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400 care home operators collapse in five years as cuts bite | Society | The Guardian
BDO’s research said care homes, already struggling with debts racked up before the credit crunch, had “suffered as a result of the reduced spending by central government”.

It warned that further pain lay ahead, highlighting research from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services showing that councils had £700m of social care cuts planned in 2018-19, despite growing demand.
UK  Austerity  social  care  adult  sickcare  elderly  demographic  bubble  NHS  Council  Rentnerrepublik 
11 days ago by asterisk2a
Agency tried to charge care homes £2,700 a shift for workers | Society | The Guardian
One of the country’s biggest providers of agency health workers has been accused of “profiteering” after trying to charge care homes up to £2,700 to supply a staff member for a single shift.

The Guardian can reveal that Newcross Healthcare, already exposed for fining workers £50 when they call in sick, quoted the sky-high charges in a price list sent out to homes looking for cover over Christmas.
UK  Privatisation  NHS  Council  elderly  social  care  adult  Austerity  profit  maximisation 
27 days ago by asterisk2a
Is the NHS's long-term plan workable? - BBC News
Bleak picture
Budgets for public health (including prevention) and training of nurses, doctors and other staff have not yet been set out and, if less generous than the NHS settlement, they could affect the ability of the service to deliver the long-term plan, in the view of the report authors.

And what of the short term? The watchdog paints a bleak picture.

The financial health of some trusts, it says, is getting worse.
NHS  social  care  Council  elderly  adult  long-term  plan  Theresa  May  Conservative  Austerity  chronic  sickcare  sick  population  ageing  demographics  Cancer  Obesity  CVD  diabetes  rationing  mental  health  staff  crisis  hiring  locum  CAMHS  prevention  public  Privatisation 
8 weeks ago by asterisk2a
New leadership, same old problems - BBC News
new money won't be seen till next year, new winter crisis is coming for sure, and the wait lists will get even longer. - Health think tanks argue that the 3.4% is really only enough to cope with rising demand, never mind improving care.

Hospital sources point out that the new money won't come to the NHS until next year.

Nothing extra so far has been allocated for this winter and the intense pressure seen in the first months of this year is likely to be repeated.

There is every chance that waiting lists for routine surgery will get longer and accident and emergency performance won't get better.

Even with the £6bn cash boost next year, there are warnings that there won't be any rapid improvement. His instincts will be to tell the service to get on with job with the money it has. But that conviction will be tested in the depths of winter if hospitals are struggling to cope. [...] Also plays with part-privatisation of Elderly Care - asking people to take out a private insurance ... or lose their home ...
Matt  Hancock  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  NHS  Austerity  sick  care  demand  chronic  population  ageing  premature  demographic  bubble  CVD  diabetes  Cancer  Council  Social  adult  elderly  rationing  mental  health  Privatisation 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
Council cuts are putting the vulnerable at risk, Tory peer says | Society | The Guardian
WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. - “We’ve reached a point where councils will no longer be able to support our residents as they expect, including our most vulnerable,” Porter added. As well as problems coping with demand for services for elderly and disabled adults, the LGA says councils are struggling with an explosion in the number of children in care, and a rising bill for 80,000 homeless families placed in temporary housing.

An LGA briefing on the prospects for local government states: “The failure to properly fund these services puts the wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable residents at risk, and this cannot go on.”
UK  Austerity  Council  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  JAM  Theresa  May  David  Cameron  adult  social  elderly  care  homelessness  childprotection  poverty  childhood  housing  crisis  affordable 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
May's extra cash for NHS is not enough, says spending watchdog | Society | The Guardian
NAO’s Sir Amyas Morse warns more is needed to meet needs of a changing population [...] But Morse said the funding increase would only serve to maintain current service levels and would not be enough to meet the needs of a rapidly changing demographic. // &! Tory councils join demand for tax increases to fund social care services - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/01/tory-councils-call-tax-to-fund-social-care - An astonishing nine in every 10 local authorities say that taxation must now be part of the solution in securing the viability of adult social care, according to a comprehensive survey of council leaders and senior figures responsible for care.

Concerns have been growing as a result of another delay to government proposals on resolving the crisis and complaints that pledged funding for care has been diverted to the NHS. // &! SOCIAL CARE - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/02/social-care-nhs-theresa-may-courage-attlee-cqc-david-behan & https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/03/social-care-70-cinderalla-service-funding //&! https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/04/nhs-social-care-health-service - The founding principles of the health service must be extended to social care. Otherwise the NHS will be run into the ground
NHS  ageing  population  social  adult  elderly  care  Council  Austerity  sickcare  demand  demographic  bubble  Theresa  May  Simon  Stevens  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  obesity  overweight  self-medication  Tories  Conservative  Party  premature  GP  CQC 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
Theresa May faces dilemma over NHS cash boost, says IFS | Business | The Guardian
PM will have to either raise taxes, slash public spending or break her own spending rules - “The government is in a bind,” the IFS said. “It is extremely doubtful that large additional cuts to spending on other public services are either feasible politically or consistent with maintaining quality.

“So unless it is able and willing to implement tax rises or further cuts to the social security budget over the rest of this parliament it is hard to see how a significant injection of additional cash into the NHS would be consistent with the government’s stated fiscal objective.”
NHS  Austerity  sickcare  demand  ageing  chronic  sick  population  premature  obesity  Cancer  diabetes  CVD  public  health  demographic  bubble  UK  Council  adult  social  care 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
NHS reform: How many patients will benefit? - BBC News
ACO - Campaigners under the banner JR4NHS have argued that a contract being considered in two of the areas, creating what is known as an accountable care organisation, could usher in private health providers. //&! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43850046 - Allied Healthcare: Home care provider seeks rescue plan
NHS  STP  Council  Austerity  elderly  adult  social  care  UK  chronic  sick  population  ageing  demographic  bubble  sickcare  demand  GP  ACO 
april 2018 by asterisk2a
NHS failure is inevitable – and it will shock those responsible into action | Jan Filochowski | Opinion | The Guardian
When this happens, as it is now, pretty much across the board, things don’t get worse by 3% because demand has increased by 3%, they get worse by 50% or 100% because there is no slack left to deal with what is only a 3% increase. And the figures are now showing just this: failure multiplying while demand increases only marginally.
NHS  Crisis  Austerity  Council  elderly  adult  social  care  A&E  GP  chronic  sick  population  ageing  premature 
april 2018 by asterisk2a
Patients suffering as direct result of NHS wait-time failures | Society | The Guardian
[ https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/08/melissa-whiteley-student-dies-flu-after-family-follows-nhs-advice-sepsis-pneumonia - also Sepsis not just the Flu ] Of those, a record 1,043 were on a trolley for more than 12 hours, despite NHS bosses telling hospitals that that should never happen.

