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MPs have called on the Government to consider mandatory flu vaccinations for some healthcare workers as it was revealed take-up is as low as 30% in some NHS hospital trusts.The Commons Science and Technology Committee made the recommendation following last year's increase in people being admitted to hospital with flu,…
Patients will be left "stranded" in hospitals and GP waiting rooms unless more money is found for social care, leading medics have warned.In a letter to the Chancellor ahead of the budget, leading British healthcare groups warned that more money needs to be ploughed into social care and public health…
The prison service and local authorities are failing to plan for a rise in elderly, ill and frail inmates, a new report warns.Many older jails are ill-equipped for prisoners in wheelchairs or with mobility problems, the assessment by two watchdogs found.HM Inspectorate of Prisons and the Care Quality Commission flagged…
Significant reform and radical solutions need to be considered to provide the essential services older and vulnerable people in Wales will need according to the National Assembly’s Finance Committee. In a new report 'The cost of caring for an ageing population', it found that adult social care costs are likely…
Disjointed health and social care services are placing increasing pressure on A&E departments in England, the independent health regulator has warned. A report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) suggests there is growing "care injustice" in access to services across the country. It said "ineffective collaboration" is driving demand for…
More than two years since the Social Services and Wellbeing Act came in to force, the charity Action on Hearing Loss Cymru says many people who are deaf or have hearing loss are still not getting the care they are entitled to. 575,500 people in Wales are deaf or have…
Thousands of Glasgow City Council workers will stage a two-day strike later this month in a row over equal pay claims. More than 8,000 members of the GMB and Unison unions are due to walk out for 48 hours from Tuesday October 23. The unions said the strike will affect…
An emergency £240 million will be pumped into the social care system to ease pressure on the NHS this winter. Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock will use his speech at the Conservative Party conference to act to prevent hospital beds being used by people who could be better…
More needs to be done to help the UK's seven million carers and improve the current system that waits for them to ask for help, which is usually when they are already "on the brink of a crisis", a report has warned. Healthwatch said its findings paint a "stark picture"…
Further cuts in the number of beds in Scotland’s hospitals could have an “adverse effect” on the care provided, a doctors’ organisation has warned. Professor Derek Bell, the president of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, spoke out after official figures showed a further drop in the number of…
There are around 110,000 unfilled posts in the adult social care workforce in England, according to a new report. The majority of vacancies, 76,000, are for hands-on care workers, according to a report by the charity Skills for Care - which focuses on workforce development in adult social care in…
More than eight out of 10 councils are being forced to reduce their public health budgets this year following £96 million in "devastating" Tory health cuts, the Labour Party has said. In total, local authorities will have to make £800 million of public health cuts over six years, the party…
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