12-Oct-17)

The number of nurses in the NHS has fallen for the first time since April 2013, causing The King’s Fund to warn that Brexit has 'exposed the fragility of NHS workforce planning', a day after the Prime Minister promised more money.....

Care staff give good care in 'toughest climate' but CQC warns it's 'unsustainable'

Michaela Mildenhall (10-Oct-17)

Most adult social care services are rated as ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in its latest annual State of Care report but the watchdog warns this is only because of the hard work of staff operating in extreme conditions,.....

'Wake up deary' optician who gave sight test to sleeping woman is struck off

Angeline Albert (31-Aug-17)

An optometrist who gave an eye test to a care home resident while she was fast asleep in bed has been struck off. Mark Walker faced eight allegations at a hearing of the General Optical Council (GOC) concerning.....

Eight in 10 MPs say funding for social care is 'insufficient'

Sue Learner (31-Aug-17)

Over 80 per cent of MPs believe the funding for social care in the UK is ‘insufficient’ with 90 per cent saying the current social care system is ‘unfit for purpose’, according to a new poll. The survey of.....

Extra 71,200 care home beds needed by 2025

Angeline Albert (15-Aug-17)

An extra 71,215 care home places will be needed within the next eight years as life expectancy and care needs rise, while 4.4 million people will require care at home, a new study predicts. A study published.....

Too many elderly live in care homes without dentists or WiFi

Angeline Albert (11-Aug-17)

Inspectors who visited almost 200 care homes, reveal most homes are good, however too many are in a poor state in terms of cleanliness and decor, do not have dentists visit to check oral health and have no WiFi for residents. Healthwatch.....

Councils in Wales win legal battle against NHS over care home nursing bill

Melissa McAlees (03-Aug-17)

Local authorities have won a three-year legal battle with the Welsh NHS over who should pay for nursing provision in care homes. The Supreme Court ruled on 2 August that health boards had 'misinterpreted'.....

Size matters in care homes with small doing better than large, says CQC

Angeline Albert (06-Jul-17)

Just over three-quarters of adult social care services in England have been rated good and two per cent are outstanding, says the country's watchdog, but it warns not all care homes and domiciliary services offer ‘good enough’ care,.....

Theresa May 'demotes' social care again by giving post to junior minister

Sue Learner (30-Jun-17)

Prime Minister Theresa May has been criticised for giving the responsibility for social care to a junior minister again, rather than to a senior minister at Cabinet level who would be able to take “decisive action”. MP.....

Care homes told to review fire safety in light of Grenfell Tower blaze

Angeline Albert (27-Jun-17)

England’s care watchdog, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) wants all care home providers to re-examine the fire safety checks that take place in care homes to avoid a loss of human life in a fire – as seen in the Grenfell Tower blaze......

PM's 'dementia tax' ditched like the Queen's crown

Angeline Albert (21-Jun-17)

As the Queen’s Speech announced the Government’s plans, there was no mention of the Conservative’s election pledge of a dementia tax or a social care cap. Instead, Her Majesty ditched her crown for a blue.....

Elderly denied loo breaks and kept indoors in short-staffed care homes, say care workers

Angeline Albert (20-Jun-17)

Elderly and vulnerable people in care homes are being denied trips to the toilet and are kept indoors for days because of severe staff shortages, say care home workers. The majority (83 per cent) of 1,003.....