News Analysis

Charities condemn Government 'sleep-in' back-pay scheme as 'suicide note'

Melissa McAlees (03-Nov-17)

Care providers have been given a year to identify how much back-pay they owe ‘sleep-in’ care workers, and a further three months to pay off the arrears, under a new scheme set out by the Government. The.....

Nurse numbers fall with Brexit exposing workforce 'fragility'

Angeline Albert (12-Oct-17)

The number of nurses in the NHS has fallen for the first time since April 2013, causing The King’s Fund to warn that Brexit has 'exposed the fragility of NHS workforce planning', a day after the Prime Minister promised more money.....

Care staff give good care in 'toughest climate' but CQC warns it's 'unsustainable'

Michaela Mildenhall (10-Oct-17)

Most adult social care services are rated as ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in its latest annual State of Care report but the watchdog warns this is only because of the hard work of staff operating in extreme conditions,.....

Unions attack Government and 'minimum wage cheats' in home care 'sleep-in' row

Melissa McAlees (29-Sep-17)

The Government has announced a one-month suspension of minimum wage enforcement for ‘sleep-in’ shifts while it establishes whether the sector needs further support. Organisations, including charities, had.....

NICE: Let them take risks, don't 'give up' on those needing home care

Angeline Albert (22-Sep-17)

People living at home should be allowed to take risks and care staff should not ‘give up' on those 'trying to be independent after a hospital discharge or in their own homes', NICE warns. In its first ever.....

Eight in 10 MPs say funding for social care is 'insufficient'

Sue Learner (31-Aug-17)

Over 80 per cent of MPs believe the funding for social care in the UK is ‘insufficient’ with 90 per cent saying the current social care system is ‘unfit for purpose’, according to a new poll. The survey of.....

'Unable to boil an egg or make the bed': Report reveals home care workers lack basic skills

Melissa McAlees (24-Aug-17)

Some care workers who support people in their own homes lack experience and basic skills, including the ability to wash someone or make their breakfast, a new report has found. According to a Healthwatch.....

Extra 71,200 care home beds needed by 2025

Angeline Albert (15-Aug-17)

An extra 71,215 care home places will be needed within the next eight years as life expectancy and care needs rise, while 4.4 million people will require care at home, a new study predicts. A study published.....

Game of Thrones star wades into row over back pay for overnight home care workers

Michaela Mildenhall (03-Aug-17)

A Games of Thrones star, who plays the hero Jon Snow in the hit TV show, has waded into an argument about the Government's decision to make care providers pay as much as six years’ worth of wages owed to ‘sleep-in’ care workers. Actor.....

Care bosses fear they'll go bust with six-year backdated wage bill for night sleepers

Angeline Albert (20-Jul-17)

The Government’s decision to make care bosses pay six years’ worth of backdated wages in line with minimum wage to night-time staff, is expected to cost care providers £400m - prompting fears of “Southern Cross type” care firm failures......

Size matters in care homes with small doing better than large, says CQC

Angeline Albert (06-Jul-17)

Just over three-quarters of adult social care services in England have been rated good and two per cent are outstanding, says the country's watchdog, but it warns not all care homes and domiciliary services offer ‘good enough’ care,.....

Theresa May 'demotes' social care again by giving post to junior minister

Sue Learner (30-Jun-17)

Prime Minister Theresa May has been criticised for giving the responsibility for social care to a junior minister again, rather than to a senior minister at Cabinet level who would be able to take “decisive action”. MP.....

PM's 'dementia tax' ditched like the Queen's crown

Angeline Albert (21-Jun-17)

As the Queen’s Speech announced the Government’s plans, there was no mention of the Conservative’s election pledge of a dementia tax or a social care cap. Instead, Her Majesty ditched her crown for a blue.....

Welsh Government unveils plans to curb zero-hours contracts for home care workers

Melissa McAlees (15-Jun-17)

Plans to curb zero-hours contracts and protect care time in the social care sector have been unveiled by the Welsh Government. Under the new proposals, employers will need to offer home care workers on zero-hours.....

Election 'Mayhem' over social care puts care challenges on the map

Angeline Albert (09-Jun-17)

Prime Minister Theresa May was prepared for a sleepless night in the early hours of 9 June, and the next day Britain woke up to find voters had not heeded her call to ‘strengthen my hand’ but taken away the Conservative Party’s majority.....

General Election 2017: Home care leaders tell political parties 'stop using social care as a political football'

Sue Learner (01-Jun-17)

Social care has been one of the issues dominating the election campaign, with the Conservatives even forced into doing an unprecedented U-turn after its manifesto pledge to introduce a ‘dementia tax’ was heavily criticised. When.....

'Weak and wobbly' Theresa May makes social care cap U-turn

Angeline Albert (22-May-17)

Prime Minister Theresa May, has announced the public will be given the chance to have ‘an absolute limit’ on what they must pay for their social care costs, in a https://www.carehome.co.uk/news/article.cfm/id/1584507/Theresa-May-denies-elderly-social-care-cap|Conservative.....

Jeremy Corbyn's manifesto promises £8bn for social care and new 'National Care Service'

Angeline Albert (11-May-17)

The Labour Party will create a National Care Service providing 'care for all' and give £8bn for social care, a leaked election manifesto reveals. £8bn for social care If elected to.....

Norman Lamb calls decision to prosecute over Connor Sparrowhawk’s death 'better late than never'

Sue Learner (10-May-17)

MP Norman Lamb has welcomed the decision by the Health and Safety Executive to prosecute Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust over the death of Connor Sparrowhawk, saying it has “taken far too long” but is “better late than never”. Connor,.....

Theresa May considers lifetime cap on social care to win votes

Angeline Albert (08-May-17)

Prime Minister Theresa May is looking to resurrect David Cameron’s ditched pledge to introduce a limit on the amount older people pay for social care. As she draws up the Conservative’s manifesto for the.....