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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) yesterday (Wednesday 20th July) published the findings of its inspection of all specialist mental health services, giving the most complete picture ever of the quality of mental health provision for people in England. Inspectors said they found too much poor care and far too much variation in both quality and access […]

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Record high levels of suicides and self-harm amongst prisoners are linked to failing mental health services in England’s prisons, a damning report by the National Audit Office has found. The number of suicides in prisons reached a record high of 120 in 2016, while the number of self-harm incidents reported in prisons also soared to a record […]

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Sharp fall in EU nurses coming to UK

by Steve Beasant on 12 June, 2017

There has been a sharp fall in nurses from EU countries registering to work in the NHS, new figures have revealed. The Health Service Journal reports that monthly statistics show the number of EU nurses registering with the NMC to work in the UK peaked at 1,304 in July 2016, a month after the referendum, […]

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Research by the Liberal Democrats has shown that over 10,000 operations were cancelled due to hospital beds being unavailable in 2016, up almost 60% from two years ago. Across 40 NHS trusts in England, the number of operations cancelled due to beds not being available has almost doubled from 6,545 in 2014 to 10,259 in […]

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Secret NHS cost-cutting plans revealed

by Steve Beasant on 7 June, 2017

Closing wards and services, extending waiting times, and stopping some treatments are all being considered by senior NHS officials in controversial plans to curb spending, the Health Service Journal has revealed. The controversial measures are reportedly being discussed privately between top officials from NHS England and NHS Improvement and health managers in 14 areas of […]

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Up to 250,000 children living in poverty across England will have their lunches taken away under Theresa May’s plans to abolish universal free school lunches for infants, Liberal Democrat research has revealed. The figures, which have been broken down by constituency and local authority, show 260 children living in poverty are set to lose out […]

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Analysis by the Liberal Democrats has shown that up to half of the value of an average family home could be at risk from Theresa May’s dementia tax. It comes after Amber Rudd said the Conservatives did not know what a future cap on social care costs would be, while refusing to rule out that it […]

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Liberal Democrats in Great Grimsby are calling on the local Conservatives to disown their plans to abolish universal free school meals for infant-aged children or to justify it. The Liberal Democrats have reacted angrily to news that the Conservative manifesto announced that the Conservatives will axe universal free school meals that were introduced by Liberal Democrats when they […]

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Today, the Lib Dems have challenged Theresa May to answer ten pressing questions on her Dementia Tax plan and give the voters the facts before the election. It is simply not good enough to dodge difficult questions and proper scrutiny during the campaign over an issue that will have such a huge impact on people’s […]

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Commenting on Amber Rudd’s admission the Conservatives are “not sure” what any future cap on social care costs will be, Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb said: “The refusal of the Conservatives to tell us what the cap on social care costs will be shows they are holding the public in contempt. “Theresa May must stop flip-flopping […]

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