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Unions have attacked the Chancellor for "letting down" millions of public sector workers over the controversial cap on their pay. Philip Hammond raised the prospect of increases for NHS staff, but only if productivity is improved. Unions representing other public sector workers including council staff, civil servants and teachers have…
The SNP has called for Philip Hammond to refund police and fire services in Scotland £140 million in VAT. Ian Blackford said it was an absolute disgrace that VAT was charged in the first place, "and the sole blame for that lies with the Conservative Government". The Chancellor used the…
The "under pressure" NHS in England has been given an additional £350 million to cope with pressures over the coming winter. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced plans to plough money into the service as it enters the difficult winter months. Mr Hammond acknowledged that the service is "under pressure" as he…
Public sector organisations are being driven to produce greater efficiencies and cost savings, and the NHS in particular is facing the requirement to do more with less, and deliver better and more effective care while at the same time reducing a fiscal deficit. This economic challenge has been the catalyst…
Labour would spend around £17 billion a year extra on the NHS, social care, schools and local government, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said. The extra spending would be paid for by tax rises for corporations and "the rich", set out in the "grey book" that accompanied Labour's General Election…
Thousands of women with previously untreatable breast cancer have been given new hope after health officials approved two new "breakthrough" drugs for NHS use. In new draft guidance, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has approved palbociclib and ribociclib for widespread use in the health service in…
The squeeze on public spending and the drop in nurse numbers since 2010 has contributed to 120,000 unnecessary deaths in England, according to new research. There could be as many as 100 excess deaths a day from now on if the NHS does not get an urgent cash injection, a…
Hospitals could see the worst ever performance for A&E waiting times this winter, a think tank has warned. The NHS aims to admit or discharge 95% of patients within four hours of arriving in emergency departments. But analysis by the Health Foundation has predicted the number of patients seen in…
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