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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.

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.

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.

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.

Vulnerable people left ‘betrayed’ by England’s care and nursing homes

The Care Quality Commission has underlined the inadequate quality of care in examples of English care and nursing homes that failed their inspections.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fears of ‘two-tier NHS’ as GPs allow fee-paying patients to jump the queue

MPs claim Dorset Private GP service, at up to £145 per appointment, will mean NHS patients without money will wait even longer for care.

NHS faces ‘humanitarian crisis’ as demand rises, British Red Cross warns

Senior doctor calls health service ‘broken’ after deaths of two patients left to wait on trolleys at Worcestershire Royal hospital.

Seven-day NHS plan puts weekday surgeries at risk, warns top GP

Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard says government’s pledge to guarantee access to family doctors at weekends is unrealistic.

Shock figures show Tory plans are ‘making social care worse’

Flagship scheme to keep elderly out of hospital missing targets and council tax rise ‘too small to alleviate cutbacks’.

Virgin Care wins £700m contract to run 200 NHS and social care services

Deal for Bath and north-east Somerset area sparks new fears about private firms’ role in providing publicly funded healthcare.

Social care cuts take English service to tipping point, regulator warns

Care Quality Commission says level of cuts to service is affecting A&E units, causing bedblocking and failing elderly at-home patients.

English care home closures are leaving vulnerable people at risk, says watchdog

CQC warns that sector as a whole is at risk as providers of care for elderly and disabled people pull out over rising costs and cuts to council budgets.

NHS chiefs warn that hospitals in England are on the brink of collapse

Theresa May urged to boost funding or ration care to head off escalating cash crisis and avoid ‘1990s-style decline’.

Jeremy Hunt has broken NHS funding pledges, report finds

MPs claim other parts of the Department of Health’s budget, such as public health, are being diverted to fund NHS England.




Employment grant for disabled people to rise by £15k, but is it enough?

Critics argue £57k cap on 'Access To Work' scheme should be lifted completely.

Grieving daughter handed her mother’s ashes to benefits assessor to prove she wasn’t ‘fit for work’

Inexcusable and heartless blunder by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Scrap ‘highly regressive’ council tax, says thinktank

Resolution Foundation says levy now resembles much maligned poll tax and should be replaced with more progressive system.

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".