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Category: Politics & policy

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National Care Forum welcomes Adult Social Care Winter Plan

The National Care Forum (NCF), the representative body for UK not-for-profit social care providers has ...
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Care homes to get extra £546m Covid-19 funding

The government has announced an extension to the Infection Control Fund, pledging an extra £546 ...
4 days
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Hancock warns young are spreading coronavirus infections

The health secretary Matt Hancock has said the massive rise in coronavirus infections recorded yesterday ...
2 weeks
Acute care
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Government to fund social care for NHS patients post-discharge

The government says it will provide a £588 million fund to cover adult social care ...
4 weeks
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Government creates new national institute for health protection

A new organisation whose primary focus is public health protection and infectious disease capability is ...
1 month
Acute care
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Nurse apprentice funding “step in right direction”

News that the Department of Health and Social Care is providing £172 million for thousands ...
1 month
Clinical services
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Public Accounts Committee rips into government on social care

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee today released an excoriating appraisal of the government’s ...
2 months
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Government announces vaccine centre

The UK government has announced an additional £100 million to ensure that any successful Covid-19 ...
2 months
Clinical services
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CPA encourages use of EU Settlement Scheme

The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) today called on staff and service users who are EU ...
2 months
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Age UK says discharges to care homes without Covid-19 testing was “terrible mistake”

Older people were “catastrophically let down” by the government during the Covid-19 pandemic, says the ...
2 months
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Care providers call for more guidance

Care providers called on the government to release guidance on reopening care homes in England ...
2 months
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Top social care civil servant quits job

Rosamond Roughton, the director general for adult social care at the Department for Health and ...
2 months
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Care England welcomes Community Discharge Grant

Care England, the representative body for independent providers of adult social care has welcomed the ...
2 months
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Covid-19 intensive care mortality falls by a third

A systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies from three continents shows overall mortality of ...
2 months
Acute care
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Excluding PE-backed firms from government loan scheme branded “unfair”

EU rules that prevent private equity investors from taking advantage of the government’s Coronavirus Large ...
4 months
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Most UK companies acted to protect workers ahead of lockdown order

The majority of UK businesses reacted proactively to the growing Covid-19 threat before the government ...
5 months
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Government’s guidance for care homes on Covid-19 “a disgrace” says Wellburn chairman

The Covid-19 guidance from government and regulators “has been a disgrace”, according to Rachel Beckett, ...
6 months
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Adult social care services to receive millions of PPE products

Adult social care services are to receive millions of personal protective equipment (PPE) products following ...
6 months
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FTSE 100 slumps to “unthinkable” low amid covid-19 fears

The FTSE 100 index of leading UK shares showed slight signs of recovery this morning ...
6 months
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Lord Bethell appointed as a health minister

Lord Bethell has been appointed as a health minister to lead on innovation and life ...
7 months
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Call for ‘social care visa’ to ease recruitment crisis

Small business owners are calling on the government to introduce a ‘social care visa’ in ...
7 months
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Supreme Court grants sleep-in shifts appeal

Workers’ union Unison has been granted the right to appeal a judgement which found that ...
2 years
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Scottish health boards spent over £130m on private healthcare

A freedom of information request has revealed that health boards across Scotland paid private healthcare ...
2 years
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NHS Scotland turns to private sector

In a major policy U-turn, the Scottish government has conceded that it will be forced ...
2 years
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NHS trusts ordered to halt money-saving ‘subcos’ scheme

NHS hospital trusts have been told to stop controversial plans to set up private companies ...
2 years
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Unison vies to appeal sleep-ins judgement

Trade union Unison has asked the Supreme Court for permission to appeal against the recent ...
2 years
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HC-One partners with GMB on care careers

Care home provider HC-One has announced a new partnership with the GMB Union to professionalise ...
2 years
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Home Office to review visa system for doctors

The government is to review the UK’s two visa system, in response to mounting pressure ...
2 years
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Pay rises of between 6.5% and 29% agreed for NHS staff

Around 1.3 million NHS employees are in line for a pay increase of 6.5% or ...
3 years
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Three-year NHS pay deal close to agreement

Discussions between unions and NHS heads to reach a three-year pay deal for staff are ...
3 years
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Virgin wins £104m child health contract

Lancashire County Council (LCC) has awarded a £104 million contract to Virgin Care to run ...
3 years
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Budget: ‘extra’ £10bn capital investment in NHS plus £2.8bn for England

The government will deliver £10 billion in additional capital investment in the NHS over the ...
3 years
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Locums set to fight blanket NHS tax rules

The Independent Health Professionals Association (IHPA) and the Healthcare Professionals Union (HPU) are campaigning to ...
3 years
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DUP allegedly demands £1bn for NHS in Northern Ireland

