Thursday, December 14, 2017


Jeremy Hunt accused of ‘astonishing failure’ after GP numbers fall by 1,190

NHS figures show drop of 1,193 family doctors in past year, despite pledge to increase numbers by 5,000 by 2020.

Hammond urged to give public sector workers a ‘generous’ pay rise

Public sector workers have been battered by pay austerity since 2010, says Unite.

Mental health cuts ‘leave staff facing violence and aggression’

Unison report reveals that more than two in five mental health workers have been attacked in the last year.

Health inequality gap ‘is still growing’ in England, new Department of Health data shows

Poor people face years of failing health and earlier death compared to the rich, despite government pledges to reduce inequality.

This is bad news if you were born in the North of England

People born in the North of England are 20% more likely to die early than those born in the South.

NHS holds on to top spot in healthcare survey

Commonwealth Fund analysis of healthcare systems in 11 nations finds NHS is the best, safest and most affordable.

Nurses and midwives are leaving in droves, new figures suggests

Report reveals an increase in the number of nurses and midwives leaving the professions.

Social care cuts to continue in spite of £1bn boost, English councils say

Local authorities plan to find £824m of savings, meaning they will be spending £6bn less on social care than in 2010 when austerity began.

Health unions urge Theresa May to ditch NHS pay cap

Unions representing cross-section of healthcare staff increase pressure on government to use Queen’s speech to lift 1% restriction on pay rises.

Two in three would pay more tax to fund NHS services, poll reveals

Majority also believe people should be fined for missed appointments.

May wanted a Brexit mandate, but voters want a strong welfare state

Conservative manifesto seemed insensitive to the fact that British people want a stronger welfare state, writes Sofia Vasilopoulou.

Under-strain NHS fails to ensure cancer patients seen quickly enough

Hospitals miss two-week target for seeing specialist for only second time since records began, as delays in treatment rise.

Revealed: scale of hospital staff shortages in top Tory areas

Guardian investigation highlights severe understaffing at Royal Berkshire, Royal Surrey County and Frimley Health trusts.

‘This election is life or death for the National Health Service’

Consultant Pediatrician condemns the Tories' 'contempt and lack of respect' for the NHS.

Green Party offers free prescriptions for all

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas accused the government of "fining people for being sick".

NHS staff ‘quitting to work in supermarkets because of poor pay’

Policy of limiting rises to 1% is damaging health service and must not be pursued into next parliament, say NHS leaders.

LibDems pledge an extra £6bn a year for NHS and social care

Policy would be paid for with a 1p rise on all rates of income tax.

Britons ready to pay more council tax to fund social care

Survey finds 57% would pay extra to reverse shortfall caused by years of cuts.

928 carers in England quit a day as social care system ‘starts to collapse’

Figures analysed by the BBC come as homecare providers write letter to prime minister warning of crisis facing sector.

NHS draws up list of items to be banned from prescriptions

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens removes gluten-free food and medication for upset stomachs and haemorrhoids from list of prescribed items.

Councils need ‘full flexibility’ on how they spend £2bn social care funding

Council leaders say local authorities in England should be able to target the extra cash where it's needed most.

Social care companies ‘profiteering’ on the backs of the most vulnerable, says Burnham

Former Labour health secretary Andy Burnham criticised 'profiteering' social care providers, as he launched his Greater Manchester Mayoral campaign.

Thousands of doctors trained in Europe ‘may quit UK after Brexit’

BMA warns of impending ‘disaster’ as its research shows 40% of doctors who qualified in EEA may leave because they feel less welcome.

Charities call for NHS to stop rationing critical care

PM urged to find more money in budget for patients with rare and complex conditions.

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