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Social care users subjected to poor quality services, admits Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt: "Too many people experience care that is not of the quality we would all want for our own mum or dad".

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

Jeremy Hunt accused of watering down four-hour A&E waiting target

Health secretary tells MPs only people with urgent health problems should be expected to be seen within that period.

NHS staff morale hits ‘rock bottom’, as confidence in Jeremy Hunt plummets

Morale among NHS staff has hit "rock bottom", with less than 1 in 4 saying they would recommend it as a great place to work.

Sick pay and work assessments to be reviewed, Jeremy Hunt reveals

Consultation to be carried out as cost of treating long-term health conditions that prevent people from working reaches £7bn.

Shock survey reveals ‘mental health funding crisis’, as 1 in 3 NHS psychologists consider quitting

Unite says the survey shows that Jeremy Hunt is failing to meet his pledge to boost mental health funds.

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.

BMA’s appeal for boost in NHS funding rejected by David Cameron

Doctors’ union had asked prime minister for increase, citing popularity of leave campaign’s £350m a week pledge.

BMA chief attacks David Cameron over ‘safe in my hands’ NHS promise

Mark Porter accuses government at doctor’s union conference of breaking pledges to protect and fund the health service.

Proposals For Seven-Day NHS Are Immoral, Says Leading GP

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of BMA GPs committee, says patients would suffer as doctors forced to sit in empty surgeries.

Seven-Day NHS Plans Fail To Address Staffing Needs, Say MPs

Public accounts committee claims Jeremy Hunt does not know if supply of doctors and nurses can adequately meet demand.

Fewer People Die In Hospital At Weekends, Study Finds

Weekend death rate problem, used by Jeremy Hunt to justify imposing new doctors’ contract, ‘does not exist’.

Junior Doctors Strike: Tories Undermining NHS To Sell It Off To Private Sector, Says Comedian

Comedian Russell Kane says junior doctors contract is all about exhausting staff to help open up the way for a private sell off.

Junior Doctors In Third Walkout As Dispute Over New Contract Escalates

Medics retain public support as 48-hour strike begins, with Jeremy Hunt mocked in parliament for statement on patient safety.

NHS Vows To Transform Mental Health Services With Extra £1bn A Year

Taskforce calls for provision of 24/7 support for people in crisis and 10% reduction in suicide rates.

Junior Doctors Demand More Concessions From Jeremy Hunt

More than 2,000 medics and students tell health secretary days after he tried to defuse anger that proposed contracts are unfair and risk patient safety.

This Week On Welfare Weekly (10/10/2015)

This weeks biggest news stories from Welfare Weekly and others.




Housing associations rake in record profits while only building 597 homes for social rent

Housing associations appear to be moving away from building social housing in favour of more profitable options.

Disabled man had to sleep rough and ‘sofa surf’ because of council faults

Ombudsman says Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead did not act quickly enough to find him suitable accommodation.

DWP win legal case which could “severely curtail” benefit claimant’s human rights

Win could prevent benefit claimants from using the Human Rights Act when challenging cruel benefits decisions at tribunal.

Welfare debate highlights the very worst of Tory ‘callousness’ towards Britain’s poorest

Tories "have their heads firmly in the sand" over the devastating impact of their welfare policies, says SNP MP.

Child Benefit and Tax Credit payment dates over Easter 2018

Some people could receive their benefits up to four days early this Easter - here's what you need to know.

Benefits and tax credits payment dates Easter 2017

If you're worried about benefits and tax credits payments over Easter 2017 here are the dates you need to remember.