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Philip Hammond will announce a £2 billion increase in funding for mental health services as he delivers what is expected to be his final Budget before Britain leaves the EU. After weeks of turmoil over Brexit, Tory MPs will be looking to the Chancellor to raise party morale with his…
The overwhelming majority of people have not made any plans for how they will pay for adult social care in old age, a survey has revealed.The Local Government Association (LGA) said just 15% of adults questioned said they are planning ahead for paying for care they might need in the…
Welsh Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced £1.7m funding for a Cwmtawe project to develop new models of health and social care.The funding comes from the £100m Transformation Fund to support key actions from the Welsh Government’s long term plan for health and social care, A Healthier Wales.The Cwmtawe Cluster…
Councils in the UK have been accused of "buying homecare services for older people on the cheap".The United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) said its report "exposes the scale of underfunding" of the sector and is calling on the Government to fund care at a more sustainable level in the forthcoming…
Mental health spending needs to double by the end of the next decade to put it on par with physical illnesses, new analysis suggests.Ministers and health leaders have pledged that mental health care will be given "parity of esteem" to physical illnesses.Now research by the Institute for Public Policy Research…
The NHS in Scotland is not financially sustainable and its performance has continued to decline, Scotland’s public spending watchdog warned.A new Audit Scotland report found health boards were “struggling to break even” and said no part of the country had met all of the key national targets for the service…
Plans to deliver a seamless health and social care system, which supports people to live healthy and independent lives, will receive a £180m funding boost next year, Ministers have announced.Health and Social Services Secretary, Vaughan Gething and Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies set out their…
Almost two thirds (61%) of councils fear maintained nurseries in their area will close unless future funding is protected.It could mean thousands of children with special needs missing out on the care and support they need, a survey suggests.Since 2017, the Government has provided £55 million each year in supplementary…
More than £1 billion worth of urgent repairs need to be carried out across the NHS in order to prevent "catastrophic" failures and risk to safety, figures show.Data released by NHS Digital has revealed the extent of the maintenance backlog across NHS properties in England.NHS trusts are sitting on a…
The NHS is being "ripped off" by pharmaceutical companies charging more than £1,000 for a bottle of pain-relieving mouthwash, ministers have been told.Philippa Whitford (pictured) urged the Government to stop the "drug racketeering", which she said leads to the price of some drugs being hiked up "hundreds of times".The SNP's…
A coalition of more than 120 charities, unions and campaign organisations have demanded extra cash for children's services in Philip Hammond's Budget.In an open letter to Theresa May and the Chancellor, the groups called for children to be placed at the heart of the Government's spending plans.The move was backed…
The Government still lacks an effective overall strategy to integrate the health and social care sectors, while financial pressures on local authorities mean there is "no realistic prospect of progress", MPs have warned.The country's ageing population has led to a widespread consensus that integration and joint working is the right…
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