PKU funding battle: Family wins High Court challenge over drug

PKU funding battle: Family wins High Court challenge over drug

The family of a seven-year-old boy whose condition could cause brain damage have won a High Court challenge over an NHS decision not to fund a life-changing drug. The child, “S”, has a rare condition that means he cannot break down an amino acid, and he is autistic, which makes controlling his diet difficult. A judge quashed the funding decision and sent it for reconsideration. NHS England said it will reconsider but the ruling will…

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Extra cash in school budgets in funding shake-up

Extra cash in school budgets in funding shake-up

Schools in England are being promised an extra £1.3bn per year in their budgets, alongside a shake-up of how funding is allocated. But the cash for schools will be taken from elsewhere in the education budget, such as building free schools. Education Secretary Justine Greening said she recognised there had been public concern over school funding during the general election. But Labour’s Angela Rayner said there “wasn’t a penny of new money”. “They are not…

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Northern Ireland women to get abortion funding

Northern Ireland women to get abortion funding

Women from Northern Ireland will be able to get abortions on the NHS in England, the chancellor has announced. More than 50 MPs from the major parties had backed a call for Northern Irish women to have abortions for free in England – they currently have to pay. In Northern Ireland abortions are only allowed if a woman’s life is at risk or there is a permanent or serious risk to her physical or mental…

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Arts funding: Major English venues cut, with more money for the regions

Arts funding: Major English venues cut, with more money for the regions

Four of England’s biggest arts venues have had their public funding cut to help boost culture in the regions. The National Theatre, Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House and Royal Shakespeare Company will lose £2.5m of Arts Council England funding per year between them. Arts Council chair Sir Nicholas Serota said funding for 2018-2022 would “take more money out of London”. An extra £42.5m per year will be spent outside London, with 183 organisations added to…

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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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