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Trusts could make savings of £191 million per year in spending on locums across the four main staffing grades, as new figures show the impact of the fresh cap on pay rates for NHS agency workers. In the ten weeks from when the rate cap was introduced on November 23,…
Hospital bosses have come under fire for closing an accident and emergency department to protect patient safety. The A&E department at Chorley Hospital in Lancashire will close temporarily from Monday because there are not enough doctors to man the service, trust bosses said. But Lindsay Hoyle, the local MP, blamed…
The owner of a care agency shut down in a UK Border Agency immigration raid - which led to an elderly woman starving to death - has been jailed for three years. Gloria Foster, 81, died when she was left for nine days without food, water or medication following the…
Care leaders are calling for more government funding to help boost carers' wages as part of a manifesto detailing the needs of Scotland's ageing population in advance of the Holyrood elections. The head of Scottish Care, the umbrella body for Scotland's independent social care services, warns the sector is reaching…
The Welsh Government is holding a consultation on changes it is planning to make to improve the quality of domiciliary care in Wales to improve the retention and recruitment of staff. Domiciliary care is an essential part of the care and support system. It helps to make sure people’s needs…
Thousands of NHS doctor and nursing posts are lying vacant, trusts and health boards have said. More than two-thirds of trusts and health boards in the UK are looking to fill positions with staff from abroad, a Freedom of Information request by the BBC showed. The vacancy rate for doctors…
Thousands of jobs that no-one wants to do, like looking after the vulnerable and elderly, could leave care work in crisis, a survey claims. Two-thirds of adults polled would shun a job as a care worker yet more than half agreed home care was essential in today's ageing society. The…
The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has launched a new campaign to increase the number of domiciliary care workers helping to support people in their own homes. The campaign shows that there are many benefits from working in domiciliary care. Angela McVeigh, SHSCT Director of Older People and Primary…