News Analysis

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,.....

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.....