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Labour’s election manifesto offers confused plans for the NHS, while the Conservatives have admitted there are serious problems with existing legislation.

The Tory manifesto says that if the “current legislative landscape” – dominated by the government’s own health reforms – is hampering the Five Year Forward Viewor undermining local or national accountability they will fix it, as well as do what they can in the meantime to remove barriers to care integration.

It identifies the internal market as the key problem, because it is too expensive to run and can fail to work in patients’ interests.

This is a significant move. It had been assumed that Theresa May would avoid reopening the issue of NHS reform at the same time as navigating Brexit. But she has clearly been persuaded that the benefits of cutting running costs and making it easier to join up services outweigh the risks.

One of the weaknesses in Labour’s proposals is muddled thinking about the organisational building blocks of the health service. It promises to repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012, which imposed Andrew Lansley’s dysfunctional NHS reforms, and to “halt and review” sustainability and transformation plans(STPs).

So instead of trying to fix problems introduced by the reforms,

Source: What do the party manifestos mean for the NHS? | Richard Vize | Healthcare Professionals Network | The Guardian


None of the major political parties is pledging to spend enough money on the NHS in England to close its funding gap, cope with increased demand and sustain

Source: Party manifestos have not pledged enough funding for the NHS warns Nuffield Trust | Care Industry News


Commenting on the Conservative party manifesto proposals on social care, published last week, LaingBuisson founder and healthcare economist William Laing said:

“A ‘manifesto mouse’ looks to be a fair description of the Conservative party proposals on social care funding published last week.

They amount to half of Dilnot (the £100,000 capital threshold) but not the other half (the lifetime cap on care costs), and it is to be partly financed by making homecare subject to a capital means test, which commentators have been at pains to point out for the first time includes the value of owner occupiers’ homes.

Extension of deferred payments to all will make it more palatable, but

Source: Conservative manifesto fails to address the real cost of long term care funding | Care Industry News


When you think of Antarctica, you probably imagine a frigid, windswept, icy, inhospitable domain; the whitest, most barren canvas on Earth. That’s pretty much the way the Southern continent has been for at least the last 3 million years, since the last time atmospheric carbon dioxide levels approached their current levels. But times, they are a-changing.

The effects of global warming are beginning to radically alter the Antarctic landscape in some surprising ways. Scientists say it’s like looking back in time, to an epoch when this bleached terrain was actually green. Mossy mats are rapidly spreading across the thawed, exposed soils at unprecedented rates, transforming the land from a place of desolation, to a place of viridescence.

Source: Global warming is making Antarctica green again, and it’s stunning | MNN – Mother Nature Network

 


Theresa May is to warn that the consequences of failing to get the right Brexit deal will be “dire” for ordinary working people. In a speech in Wales, the Prime Minister will seek to persuade voters that she should lead the negotiations with the European Union, rather than Jeremy Corbyn. According to an advance copy of her remarks, she will make clear how quickly the process will start to move after the election on 8 June.

Source: Theresa May to warn Brexit will have ‘dire consequences’ for ordinary people if UK doesn’t get right deal | The Independent


When it comes to making decisions our brains are as simplistic as our election process

Source: How your brain decides how you vote | Daniel Glaser | Life and style | The Guardian


We want to hear from adults’ social workers about care package reductions

Source: Two weeks left to complete our survey on care package reductions


How does living in diverse, deprived inner cities affect our experience of health and what does this mean for services? David Buck looks at the work one charity is doing to answer this question.

Source: Health in a global city is local: how diversity and deprivation affect health | The King’s Fund


Alongside the launch of our report on mental health and new models of care, Chris Naylor explores some of the benefits of investing in mental health.

Source: Get mental health right and we can get the whole system right | The King’s Fund

 

Mental health a New models of care report


Age UK calls on all political parties to put social care at the heart of their manifestos as new figures reveal high numbers of over-80s going without the help

Source: Nearly 1 in 3 elderly people struggling with essential tasks of living, amidst breakdown in social care | Care Industry News

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