NHS waiting times getting longer due to cuts, health chiefs warn

NHS Confederation report says 64% of senior officials believe £20bn of ‘efficiency savings’ will worsen patient experience Waiting times for treatment and the rationing of care have worsened and will get worse still because of the NHS’s £20bn savings drive, health service bosses have warned. Seven in 10 chief executives and chairs of hospital trusts, […]
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Is employee ownership the future for social care?

At a time of increasing need and decreasing revenues, a co-operative model could provide a solution Serving tea and cake might not seem particularly pioneering but the seven staff with learning difficulties who work at the Cafe in the Park in Herrington Country Park near Sunderland are all genuine pioneers. The staff work for Sunderland […]
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Is employee ownership the answer for social care?

At a time of increasing need and decreasing revenues, a co-operative model could provide a solution Serving tea and cake might not seem particularly pioneering but the seven staff with learning difficulties who work at the Cafe in the Park in Herrington Country Park near Sunderland are all genuine pioneers. The staff work for Sunderland […]
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Number of ambulances turned away from A&E increases by 24%

Labour reveals figures on ‘A&E diverts’ away from full departments ahead of emergency care summit initiative Labour has published figures showing a 24% increase in the number of ambulances being turned away from A&E departments that are full. Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, said the party would use a summit on emergency care on […]
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What do the Camerons’ holiday photos tell us about the PM?

The prime minister came under criticism this week for going on holiday instead of taking care of the country at home. So what can we make of the Camerons’ choice of destination, Ibiza, and how does it compare to his previous summer getaways? Cornwall 2010 “Do you think the baby would vote for me if […]
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The NHS: don’t pick on GPs, Mr Hunt. Develop a vision | Observer editorial

Jeremy Hunt should have engaged politically with the problems Aneurin Bevan, the architect of the National Health Service, would have been alarmed at the escalating blame game played out between the secretary of state for health and general practitioners last week. Bevan was no stranger to doing battle with family doctors, then and now one […]
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Jeremy Hunt, come to my surgery and tell me I don’t know my patients | Paul Hobday

By demanding Ofsted-style inspections for GPs, Hunt is passing the blame for disastrous coalition policies on to family doctors I invite Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, to visit my surgery. He might learn something. We like to think we offer a very personal, family-orientated service, where I rarely have a patient in front of me […]
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Children are picking up the caring roles the state has abandoned | Moira Fraser

With hundreds of thousands of under-18s looking after someone, the issue is huge yet the government has done nothing to help More of our children are caring for us than ever. The challenges that they face are shown in sharp relief by research published on Thursday by the Children’s Society. Post-school they are twice as […]
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