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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 working 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.....

Watchdog investigates concerns care homes are breaking consumer law

Angeline Albert (15-Jun-17)

Growing concerns that some care homes are breaking the law has resulted in the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) opening a consumer protection case to investigate. On 13 June, the CMA launched an investigation.....

Election 'Mayhem' over social care puts care challenges on the map

Angeline Albert (09-Jun-17)

Prime Minister Theresa May was prepared for a sleepless night in the early hours of 9 June, and the next day Britain woke up to find voters had not heeded her call to ‘strengthen my hand’ but taken away the Conservative Party’s majority.....

'Weak and wobbly' Theresa May makes social care cap U-turn

Angeline Albert (22-May-17)

Prime Minister Theresa May, has announced the public will be given the chance to have ‘an absolute limit’ on what they must pay for their social care costs, in a https://www.carehome.co.uk/news/article.cfm/id/1584507/Theresa-May-denies-elderly-social-care-cap|Conservative.....

Tories reject social care cap but promise older voters wealth threshold hike

Angeline Albert (18-May-17)

Older people will not receive a cap on their social care costs from Conservative leader Theresa May but her manifesto promises that those with as much as £100,000 in savings and assets will no longer be required to pay for their social.....

Jeremy Corbyn's manifesto promises £8bn for social care and new 'National Care Service'

Angeline Albert (11-May-17)

The Labour Party will create a National Care Service providing 'care for all' and give £8bn for social care, a leaked election manifesto reveals. £8bn for social care If elected to.....

Norman Lamb calls decision to prosecute over Connor Sparrowhawk’s death 'better late than never'

Sue Learner (10-May-17)

MP Norman Lamb has welcomed the decision by the Health and Safety Executive to prosecute Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust over the death of Connor Sparrowhawk, saying it has “taken far too long” but is “better late than never”. Connor,.....

Theresa May considers lifetime cap on social care to win votes

Angeline Albert (08-May-17)

Prime Minister Theresa May is looking to resurrect David Cameron’s ditched pledge to introduce a limit on the amount older people pay for social care. As she draws up the Conservative’s manifesto for the.....

Record rise in number of care homes going bust

Angeline Albert (05-May-17)

No less than 75 care home businesses failed last year and 421 have gone bust since 2010, according to Government figures. Analysts at the consultancy firm FRP Advisory have been crunching numbers released.....

EU nurses and care workers reveal 'anger and betrayal' after MPs find morale hit by Brexit

Sue Learner (28-Apr-17)

Nurses and care workers have been speaking to carehome.co.uk about their feelings of “anger and betrayal” after MPs from the Health Select Committee warned that morale among health and care workers from the EU has been hit by the.....