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GPs offered cash to refer fewer people to hospital

Four NHS commissioning bodies in England offer to share savings made with GP practices.

Build more homes for older people to ease pressure on NHS, say MPs

New report argues that more needs to be done to encourage the development of suitable housing for older people.

‘Carillion-style Pandora’s Box’ could hit patient care in the NHS, warns Unite

Jeremy Hunt urged to prevent further private limited companies being established by NHS trusts in England.

Theresa May urged ‘not to reward failure’ in cabinet reshuffle

Fears Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt could be promoted to replace disgraced Damien Green as defacto Deputy PM.

Social care postcode gap widens for older people

Council funding cuts have reduced help for the old in deprived areas, study shows.

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.




Tory welfare cuts ‘£3bn deeper than expected’

New figures reveal the freeze on working age benefits will erode household incomes much more deeply than originally forecast.

Corbyn urged to win votes by pledging £10bn more on care for disabled elderly

Fabian Society research identifies shortfall in funding for 1.2 million older people.

Terminally ill to be given priority over benefit underpayments, says McVey

Work and Pensions Secretary vowed to prioritise "any individuals whom we know from our systems to be terminally ill".

Austerity will have cast an extra 1.5m children into poverty by 2021

Lone-parents, disabled children and ethnic minorities will be among worst-hit, says EHRC.

Childcare voucher changes delayed after Commons debate

Government agrees to keep system open for six more months after pressure from Labour.

Reverse universal credit cuts, Iain Duncan Smith tells chancellor

Thinktank says 340,000 people could be taken out of poverty if Philip Hammond takes action.