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Health boards in Scotland are missing out on potentially hundreds of thousands of pounds by not claiming back money due for treating non-European citizens, a Holyrood committee has heard.Under a scheme introduced by the Department of Health in 2014, health boards and NHS trusts across the UK that report the…
Squeezed funding and staff shortages are creating "extremely fragile" home care services, a report has warned.A leading think tank and a university said fees for home care services are too low to maintain quality services for the more than 400,000 older and disabled people who need daily help with washing,…
The boss of a taxpayer-supported business that supplies cars to disabled people is in line for a £2.2 million bonus, the Government spending watchdog has revealed.An inquiry into Motability by the National Audit Office (NAO) also found that customers were charged £390 million "more than was required" since 2008.The scheme,…
A woman has appeared in court charged with defrauding a cancer charity out of more than £90,000.Patricia Robertshaw, 42, is accused of pretending to have certain qualifications while working as a partnership and events manager at Yorkshire Cancer Research, in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, between 2015 and 2017.Appearing at Harrogate Magistrates'…
Young people's futures are being put at risk because of cuts in youth services, including hundreds of job losses, a new report warns.Unison said almost 900 youth worker jobs have been axed since 2016 and more than £13 million has been sliced from youth services across the UK.At least 160…
The Scottish Government has announced £8.5 million in funding to improve forensic medical examinations and other health services for victims of rape and sexual assault.This financial year, £2.5 million will go towards recruiting staff, providing training and building facilities.The remaining £6 million will be split equally between 2019-20 and 2020-21.It…
Cuts to smoking cessation services, sexual healthcare and obesity services are "misguided", Labour has said.The party said that reductions in spending on public health in England are "shortsighted" and will put additional strain on the NHS.It comes after it published new analysis on the amount of money spent on public…
Health teams working in the community are to get a multi-billion funding boost in a bid to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions, the Prime Minister has announced.Theresa May pledged £3.5 billion a year in new real-terms funding for primary and community healthcare by 2023/24 as part of the forthcoming NHS long-term…
Campaigners have gone to the Court of Appeal to challenge a proposed new payment scheme for NHS services which they claim could put the quality and safety of services at "serious risk".They are challenging NHS England's proposed change to a "fixed payment system" for providers of health services called the…
The costs of caring for adults with learning disabilities is projected to increase by almost £2bn by 2025 – with England’s largest councils warning that unless these ‘enormous’ costs are recognised, the ‘long-term’ survival of councils is at risk. The County Councils Network (CCN) has released analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP…
One of the biggest home care providers in England is looking to transfer or sell its contracts after concerns were raised over its financial viability.Allied Healthcare said on Friday that warnings from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) had "negatively impacted" their operation.The company said a number of customers had transferred…
Care home operators are to issue a stern warning over what they describe as under-resourcing in the sector as they meet for a conference.Donald Macaskill, chief executive of Scottish Care, will tell around 450 delegates the sector is fragile and a “real threat” exists to its sustainability.He will call on…
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