Such patients could die, Hassan said, adding: “International studies have consistently shown an association between long waits in emergency departments and avoidable deaths. These figures again make clear that patient safety is at risk.”

Prof John Appleby, the chief economist at the Nuffield Trust health thinktank, said: “A year ago we warned that corridors had become the new emergency wards. It is deeply concerning that 12 months on the position has worsened, with many harrowing reports of patients being treated in busy corridors by stressed and overworked staff.” //&! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42989197 &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42989181 - NHS pressure: Hospital corridors 'the new emergency wards' //&! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42908908 - Care sector: 'Short of nurses and other key staff' //&! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42990321 - Hip fracture patients face up to 80-day wait for rehab, survey finds
NHS  Crisis  winter  A&E  GP  patient  safety  Austerity  social  adult  elderly  care  Council 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
We'll live longer but suffer more ill-health by 2035, says study | Society | The Guardian
We'll live longer but suffer more ill-health by 2035, says study
Number of old people suffering from four medical conditions to double in less than 20 years, researchers claim
NHS  sickcare  chronic  sick  population  ageing  premature  demographic  bubble  healthcare  demand  GP  A&E  adult  elderly  social  Care  Council  Crisis 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Funding the NHS: Is it finally time for a new approach? - BBC News
A ring-fenced tax for health and social care has been resisted in the past by the Treasury. Such a policy is known by economists as hypothecation. Opponents, including Treasury mandarins, believe it ties the hands of chancellors.

But, intriguingly, a former top civil servant at the Treasury, Sir Nick Macpherson, has come out in favour of a ring-fenced tax which is renewed every five years.
NHS  hypothecation  Politics  Sugar  Tax  nudge  nanny  state  prevention  public  health  crisis  winter  Austerity  sickcare  demand  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  ageing  premature  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  healthcare  diet  lifestyle  self-medication  Alcohol  minimum  pricing  alcoholism  food  addiction  abuse  Council  bedblocking  bed  blocking  adult  elderly  social  care  pension  scheme  obligation  disabled  DWP  mental 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
NHS shake-up is not a Trojan horse for privatisation, says top doctor | Society | The Guardian
accountable care organisations (ACOs).
Another body to control for quality, beyond CQC!? Tories already made CCGs accountable. //&! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42873285 - NHS plans: Privatisation or progress? //&! https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/health/2018/02/jeremy-hunt-still-clinging-his-job-because-he-has-big-plans-april - There is much merit in merging services like this, but the way Hunt intends to set up ACOs will open them to competitive tender, with opaque lines of responsibility once contracts are awarded. This is exactly what the huge private health care companies have been waiting for – the chance to take over whole chunks of the NHS and social care sectors and run them on commercial lines.
ACO  NHS  CCG  Politics  CQC  STP  Austerity  Privatisation  rationing  staff  crisis  sickcare  healthcare  demand  PFI  Council  ageing  demographic  bubble  population  premature  CEP  elderly  care  adult  social  Cancer  obesity  CVD  overweight  chronic  sick  waiting  times  bedblocking  bed  blocking  treatment  delay 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Hunt orders NHS England bosses to stick to waiting time limits | Society | The Guardian
Jeremy Hunt orders NHS England bosses to stick to waiting time limits
Health secretary swiftly rejects service chiefs’ public warning that meeting targets is impossible with current funding [...] In an unprecedented move reflecting a widening gulf with the government, NHS England used its board meeting to warn that it had to make “difficult choices” next year that would involve limiting what it could provide for patients. [ only providing basics life saving treatments - not life improvement treatments (elective surgery) ] [...] NHS England has also said it is unable to implement best practice as advised by Nice on a routine basis – an extraordinary state of affairs. We have now reached a point where the NHS constitution will be routinely breached and NHS services are being withdrawn.”
NHS  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  Philip  Hammond  Theresa  May  budget2017  rationing  treatment  delay  waiting  times  CVD  Cancer  A&E  diabetes  overweight  obesity  chronic  sick  population  ageing  premature  demographic  bubble  sickcare  demand  healthcare  CCG  CEP  STP  GP  elective  surgery  OAP  disabled  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  Austerity  adult  social  care  elderly  NICE  patient  safety  CQC  mental  health 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
£1bn funding shortfall may force UK care homes to close, says watchdog | Society | The Guardian
Fees paid by cash-strapped councils fail to meet costs of caring for residents, according to Competition and Markets Authority [...] In its report into the £16bn care homes sector, which covers 410,000 residents and stretches across 11,300 homes, the CMA said “urgent action” was needed because the current regime was “not sustainable” without additional funding.

