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Ministers are being urged to introduce a new "social care premium" for England, paid by individuals and employers, to meet the spiralling costs of looking after the country's ageing population. A cross-party group of MPs has warned the current system of adult social care is "unsustainable" without a major reform,…
Mobile phone entrepreneur John Caudwell has pledged his own money in a bid to spark a Government-funded programme into Lyme disease research. Phones 4u founder Mr Caudwell has offered "significant funds" to the Department of Health if it commissions "desperately needed" work into the "terribly debilitating illness". He made the…
The good news is that the NHS has received a 70th “birthday gift” in the form of a 3.4% per year increase in real spending over the next five years. The bad news is that, although this may be enough to fight the current battle, it may not be enough…
The leader of one of the country's biggest trade unions has called on the Prime Minister to fund the NHS properly or call a general election. Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, said Theresa May's pledge of extra funding for the NHS was a "lie". He told the union's annual…
A multi-billion pound increase in NHS funding will "go down the drain" unless action is taken on social care, a leading medic has warned. Labour peer Lord Turnberg, a former president of the Royal College of Physicians, stressed the need to prioritise this area. He was responding to the Government's…
Twenty million pounds is to be pumped into projects that tackle the "profound and devastating impact" of loneliness, Theresa May has said. The funding for community projects and charities that bring people together is part of the legacy of murdered Labour MP Jo Cox (pictured), who was killed by a…
Tax rises to support a £20.5 billion-a-year boost to the NHS budget will be "fair and balanced", Theresa May has vowed. The Prime Minister insisted the Government would take a "responsible" approach to the plan, which will see an extra £394 million a week going to the NHS in 2023/24.…
The NHS is to get an extra £384 million a week after Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May has said. In a major announcement to mark the 70th anniversary of the health service, the PM has said it will receive an additional £20 billion a year in real terms funding by…
Scotland would face "austerity until doomsday" if the country became independent, former prime minister Gordon Brown has said. He issued the warning as he called for politicians north and south of the border to increase investment in the National Health Service, saying it needed an injection of new cash similar…
The NHS could benefit from a "radical simplification" of streamlining and making social care free at the point of need, former Labour and Tory health ministers have suggested. Lord Ara Darzi and Lord David Prior, now Labour and Conservative peers respectively, have proposed a number of radical reforms that would…
Adult social care spending is 9% lower than a decade ago, despite councils pumping extra cash into the system at the expense of other services, a new report has warned. Despite efforts to increase funding this attempt to prop up social care was unsustainable given the pressure on local authorities…
Adult social care is increasingly fragile and requires more short-term Government funding to tide it over until reform measures are introduced, a report warns. Despite a £2.3 billion boost this year the sector remains at risk from market failures, reduced investment in prevention and the continuing knock-on from the NHS…
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