Worries over care home fees and funding

Worries over care home fees and funding

Care homes may be charging families for extended periods after a resident has died as well as large upfront fees, a competition inquiry has revealed. The concerns emerged from the initial findings of a review by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) which began in December. The CMA has now opened owing to fears that there could be breaches in consumer law. There are more than 400,000 people in care and nursing homes in the…

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Conservative social care funding cap: Theresa May defends changes

Conservative social care funding cap: Theresa May defends changes

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May has defended her changes to the Tory social care policy, as critics called it a “manifesto meltdown”. The PM told the BBC “nothing has changed” and said rival parties had been “trying to scare” elderly people. It came after she said earlier that there would be a cap on how much people paid for care – a change from the original policy which included no cap….

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Tories 'won't look again' at social care plans

Tories 'won't look again' at social care plans

Media playback is unsupported on your device Damian Green has said Conservatives will not “look again” at plans to fund social care in England, amid warnings they will be unpopular with voters. The Tory manifesto says elderly people requiring care at home would have to meet the costs but could keep £100,000. He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that it would still be “a reasonable inheritance to have”. But Labour said it would leave people…

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Conservative manifesto: Pledges on social care and immigration

Conservative manifesto: Pledges on social care and immigration

The Conservatives will promise further measures to curb immigration in their manifesto, the BBC understands. Firms will be asked to pay more to hire migrant workers, who will in turn be asked to pay more to use the NHS. Theresa May will also announce a series of measures to “get to grips” with the rising cost of social care. Winter fuel payments, which pensioners currently get irrespective of need, will be means-tested, with the proceeds…

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Private care contracts for councils 'being cancelled'

Private care contracts for councils 'being cancelled'

Private care companies have cancelled contracts with 95 UK councils, blaming a lack of funding, a BBC Panorama investigation has found. Research for the programme suggests one in four of the UK’s 2,500 home care companies is at risk of insolvency. One company says it cancelled its care contract because it “didn’t think we could do it for the money”. The government declined an interview but said English councils had received £9.25bn for social care….

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British Cycling: 'Sufficient care and attention' not paid to wellbeing of riders

British Cycling: 'Sufficient care and attention' not paid to wellbeing of riders

British Cycling has admitted it did not pay “sufficient care and attention” to the wellbeing of staff and athletes at the expense of winning medals. The organisation was responding to a leaked draft report of an investigation into alleged failings in its culture. Published in the Daily Mail, it claims British Cycling “sanitised” its own probe into claims Shane Sutton used sexist language towards Jess Varnish. It also spoke of a “culture of fear”, with…

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Hunt demands NHS hits target for A&E care

Hunt demands NHS hits target for A&E care

Jeremy Hunt has told NHS hospitals they must get back to meeting the target for seeing patients swiftly in A&E. The Health Secretary told a Reform think tank meeting this was “critical for patient safety”. The target of seeing 95% of patients in four hours has been missed in England for some time. There was a record low of 86.2% in December. Mr Hunt demanded progress this year and said the target should be hit…

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Social care fund 'fails to reduce pressure on hospital beds'

Social care fund 'fails to reduce pressure on hospital beds'

Government plans to treat more patients in the community are not easing pressure on NHS hospitals or saving money, says the National Audit Office. It looked at progress in England following the introduction of a £5.3bn Better Care Fund to help local authorities invest in services to keep patients out of hospital. It says in its first year, the fund has helped join up health and social care. But it hasn’t led to the expected…

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