It suggested that people who paid for their own care were being asked to pay more than they should in order to subsidise council-funded residents.
Council  Austerity  social  adult  care  sickcare  ageing  population  chronic  sick  premature  bailout  bedblocking  bed  blocking  NHS  disabled  healthcare  rationing  CCG  GP  A&E  waiting  times  treatment  delay  UK  England  Scotland 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Budget 2017: NHS trusts given extra £350m for entire winter, despite Brexit bus promising £350m a week | The Independent
Budget had also nothing on social care! -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42065767 &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-42096941 begging patients &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42082602 more rationing and restrictions in the books by CCGs eg physical rehabilitation services could be cut. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5112803/NHS-prepares-ration-painkillers-routine-operations.html &! https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4978787/cuts-to-patient-services-feared-after-budget/ // The NHS is getting £1.6bn in extra funding next year, less than half asked for by the NHS to keep the service running //&! https://www.gponline.com/gps-ignored-2017-budget-nhs-england-hints-cuts-services/article/1450955 - GP leaders hit out at chancellor Philip Hammond for ignoring general practice in his 2017 budget, as NHS England officials hinted that a 'disappointing' £2.8bn funding hike for the health service could force cuts. //&! http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/national/15676761.Budget_2017__Additional_funds_for_NHS_will_not_plug_gap__Sir_Bruce_Keogh_says/ - the NHS “can no longer avoid the difficult debate” on what can be provided by the health service on the funds it is operating on. //&! https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/23/conservatives-will-break-nhs-funding-pledge-labour-claims - An analysis carried out for Labour by the House of Commons library shows that despite the chancellor, Philip Hammond, announcing an extra £2.8bn in day-to-day funding, real-terms funding per head is set to fall in 2018-19, and remain flat for two years after that.
NHS  winter  crisis  budget2017  GP  A&E  Austerity  CEP  STP  sickcare  demand  healthcare  chronic  sick  population  ageing  demographic  bubble  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  obesity  overweight  England  waiting  time  treatment  delay  rationing  mental  health  locum  staff  Nurses  hiring  paycap  Doctors  Junior  recruitment  stress  burnout  sickleave  Philip  Hammond  Theresa  May  Council  bed  blocking  bedblocking  adult  social  elderly  care  Disabled  Privatisation  Simon  Stevens  Jeremy  Hunt 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS Budget plan not enough, say bosses - BBC News
NHS Bosses Simon Stevens and Health Improvement have asked for 4bn more each year to meet targets again // Traditionally the health budget has got an extra 4% a year above inflation to help it cope with the ageing population and cost of new drugs and treatments.
Since 2010 that figure has dropped to close to 1% - and this extra money does little to improve that.
Those working in accident and emergency units point out that the £350m for this winter could easily be swallowed up by spending on agency staff.
It is why staff on the front line are still predicting rising waiting times for treatment.
NHS  Simon  Stevens  Philip  Hammond  budget2017  Austerity  sickcare  demand  winter  crisis  STP  CEP  rationing  waiting  times  treatment  delay  A&E  GP  staff  locum  Nurses  Doctors  Junior  recruitment  hiring  retention  Brexit  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  elderly  care  adult  social  healthcare  demographic  bubble  chronic  sick  population  ageing  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  obesity  overweight 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS faces even worse winter crisis than last year, watchdog warns | Society | The Guardian
In an update on how the NHS in England performed between July and September, NHSI said hospitals did not succeed in freeing up the target of 2,000-3,000 beds by September, which would have helped them cope with the extra winter demand.

NHS leaders and the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, told hospitals in the spring that they needed to reduce the number of beds occupied due to “delayed transfers of care” – patients who are fit to leave but cannot safely be discharged – to 3.5% of their total number by September. But 5% of beds are still occupied with such cases, NHSI said.
NHS  winter  crisis  bedblocking  bed  blocking  ageing  chronic  sick  population  elective  surgery  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  Council  STP  CEP  CCG  Austerity  rationing  treatment  delay  waiting  times  GP  A&E  adult  social  care  premature  demographic  bubble  sickcare  healthcare  demand 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS battle for money: Where will it end? - BBC News
[ Simon Stevens could walk away, creating a new crate for May's government, as BOE Mark Carney did not extend his BOE gov role beyond Brexit ] If there is a significant financial settlement for the NHS in England, Mr Stevens can claim vindication for his strategy.
But if there isn't, he is faced with a difficult choice - either soldier on with a service under great strain and his five-year plan objectives under threat, or walk away.
He will be well aware of the risk he has taken with his speech.
But perhaps he is ready to go if he has to, arguing that at least he tried to get the NHS the money it needed. &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXlTwgfL6tU - Head of NHS England demands more money (Channel 4 News) &! One short picture of the winter crisis last time around 16/17 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNu3O3Pqebk &! 13/14 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGulU83N6Gc
NHS  Austerity  Simon  Stevens  Crisis  winter  Theresa  May  Philip  Hammond  Jeremy  Hunt  CEP  STP  CCG  rationing  waiting  times  treatment  delay  GP  A&E  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  adult  social  care  elderly  sickcare  demand  healthcare  chronic  sick  population  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  overweight  obesity 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
'Bed-blocking' in Scottish hospitals falls by 9.6% - BBC News
About 400 people were left in hospital because the social care support they needed in order to live in their own home was not available, while more than 200 had to wait for a place in a nursing home.
Of those who could not leave hospital in September 2017, 1,140 had to wait for for more than three days.
A third of delayed patients had to wait in hospital for more than six weeks - a 2% increase from last year, despite the fall in the figures overall.
NHS  Scotland  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  Austerity  adult  social  care  ageing  chronic  sick  population  sickcare  demand  healthcare  public  health  demographic  bubble  premature  Crisis  rationing  elective  surgery  GP  A&E  referral  treatment  delay  waiting  times 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Hunt faces legal action over attempts to 'Americanise' the NHS | The Independent
more two-tier options for users w ACO offering from the get go two-tier adult and social care services/options. AND like most private provides taking on NHS business, avoiding also tax! Hnt himself said in committee hearing that our ageing population is private money fest opportunity.
NHS  Privatisation  Austerity  ACO  CEP  STP  CCG  CQC  rationing  waiting  times  profit  maximisation  neoliberalism  public  health  good  neoliberal  bedblocking  bed  blocking  adult  social  care  Council  disabled  ageing  population  chronic  sick  sickcare  healthcare  demand  demographic  bubble 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Study shows dementia is biggest killer in affluent areas - BBC News
Dementia and Alzheimer's disease is the leading cause of death in affluent areas in Wales, new figures have shown. [ statistical fluke attributed to longer lifes and better med patient adherens eg statins and reduce alcohol intake - poorer may die earlier - cancer cvd]
dementia  Alzheimer  public  health  sickcare  healthcare  demand  chronic  sick  population  premature  ageing  demographic  bubble  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  obesity  overweight  NHS  Council  adult  social  elderly  care  disabled 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
'Radical changes' needed to £1bn stroke care - BBC News
[ 50% of disability in over 50 from Stroke ] Caring for people who have suffered from stroke is costing Wales £1bn annually, according to a leading charity.
The Stroke Association has also warned the figure could almost triple to £2.8bn by 2035 if immediate action is not taken.
The charity said the "vast majority" of the financial burden is placed on families and carers.
Strokes cost the UK as a whole £25.6bn per year.
NHS  Council  adult  social  care  Stroke  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  disabled  ageing  chronic  sick  population  prevention  sickcare  healthcare  demographic  bubble  public  health  Crisis  STP  CEP  rehabilitation  rationing  treatment  delay  A&E  GP  economic  damage  premature  Austerity 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Patients are suffering while the SNP shamefully dithers | Kevin McKenna | Opinion | The Guardian
One senior health professional told me last week: “Yes, there is a backlog for operations, but the issue is the front and back door – not the bit in the middle. They are trying to solve the wrong problem and bringing on these new centres will only add to the problem. In addition, there is a huge problem with a lack of doctors across parts of the system. If they are moving planned care into these new elective centres, how are they going to staff them?”
NHS  Scotland  Austerity  healthcare  demand  sickcare  elective  surgery  GP  A&E  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  adult  social  care  waiting  times  treatment  delay  rationing  mental  health  complex  chronic  sick  population  ageing  demographic  bubble  premature  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  obesity  overweight  alcohol  self-medication  addiction  winter  staff  Crisis  recruitment  hiring  training  Nurses 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS failing to tackle 'significant safety risks', warns its medical chief
Patients were being left at risk of suffering needless harm – including amputations, devastating maternity complications and deaths – because of the lack of action to protect them, the former heart surgeon said.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Sir Bruce said there were too many organisations vying for attention and instead, one simple system was needed to issue safety directives.

