Dying need free social care cancer campaigners say

Free end of life social care is needed to save the NHS money and improve patient care claim cancer campaigners. Macmillan Cancer Support says it could save the NHS in England £69 million a year on the care of cancer patients alone. Its analysis is based on a review of

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Carers at breaking point Commissioner warns

More needs to be done to support carers who are at breaking point the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales warns. Sarah Rochira who is the Older People’s Commissioner is concerned that too many carers across Wales are missing out on much needed help and their work is often undervalued. She

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Social care in England has bleak future after £800 million cuts

Social care in England is facing a bleak future despite planned changes as services have been forced into budget cuts.Research by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services showed £800 million was likely to be taken from the £16 billion budget this year. The group warned it meant “the

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Handling of care home closures disastrous says health minister

The way the potential closure of NHS residential homes in Northern Ireland has been handled has been “disastrous”, Health Minister Edwin Poots has said.He was speaking as the western trust became the latest NI trust to confirm it plans to close all its NHS homes. The western trust defended its

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Care home companies face harder financial checks

Large providers of care homes in England are to have their financial records regularly checked in future to spot potential business problems.Under the government’s plans, the Care Quality Commission and local authorities will also ensure care continues if a company does go bust. It comes after provider Southern Cross collapsed,

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NHS satisfaction ratings stabilising after record fall

Public satisfaction ratings with the NHS appears to have stabilised following a record fall- according to the British Social Attitudes Survey.The poll of more than 1,100 people in England, Wales and Scotland last year found satisfaction with the way the NHS was run stood at 61%. This followed a record

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Social care cost caps brought forward

The government will bring forward its overhaul of social care funding by a year the chancellor has announced. A cap on the amount the elderly pay for social care in England – which was to be £75,000 but will now be £72,000 – would start in the same year. Mr

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Smoking may worsen a hangover research concludes

Smoking may worsen a hangover after drinking heavily US research concludes-  although the reason why is unclear.Researchers asked 113 US students to keep a diary for eight weeks, recording their drinking and smoking habits and any hangover symptoms. When they drank heavily- around six cans of beer an hour –

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Call for abusive care home owners to be penalised

Companies who own care homes in England where abuse is carried out should face unlimited fines and criminal sanctions.Lib Dem MP Paul Burstow has argued for new laws to ensure care providers are held criminally accountable for abuse and neglect on their premises. This would have tackled a “culture of

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