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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…
People who commit attacks on emergency workers will face tougher sentences under a new law. The legislation was proposed in a private members bill by Labour MP Chris Bryant, who said assaults on police and paramedics were "a national disgrace". The new Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill has received…
The Government has announced it is to introduce a £20million initiative which aims to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families. Robert Goodwill, Minister for Children and Families, made the announcement at the National Children and Adults Services (NCAS) conference in Bournemouth, and said the new programme would help…
The NHS is straining at the seams as it juggles problems with staffing shortages, rising demand and increasing numbers of patients with preventable illnesses, health and care inspectors have said. A new Care Quality Commission (CQC) report warns that health and care services are at full stretch and that the…
This report contains findings from the Adult Social Care Survey 2016-17 (ASCS). This national survey takes place every year and is conducted by Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs). The survey seeks the opinions of service users aged 18 and over in receipt of long-term support services funded or…
Social Care Wales has today published a toolkit to support the sector to help older people remain independent in their communities for longer. The toolkit is aimed at practitioners who work with older people in the community, as well as planners and commissioners of care and support services for older…
Delayed discharges - where people are stuck in hospital even though they are medically fit to leave - is fuelling a rise in overall death rates, research suggests. Experts said a "crisis in the NHS" and problems in social care are at least partly to blame for rising death rates…
A new five-year plan to make a positive difference to social care and childcare in Wales is announced by Social Care Wales’s board. The Social Care Wales board’s five-year strategic plan is being launched yesterday at the Life Sciences Hub in Cardiff with the support of the Minister for Social…
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