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The Government is seriously underestimating cost of Social Care reform according to report

On 18 May 2022, County Councils Network which is a body representing England’s local authorities, released a new independent report titled ‘Preparing for Reform’ report (“The Report”). The Report analysed aspects and costs of the Government’s planned social care reform. The Report estimates that the Government are ‘seriously underestimating’ the costs of its social care …

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British Medical Association’s COVID-19 Inquiry – Government Seriously Fails Doctors

While the Government has pledged to conduct a public inquiry into the COVID-19 pandemic, the delay of learning the results of those findings will take too long. The British Medical Association (“BMA”) realised this, and is publishing five reports in total.  The BMA conducted a study between November and December 2021 of doctors’ views and …

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MPs want a major reform of NHS clinical negligence claims in England

MPs in England want to reform the current system for clinical negligence claims against the NHS which they believe is failing. It is their view that the current system does not encourage a culture where there is learning from mistakes made in the NHS. The current claims system is expensive with costs predicted to double …

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Pharmacists urge Government to amend law to ease HRT supply

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (“RPS”) has urged the Government to consider a law change regarding HRT prescriptions.  Currently, many types of hormone-replacement therapy (“HRT”) are in high demand and the short supply is not meeting this, leaving some women who rely on this medicine to have reported to be suicidal. The RPS’s proposal would aim …

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Inquiry into the Government’s Pledges on the Health and Social Care Workforce

The adult social care (“ASC”) sector has been experiencing a staffing crisis that has only been exacerbated by the pandemic. Not enough staff has meant that many providers are unable to deliver the high quality care that service users deserve. Despite continual pleas for help, the Government appears to be out of touch with the …

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House of Lords Inquiry into the Invisibility of Adult Social Care

The House of Lords Adult Social Care Committee (“The Committee”) is conducting an inquiry into the adult social care sector which is often described as ‘invisible’. The inquiry is titled, ‘Lifting the veil: Removing the invisibility of adult social care’ and The Committee is inviting all stakeholders to submit written evidence by 27 May 2022. …

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Government denies mandatory vaccine ruling penalised social care staff

A Government Minister has publicly challenged the suggestion that the decision to make vaccines mandatory for the social care workers penalised any factions of the health and social care sector. Speaking at the Future of Care Conference held on 29 March 2022, the Minister of State for Care and Mental Health, Gillian Keegan said: “It …

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Government opens consultation on Terms of Reference for the UK COVID-19 Inquiry

The ‘UK COVID-19 Inquiry’ (“Inquiry”) is a public Inquiry which has been set up to examine the UK’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of the Inquiry is to ensure that the UK can learn from its mistakes in order for it to be better prepared to respond to any future pandemic.  As such, …

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Government to crack down on unregulated cosmetic procedures

On 28 February 2022, the Government announced that it intends to introduce a licensing regime for non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as Botox and fillers. The aim is to protect patients from botched cosmetic procedures conducted by unregulated practices with questionable hygiene and safety standards. The amendment to the Health and Care Bill is scheduled for …

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