Health and Social Care

Home Care Is Nearing Crisis - Let's Act Now

Paul Burstow | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

We should all welcome the extra £2 billion for health care services announced by the Government ahead of the Autumn Statement, but social care needs to get a slice too. Some of this new funding must be spent avoiding new crises.

We Must Stop Condemning Blind People to a Life of Isolation

Lesley-Anne Alexander | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK
Lesley-Anne Alexander

For every blind or partially sighted person you see getting on with their lives, there are many more who are trapped inside their own home, afraid to leave the house and reliant on friends, family and carers to carry out the most basic of day-to-day tasks.

End Tick Box Culture of Care, Break the Mould and Put Customers First

Sara McKee | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK
Sara McKee

This weekend saw The Observer put the spotlight on the role of private equity firms in funding organisations that deliver health and social care servi...

Consulting the Public Has to Be More Than Just a Box-Ticking Exercise

Anna Bradley | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Politics
Anna Bradley

The problem with public consultations is that they so rarely involve the public! More often than not they are a mere PR exercise in securing a consensus among policy makers and professionals with little effort expended to find out what the rest of us really think.

Honesty Is Always the Best Policy

Anna Bradley | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Anna Bradley

It's been a long nine months for the NHS since the Francis report was published. As if the terrible and unnecessary suffering at Mid-staffs wasn't enough, numerous other scandals have come to light all across the country, continuing to damage the reputation of what we like to think of as a national treasure.

More Than 5,000 NHS Nurses Cut In Three Years

PA | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK

The NHS has lost more than 5,000 nurses in just three years, official figures show. Data for May this year reveals there were 348,311 qualified sta...

Improving Care for Older Cancer Patients

Ciaran Devane | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ciaran Devane

The moral imperative to root out ageism in the NHS now has legal backing, following the recent expansion of the age-related provisions of the 2010 Equality Act to include services. All public sector organisations must eliminate unequal treatment on the grounds of age. But where do we start in cancer care?

5.8 Million Carers - And They Still Need a Break

Moira Fraser | Posted 11.02.2013 | UK Politics
Moira Fraser

Caring should matter to all of us. One in 10 of us is a carer. Carers often have to give up work to care, or end up with health problems of their own. If carers reach the point of exhaustion and being unable to cope, this helps no-one.

Quarter Of Care Centres 'Failing'

PA | Posted 28.06.2012 | UK

More than one in four health and social care providers are failing to meet essential standards of quality and safety, the health watchdog found. Th...

The Mental Health Cuts Being Made Behind Closed Doors

Paul I. Jenkins | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK Politics
Paul I. Jenkins

What we're asking for is simple. Once budgets are set, we want local authorities to clearly spell out how much money they're planning to spend on mental health, and every other aspect of social are in their area. We want them to present this information in a way which ordinary people can understand, and we want them to make it easy for people to access.

NHS At 'Breaking Point' Warn Nurses

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK

The NHS is at breaking point, the Royal College of Nursing has warned on Monday. With nursing positions at risk of being axed, the union said the ...

Tackling Vested Interests in the NHS

Margot James | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK Politics
Margot James

If the public knew how self-serving some elements of the NHS were they would have a great deal more sympathy for the government's efforts to reform the service.

Nick Clegg 'On Board' With Attempts To Amend NHS Bill

PA | Posted 27.02.2012 | UK Politics

Attempts by Liberal Democrat peers to re-write key elements of Andrew Lansley's health reforms have the support of Nick Clegg, it has been claimed. ...

NHS Reforms: Paediatricians Accuse Cameron Of 'Gambling With Children's Health'

PA | Posted 17.02.2012 | UK

More than 150 paediatricians are calling on the government to scrap its controversial Health Bill, saying it will have an "extremely damaging effect" ...

'Diminished Quality Of Life': The Cost Of Care Cuts

PA | Posted 08.04.2012 | UK Politics

Elderly patients are suffering a "diminished quality of life" because social care funding pressures mean services are being reduced, a powerful commit...

Do You Want Your Medical Records Online?

PA | Posted 23.12.2011 | UK Politics

Patients are to be given access to their medical records online under government-backed proposals, it emerged today. The NHS Future Forum, which is...

Users 'Struggling To Cope' With Social Care System

PA | Posted 14.11.2011 | UK Politics

The public sector auditor has warned of shortcomings in the Government's social care reforms, saying many users are struggling to cope with the n...