He also said too many hospitals were putting cost-cutting ahead of patient safety.
NHS  patient  safety  Austerity  STP  CEP  rationing  delayed  treatment  waiting  times  healthcare  demand  sickcare  ageing  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  Disease  complex  staff  shortage  Nurses  recruitment  Crisis  winter  hiring  training  adult  social  care  Council  bedblocking  bed  blocking 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Thanks but no thanks, CareRooms. In the NHS we need staff, not beds | Rachel Clarke | Opinion | The Guardian
Trained staff – carers – are what the sector lacks, not physical spaces in buildings. Urgent investment in trained, regulated carers is the only safe way to address this, not outsourcing the problem to random homeowners with no clearly defined standards for safeguarding, clinical governance and infection control, not to mention other risks to patients who are at their most vulnerable.
NHS  Crisis  bedblocking  bed  blocking  adult  social  care  Council  STP  CEP  Austerity  staff  hiring  recruitment  locum  shortage  rationing  waiting  times  treatment  delay  chronic  complex  diseases  ageing  demographic  bubble  population  premature  frail 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS waits for cancer care, A&E and ops worsen across UK - BBC News
Twelve out of 135 English hospital trusts, four out of five Northern Irish health trusts and five out of seven Welsh trusts have failed to hit any target in the past 12 months. //&! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41656674 &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41643145 << ageing population w complex care needs for chronic diseases &! Wales worst - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41649870
NHS  sickcare  demand  healthcare  health  care  Austerity  ageing  chronic  sick  population  winter  crisis  demographic  bubble  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  CEP  STP  rationing  waiting  times  referrals  GP  A&E  delayed  treatment  burnout  staff  shortage  locum  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  obesity  overweight  England  Wales  Scotland  patient  safety  CQC  adult  elderly  social 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Hunt considers barring walk-in patients from A&E | Society | The Guardian
“We know that the main issue contributing to pressures in A&E is not inappropriate attendance, but a lack of hospital beds, and a lack of the community support services patients need when they are discharged, so they end up staying in hospital for longer than they needed to.” [...] She added: “Maybe a pilot will identify some good ways of reducing genuinely inappropriate use of A&E, but that this idea is even circulating speaks volumes about the consequences of the government’s decision to underfund the NHS. The chancellor must take note, and respond in his budget next month.”
NHS  A&E  healthcare  demand  111  GP  winter  crisis  referral  waiting  time  flu  fluseason  influenza  ageing  chronic  sick  frail  population  demographic  bubble  bedblocking  bed  blocking  elective  surgery  delay  treatment  times  care  adult  social  elderly  Council  Jeremy  Hunt  rationing  sickcare  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  obesity  overweight  Austerity  STP  CEP 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS operations could be cancelled for months this winter, senior medics warn
"If, as we expect, we see a flu outbreak, I think the NHS - in terms of both beds and clinical staff - will break far worse than last year and elective activity will almost certainly cease for several months." [...] Meanwhile, leaked documents seen by Health Service Journal suggest that an NHS trust with a history of high death rates agreed savings plans, despite warnings from its then finance director that doing so could threaten patient safety.
NHS  winter  crisis  flu  influenza  Brexit  staff  shortage  Nurses  GP  A&E  elective  care  surgery  Cancer  CVD  recruitment  hiring  immigration  ageing  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  premature  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  Austerity  norovirus  adult  elderly  social  Disabled  vulnerable  frail  STP  CEP  rationing  waiting  times  treatment  delay  patient  safety 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Homes are not assets to be passed on to children, says minister | Society | The Guardian
houses became a mini-social welfare net among families. and a helping hand in social/income mobility for those benefiting/children and children children. // also current gen funding elderly care have less wage, less money (inflation), less prospects, no mobility, student debt, and high rents.
Erbschaftsteuer  dementiatax  dementia  taxation  property  bubble  UK  housing  crisis  rentier  economy  Alzheimer  demographic  ageing  premature  social  care  adult  elderly  Council  bedblocking  bed  blocking  chronic  sick  population  sickcare  demand  healthcare  health  NHS  Austerity  asset  inheritancetax  inheritance  Generationengerechtigkeit  Generation  Rent 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
A Simple Way to Involve Frontline Clinicians in Managing Costs
NHS hospitals exploring how to tighten the belt // This testing in NHS Scotland has taught us several lessons about the approach to managing value in a busy health care environment. First, point-of-care leaders, if armed with information about costs and quality, can improve both. // debate abt value v overtreatment. nurses and doctors now not only have to navigate overtreatment, patient safety/satisfaction but also keep in mind the purse of the nation v every single one patient they are seeing.
NHS  Austerity  sickcare  healthcare  demand  STP  CEP  rationing  waiting  times  delayed  treatment  delay  bedblocking  Council  care  social  adult  elderly  Disabled  chronic  sick  population  CCG  staff  shortage  locum  Nurses  hiring  GP  accountability  stress  Burnout  recruitment  demographic  bubble  premature  ageing  babyboomers 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Council and NHS in £19.5m funding row over patients staying in hospital too long - Stoke Sentinel
