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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…
Scotland’s public spending watchdog has expressed “serious reservations” about the finances of two health boards which could both require to be bailed out with £22 million of government cash. Auditor General Caroline Gardner spoke about the “significant financial challenges” that both NHS Highland and NHS Ayrshire and Arran face. NHS…
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"…
Local services face £1.3 billion in extra cuts, councillors have said. The main grant funding from central government will be reduced by 36% in 2019-2020, according to local authorities. And 168 councils will not get any of the grant money at all, the Local Government Association (LGA) said. In the…
Researchers are looking into whether drugs that already treat a range of conditions could help people with motor neurone disease (MND), after a former rugby star helped raise £250,000 for their work. The money received from Doddie Weir’s My Name’5 Doddie Foundation could help to cut years from the waiting…
Almost 40% of small charities are providing incorrect financial information in their annual returns, according to a Charity Commission report. In a review of a sample of charities, 38% of charities with incomes below £25,000 per annum were found to be submitting inaccurate data. Small charities make up two thirds…
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…
An HIV charity has been saved from closure following a Scottish Government funding u-turn. HIV Scotland feared it would have to shut after losing out on Scottish Government cash earlier in the year, forcing staff lay offs. Now, Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick (pictured) has confirmed the Scottish Government has…
Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) are facing soaring care costs, with many unable to pay for the care they need, a charity has warned. The MS Society has estimated that people with the condition will be forced to shell out more than £110,000 over 25 years for care. Many patients…
Public services face a fresh round of austerity cuts within two years, according to a think tank. Vital areas that do not have spending protections are in line for real-terms cuts of 2.1% after 2020, the New Economics Foundation (NEF) claimed. Its analysis found prisons, public health and housing are…
Two-car families face an almost £200 increase in the cost of motoring if fuel duty is raised to fund a boost in health spending, according to new figures. The Chancellor could be primed to rise fuel duty by eight pence per litre should he wish to fund the Government's pledge…
Crowdfunding appeals for cancer treatment are fuelling the use of alternative "quack" therapies, experts have warned. About £8 million has been raised for alternative cancer treatments on UK crowdfunding sites since 2012, according to figures published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The findings have led to calls for sites…
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