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Care Sector Response to Government Plans to Block Beds for Discharged A&E Patients

My colleague recently wrote an article on the Government’s plans to block-beds in care homes in order to ease pressures on the NHS. Unsurprisingly, the care sector has not responded favourably to this. Chief Executive of Care England, Martin Green, has stated that care homes will need at least £1500 per bed per week to …

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The UK Government publishes its policy paper outlining support for social care this winter

On 9 January 2023 the Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) published its policy paper relating to the Government’s current priorities ahead of this forthcoming winter. It is aimed at care providers, local authorities, integrated care systems, carers and social care staff. The purpose of which is to provide clarity into both the current …

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England set to have more diagnostic hubs to tackle NHS waiting lists

The Government is setting up 19 more diagnostic centres in communities across England to help tackle the COVID-19 backlog. Currently, there are 91 diagnostic centres operating which have delivered more than 2.4 million tests, checks, and scans since last summer. The purpose of the diagnostic centres is to help speed up access to services for …

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Adult social care providers to provide data via a Capacity Tracker or face financial penalties from November 2022!

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of having robust data flows in the adult social care (“ASC”) sector. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) had no comprehensive national source of data from providers on capacity, workforce status or numbers of people in receipt of care. The Government, …

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Is time running out to protect the vulnerable against COVID-19 this winter?

Campaigners backed by charities such as Kidney Care UK and the MS Society and more than 120 medical experts have a collective message to the UK Government on 18 October 2022. They have stated that time is now running out, ahead of another winter during which the most vulnerable will yet again have to shield …

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£500m in funding announced to help hospitals discharge patients and improve GP access

The Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) on Friday 23 September 2022 have announced an additional £500m in funding. This funding is aimed at fixing the discharge process in hospitals, which is often backlogged, due to a lack of community support available in the care sector. DHSC Health Secretary Thérèse Coffey says the pot …

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Health and Social Care Secretary to set out new plan for patients to receive easier access to NHS and social care

On 22 September 2022 Therese Coffey, the newly appointed Health and Social Care Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister, will set out the Government’s new NHS winter plan (“The Plan”). The Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) Plan will aim to ensure patients can receive easier access to NHS and social care this winter and …

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Age UK Survey shows over 65s largest fear is cost of living crisis alongside lack of investment in NHS and Social Care

On 17 August 2022 Age UK conducted a survey (“The Survey”) among over 65s in the UKs population to establish the priorities for the next Conservative prime minister. The Survey which had 14,021 responses among over 65s, established that the greatest problem identified by more than half of participants (57%) said help with the cost …

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