The Democratic Unionist Party has requested an additional £1 billion for the NHS in Northern ...
3 years
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Jeremy Hunt to stay as health secretary

Jeremy Hunt will remain as health secretary, Downing Street confirmed yesterday, as Theresa May announced ...
3 years
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Health ministers among losses as Tories face hung parliament

Nicola Blackwood and David Mowat, both parliamentary under-secretaries within the department of health, have lost ...
3 years
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Labour: Tax health insurance to fund hospital parking

Labour would scrap car parking charges at all NHS hospitals, covering the estimated £163 million ...
3 years
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Nurses having to clear up private firm’s mess

Nurses working for Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust have been forced to clean wards after ...
4 years
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Charities warn of social care staffing problems post-Brexit

Two charities have forecast that Brexit could trigger a massive diminishment in the number of ...
4 years
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Abbott replaces Alexander as shadow health secretary

Shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander has resigned from her post in Labour’s Shadow Cabinet following ...
4 years
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‘Brexit’ would impact negatively on NHS say majority of leaders

75% of NHS trust chairs and chief executives feel that a ‘Brexit’ would have a ...
4 years
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Six healthcare firms added to LSEG Elite programme

Six healthcare companies have been accepted onto the London Stock Exchange Group’s (LSEG) Elite programme, ...
4 years
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Acromas saga reaches finish line

Charterhouse Capital Partners, CVC Capital Partners and Permira have sold their final stake in Saga, ...
4 years
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BMA calls for tougher regulation of privately-run NHS services

Medical union the British Medical Association (BMA) has called for tougher regulation on private providers ...
4 years
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Sinophi signs seven proton therapy deals in China

Sinophi Healthcare has signed seven proton therapy deals with hospitals in China worth £800 million ...
5 years
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Journey to work for dom care staff is ‘working time’

The Court of Justice of The European Union (CJEU) has ruled that mobile workers are ...
5 years
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Capita to cut nearly 1,000 NHS jobs following outsourcing contract win

Outsourcing firm Capita is planning to cut nearly 1,000 jobs once it takes on the ...
5 years
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More patients opt for NHS over free private treatment

Patients with the choice of getting free private treatment on the NHS chose NHS provision ...
5 years
Politics & policy
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Bupa CEO says firm has limited funds for 2015 acquisitions

Stuart Fletcher, chief executive of private healthcare firm Bupa, has said that the company only ...
5 years
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Siemens decides to keep healthcare division

Siemens has decided to keep its healthcare division as “part of its long-term, strategic core ...
6 years
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Burnham: Private providers would play role under Labour

6 years
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NHS pay freeze could continue into 2015-16

The 2014-15 NHS pay cap could continue into 2015-16, according to a letter from chief ...
6 years
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Permira oversees MESA and Asteral merger

Private equity firm Permira has backed a merger between medical equipment firms MESA Group and ...
6 years
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Exclusive: Lloyds Banking Group and HSBC to roll out ‘full PMI’ coverage

Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) and HSBC are set to provide all of their staff members ...
6 years
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National Bank of Greece to sell NBGI

The National Bank of Greece is selling its London-based private equity arm, NBGI, to raise ...
6 years
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Saga IPO prices company value at £2bn – £2.5bn

Over-fifties insurance and leisure company Saga has priced its initial public offering of shares in ...
6 years
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Exclusive: Government to sell off struggling NHS Professionals

The National Health Service’s in-house recruitment agency, NHS Professionals, is to be sold within the ...
7 years
Politics & policy
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Burnham accuses Hunt of ‘privatisation agenda’

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has accused Jeremy Hunt of having a “privatisation agenda” for ...
7 years
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Allied Healthcare stops zero hour contracts

Acromas-backed Allied Healthcare is planning to offer contracted hours to its 15,000 care staff currently ...
7 years
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Healthcare bosses in Madrid quit over privatisation

Healthcare managers in Madrid have quit over the proposed privatisation of several hospitals and clinics ...
8 years
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Serco plans job cuts a month after landing NHS Suffolk contract

Outsourcing company Serco has announced it will cut 137 staff from the community healthcare services ...
8 years
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NHS 111 roll-out delayed after private operator concerns

” />The government has extended the roll-out deadline for NHS 111 after both clinicians and ...
8 years
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3D Diagnostic extends sales network

Dental diagnostics group 3D Diagnostic Imaging has extended its sales reach with the signing of ...
8 years
Politics & policy
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Clegg further waters down Health Bill competition plans

” width=”300″ height=”450″ align=”right” />Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has outlined another series of amendments ...
9 years
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NHS reforms hindering Nicholson Challenge, say MPs

The government’s NHS reforms are hindering efforts to save £20 billion within the health service ...
9 years
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DH plans will ‘privatise’ GP commissioning, say doctors

