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Adult social care in England is in a "precarious state", MPs have warned. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said the system is underfunded while the workforce is "suffering from low pay, low esteem and high turnover of staff". MPs also raised concern over growing levels of unmet need. The report…
Ninety percent of councils have cut funding to weight management, sexual health and addiction services in a bid to save cash, according to new research. Some areas are scrapping the services altogether, a survey of 80 councils found, leaving GPs to try to cover the gaps. Doctors have warned that…
Alcohol treatment services have reached "crisis" point in England as poor investment and staff shortages eat away at their ability to operate, a report has warned. A study by the recently merged Alcohol Concern and Alcohol Research UK surveyed 154 professionals linked to the sector, including nurses and GPs. It…
Many nurseries and childminders are struggling with the cost of offering families 30 hours of free childcare a week, a poll suggests. Under a Government scheme rolled out last autumn, three and four-year-olds in England with working parents are entitled to this amount of free care. But a new small-scale…
The Government's refusal to set up an independent body to help plan for the long-term future of the NHS and adult social care has been branded "perfunctory and inadequate" by a senior church leader. Criticising the lack of vision for the under-pressure health system, the Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt…
Theresa May's former deputy has called for "radical and brave" change alongside extra cash to help social care services. Conservative former cabinet minister Damian Green said a forthcoming Government document outlining future proposals for the sector must seek to address the short and long-term challenges, as he also called on…
Former chief inspector of social services Lord Laming has told a health minister he needs to take the threat to one of the country's biggest private home care providers more seriously. The independent crossbencher said that vulnerable people dependent on services provided by Allied Healthcare were "living under the shadow"…
There is a "growing funding gap" in social care which must be filled, Labour has warned. Shadow minister for Mental Health and Social Care Barbara Keeley told MPs it was plain to see the strain social care was under from the weight of growing demand, reducing supply and the lack…
Current funding arrangements from Welsh Government will not cover the expected increases in cost and demand facing social care, the Welsh Local Government Association has warned. A joint report by WLGA and ADSS to the National Assembly for Wales’ Finance Committee estimates that next year’s additional pressure of £99m in…
Patients including older people with conditions such as dementia and motor neurone disease are being hit with huge care bills because a postcode lottery is denying them access to NHS funding, a watchdog has claimed. Which? said NHS funding data showed vulnerable people in England with the most expensive medical…
Maximum interest rates on student loans are set to rise this autumn. From this September, students will pay up to 6.3%, after a rise in the Retail Prices Index (RPI) - a measure of inflation, compared to the same point last year. The increase comes amid continued concerns about the…
The UK is to plough £20 million towards an ambitious plan to rid the Commonwealth of the leading cause of preventable blindness over the next two years, officials have announced. The Department for International Development said that it is hoped the money will help eliminate trachoma - a bacterial eye…