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Government Policy News

23 hours ago
Many serious mistakes – including identity mix-ups – could be avoided, according to study of 132 incidents reported in EnglandSerious mistakes made in mortuaries – including identity mix-ups - might be avoided if the deceased received the sort of management standards given to the living, accor[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 day ago
Exclusive: Leaked government paper reveals plan for waiting time cap – but cuts mean it cannot be rolled out for four yearsChildren with anxiety and depression will be guaranteed treatment within four weeks in a new effort to improve mental health care, but lack of NHS staff and funding means the [...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
1 day ago
Government is not promising enough money to meet pledge to increase real-terms funding for NHS in each year of parliament, Labour saysLabour has accused the Conservatives of breaking a manifesto pledge to increase real-terms funding for the NHS in every year of this parliament by not promising suffi[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
2 days ago
Government warned anything short of extra £4bn next year would leave service struggling to deliver carePhilip Hammond has bowed to intense pressure to give the NHS more money in Wednesday’s budget, but produced less than half the £4bn the health service’s own boss said it needed to look after [...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
2 days ago
The competition watchdog is investigating, but we need a wider inquiry into pharmaceutical firms’ practicesThe Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has discovered a rich seam for inquiries – pharmaceutical companies allegedly gouging the National Health Service.Pfizer, together with a small U[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
2 days ago
Analysis by the Institute of Fiscal Studies finds that existing plans mean welfare, the NHS and prisons face further deep cuts, regardless of budgetFurther deep cuts in spending on some public services are already planned to go ahead, whatever the chancellor announces in the autumn budget, leaving d[...]
Health and CareGovernment PolicyCriminal Justice
3 days ago
NHS figures show drop of 1,193 family doctors in past year, despite pledge to increase numbers by 5,000 by 2020 The number of GPs in England has fallen sharply in the past year, despite a government pledge to increase the supply of family doctors by 5,000. The total number of full-time equivalent GP[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
3 days ago
Six years after the Winterbourne View abuse scandal, Ray James’ new job is to ensure people with learning disabilities can move on from long-stay unitsRay James wants to feel uncomfortable. It’s the best way, he thinks, to make health and care leaders take action to break the logjam that keeps a[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment PolicyDisabilities
4 days ago
Philip Hammond is set to provide emergency funding but health service bosses say it does not go far enoughPhilip Hammond is to give the NHS an emergency cash injection in the budget, though the chancellor will disappoint health service bosses by increasing funding by far less than they believe is ne[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
4 days ago
Smoking and drinking among young people is at lowest level on record. We’d like you to tell us what you think about the change in trendsYoung people in England born since the turn of the century are the most clean-living generation in recent times, with the rates of those choosing to smoke cigaret[...]
Children and ParentingEducationHealth and CareGovernment Policy
5 days ago
A specialist NHS centre in London is helping thousands of young people who are having difficulties with gender identityAt a time when transgender issues occupy the centreground of today’s culture wars, a clinic in an unpreposessing 1920s office block in north-west London has found itself on the fr[...]
ChildrenHealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareGovernment Policy
6 days ago
Official edicts to banish long trolley waits and treatment in corridors are deluded, say trustsHealth service chiefs have been declared “barking mad” for ordering hospitals to ensure no patient is treated in a corridor or languishes on a trolley for hours when this year’s winter crisis hits.NH[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
6 days ago
Group tells Theresa May health system has been failing patients and calls for public sector pay cap for NHS workers to be liftedNinety MPs including several senior Tories have urged Theresa May to launch a cross-party convention on the future of the NHS and social care in England.Sarah Wollaston, ch[...]
HealthHealth and CareGerontologyGovernment Policy
6 days ago
partisan debate is needed to deliver a "sustainable settlement". The letter to Theresa May ...
Ninety MPs have signed a letter calling on the prime minister to set up a cross via Live.com News 
General Social WorkHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Introduction of ‘minimum waiting time’ for conditions including joint replacements criticised as against NHS constitutionThe NHS is under fire for forcing patients who need surgery to wait at least three months before they can have an operation in order to save money. Related: NHS faces even wo[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
We’d like to hear from people affected by this story and find out what this means for the availability of other drugsTwo ‘breakthrough’ breast cancer drugs are to be available on the NHS after the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) negotiated prices for the treatments.The[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
NHS Improvement says failure of hospitals to free up beds means it will struggle to cope with busiest months of the yearThe NHS is an “extremely challenging” position with winter approaching because hospitals have failed to free up enough beds, the health service regulator has warned. Hospitals [...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Annually, 8,000 women in England with previously untreatable advanced breast cancer will have access to drugs shown to slow disease’s progressionThousands of women with previously untreatable breast cancer will have access to two “breakthrough” drugs that have been approved for NHS use.
The[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingGovernment PolicyWomens Issues
1 week ago
emocrats on the House Budget Committee pointed out that in addition to the Medicare cuts, the sequester would completely eliminate funding for a range of other programs, including social services and trade adjustment assistance. Congress can get around ...
General Social WorkHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
NHS bodies have decided in the last four months alone to shut or downgrade 70 services, says campaign group 38 Degrees Dozens of A&E units, GP surgeries and walk-in centres have been earmarked for closure because of the NHS’s money problems, understaffing and modernisation plan, a new report r[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Charity helping people suffering from anorexia and bulimia reveals people waiting up to five years to start treatment People with an eating disorder are waiting as long as five years to start treatment on the NHS, putting their recovery in peril, according to a report.Beat, a charity which helps peo[...]
HealthCharities and VolunteerismHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Those entering nursing now are faced with increased responsibility in a challenging NHS environment. Here’s what they thinkNursing isn’t what I expected it to be, there’s never enough time for patient contact which really saddens me. Nurses are now mainly office-based and have to delegate the [...]
HealthEducationHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Fears of Brexit brain drain as BMA report reveals sentiment of European Economic Area medics Almost one in five of the NHS’s European doctors have made plans to quit Britain, according to research that has raised fresh fears of a Brexit-induced medical brain drain.And almost half of the health ser[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
BMA report raises fears of Brexit medical brain drain as half of European Economic Area medics also consider leavingAlmost one in five of the NHS’s European doctors have made plans to quit Britain, according to research that has raised fresh fears of a Brexit-induced medical brain drain.And almost[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
I have shared tears of happiness and heartbreak, writes Neil Young, of his 30-year career in the care sectorAfter reading a barrage of negativity about the poor care of our elderly, I found myself reflecting on the real essence of care. During my 30-year career as a nurse and manager privately and i[...]
HealthEducationChildren and ParentingHousing and PovertyHealth and CareGerontologyGovernment Policy
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21 weeks ago
By Alison Laurio, News contributor A year ago Heidi L. Allen’s sister died. “She lived in Idaho, which did not expand Medicaid under the ACA” (Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare), said Allen, an associate professor of social work at Columbia University in New York whose focus is low-in[...]