The government’s latest proposals will give private companies an advantage over NHS organisations in providing ...
9 years
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Hinchingbrooke Q&A: NHS Midlands & East’s Dr Stephen Dunn

” width=”150″ height=”118″ type=”image” />Dr Stephen Dunn, architect of the ground-breaking Hinchingbrooke deal and director ...
9 years
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Ministers urged to allow hospitals to fail ahead of public services White Paper

9 years
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BMA calls for withdrawal of health bill

The British Medical Association (BMA) has called on the government to scrap plans for a ...
10 years
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‘Centralist NHS’ will hinder pro-choice reforms

The government’s policy of opening up health service provision to more providers faces a major ...
10 years
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Unison poll finds animosity to private sector

A YouGov survey commissioned by public services Unison has found that only 27% of people ...
10 years
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Health sector poised for landmark bill

The government will today forge ahead with plans to overhaul the National Health Service amidst ...
10 years
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Senior medics call on BMA chiefs to fight reforms

British Medical Association (BMA) leaders have been criticised by a group of the organisation’s members ...
10 years
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Unison loses government NHS reform battle

Public services union Unison has lost its court battle over government reforms to the NHS.  ...
10 years
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Serco and Circle to table final Hinchingbrooke bids

Circle Health and Serco Health have both been given the go ahead to make formal ...
10 years
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GSTS Pathology adds King’s College to partnership

The Serco-backed joint venture GSTS Pathology has added the pathology unit of King’s College Hospital ...
10 years
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Serco faces opposition over King’s contract

King’s College Hospital in London is facing strike action over plans to outsource its blood ...
10 years
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Unison mounts legal challenge to reforms

Public sector trade union Unison has initiated a legal challenge against the government over its ...
10 years
Politics & policy
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NHS staffing agency up for sale

The government has announced plans to sell off NHS Professionals, the state owned staffing agency ...
10 years
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Lansley accused of gambling with NHS

Critics have lined up to dismiss Andrew Lansley’s masterplan for the NHS as a “political ...
10 years
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Bundred calls for ‘off balance sheet’ foundation trusts

NHS foundation trusts should be given greater freedom to compete directly with private health providers, ...
10 years
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Lansley refers CCP case to the OFT

The NHS ‘preferred provider dispute’ has been referred to the Office of Fair Trading by ...
11 years
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Hinchingbrooke deal ‘just the start’, says Britnell

The decision to outsource the running of Hinchingbrooke Hospital to the private sector is only ...
11 years
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Hinchingbrooke to go to private sector

Privatisation is now all but certain for Hinchingbrooke hospital, after the only NHS provider pulled ...
11 years
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Sodexo workers strike over pay

More than 200 private sector employees working within the North Devon Healthcare NHS trust went ...
11 years
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Targets will be missed without competition, claims report

Meeting government productivity targets will be impossible if the government continues to “back away” from ...
11 years
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High court rules in favour of private-patient cap

The High Court ruled that foundation trust regulator Monitor "misdirected itself in law" when applying ...
11 years
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Burnham promises unions private sector is ‘last resort’

Private sector providers will only be contracted to provide NHS services as a last resort, ...
11 years
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Milburn attacks Burnham’s ‘preferred provider’ speech

Former health secretary Alan Milburn has attacked Andy Burnham’s comment that the NHS will always ...
11 years
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Trade union season fires first salvo at NHS privatisation

Government-backed ‘privatisation’ initiatives have been dubbed the ‘Trojan Horse’ that could destroy the NHS by ...
11 years
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NHS Wales to tender for image-sharing project

The NHS in Wales is to pilot a scheme to allow hospitals to pass clinical ...
11 years
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BMA launches anti-private sector campaign

The British Medical Association, the doctors’ union, renewed its offensive against the involvement of the ...
11 years
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SSL increases BLBV stake

Consumer healthcare company SSL International upped its stake in condom distributor BLBV to 50 per ...
11 years
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Staffing business up 30 per cent thanks to EC directive

Healthcare staffing agencies have seen demand for their services rocket thanks to the European working ...
11 years
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Budget cuts should end NHS ‘privatisation’, says union

The ‘privatisation’ of the NHS should be the first candidate for the efficiency savings announced ...
11 years
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Johnson reassures NHS staff ahead of Budget

NHS services will not be scaled back as part of public spending cuts, health secretary ...
11 years
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MPs to debate foundation trusts’ private income cap

The cap on private patient income available to foundation trusts (FTs) could be scrapped if ...
12 years
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Unite attacks NHS over constitution

The NHS constitution has been branded a “smokescreen” for further privatisation of the NHS by ...
12 years
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Unite backs down over NHS pay deal

Unite, the UK’s largest trade union, has cancelled planned industrial action over the imposed three-year ...
12 years
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BMA chief to run polyclinic

The chairman of the British Medical Association is part of a consortium which has won ...
12 years
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