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The NHS could benefit from a "radical simplification" of streamlining and making social care free at the point of need, former Labour and Tory health ministers have suggested. Lord Ara Darzi and Lord David Prior, now Labour and Conservative peers respectively, have proposed a number of radical reforms that would…
The NHS has unveiled plans to cut unnecessarily long hospital stays, freeing up thousands of beds ahead of next winter. Around 350,000 patients spend more than three weeks in hospital every year but many are well enough to be discharged, NHS England said. Health bosses will aim to reduce this…
The international expert who authored a report to transform Northern Ireland's health care system has said he is not concerned about the lack of devolved government to drive it. Almost two years ago, Professor Rafael Bengoa made a number of radical recommendations to make the health and social care system…
Government plans to integrate health and social care in England are in danger of being undermined by public distrust and suspicion, MPs have warned. The Commons Health and Social Care Committee said ministers had failed to set out a "clear and compelling explanation" of what their reforms were intended to…
Failures across health and social care led to around 1.5 million emergency admissions to hospital that could have been avoided, MPs have said. Nearly a quarter of the urgent admissions in 2016/17 would not have happened if services had been more effective, according to the Public Accounts Committee. It said…
The death of a pensioner who was murdered by a neighbour just days after he was discharged from a psychiatric unit was preventable, a review has concluded. Daniel Atkins, who suffered significant mental health problems, was discharged on a Friday - when mental health support services are harder to access…
Promises to bring more patient care closer to home by prioritising NHS community services have fallen flat, a report has claimed. National strategies under successive governments have concluded that the NHS must do more to help people stay well in their own homes - avoiding the need for hospital treatment…
A report which looks at the way in which the integration of health and social care is impacting on the workforce in Wales has been published. Commissioned by public services trade union UNISON, and written by the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care (WIHSC), which is based at the…
Tens of thousands of people with dementia are suffering "avoidable" trips to hospital, a charity has warned. The Alzheimer's Society estimated that last year there were up to 54,000 potentially avoidable emergency admissions in England for patients with dementia. The charity said the figure has increased substantially over the last…
Following the success of last year’s Local Investment Programme, NHS Digital and the Local Government Association have announced new funding for digital pilots that benefit people who access adult social care and improve services. A share of the £1m funding, provided by NHS Digital and managed by the LGA, with…
The Department of Health has released details of a series of important initiatives being funded under the £100m Health and Social Care transformation fund in Northern Ireland. The planned package of investments for 2018/19 includes £15m for enhancing primary care – care which is largely provided from GP practices. This…
England will become the "world leader" in mental health care for mothers and babies, a leading psychiatrist said, as the NHS announced a multimillion-pound boost for support services. Pregnant women and those with newborns will be able to access specialist community mental health support in every part of the country…
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