News Analysis

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 and domiciliary care 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.....

EU nurses and care workers reveal 'anger and betrayal' after MPs find morale hit by Brexit

Sue Learner (28-Apr-17)

Nurses and care workers have been speaking to carehome.co.uk about their feelings of “anger and betrayal” after MPs from the Health Select Committee warned that morale among health and care workers from the EU has been hit by the.....

'Utterly scandalous' thousands die waiting for care visits at home says Lib Dem's Tim Farron

Angeline Albert (24-Apr-17)

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has attacked the Government for social care cuts which have seen at least 2,037 adults die waiting for care visits in their homes in the last three years. Older people.....

People with learning disabilities are dying needlessly without GPs' help

Angeline Albert (05-Apr-17)

Some 1,200 people with a learning disability are dying of avoidable deaths every year according to the charity Mencap, with most people with the disability (77 per cent) not getting the help they need from GPs. Only.....

Pinch, punch first of the month brings rise in care watchdog fees and wage bill

Angeline Albert (03-Apr-17)

Care home and domiciliary care agencies have seen the fees they pay the care watchdog go up in April, as well as a rise in staff wages. April brought an increase in the charges care providers must pay to.....

Almost half of care workers leave jobs within a year, inquiry finds

Angeline Albert (31-Mar-17)

Nearly half of care staff (48 per cent) leave their jobs within a year of starting, with the social care sector replacing more than a third (36 per cent) of its nurses every year, a new report reveals. The.....

Home care providers hand back 'unsustainable' contracts to local councils

Melissa McAlees (20-Mar-17)

Care providers have cancelled contracts with 95 UK councils due to a lack of funding, an investigation has found. BBC Panorama found that agencies were "struggling" to deliver the care required with the funding.....

Antidepressant helps people ditch chocolate biscuits for healthier food

Angeline Albert (16-Mar-17)

A drug used to treat depression makes people more likely to eat healthy food rather than tasty, fatty snacks, say academics. The discovery by researchers, follows a series of trials involving the antidepressant.....

'Failing law': People with dementia and learning difficulties are detained in care without checks

Melissa McAlees (13-Mar-17)

Thousands of vulnerable people with dementia and learning disabilities are being detained in hospitals and care homes without the appropriate checks, due to a "failing law unfit for purpose," the Law Commission has said. Since.....

Chancellor's Spring Budget hands social care extra £2bn

Angeline Albert (08-Mar-17)

Chancellor Philip Hammond's Spring Budget has given an extra £2bn to social care over the next three years - with £1bn available in 2017/18. The £1bn available this year, was described as a bridge to the.....