• Government must redesign immigration policy to fill care vacancies - think-tanks

    19 March 2019

    The Government should ‘go back to the drawing board’ to redesign a visa system that encourages overseas workers to fill the 110,000 social care vacancies, a report today has urged.

  • NHS organisations label social care funding a 'national disgrace'

    04 March 2019

    The state of social care has been branded a 'national scandal and disgrace’ by a coalition of medics.

  • Hold on to public health

    27 February 2019

    Shifting public health functions to councils has led to ‘clear progress and tangible success,’ says Cllr David Williams - and he warns it would be a retrograde step if NHS England took back some elements of commissioning.

  • Where are we on health?

    27 February 2019

    One big shift in the NHS Long Term Plan, even if not generously funded, is the full-on embracing of social prescribing, says Dan Corry. He believes it has the potential to have a big impact on people’s health.

  • Counties in NHS grab warning

    26 February 2019

    Councils have warned the NHS not to grab back responsibility for key public health services.

  • Don't ignore the work of the districts on social prescribing

    13 February 2019

    When announcing new social prescribers the Government ignored the progress being made in district councils and has created a parallel competing bureaucracy, says Cllr John Fuller.

  • Devolution is the key to delivering the NHS Long Term Plan

    07 February 2019

    Now is the time for local government, combined authorities and mayors to work with the NHS, says Phil Hope - to go beyond the ambition in the long-term plan and build a fully devolved integrated community-based health and social care system.

  • NHS sustainability 'very difficult' without a long-term social care settlement

    06 February 2019

    A series of significant National Audit Office reports on local services have emerged so far this year - and it is the most recent one on NHS financial sustainability that might have the greatest impact on local government, says Abdool Kara

  • Council cuts threaten NHS plan

    04 February 2019

    Cuts in council social care and public health budgets threaten the viability of the ambitious NHS Long Term Plan, care chiefs have warned.

  • Ministers accused of 'irrational policy-making'

    29 January 2019

    Ministers have been accused of irrational policy-making by funding prevention in the NHS while forcing councils to focus on acute statutory services.

  • London's adult social care services need a long term solution too

    16 January 2019

    Making a success of the NHS Long Term Plan and providing high-quality care to Londoners all depends on the resilience of adult social care over the next decade, according to Ray Puddifoot

  • Where do councils fit into the NHS plan?

    15 January 2019

    Last week’s publication of the NHS Long Term Plan signals a fundamental shift towards community-based services and a focus on reducing health inequalities. Michael Burton looks at its implications for local government

  • NHS long term plan only offers part of the solution

    14 January 2019

    Chairman of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board Ian Hudspeth says until social care is fully funded and public health budget cuts reversed, pumping funding into the NHS continues to be the same as 'pouring water into a sink with no plug in it'.

  • Early intervention’s not enough without funding

    09 January 2019

    There will never be enough money for the behemoth that is the NHS - and the real under-funding is in the local government services it so covets, according to Heather Jameson

  • Unlocking the power of people

    08 January 2019

    Donna Hall says Greater Manchester’s radical new place-based model is bringing together teams to help support each family and each person in their area.

  • The NHS makes a land grab for public health

    08 January 2019

    Flushed with the massive bung from the Prime Minister, the NHS appears to have decided it must take over cash-strapped local government judging by its latest so-called long-term plan, says Michael Burton

  • Number of night-time hospital discharges increases

    07 January 2019

    Rising numbers of elderly and vulnerable patients are being sent home from hospital at night despite calls to stop the practice, it has emerged.

  • NHS can 'save 500,000 more lives'

    07 January 2019

    The NHS claims it can save half a million more lives by investment in technology, focusing on greater prevention and closer partnerships with local government to keep older people out of hospital, according to its long-term plan published today.

  • Future Forum North: End 'feudal' NHS structure to create place-based service

    07 December 2018

    Work remains to reform the ‘feudal structure’ of the NHS before the full potential of health and care integration can be realised, The MJ's Future Forum North event has heard.

  • Future Forum North: Whiteman rages at removing finance directors from top team

    06 December 2018

    Council chief executives that demote the finance director role from the top team were being ‘too clever by half,’ Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy boss Rob Whiteman has said.