Care

  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    An expert on primary care has called for a radical reassessment of the worth of common clinical treatments, saying they should be subjected to rigorous testing and those judged ineffective withdrawn.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    Total NHS bed occupancy a weapon in the war against waiting lists has been linked to the problem of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) which claim the lives of an estimated 5,000 patients in...
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Tony Blair breezed back into Downing Street this week after completing his paternity leave with a vow to sort out the care of the elderly.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Embattled National Health Service managers faced another dose of bitter medicine this week as they were accused of being their own worst enemies when it comes to change.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Plans to eliminate a £1.5m deficit at a Northern Irish NHS trust have been rejected by its local health board, which is unhappy with proposed cuts in services.
  • Public Finance
    1 Jun 00
    Asylum seekers must be offered more than just a roof over their heads in the provinces if the government's new dispersal policy is to prove successful, according to an Audit Commission report,...
  • Public Finance
    1 Jun 00
    The Department of Health is planning to include private health providers in contingency plans to avoid a repeat of last winter's hospital beds crisis.
  • Public Finance
    1 Jun 00
    Local authorities have reacted angrily to yet another attempt to sideline them in favour of more centralised control, this time over care of the elderly and the disabled.
  • Public Finance
    1 Jun 00
    Worcestershire Health Authority has slammed an independent report into its Private Finance Initiative hospital project as 'breathtakingly inaccurate'.
  • Public Finance
    25 May 00
    The Department of Health will for the first time draw up statutory guidance for council social services departments on charging for home care services, health minister John Hutton revealed this week.
  • Public Finance
    25 May 00
    The quality of Welsh council services varies widely and falls below that of their English counterparts in many areas, the Audit Commission said this week.
  • Public Finance
    18 May 00
    Local authorities may be given the chance initially to opt out of a new grant system for people living in sheltered and supported accommodation.
  • Public Finance
    18 May 00
    Community psychiatric nurses fear they may be used as 'the stormtroopers of the social risk agenda' if compulsory community health care is introduced.
  • Public Finance
    11 May 00
    The government should stop 'tinkering' with the funding of long-term care for the elderly and implement fundamental reforms that clearly state what levels of care pensioners can expect from public...
  • Public Finance
    11 May 00
    Politics is a cyclical game. Representatives of the party in power at Westminster are always liable to be told to get on their bikes at mid-term local elections.
  • Public Finance
    11 May 00
    The Audit Commission this week exposed 'unacceptable variations' in councils' charging policies for home care, and called on the government to produce formal guidance to ensure a more consistent...
  • Public Finance
    27 Apr 00
    Knowsley Borough Council is facing legal action for compensation from the family of a boy killed by a mentally ill man who four days earlier had been deemed not to need social services support or...
  • Public Finance
    27 Apr 00
    More than three-quarters of housing benefit claims made by people living in sheltered and supported accommodation were not reviewed by councils as required, in the run-up to a new funding system.
  • Public Finance
    27 Apr 00
    Generic drugs manufacturers this week hit back at government allegations that they were 'ripping off' the NHS. Prices rose by a third between April and December last year while the number of generics...
  • Public Finance
    20 Apr 00
    The government must introduce legislation to help improve adoption services and deliver a joined-up approach, the Local Government Association said this week.
  • Public Finance
    20 Apr 00
    The government has taken responsibility for all asylum seekers in Kent in an attempt to take the pressure off the local authority.
  • Public Finance
    20 Apr 00
    The NHS could save up to £53m a year by becoming more efficient at hip replacement operations, the National Audit Office said this week in a report which slams the huge variations in the standards...
  • Public Finance
    20 Apr 00
    Just as the NHS is becoming accustomed to the government's burgeoning reform demands, the National Audit Office decides to roll up its sleeves and join the modernisation melee.
  • Public Finance
    20 Apr 00
    The Department of Health came under fire from the British Medical Association this week following claims that doctors had been misled over the distribution of cash designed to ease the burden on GPs...
  • Public Finance
    13 Apr 00
    The NHS is struggling to cope with demand for diabetes services and faces a rising number of patients as the population ages, the Audit Commission warned this week.

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