[first NHS Councils blame each other for little progress, now NHS Department withholding funds bc no progress from Council ] But now NHS England is threatening to withhold the cash (one tranche from the Better Care Fund) because the authority is failing to reduce its bed-blocking figures by ensuring care packages are in place. Council leaders say the target – cutting social care-related delayed transfers of care by two-thirds in eight weeks – was unrealistic and set at ‘extremely short notice’. Now they are lobbying the Government on the issue, and working with the local NHS to find alternative ways of paying for the affected services. It comes after the council had to make cuts in areas such as drug and alcohol services after the NHS withdrew £15 million last year.
NHS  England  Council  bedblocking  bed  blocking  elderly  social  adult  care  sickcare  healthcare  demand  health  UK  ageing  demographic  bubble  premature  chronic  sick  population  complex  diseases  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  obesity  disabled  overweight  Austerity  CEP  STP  rationing  treatment  delay  patient  safety  waiting  time  public  Crisis  winter  CCG 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
'High risk' of NHS Tayside failing to balance budget - BBC News
NHS Tayside delivered £45.5m in efficiency savings in 2016/17, nearly double the savings of the previous year.
However, the auditor general said that was still £1.3m below target.
The main overspends last year were on workforce, prescribing costs, and clinical supplies.
NHS Tayside chief executive Lesley McLay said the board was "actively addressing" its issues. &! https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/scotland/nhs-tayside-faces-extremely-challenging-position-of-50m-funding-gap/ &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-38330662 - NHS Tayside must save £214m over next five years
NHS  Scotland  Austerity  healthcare  demand  health  care  sickcare  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  ageing  premature  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  obesity  overweight  rationing  waiting  times  referral  treatment  delay  patient  safety  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  adult  elderly  social  Disabled 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
What to do if your child is overweight - BBC News
One in ten young people in the UK, aged between five and 19, is obese, according to new research that looks at obesity trends in over 200 countries. Consultant paediatrician Prof Mary Rudolf, who advises the government on obesity, says many parents would not know that "a healthy 10-year-old's ribs should be clearly visible - many parents would consider that such a child was quite underweight". //&! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39846385 &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37859484 &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37108767 - Childhood obesity: Plan attacked as 'weak' and 'watered down' &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36805577 - Public health cuts 'could hamper anti-obesity effort' &! WHO World Obesity Day // In the UK, one in every 10 young people aged five to 19, is obese. Obese children are likely to become obese adults, putting them at risk of serious health problems, say experts.
These include type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain types of cancer, such as breast and colon. [...] "Even skinny people are heavier than they would have been ten years ago.
"We have not become more weak-willed, lazy or greedy. The reality is the world around us is changing." - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41550159 &! bariatric surgery - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/11/obese-people-treatment-surgery-britain &! hidden sick environment to navigate: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/11/high-calorie-puddings-dominate-childrens-menus-at-leading-food-chains
NHS  public  health  Crisis  healthcare  demand  care  obesity  CVD  overweight  diabetes  Cancer  immune  system  inflammation  economic  damage  prevention  intervention  nudge  food–industrial  tax  obesogenic  chronic  sick  population  ageing  premature  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Disabled  elderly  adult  social  Productivity  leave  sickleave  self-medication  addiction  food  S.A.D.  western  diet  lifestyle  coping  mechanism  stress  mental  epidemic  nanny  state  environment  pollution  taxation  childhood  parenthood  parenting  epigenetics  whole-food  plant-based  lobby  Sugar  complex  diseases  sickcare  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  bariatric  surgery 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Global cost of obesity-related illness to hit $1.2tn a year from 2025 | Society | The Guardian
The cost of treating ill health caused by obesity around the world will top $1.2tn every year from 2025 unless more is done to check the rapidly worsening epidemic, according to new expert estimates. Obesity and smoking are the two main drivers behind the soaring numbers of cancers, heart attacks, strokes and diabetes worldwide, grouped together officially as non-communicable diseases. They are the biggest killers of the modern world.
NHS  public  health  Crisis  healthcare  demand  care  obesity  CVD  overweight  diabetes  Cancer  immune  system  inflammation  economic  damage  prevention  intervention  nudge  food–industrial  tax  obesogenic  chronic  sick  population  ageing  premature  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Disabled  elderly  adult  social  Productivity  leave  sickleave  self-medication  addiction  food  S.A.D.  western  diet  lifestyle  coping  mechanism  stress  mental  epidemic  nanny  state 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Altenpflege und der Personalmangel: "Wir laufen auf eine Katastrophe zu" - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Kurz vor der Wahl wird der Pflegenotstand zum Thema. Im Interview spricht Ökonom Stefan Sell von Niedriglöhnen und Personalmangel - und erklärt, weshalb Altenpfleger in die Gewerkschaft eintreten sollten.
UK  NHS  Germany  health  care  demand  adult  Altenpflege  elderly  social  demographic  bubble  babyboomers  chronic  sick  population  premature  ageing  complex  Diseases  working  poor  Austerity  Altersarmut  CVD  diabetes  Cancer  obesity  overweight  patient  safety  Privatisation  profit  maximisation 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Virgin Care asks Bath staff not to report safety concerns to health watchdog - Bath Chronicle
Virgin Care asked staff in the Bath area not to report their safety concerns to the health watchdog.

