News Analysis

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.....

Link found between autoimmune diseases and heightened risk of dementia

Charley Walker, News Editor (02-Mar-17)

Autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and coeliac disease, may be linked to an increased risk of dementia, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Oxford analysed data of people.....

Education 'does not protect' against cognitive decline in later life

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (24-Feb-17)

A new study has found that whilst older people with a higher level of education have better memory function, it does not protect them from cognitive decline as they age. Research published in the journal.....

Heading footballs could 'cause brain damage and trigger dementia'

Sue Learner, Editor (15-Feb-17)

Researchers have found what could be a causal link between heading a football and dementia, fuelling concerns, which have been brewing for some time, as an increasing number of high-profile retired footballers are diagnosed with dementia. Notably,.....

Women in their 80s have better sex lives than women in their 50s

Sue Learner, Editor (14-Feb-17)

Women in their 80s are having better sex lives than those aged between 50-79, according to a think tank which has called for more to be done to improve the sexual healthcare of older people. A new report.....

'Victory' for disabled people as taxi drivers face heavy fines for discriminating against wheelchair users

Charley Walker, News Editor (07-Feb-17)

A new change in the law means that from 6 April 2017, it will be illegal for taxi drivers to discriminate against disabled taxi users, the Department for Transport has announced. Under the new legislation,.....

Earlier diagnosis of dementia in people with learning disabilities urgently needed

Sue Learner, Editor (24-Jan-17)

A group of voluntary sector organisations has called for earlier diagnosis of dementia for people with learning disabilities, so they can receive better support. VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group).....

Charity calls for HIV training for care workers after they showed 'unacceptable' prejudice

Charley Walker, News Editor (19-Jan-17)

The Terrence Higgins Trust is calling for a 'major shift' in awareness and training of care workers to support older people with HIV, after it revealed a care home made a woman with HIV sit on the same chair and used antibacterial.....

Premier League football clubs may face legal action over lack of accessibility for disabled fans

Charley Walker, News Editor (16-Jan-17)

Premier League football clubs have been highlighted as having inadequate facilities for fans with disabilities and could face legal action if they fail to change. A new report by the Culture, Media and Sport.....