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Children are being pushed towards violent street gangs by a social care system that focuses money on a small number of the most serious cases, the Children's Commissioner for England has warned. A report commissioned by Anne Longfield found that £4.3 billion - around half of the children's services budget…
A hospice boss whose arrest cost the charity £100,000 in lost donations will be jailed when he is sentenced for a long-running fraud. Graham Leggatt-Chidgey, 62, pleaded guilty to abusing his position as chief executive of Butterwick Hospice by using its credit card for his personal expenditure over nearly eight…
Failures across health and social care led to around 1.5 million emergency admissions to hospital that could have been avoided, MPs have said. Nearly a quarter of the urgent admissions in 2016/17 would not have happened if services had been more effective, according to the Public Accounts Committee. It said…
The Review of Adult Social Care Relative Needs Formulae proposes a new formula to be used with the Local Government Finance Settlement. The Review of Adult Social Care Relative Needs Formulae was commissioned and funded by the Department of Health and Social Care in 2012. It was produced by the…
A decision to pull the plug on NHS funding for homeopathy has been upheld by a High Court judge. The British Homeopathic Association (BHA) brought a legal challenge against NHS England's decision, made in November last year, to stop funding the £92,000 annual cost of homeopathic remedies. But, following a…
A war of words has broken out between a local authority and the Scottish Government over a ‘missing’ £1 million intended for social care. Angus Council, who have denied any wrongdoing, say the money was not ring-fenced – but concerns have been raised in the Scottish Parliament about how it…
Too many older people are living in misery as they are left waiting for months to receive care in their own home, a charity has warned. Older people and their families are paying the price of council cuts, with the provision of homecare services falling by three million hours since…
Hundreds of millions of pounds in funding has been announced to help improve provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities. The Government has provided £680 million to create 40,000 more good school places in primary and secondary schools, building on the 825,000 new school places created since 2010.…
Tax may need to rise to historically high levels in order to give the NHS the money it needs to cope with an ageing population, a new report suggests. A new analysis on what the NHS needs to cope with future demand shows that UK spending on healthcare will have…
The health watchdog has made assumptions that the standard of health and social care may deteriorate this year, one official has said. In an interview with the Health Service Journal (HSJ), outgoing boss Sir David Behan said the Care Quality Commission (CQC) had adjusted its 2018/19 plans to anticipate more…
A hospice boss whose arrest cost the charity £100,000 in lost donations is facing jail after he admitted a long-running fraud. Graham Leggatt-Chidgey, 62, pleaded guilty to abusing his position as chief executive of Butterwick Hospice by using its credit card for his personal expenditure over nearly eight years. He…
A boost for brain cancer research has been announced following the death of Dame Tessa Jowell. The Government investment comes after the late Labour Cabinet minister, who died on Saturday, campaigned for more resources to help combat the disease. The move sees a Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Research Mission doubled…
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