Director Rachel Gilbert explains Care UK’s successful nursing formula : Care Home Professional


Rachel Gilbert, Director of Care Quality and Governance, explains how Care UK excels in nursing care in an increasingly challenging marketplace.

Source: Director Rachel Gilbert explains Care UK’s successful nursing formula : Care Home Professional

A&E medics tell Hancock: No evidence yet for replacing four-hour target | News | Health Service Journal


The Royal College of Emergency Medicine has contradicted Matt Hancock’s suggestion that the four-hour target should be replaced, saying there was no evidence yet of a viable replacement.

Source: A&E medics tell Hancock: No evidence yet for replacing four-hour target | News | Health Service Journal

It’ll cost Johnson £14bn to keep his promises on social care. Will Javid pay up? | Polly Toynbee | Opinion | The Guardian | Carer Voice


Restoring care standards even to 2010 levels will blow a big hole in the chancellor’s budget in March, says Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee

 

Source: It’ll cost Johnson £14bn to keep his promises on social care. Will Javid pay up? | Polly Toynbee | Opinion | The Guardian | Carer Voice

Council wrongly reduced disabled man’s personal budget by arbitrarily capping respite payments | Community Care


A council wrongly reduced a disabled man’s personal budget by arbitrarily capping respite payments at the equivalent cost of residential care, despite this being an unsuitable way of meeting his needs, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found.  As a result, his parents had to top up payments for carers so that the […]

Source: Council wrongly reduced disabled man’s personal budget by arbitrarily capping respite payments | Community Care

Video: horrific new cladding fire consumes Bolton block – and broadcasters ignore | The SKWAWKBOX


Students assured in 2017 ‘not the same dangerous cladding’ A tower block in Bolton has been consumed by a horrifying cladding fire – two years after students living there were tol…

Source: Video: horrific new cladding fire consumes Bolton block – and broadcasters ignore | The SKWAWKBOX

Drug shortages in Europe are hitting all-time highs — and the EU has no answer. – Nye Bevan News


In July alone, cancer patients were unable to access treatment in Italy, shortages of neurological drugs reached an “unprecedented scale” in Poland and the total number of unavailable drugs in Belgium reached a new record.

Pharmacists and health campaign groups have been warning for years of worsening shortages, partly linked to increased dependency on a limited number of suppliers located overseas.

“What’s new is that it used to be smaller countries with less attractive markets like Romania, Bulgaria, Eastern European countries,” said Charlotte Roffiaen, the councillor for European affairs at patient organisation France Assos Santé.

“NOW IT’S ALL COUNTRIES — EVEN THE WEALTHIEST ONES.”

France this week became the latest country to call for an EU-wide solution.

The number of drugs reported as scarce in the country increased 20-fold between 2008 and 2018, according to the country’s drugs regulator — and is predicted to rise by a further 60 percent this year.

“It is true that medicines and the required raw materials are increasingly being produced outside of Europe” — Bruno Bruins, the Netherlands’ medical care minister

One idea put forward by Paris in a new action plan Monday is that the EU could set up public drug manufacturers to produce some medicines to supply all countries.

 

Source: Drug shortages in Europe are hitting all-time highs — and the EU has no answer. – Nye Bevan News

Labour unveils raft of new policy plans, including abolishing Council Tax entirely for renters and least well-off homeowners | Evolve Politics


Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party have unveiled a raft of new policy ideas designed to solve the housing crisis and make the economy fairer for the least well off – plans which include abolishing Council Tax entirely and replacing it with a “progressive property tax” to be paid only by asset-rich homeowners.

The policy paper, entitled ‘Land For The Many‘, has been co-authored by a host of progressive luminaries including Guardian journalist George Monbiot, and outlines 9 multifaceted policy recommendations which could be implemented by a future Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour government.

The most eye-catching of the proposals is a plan to replace Council Tax with a “Progressive Property Tax” levied only on homeowners – meaning that private renters and low earners unable to get on the housing ladder would be completely freed from the burden of Council Tax.

The policy paper recommends that the new tax should be “based on contemporary property values“. and would only be “payable by owners, not tenants“, adding that the new system would:

 

Source: Labour unveils raft of new policy plans, including abolishing Council Tax entirely for renters and least well-off homeowners | Evolve Politics

Shoppers face paying an extra penny for using self-scan tills | Daily Mail Online


Supermarkets are being urged to introduce a new 1p charge to use self-service machines as part of a plan to ‘heal divisions’ blamed on Brexit.

The proposal comes from a cross-party Parliamentary panel on social integration (APPG) which claims £30million could be raised by the scheme to help fund community projects to bring together people from different generations.

But retailers say it would penalise shoppers and effectively be a new tax to use the supermarket and shoppers reacted with fury to the plans.

The panel is chaired by Change UK MP Chuka Umunna and suggested the scheme in new a new report called Heal the Generational Divide.

The report suggests divisions exist between older and younger people, particularly around Brexit, with research claiming that both the younger and older generations would be happy for the other to suffer if it meant getting their own way.

 

Source: Shoppers face paying an extra penny for using self-scan tills | Daily Mail Online