Registered managers in health and social care have a legal obligation to report issues to the Care Quality Commission if they feel their service is unsafe.
NHS  Privatisation  CQC  Whistleblower  patient  safety  health  care  demand  rationing  adult  social  elderly  Council  demographic  bubble  ageing  population  chronic  sick  Disabled 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Care Appointments | Extra £5 million for NHS Scotland to reduce delays and ease winter pressures
Last winter health boards were given £12 million in additional winter resilience funding and the previous year they received £10.7 million.

This year’s funding follows a £59 million health service cash boost announced in May to drive down waiting times, £9 million of which was targeted at improving A&E performances on waiting times and delayed discharges.
winter  Crisis  NHS  Scotland  Grampian  health  care  demand  ageing  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  babyboomers  premature  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  obesity  overweight  Austerity  elective  surgery  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  elderly  adult  social  Disabled  waiting  time  treatment  delay  rationing  A&E  GP 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Health bosses apologise as number of ops in cancelled by NHS Grampian increase - Evening Express
MSPs held a debate in the Scottish Parliament on the situation at NHS Grampian after new figures showed 9% of all planned operations were cancelled in August. &! https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/nhs-report-shows-rise-in-vacancies/ - The number of vacancies for consultants and nurses in the North-east has increased. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-41497626 - NHS Grampian 'sees 75% of locum spending in north of Scotland' &! Stress fissure show everywhere, even higher up: https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/1336268/apology-after-health-report-error-for-neabsh-p10/
NHS  Grampian  elective  surgery  health  care  demand  ageing  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  bedblocking  bed  blocking  ICU  Council  A&E  GP  babyboomers  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  obesity  overweight  waiting  times  treatment  delay  patient  safety  adult  social  elderly  Disabled  staff  shortage  winter  Crisis  recruitment  hiring  locum  Nurses 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Royal Cornwall hospital put in special measures after patient deaths | Society | The Guardian
Royal Cornwall Hospital, Cornwall Country, South England ... yet another one cant handle demand w given resources. // CQC put in place by tories/jeremy hunt, to do for him the clean up, otherwise if he would have to respond help w more money and clean up he would have been long gone. its outsourcing of responsibility and accountability at best, same w CCGs and re-org, tenders/privatisation, market mechanism. // see cancer surgery delay = add to excess death. same w bed blocking news, that bed blocking leads to excess deaths eg infection risk. malnutrition. wasting of muscles. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-41500555
NHS  England  STP  CEP  Austerity  CQC  rationing  waiting  times  treatment  delay  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  Privatisation  health  care  demand  ageing  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  babyboomers  baby  boomers  CVD  diabetes  obesity  overweight  premature  Cancer  bed  blocking  bedblocking  Council  social  adult  elderly  Disabled 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Care homes places 'crisis' in five years across England - BBC News
Consumer group Which? said "urgent action" was needed because of a rising population of older people.
England has 407,000 care home beds but would need another 50,000 by 2022 to meet demand.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was "addressing" the issue and £1bn was invested in 2017. [...] The problems are "systemic" and as it can take up to seven years to plan and build a new care home, the sector "won't be able to meet the growing need of the country's ageing population", Which? said. &! https://www.channel4.com/news/most-councils-will-not-have-enough-care-home-places - five years’ time, nine out of ten local authorities in England will not have enough care home places to match the demand of the growing elderly population.
NHS  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  social  adult  elderly  care  Austerity  STP  CEP  rationing  waiting  times  elective  delayed  treatment  Nurses  health  demand  demographic  bubble  ageing  population  chronic  sick  CVD  Disabled  diabetes  obesity  overweight  Alzheimer  dementia  Crisis  staff  shortage  locum  patient  safety  Brexit  immigration  mental  diseases  complex  needs  Jeremy  Hunt  surgery  GP  A&E 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Chronic ill health among working age population poses 'unsustainable drain' on NHS | HeraldScotland
Currently 39 per cent of the working age population in Scotland has at least one long-term condition, but that is forecast to surge as the population ages and Scotland grapples with the fallout of an obesity epidemic.

