News Analysis

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Underpaid disability claimants to receive up to £20,000 due to DWP miscalculation

Michaela Chirgwin (21-Mar-18)

The Government has been ordered to cough up between £570m and £830m to cover overdue disability benefits payments, which were mistakenly underpaid when previous benefits schemes were changed over to the Employment and Support Allowance.....

Jeremy Hunt pledges care cap to stop 'unfair' costs for those with dementia

Sue Learner (20-Mar-18)

Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt has launched his blueprint for reforming the social care system, promising the much anticipated Green Paper in the summer will “kick start the vital debate” into social care funding. Speaking.....

'Tigger-like' Hammond's Spring Statement condemned by social care's 'Eeyores'

Angeline Albert (13-Mar-18)

Philip Hammond was bouncy as he delivered his Spring Statement, describing himself as ‘positively Tigger-like’ while announcing the economy had grown every year since 2010, however his speech gave no joy to the care sector. With.....

Sex is a basic 'human right' for elderly with dementia

Angeline Albert (08-Mar-18)

The care sector needs to let older people with dementia live as ‘full human beings’, according to Scottish Care’s chief executive who has condemned ‘negative and unhelpful attitudes’ about the elderly's sexual needs. ‘Human.....

PIP assessors branded 'incompetent' at best and 'actively deceitful' at worst

Michaela Chirgwin (14-Feb-18)

MPs have criticised assessors of the two main disability benefits, Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), branding them 'at best lacking in competence and at worst actively deceitful'......

Fifteen-minute visits for intimate care 'indicative of a care system in crisis'

Michaela Chirgwin (08-Feb-18)

Around 20,000 people in the UK are receiving ‘flying care visits’ lasting for only 15 minutes, with at least 18,875 people receiving these visits for support with intimate personal care, new research shows. This is despite guidance.....

Firefighters angry at losing 'day job' to help elderly falling at home

Angeline Albert (25-Jan-18)

Firefighters fear more lives are being put at risk now that West Midlands Fire Service has involved them in care contracts with councils to help older people because of a shortage of home care workers. West.....

Music is 'powerful but under-used tool' for people with dementia

Sue Learner (18-Jan-18)

The Commission on Dementia and Music has called on local authorities and the NHS to recognise the ‘therapeutic potential of music’, saying it is a ‘powerful but under-used tool’. Its report ‘What would life.....

People with dementia forced to fight for free NHS care

Sue Learner (17-Jan-18)

People with dementia are being forced to fight funding battles so they can receive Continuing Healthcare, with some ending up dying before a decision on eligibility has been made. Continuing Healthcare funding.....

Wales' 'bold new models of care' will 'fail without funding'

Sue Learner (16-Jan-18)

An independent panel commissioned by the Welsh Government has published its vision for health and social care, however critics say its failure to address the “fundamentally important issue of funding” puts the plan in jeopardy. The.....

Sir David Behan steps down as head of CQC

Sue Learner (15-Jan-18)

Sir David Behan has announced he is to step down as chief executive of the Care Quality Commission, with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt hailing him as an “exceptional leader”. He will continue as head of the.....

Majority of Scottish home care firms think they won't survive 2018

Angeline Albert (11-Jan-18)

Some 86 per cent of independent home care providers in Scotland believe they won’t survive 2018 and have been described as "genuinely close to collapse". Research by Scottish Care, which represents independent.....

Jeremy Hunt keeps top job but gains 'social care'

Angeline Albert (09-Jan-18)

Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle has seen Jeremy Hunt retain his position as the country’s top health chief, prompting many to hope his new title of ‘Health and Social Care Secretary’ will bring ‘a new dawn’ and not.....

Budget 2017: 'Seize opportunities' Chancellor fails to mention social care

Angeline Albert (22-Nov-17)

Despite his speech’s repetitive slogan that the UK must ‘seize opportunities’ particularly in light of Brexit, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond spread no Christmas cheer for many of the most vulnerable in society, choosing.....

Government to 'take time' with care leaders before publishing Green Paper

Angeline Albert (16-Nov-17)

Cabinet Office Minister Damian Green has announced the Government will take 'the time needed' to work with care leaders to shape its long-awaited Green Paper on social care, before publishing proposals in Summer 2018......

Rise in ambulance delays as service is 'pushed to the brink'

Michaela Chirgwin (03-Nov-17)

Current ambulance handover targets are failing, with a dramatic rise in the number of patients stuck in ambulances outside hospitals, according to recent figures obtained by the Labour party under a freedom of information request. The.....

Charities condemn Government back-pay scheme for overnight care workers

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.....

Requests to lock up people with dementia hit record high

Angeline Albert (01-Nov-17)

The number of applications to detain people with mental health issues, dementia or learning difficulties for their own safety has reached the highest level on record. The application process, known as Deprivation.....

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,.....

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