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Northern Ireland’s Social Care Workforce Regulator has called for this crucial sector to be recognised as one of national strategic importance following the publication of two major reports examining the challenges and opportunities for the social care workforce in Northern Ireland. For the first time ever, service providers and key…
The Scottish Social Services Council has published their annual report and accounts for 1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017. Publication of the revised Codes of Practice and moving to a fitness to practise model of regulation were two major achievements in 2016-17. The Codes hadn’t been updated since they…
Tories have criticised "unacceptably long" waits some elderly people face for care packages after figures showed more than a quarter of those with "substantial" needs were not assessed within six weeks. Scottish Government statistics covering the period January to March 2017 showed 26% of this group had to wait longer…
A fundamental review of the NHS is needed to address a financial crisis, Lord Kerslake said, after quitting as the boss of a major hospital trust in protest at funding problems. The former head of the civil service, who resigned as chairman of King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in…
A £72,000 cap on social care costs due to come into effect in four years will be scrapped, a health minister has said, as she confirmed plans for a new consultation. Jackie Doyle-Price said the Government would not be "taking forward the previous Government's plans to implement a cap on…
The new £4 million Canolfan Goffa Ffestiniog, health and social care centre in Blaenau Ffestiniog has today been officially opened by Health Secretary Vaughan Gething. The changes to the services in the Blaenau Ffestiniog area were made following engagement and public consultation. The Health Board has worked with partners and…
One in four of the nation's nurses is obese, a new study suggests. With almost half of English nurses over the age of 45, this "poses a likely future burden of ill health for the healthcare workforce", researchers said. Experts said the figures were "deeply worrying". Meanwhile, one in three…
Rock star Robert Plant questioned why he was receiving a winter fuel payment from the Government, peers have been told. Broadcaster Baroness Bakewell said she was stopped in the street by the 69-year-old former Led Zeppelin singer, who she described as a "multi-billionaire rock star". Lady Bakewell said he wanted…
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