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A cap on the "punitive" costs faced by people requiring care is set to be included in the latest Government plan for reform of the system in England, Jeremy Hunt indicated. The Health and Social Care Secretary acknowledged there was an "illness lottery" which left people suffering from conditions such…
Thirteen NHS bodies have been threatened with legal action over policies which "breach the human rights of patients". The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is launching legal action against 13 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England over their policies on NHS Continuing Healthcare. NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) is a…
Hundreds of pharmacists will be deployed in care homes amid concerns the elderly are over-medicating. Around 180,000 people living in nursing or residential homes will have their medicines checked, NHS England announced on Friday. The health body said elderly care home residents are prescribed seven medicines a day on average,…
Scottish Care has released a new report which explores recruitment and retention of individuals working in the care sector. The report findings show: Employers have seen an almost 20% increase in those over the age of 45 applying for care vacancies. Providers are operating a wide range of workplace benefits…
The number of care homes rated "inadequate" or requiring improvement increased in one in five English council areas last year, according to new analysis. Figures compiled by older people's charity Independent Age showed dramatic variations in the quality of care homes across the country, with 28.2% performing poorly in the…
A care home for older people in West Dumbartonshire must make urgent improvements in the care provided to vulnerable residents, the Care Inspectorate has said. Inspectors have served a formal Improvement Notice on Clyde View House Care Home in Cardross following an inspection which raised serious concerns. The notice lists…
The family of a man who died from suspected legionnaires' disease are considering legal action against the care home in a bid to find out how he contracted the lethal illness. Andy Clegg died in November 2017 nearly two weeks after he was admitted to Salisbury District Hospital from Fordingbridge…
Brexit could exacerbate a “severe workforce crisis” in the care sector, potentially forcing homes and others services to shut, the industry has warned. Scottish Care, the organisation that represents independent care providers, said it was already “experiencing unprecedented difficulties in terms of viability and sustainability”. With European citizens making up…
Care home residents are suffering because they and their families are not told about important parts of their contracts before they sign, an investigation has found. Which? said care homes could be breaking the law by neglecting to inform residents and their families about any part of the contract deemed…
A care home for older people in Dunoon, Argyll, has been told to make urgent improvements in the care provided to residents. The Care Inspectorate has served a formal Improvement Notice on Ardnahein Care Home following an inspection which raised serious concerns.The notice lists six areas which require urgent improvement,…
The Care Inspectorate has applied to the courts to close down a care home in Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, in order to protect the health and safety of residents. Lawyers representing the regulator sought the urgent closure of Greenlaw Grove Care Home at Hamilton Sheriff Court earlier this week and…
National older person’s charity MHA has announced Sam Monaghan as its new Chief Executive. Monaghan joins MHA from Barnardo’s, where he was Corporate Director Children's Services. Prior to that, he worked at Action for Children and was a practitioner and manager in social services for a number of years. MHA…
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