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People dying at home lack expert support

The NHS is failing to provide expert 24 hour support for the majority of patients dying at home in England. Around 92% of NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) do not provide round the clock telephone help lines, the charity Sue Ryder said- even though there are half a million carers for terminal patients in England. […]

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 said it can often lead […]

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 bleak outlook becomes even bleaker”. […]

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 actions, saying it had tried […]

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, causing distress and anxiety to […]

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 Osborne promised in his budget […]

Elderly suffer from poor home care

A quarter of home care services provided to the elderly in England are failing to meet quality and safety standards, inspectors say.More than 700,000 people above the age of 65 rely on home help for activities such as washing, dressing and eating. But the Care Quality Commission found evidence of rushed appointments and botched assessments […]

A million dementia friends to be taught how to diagnose and improve care

One million people are to be taught how to spot the early signs of dementia as part of a drive to spread knowledge about the illness and improve the care of sufferers.David Cameron will also announce today that the Government will trial new medical technology that could potentially reduce the time it takes the NHS […]

NHS hospital patients facing severe cutbacks if elderly care crisis not solved

NHS patients will see “severe” reductions in their care in the next few years if the Government does not close an estimated £2 billion shortfall in funding for care for the elderly, hospital chiefs are warning.The current system of care is in danger of becoming “unsustainable” if more money is not made available, they say. […]

Home care cap would still leave elderly with huge bills

Middle class families will still have to pay up to 90 per cent of the cost of having a relation in a nursing home under plans to overhaul care backed by David Cameron, a leading Tory MP claims.John Redwood broke ranks with his party leader to attack proposals by the economist Andrew Dilnot to cap […]