Welsh councils call for end to cuts
Welsh council leaders have called for an end to the ‘relentless cuts to public services’ after a new report highlighted the scale of shrinking budgets.
London: it’s a tale of two cities
London is not just Parliament or City Hall. The capital’s 33 boroughs all have very different needs and inequalities in resources must be addressed in a more balanced way, writes Cllr Teresa O’Neill.
Health and care 'pretending' they are fully integrated system
A senior health figure has warned that fundamental barriers to integration remain amid warnings the NHS is gearing up for its most severe winter yet.
Don't let the Government divide and rule health and care
NHS Providers' Saffron Cordery calls for unity between health and social care as the Government seeks to drive a wedge between the two sectors.
County call for targets rethink
Councils have called for the Government to rethink a threat to strip them of promised cash if they fail to meet ‘undeliverable and arbitrary’ targets.
Stephenson steps down after post axed
Derbyshire CC’s chief executive has stepped down after the council agreed to abolish the post along with that of assistant chief executive and strategic director of corporate resources.
Care directors' warning after record bed blocking figures
Council directors have issued fresh warnings after a record proportion of delayed transfers of care were put down to social care.
Councils win legal battle with health boards
Health boards in Wales ‘misinterpreted’ the law over who is responsible for paying for nurses to deliver social care in residential homes, a court has ruled.
Good health starts at the district level
John Fuller reveals plans to open a conversation with government and the NHS about ‘prevention precept’ that recognises districts' role in reducing demand in the care system.
Whitehall told social care must become 24/7 sector
Social care services need to become ‘more flexible’ to ensure an ‘effective and integrated urgent and emergency care system,’ the Department of Health has been told.
‘Unacceptable’ changes sees LGA withdraw support for guidance
The Local Government Association (LGA) has withdrawn its support from the Better Care Fund (BCF) planning requirements – the latest indication of deteriorating relations between the two sectors.
Anger at U-turn over control of social care cash
Council chiefs have pushed back at ministers’ last-minute decision to exert control over how the £2bn cash boost for social care should be spent.
Councillors have not been engaged in STP development
Less than 25% of councillors in England feel that they have been engaged in shaping the NHS’ sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs), according to a new survey conducted by the Local Government Association (LGA).
Call for mental health impact in council reports
Every council report should detail the potential impact decisions will have on residents’ mental health, a NHS board member has urged.
Directors’ dismay over Hunt’s bed-blocking funding threats
Adult social care directors have been left ‘very disappointed’ after the Government threatened to take away funding from areas that failed to reduce bed-blocking.
Care directors 'disappointed' by funding threat
Adult social care directors have been left ‘very disappointed’ after the Government threatened to take away funding from areas that failed to reduce bed blocking.
Number of EU nurses leaving the NHS rises
The number of nurses from EU countries leaving the NHS increased by 38% last year compared with the previous 12 months, according to official figures.
Number of patients with long waits on trolleys soaring by over 6,000%
There has been a rise of more than 6,000% in the number of patients waiting 12 hours on trolleys as hospital overcrowding reaches a record high, NHS figures show.
Tensions rise as NHS fines 22 councils for bed-blocking
The NHS has fined at least 22 councils for bed-blocking and threatened 11 others with charges amid escalating tensions between health and care.
100% business rates retention legislation dropped
The Local Government Finance Bill has been dropped from the legislative programme, leaving plans for business rates retention in limbo.