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6 hours 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
16 hours 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
20 hours ago
Philip Hammond has little room for manoeuvre on public services, but needs to act on housing and health, as well as letting councils know where they standBy early afternoon on 22 November, we will know the chancellor’s answers for next year to the two eternal questions of public spending – how b[...]
Housing and PovertyHealth and Ca
1 day ago
The chancellor told the BBC that heads of public services always predict ‘Armageddon’ in the run-up to a budgetPhilip Hammond has dismissed calls from the head of the NHS for an emergency cash injection of £4bn, as he said people running public services always predict ”Armageddon” before a [...]
HealthHousingHealth and CareGovernment Po
1 day ago
Alongside the human costs, cuts have hurt our economy, and we’ve now reached a dangerous tipping point, say Joseph Stiglitz, Ha-Joon Chang and 111 othersSeven years of austerity has destroyed lives. An estimated 30,000 excess deaths can be linked to cuts in NHS spending and the social care crisis [...]
Children and ParentingHousing and PovertyEducationH
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 days ago
My small charity team provides vital early help for vulnerable children, but devastating cuts mean we are being left to pick up the pieces when crisis hitsWhen a teenage girl came to our early intervention service recently to help her to work through past domestic violence, it soon became clear she [...]
ChildrenCharitiesChildren
3 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
3 days ago
Guardian readers on the economic divisions facing BritainBefore anyone leaps with joy at the commercial prospects of the Oxford-Cambridge sprawl belt (Hammond urged to invest £7bn in transport links for new towns, 17 November), they should read Larry Elliott’s bleak exposition of the two nations [...]
Housing and Poverty
3 days ago
We need subsidies on fruit and vegetables as well as a sugar tax, says Henry Leese; the government’s obesity strategy should not have omitted breastfeeding, says J Peter GreavesThe UK is the “most obese nation in western Europe” (Report, 11 November), and there is widespread agreement that a r[...]
HealthHealth and Care
3 days ago
Long-awaited green paper will be published by next summer, but will focus just on care for older peopleAt last we have some details of the government’s long-awaited consultation on reform of long-term care. But let’s be clear: this will not be a social care green paper.Plans for the consultation[...]
PolicyHealth and Care
4 days ago
National infrastructure commission calls for the rate of housebuilding to be doubled across a swath of central EnglandPhilip Hammond is being urged to earmark £7bn for new transport links in the “brain belt” spanning Oxford, Cambridge and Milton Keynes in next week’s budget, and persuade loca[...]
Housing
4 days 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
4 days 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
4 days 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
4 days 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
5 days ago
Call for England to follow suit after supreme court decision that setting a minimum price is legal under EU lawHealth campaigners have urged ministers to introduce minimum pricing for all alcoholic drinks in England after the supreme court said the measure was legal under EU law.
In a landmark ru[...]
HealthHealth and CareCriminal Justice
5 days 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
5 days ago
Inflation-linked pay rise would cost £5.8bn – but £2.5bn would come in from extra tax and from benefits savings, thinktank saysPhilip Hammond is facing renewed calls to unfreeze public sector pay, as fresh analysis suggests the cost to the Treasury would be cushioned by £2.5bn in additional tax[...]
6 days 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
6 days 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
6 days ago
With council spending on early intervention cut by 40%, ministers urged to prevent ‘crisis turning into catastrophe’Local authority children’s services are being reduced to crisis-driven firefighting as a result of “crippling” central government funding cuts, according to a report.Three le[...]
ChildrenPovertyCharitiesChildren and ParentingCharities and Volunteerism
6 days 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
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14 weeks ago
More than 100 social workers participated on expert panels to revise and/or develop 25 NASW policy statements over the last two years. These statements were recently voted on and approved by the National Association of Social Workers’ (NASW) key policymaking body, the Delegate Assembly (comprised[...]
 

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