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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UK funding increased to fight neglected tropical diseases

UK funding increased to fight neglected tropical diseases

The UK government is investing an extra £200m in programmes to fight neglected tropical diseases, which affect more than a billion people in the world’s poorest countries. Without treatment, river blindness, guinea-worm and trachoma can disable children and stop adults working. The funding will go towards the distribution of tablets to treat diseases and research into new drugs. Ministers said the aim was to eliminate neglected tropical diseases for good. The announcement comes ahead of…

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NHS funding review for gluten-free food

NHS funding review for gluten-free food

Suncream, cold remedies and gluten-free food could no longer be available on the NHS in England under a possible crackdown on “low value” medicines. NHS England announced a review after local health bosses identified £400m of spending they believed had little or no clinical value. The proposals could see an outright ban or tighter restrictions on some products being prescribed by GPs. An initial list of 10 products has been drawn up by NHS Clinical…

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Mexico warns US over border wall funding

Mexico warns US over border wall funding

Mexico has warned the US against imposing a unilateral tax on Mexican imports to finance a border wall, saying it could respond in kind. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said the government could place tariffs on selected goods from US states reliant on exports to Mexico. Earlier, US President Donald Trump vowed to start building the wall “soon, way ahead of schedule”. The US government says it will start accepting design proposals next month. The US…

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Badminton 'staggered' as seven UK sports lose appeals against funding cuts

Badminton 'staggered' as seven UK sports lose appeals against funding cuts

Media playback is not supported on this device Badminton is one of seven sports to have lost appeals against UK Sport funding cuts for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic cycle. The decision comes despite Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge winning bronze for Great Britain in the men’s doubles at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Archery, goalball, fencing, table tennis, weightlifting and wheelchair rugby will also all receive no funding. However, powerlifting was successful in its…

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GPs urged to commit to seven-day service or lose funding

GPs urged to commit to seven-day service or lose funding

Some GPs in England have been warned they could lose extra funding if they fail to meet their commitments to keeping surgeries open for longer. The government wants surgeries to open between 08:00 and 20:00, seven days a week, unless they can prove the demand is not there. It said many patients were going to under-pressure A&E departments because they could not get GP appointments. The British Medical Association accused ministers of “scapegoating” doctors. Surgeries…

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Social care funding: MPs urge 'swift' cross-party review

Social care funding: MPs urge 'swift' cross-party review

The heads of three Commons committees have urged the prime minister to find a “political consensus” on funding social care in England before 2020. They say a cross-party review is the best method of finding a “sustainable way” to fund rising social care costs. The MPs say agreement must be found quickly if it is to be reflected in the next spending round. The government says adult social care will receive an extra £900m funding…

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