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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,…
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has launched an investigation into the case of an autistic girl said to have been detained in a "cell-like" hospital room for almost two years.Labour raised concerns over 17-year-old Bethany, who MPs heard also has extreme anxiety, and urged the Government to act to stop vulnerable…
An extra £1.67 billion is to be paid to tens of thousands of disabled benefit claimants after years of underpayments, the Government has revealed.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was criticised for its handling of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) after revealing an estimated 180,000 recipients are due arrears…
Actor Alun Armstrong branded a disability benefit only given to people unable to walk more than 20 metres a "cost-cutting exercise", as he joined a protest against the rule.People with multiple sclerosis (MS) and activists chained themselves to model brick houses opposite Parliament to protest against the Government's "arbitrary" 20-metre…
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…
There have been "savage" cuts to the number of health visitors in England, Labour has warned.New analysis by the party suggests the number of health visitors has been cut by 8% in just one year.It said babies and toddlers are missing out on vital health checks as a result.Labour said…
A new "treatment levy" should be imposed on alcohol duties to help deal with the harm caused by heavy drinking, MPs and health groups have said.Ministers have been urged to bring forward a wide-ranging alcohol strategy to improve support for those in need, minimise costs to the NHS, and help…
GPs will be able to refer people to social activities for loneliness, Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed. Instead of prescribing pills, doctors will be encouraged to use "social prescribing" to refer lonely people to activities including cookery classes, walking clubs and art groups. Announcing an extra £1.8 million for…
Charities and companies working with Universal Credit (UC) claimants have been required to sign clauses pledging not to damage the reputation of Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey, it has been reported. The Times said that at least 22 organisations - covering contracts worth £1.8 billion - have been required…
Private nurseries have raised a series of concerns about the Scottish Government’s flagship proposal to expand free childcare. Ministers have promised to increase free nursery provision from the current 600 hours to 1,140 for three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds by 2020, equivalent to about 30 hours a week in…
Nearly half of women involved in work capability benefits tests have attempted suicide, the Commons has heard. SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford demanded the assessments, used to decide whether people are eligible to claim support for ill health, be scrapped to mark World Mental Health Day. Referring to reports in…
The Prime Minister has appointed what is thought to be the world's first Minister for Suicide Prevention in a bid to cut the number of people taking their own lives. Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price (pictured) will lead the national effort and try to end the stigma which stops people from…
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