Prof MacDonald said a failure to prevent and manage long-term conditions properly would be catastrophic as pension age increases to 68 or more.
UK  Scotland  NHS  health  care  demand  chronic  sick  disease  population  babyboomers  baby  boomers  ageing  premature  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  obesity  overweight  pain  inflammation  demographic  bubble  England  Disabled  Council  adult  social  medical  advances  western  diet  lifestyle  S.A.D.  sedentary  prevention  public  intervention  GP  nanny  state  self-medication  Alcohol  junk  food  fast  mental  DWP  ESA  JSA  unemployment  stress 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Data on NHS waiting lists in Scotland ‘suggests interference’ | Scotland | The Times & The Sunday Times
[ar politicians meddling with the statistics?] The UK Statistics Authority, the official regulator, has looked into a complaint about the publication of waiting list information by the Scottish NHS and concluded that staff made “a series of misjudged decisions”. They accuse the statistics arm of NHS Scotland — the Information Services Division (ISD) — of “catering more for the needs of policy officials” than patients. &! http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15562974.Scotland__39_s_health_data_body_rebuked_over_way_data_on_waiting_times_was_presented/ - It was concerned figures given by the Information Services Division (ISD) did not give a full picture of the scale of the problem and that patients returning for treatment, as well as first time patients, had to endure long waits.
NHS  Scotland  Politics  SNP  waiting  time  referral  Grampian  accountability  statistics  GP  delayed  treatment  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  obesity  pain  elective  urgent  A&E  care  social  adult  Council  bedblocking  bed  blocking  overweight  mental  health  Disabled  chronic  sick  population  ageing  premature  demographic  bubble  babyboomers  baby  boomers  disease 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Tony Booth: Till Death Us Do Part actor dies at 85 - BBC News
Booth, who was 85, had been suffering from Alzheimer's for more than 10 years and had suffered heart problems.
premature  death  Alzheimer  dementia  CVD  health  care  demand  Council  NHS  bedblocking  bed  blocking  rationing  elderly  adult  social  babyboomers  baby  boomers  demographic  bubble  ageing  chronic  sick  population 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS slams big pharma in High Court row over drug pricing powers
The row is over powers introduced in April giving NHS England the right to ration costly medicines, including if they are expected to cost more than £20m in any of their first three years of use. Previously medicines signed off as clinically effective and good value for money by public drug price regulator Nice had to be automatically funded and made available by the NHS within three months. [...] The drugmakers argue the changes will limit patients’ access to cutting-edge treatments, particularly for rare diseases where the benefits are large but the patient numbers are small. In their claim the drug firms argue Nice acted beyond its powers to introduce the so-called budget impact test and failed to consult properly with ­industry on the detail of the proposals.
NHS  NICE  big  pharma  Cancer  CVD  health  care  demand  Austerity  STP  CEP  rationing  waiting  times  delay  treatment  chronic  sick  population  prevention  babyboomers  baby  boomers  premature  ageing  demographic  bubble  cost  Council  bedblocking  social  adult  elderly  bed  blocking  dementia  diabetes  obesity  overweight 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
What will cost more than lifting the public sector pay cap? Not lifting it | Faiza Shaheen | Opinion | The Guardian
[finding efficiencies ... ] Let’s start with costs of recruitment and retention. This is a big one. Job advertising isn’t cheap and new recruits take time to settle in. Last year, a study found there had been a 61% rise in advertising spend since 2010 in secondary schools alone, costing £56m in 2015. Shortages in the health service mean NHS Trusts are paying millions every month to agency and bank nurses to ensure there are adequate levels of staff on wards.

Stress-related leave has also increased in the public sector as workers are understandably getting run down working in understaffed schools and hospital wards. This is just staff – what about the costs to our children of being in classes too big for them to maximise their learning or to a sick individual who has an operation delayed?
NHS  School  Police  paycap  Austerity  staff  shortage  locum  retention  Crisis  hiring  recruitment  STP  rationing  health  care  demand  education  policy  Privatisation  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  Theresa  May  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  Nurses  elderly  adult  social  bedblocking  Council  bed  blocking  ageing  demographic  chronic  sick  population  public  sector  discretionary  spending  disposable  income  debt  workers  trade  union 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
UN report attacks austerity budgets for growing inequality | Business | The Guardian
Austerity budgets adopted by governments across the world since the 2008 financial crash are to blame for undermining the job security of millions of workers and threatening the progress made by women in the workplace, according to a UN report. [...] The report argued that giving women access to decent employment could only be achieved if governments maintained investment in affordable childcare facilities and care for the elderly. When they make steep cuts in early-years education and healthcare provision they are effectively asking women to pick up the slack, it said.
Austerity  gender-based  discrimination  child  care  education  policy  women  Gesellschaft  Society  gender  pay  gap  adult  elderly  social  bedblocking  bed  blocking  services  NHS  Feminism  Sexismus  sexism 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Alzheimer’s surge adds to burden on NHS of ageing population - The Scotsman
This marks a rise of 33.4 per cent on the same period last year and more than double the 257 deaths that occurred in the same three months in 2014. A further 936 deaths in Scotland were a result of dementia, the figures showed, up 16.9 per cent over the year – although this was said in part to be due to changes in the cause of death coding software.

Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/alzheimer-s-surge-adds-to-burden-on-nhs-of-ageing-population-1-4559527 //&! https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/scotland/alarming-rise-in-deaths-from-alzheimers-disease-placing-heavy-strain-on-nhs/
NHS  public  health  Alzheimer  dementia  CVD  chronic  sick  population  premature  ageing  death  care  demand  adult  elderly  Social  Services  Council  Austerity  demographic  bubble  babyboomers  rationing  STP 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Overburdened NHS faces 'winter of woe', leading doctors warn | Society | The Guardian
A total of 181,692 bed days were lost in hospitals in England in July to “delayed transfers of care”, when patients are fit to leave but cannot be safely discharged. Prof Derek Alderson, the president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said hospitals’ ability to cope with the coming winter was at risk because so many beds were tied up with such patients. [...] A war of words between local councils and the NHS broke out on Thursday over who was to blame for the high number of patients trapped in hospital. [bc on both sides, money was not spend on care that was allocated but elsewhere to pluck holes] [...] It also emerged on Thursday that the number of written complaints about NHS services in England rose by 5% last year – with GPs a particular target of patients’ frustration.
NHS  winter  crisis  bed  blocking  bedblocking  Austerity  STP  rationing  Council  flu  influenza  chronic  sick  population  ageing  premature  demographic  bubble  health  care  demand  medical  advances  GP  A&E  CCG  adult  elderly  social  Community  accountability 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
'Medical opinions ignored' by NHS payment assessor, workers say - BBC News
CCGs rationing care, only for the neediest. See elsewhere. Cancer and emergencies first. Everything else can wait.
NHS  STP  CCG  adult  elderly  social  care  Council  Austerity  rationing  public  health  demand  ageing  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  Scotland  England 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Statins cut the risk of heart disease death by 28% among men, study shows | Society | The Guardian
[ more pills ] Ray said people with lower levels of cholesterol, around 4mmol/L, who otherwise appear healthy, should also be treated with statins.
NHS  health  care  demand  Statins  big  pharma  CVD  S.A.D.  western  diet  lifestyle  GP  A&E  premature  ageing  Disabled  disability  adult  social  elderly  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  Austerity  STP  rationing  chronic  sick  population  obesity  overweight  Cancer  prevention  nutrition  lobby 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Stephen Hawking: I'm worried about the future of the NHS - BBC News
"The more profit is extracted from the system, the more private monopolies grow and the more expensive healthcare becomes. The NHS must be preserved from commercial interests and protected from those who want to privatise it," he said.
NHS  STP  Austerity  Privatisation  rationing  health  care  demand  ageing  population  chronic  sick  medical  advances  diabetes  CVD  Cancer  obesity  Jeremy  Hunt  Council  bedblocking  bed  blocking  adult  elderly  social 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Moray nurse warns that proposed changes could put lives at risk | Press and Journal
District nurses in NHS Grampian could come under management of GPs as part of changes to the organisation of community care being considered by health bosses.

