Social care green paper delayed - again
The long-awaited social care green paper has been further delayed until the autumn after repeated Whitehall insistencies it was on track.
Make social care ‘free at the point of need’
Social care should be ‘free at the point of need’ like the NHS, a bold new report into the health and care system has recommended.
Rising social care costs spell doom for services
Council spending on adult social care is squeezing cash out of other services, fresh analysis from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has shown.
There is no room for heroes in today's health and care landscape
Ewan King explains why systems leadership is more important than ever in the age of integrated care systems.
NHS crisis for its 70th
Two major reports this month said it would not be possible to maintain current levels of health and care service provision without passing the burden on to residents through increased taxes. Sam Clayden reports.
Whatever happened to Homes fit for Heroes 100 years on?
Up until the 70s, people who worked hard but earned little could afford a place to live. Paul Wheeler says that covenant is now broken as he looks at some possible solutions.
Local government is 130 years old, but will it see its next decade?
The NHS's 70th birthday has been given significant news coverage, but Abdool Kara warns local government's pressures need similar attention.
NHS funding review must have local focus
In order to deliver a progressive, integrated health and care service that succeeds locally and nationally it is vital any central review addresses local government finance. Cllr Peter Box explains.
Why politicians won’t open the social care Pandora’s Box
Ministers can hardly claim to be ill-informed about the choices ahead for social care. Barely a week goes by without a doom-laden report from another think-tank warning that ‘we can’t go on like this’ and offering funding alternatives, invariably involving more tax. The latest is from the Health Foundation and The King’s Fund (see The MJ last week).
The public's growing concerns over mental health
Mental health is coming to the forefront of the public's worries. Ben Page unveils the findings of a new Ipsos MORI poll.
Allied agrees rescue plan
Homecare provider Allied Healthcare has agreed a rescue plan with its creditors.
MPs are increasingly interested in local government issues
The influential Public Accounts Committee has been busy investigating the major issues facing local government. Sam Clayden examines its latest report on the adult social care workforce and Dan Peters hears evidence presented to the committee on the sustainability of local authorities.
Social care at 'clear fork in the road'
Social care in England is at a ‘clear fork in the road’ between retaining the current system or making it free like the NHS, according to a study from two major health think-tanks.
Should we trust the survey on trust?
If you want to be popular don’t become a politician is the message from the latest Veracity Index into the professions the public most trust.
BREAKING: 'Inspirational' leader steps down after 27 years
Wigan MBC’s ‘inspirational’ Lord Peter Smith has announced he is stepping down after 27 years as leader.
How to plug the EU workforce gap
A new report from CIPFA’s Brexit commission urges a planned strategy for maintaining EU workforce skills, including at regional level through the combined authorities. Michael Burton reports.
Integrate health and care, says Obama aide
A former adviser to President Obama says the NHS could be ‘the best health system in the world’ if it could fully integrate with social care.
CQC appoints new chief to replace Behan
The Care Quality Commission has appointed Ian Trenholm as its new chief executive.
The sector’s latest health check
Sam Clayden looks at the interim findings of Lord Darzi's health and care review.
Future Forum: Councils must heed auditor warnings
Local government could make the same compelling case for fresh Whitehall cash as the health sector – but must heed warnings from auditors, Sir Amyas Morse has told The MJ’s Future Forum.