£2bn Rescue Package or Sticking Plaster

So, the Chancellor has heard the clamour that social care for the elderly is in crisis by offering a ‘rescue package’ of £2bn in additional funds over the next 3 years. Obviously, it would be curt to dismiss this effort but will this really make a difference? The questions to consider are • How much […]

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Lets encourage good eating while I’m on my diet

The recent spell of hot weather brought the familiar debate over whether my shorts and T-shirts had shrunk over the winter months, or it was time to recommence my annual and largely unsuccessful fight against flab. It is a familiar story for many of us, with fears about obesity and the associated health risks dominating. […]

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Let’s Expose the Big Secret …. ‘They’ expect you to pay

Last week’s papers brought us the story of the NHS introducing a system of warning letters to try and stop ‘bed-blocking’ by medically fit elderly patients. Other recent reports have shown that over 220,000 days of hospital delays are being caused annually due to elderly patients not moving through and out of the hospital system […]

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Loneliness is not just for Christmas

The usual features about loneliness at Christmas and how we all need to be a little more neighbourly will shortly join the John Lewis advert to tell us what time of year it is. However, it seems a pity that a large effort to combat loneliness only appears at Christmas. Although exclusion from the celebrations […]

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Waiting for the Inevitable Collapse in Homecare Provision?

This week the Chancellor released his ‘Spending Review’ and ‘Autumn Statement’, which once more failed to even start to address the crisis of care for the elderly. This left me to question what will it take before the politicians see what is obvious to the rest of us? Once more a sticking plaster will be […]

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