The board believes the move, one of several options being considered, would result in a stronger link between patients and the GP responsible for their care.

Unions have held talks with management however after some staff raised fears it could lead to longer waits for patients receiving vital care due to piling the extra workload on already under-pressure doctors.
NHS  Scotland  GP  elderly  adult  social  care  community  bedblocking  bed  blocking 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Scots mental health patients 'wait years for discharge' - BBC News
He said: "The reasons for delayed discharges within adult mental health services can be very unique and complex. For example, it may be necessary to work in partnership with third sector social care providers to specially commission a new building to accommodate a patient and any live-in carers.
"Legal implications linked to complex guardianship applications can also contribute to delays." &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-40812593 &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-40812732 &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40631929
NHS  Scotland  Grampian  Council  Austerity  STP  merger  mental  health  adult  social  elderly  care 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Health and social care integration underfunded, MSPs warned - Evening Express
The integration of health and social care is underfunded and lacks a long-term financial strategy, a Holyrood committee has been told.

The budget shortfall means the required shift in the balance of care will take longer to achieve, according to the authorities set up to oversee the change.
NHS  Scotland  Council  SNP  bedblocking  bed  blocking  adult  social  care  elderly  mental  health 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Essex nursery 'closes because of universal free hours scheme' - BBC News
underfunded policies. promising something w big number £, not adding up. see Prisons, Police, NHS, mental health, infrastructure (electrification), Hinkley Point C, HS2. And School Meals and DementiaTax from Theresa May. And the 2bn that add not up for "bed blocking". See also voter response to 'we don't need to budget our manifesto, look at our track record.' Or the brilliance of disaster (cant make that shit up) the new funding formula and roll out for schools funding per pupil is was.
UK  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  David  Cameron  Austerity  Theresa  May  Jeremy  Hunt  child  care  Prison  NHS  Council  George  Osborne  mental  health  infrastructure  Hinkley  HS2  Westminster  Whitehall  Brexit  GE2017  DementiaTax  bedblocking  bed  blocking  adult  elderly  social  education  policy 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Mental health patients stranded in units for years - BBC News
Over the past two years, at least 91 patients have waited more than a year to be discharged, with at least seven patients waiting more than two years.
At least 320 patients had to wait at least 100 days to be discharged, BBC Freedom of Information requests show.
Experts say a lack of suitable accommodation and wrangling over budgets are to blame for the delays.
NHS  mental  health  adult  social  care  Council  Austerity  rationing  bedblocking  bed  blocking  STP  Privatisation  locum  staff  shortage 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Care homes face 'huge shortfall' in available beds - BBC News
Up to 3,000 elderly people will not be able to get beds in UK care homes by the end of next year, research suggests.
Research commissioned by BBC Radio 4's You and Yours programme reveals a huge shortfall in the number of beds available.
Increasing demand from an ageing population could see that grow to more than 70,000 beds in nine years' time.
The Department of Health said local authorities in England had been given an extra £2bn to help fund social care.
But in the past three years one in 20 UK care home beds has closed, and research suggests not enough are being added to fill the gap.
NHS  bed  blocking  bedblocking  Council  adult  care  home  social  elderly  Disabled  Austerity  STP  minimum  wage  minimumwage  rationing 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Shake-up set to benefit 100,000 people every year at hospital wards - Evening Express
[ now you are encouraged to wash your relative yourself ] “We encourage carers to participate in the care of their family member or friend while in hospital if they wish to do so and welcome carers to visit the ward as much as their family or friend would like.

“Some of the feedback has been really heartfelt and we are proud that we’ve been able to lead the way in Scotland by introducing this type of scheme.”
NHS  Scotland  Grampian  Austerity  staff  shortage  locum  rationing  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  elderly  care  adult  social  health  demand  ageing  population  chronic  sick  demographic  bubble 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
SNP NHS bed-blocking crisis: Over 200,000 beds lost a DAY as patients wait to leave | UK | News | Express.co.uk
bed blocking the size of scotlands super hospital // Scottish Labour said 1,377 beds had been filled every day since the start of the year, the equivalent of adult capacity at Glasgow’s £842 million Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. [...] Information Services Division Scotland figures show a total of 206,537 bed days were lost between January and May this year. In February it emerged some patients were languishing more than a year to be discharged.
NHS  Scotland  SNP  Shona  Robison  Nicola  Sturgeon  social  care  adult  Disabled  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Austerity  Council  Privatisation 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Lack of mental health support leaving children stuck in hospital – thinktank | Society | The Guardian
Children with serious mental health problems are becoming trapped in NHS psychiatric units, unable to leave because care is unavailable outside hospitals, a thinktank has said. [...] CAMHS units are have been affected by serious staff shortages. One in nine units is failing to provide staff-to-patient ratios regarded as the minimum acceptable, 24% are struggling to employ enough staff and 19% of the outlay on CAMHS pay goes to temporary bank and agency staff.
UK  NHS  mental  health  Austerity  Council  adult  social  care  Deprivation  rationing  homeless  homelessness  housing  crisis  CAMHS  staff  shortage  locum 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Why are GPs considering closing their patient lists
List closure however, if carried out on the grounds of patient safety, is allowed under the contract.
NHS  GP  Austerity  A&E  health  care  demand  ageing  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  adult  elderly  Council 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
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