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Social care sector facing ‘another six months of uncertainty’ without Government plan

The social care sector is facing ‘another six months’ of uncertainty following the Government’s delays on delivering a plan to reform the sector, a senior policy figure has said. The Queen’s speech, which was delivered on Tuesday (11 May), was marked by the lack of a plan for the social care sector. It was reported […]


Proposed FTP reforms could penalise doctors in poor health, union warns

Proposals to remove health as grounds for a fitness to practise (FTP) investigation could penalise the most vulnerable doctors, the Medical Defence Union (MDU) has said. The proposals – announced in the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) consultation on regulating professionals – said that health will be removed as a ground for an […]


Tight vote sees LMCs reject exploration of new GP contract models

In a tight vote, GP leaders have rejected a bid for the BMA to explore alternatives to the current GP contract models. The motion, debated today at the UK LMCs conference, had called for research into the creation of an options paper investigating the ‘benefits, risks and costs associated with the provision of general practice […]


NHS app to display Covid vaccination status without GP involvement

The official NHS app will prove patients’ vaccination status from next week, without GP practices having to do anything, the Government has announced. From next Monday (17 May), people will be able to use the NHS app to access their vaccine records, or request physical copies to verify whether they have received their doses. Currently, […]


BMA: Government has ‘not done enough’ to engage with local communities in vaccine rollout

The Government has ‘not done enough’ to gain the trust of local communities to improve Covid-19 vaccination rates, the British Medical Association (BMA) has said in response to the latest figures on vaccine uptake. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows lower uptake among over-50s in all ethnic minority groups compared with the white […]


Covid: ‘Primary care needs support, space and resource to enable NHS services to recover’

Ruth Rankine, director of primary care at the NHS Confederation, discusses the key priorities for the sector as the country moves into the next phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. Primary care has been an integral part of the NHS’s response to the pandemic, undergoing enormous change and notably being the leading light of the hugely […]


Primary care needs more flexibility around ARRS funding, says Covid recovery report

Practice teams need to be able to use the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) funding ‘more flexibly’ as the country moves out of the pandemic, a report has warned. The NHS Confederation report, published today (10 May), said primary care is likely to have ‘underspends as a result of delays in recruitment’ and this could be ‘usefully […]


Lancet Commission: NHS needs 4% funding increase each year until 2030 to recover from pandemic

The NHS needs an annual funding boost of at least 4% over the next decade and a one-off a £102bn injection to help improve its provision of care, the Lancet Commission has said. In a report (6 May), it said that the Government should commit to increasing NHS funding by a ‘minimum of 4% a […]


Think tank: ‘Widen eligibility to entitle more people to social care support’

A leading think tank has called for the financial eligibility criteria for social care to be widened to entitle more people to support, ahead of the Queen’s Speech next week. The King’s Fund’s latest report (6 May) – an analysis of the sector since 2010 – said that failure to account for inflation in the […]


Number of adults experiencing depression doubles during pandemic

One in five (21%) of adults in the UK have reported experiencing some form of depression this year, double the number before the pandemic (10%), the latest figures show. The largest increases in rates of depressive symptoms were among younger adults and people living with a child aged under 16 – 29% compared with pre-pandemic […]