Budget Cuts

Austerity measures have contributed to the creation of a mental health crisis. The sufferers of mental illnesses are being increasingly left to deal with their conditions on their own instead of being offered the medical treatment which they desperately need.
Alistair Burt, Health Minister, resigned this week. It's important news. It's not because of a scandal, nor (as he joked) because resignations are contagious. He's just stepping down. Hardly worthy of headlines compared to the Brexit story, the leadership contests or the Chilcot enquiry, is it? Well actually, yes.
As those of you who read these blogs regularly will know, plans to cut pharmacy services by what might be anything up to
If the government wants to improve patient access it should invest in this; in allowing community pharmacies to help, instead of closing 'potentially' a quarter of them. Instead of being forced to go to your GP you can walk in to the pharmacist with no appointment and be seen, in most cases, immediately.
This government seems to have ignored the real victims to their proposals: the elderly, the vulnerable, the immobile and those without access to transport. The housebound; those who pharmacy has helped to remain living independently in their own homes for longer. The frail, and those who have little resource or influence to fight back.
In the wake of the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith, the UK Government's attack on disability benefits has only just started
Speaking at a European council summit in Brussels last month, David Cameron stated that welfare payments to disabled people
One of the more concerning headlines from the 2016 budget was the announcement of the 4.4bn cuts to disability services and
It is acknowledged in Mr Duncan Smith's resignation letter that the changes to Personal Independence Payment system are defensible in narrow terms. That is hardly a surprise as he had agreed them and anyway, whether the changes in criteria were the right ones, clearly something had gone wrong with a scheme that had moved so far from its target.
The aftermath of the Budget, has seen the opposition to disability benefit cuts pick up pace, with a growing consensus from all parties that the Chancellor shouldn't be asking those who can least afford it to make sacrifices.