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Four Seasons, Britain's second biggest care homes operator, has put forward proposals for a partial debt for equity swap as part of a major restructure aimed at putting the group on a secure financial footing. The company, owned by City financier Guy Hands's private equity vehicle Terra Firma, is in…
More than a third of social care services across Scotland have reported unfilled staff vacancies in the past year, according to the Care Inspectorate, and almost half of those faced difficulty recruiting the right staff. Currently over 80% of care services in Scotland are judged to be good, very good…
A shortage of care home beds is seeing undue and unfair pressure put on people to take relatives discharged from hospital despite being unable to cope, ministers have been told. Peers at Westminster heard of the plight of a frail 87-year-old woman who was "induced" to accept at home her…
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is being urged to intervene after a care provider announce plans to close nursing homes across Scotland. The trade union Unison said the decision by Bield Housing would see more than 160 residents, including some aged 90 and above, forced to leave their homes. The union…
There has been a "worrying" fall in the number of nurses working in the NHS, new analysis from an influential think tank has found. The King's Fund said there were fewer nurses working in the NHS in England in April this year compared with the previous April, the first year-on-year…
Labour has accused the Government of pressing on with its so-called "dementia tax" reforms after a minister said taxpayers should not be "propping up" people to keep their own homes while they were generating "massive" care costs. Video footage obtained by Labour shows Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price (pictured) saying that…
A cap on care home costs would remove the "catastrophic risk facing us all", the economist who carried out a landmark review of the issue has said. Sir Andrew Dilnot said people currently face a "later life care cost lottery" as he urged ministers to reform state support. His comments…
Police investigating a series of care home thefts have released images of a suspect wearing a disguise whom they want to trace. Staffordshire Police issued the CCTV stills of a woman they want to speak to, showing her what is believed to be a black wig and dark-rimmed glasses. Officers…
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