Hospital unit closures: can David Cameron face this painful surgery?

The coalition faces a huge political gamble over unit closures after Andrew Lansley pledged a moratorium before the electionIn the runup to the 2010 general election Andrew Lansley, then shadow health secretary, made a whistlestop tour of hospitals where the A&E unit or maternity department was under threat. He pledged a moratorium on hospital unit […]
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Andrew Lansley was a disaster who deserved to be sacked

The former secretary of state took a wrecking ball to NHS structures, alienated every interest group and patronised those who disagreed with himThere should be no sentiment about Andrew Lansley’s departure as health secretary, no matter how hard he worked, how gutted he is to lose the Tory health brief after nine years or how […]
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Coaltion rethink over Dilnot’s £35,000 old age care cap

Andrew Lansley had indicated government would ignore recommendations on funding of care and supportThe amount of money that people will have to pay towards the cost of their care in old age could still be capped at £35,000 after an apparent U-turn by the coalition government.The Dilnot Commission on funding of care and support recommended […]
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Private sector efficiency? This lie has to stop | Deborah Orr

The Conservatives continue to worship the profit motive in the face of blindingly obvious evidence that it does not deliver the efficiency they claimA rumour has been doing the rounds – unfounded but all too credible – that health secretary Andrew Lansley wants to scrap the 49% cap on the proportion of private income that […]
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Social care: your questions answered

Our Q&A explores what the government’s new proposals for social care could mean for youThe government has decided to ditch most of the recommendations for funding long-term social care made by its adviser, the distinguished economist Andrew Dilnot. Instead, its progress report on social care funding reform proposes that people whose money is tied up […]
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Elderly care: your questions answered

Our Q&A explores what the government’s new proposals for elderly care could mean for youThe government has decided to ditch most of the recommendations for funding long-term care made by its adviser, the distinguished economist Andrew Dilnot. Instead, its progress report on social care funding reform proposes that people whose money is tied up in […]
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National minimum standard for elderly care to be introduced

Health secretary to unveil white paper that will also make it easier for elderly people to move to be near relativesChanges to national rules on social care funding will be announced this week that will make it easier for elderly people to move around the country if they need to follow relatives.Andrew Lansley, the health […]
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