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13 Sep

Alcohol dependency at record high but fewer being treated, data shows

Fewer problem drinkers are receiving treatment even though record numbers need help, figures from the House of Commons library show.

Just 80,454 people in England were treated in 2016-17 for addiction to alcohol,about one in seven of the 605,688 people being deemed to be “alcohol dependent”.

13 Sep

Carers UK appoints new Chief Executive!

Carers UK is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Helen Walker. Helen joins the organisation from the national volunteering charity TimeBank where she has spent ten years as Chief Executive.
Helen will take over as Carers UK’s new Chief Executive on 3 December 2018. Helen replaces Heléna Herklots CBE, who stepped down after nearly 7 years at Carers UK to become the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales.
12 Sep

NHS suffering worst ever staff and cash crisis, figures show

The NHS’s staffing and financial problems are the worst they have ever been, official health service figures show.

The number of vacancies across the NHS in England has hit a record high while NHS bosses have disclosed for the first time the service’s underlying deficit built up over recent years – £4.3bn.

12 Sep

Mental health issues in young people up sixfold in England since 1995

Six times more children and young people in England have mental health conditions than a generation ago, research has revealed.

The proportion of four to 24-year-olds who said, or whose parents said, they had a longstanding mental health condition rose from 0.8% in 1995 to 4.8% in 2014, according to a study published in the journal Psychological Medicine.

11 Sep

Social Care Research Project with the University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham is conducting a research project about social care services. This project is looking at what Councils can do to support people access good quality care services and we want to talk to people who have experience of being an unpaid carer to learn more about their thoughts about the social care system.

The project is also looking at the ways that people access information about social care services, in addition to the experiences of carers. As someone who has experience of supporting a friend or family member in their day-to-day life, your views are important to the project.

11 Sep

Tories plan to enlist disadvantaged children as Guides and Scouts

The government wants thousands of children in the most disadvantaged areas of Britain to join uniformed groups like the Scouts, Guides and military cadet forces, it will announce this week.

Tracey Crouch, the minister for sports and civil society, will launch a £5m budget to create 5,500 extra places in the country’s toughest areas in uniformed youth groups including St John Ambulance, the Volunteer Police Cadets and Woodcraft Folk.

11 Sep

Civil servants’ pay has stagnated for a decade. They need a real rise

Since 2010 they have been subject first to a complete pay freeze and then a 1% pay cap. This year, when the government said that, despite pay offers of more than 1% for other public sector staff, pay rises would be capped at 1%-1.5% for civil servants and those working in related areas, our members said they’d had enough and voted for strike action.

Our own research shows that the effect of the pay cap will be that by 2020, average civil service pay will have fallen in value by more than 20%. Given what our members have had to put up with, our 5% claim this year was a moderate demand.

10 Sep

Study reveals rise in children raised in squalid rental homes

A quarter of a million families bringing up babies and infants in England are living in privately rented accommodation that fails to meet the decent homes standard, it has emerged.

The number of households bringing up children aged under four in squalid conditions, which can include damp walls, broken heating and infestations of rats, has increased by an estimated 75,000 since 2007, according to analysis of official figures.

10 Sep

NHS accused of racial discrimination on pay for senior doctors

The NHS has been accused of racial discrimination in pay after evidence showed that white senior doctors earned almost £5,000 more than colleagues from minority ethnic backgrounds.

The British Medical Association (BMA) and British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (Bapio) said the findings were part of a wider culture of discrimination against black and minority ethnic doctors, which includes job interviews, promotion, disciplinary processes, harassment and bullying.

10 Sep

NHS cancels 14% of operations at last minute, research finds

Of 26,171 procedures due to take place during the last week of March this year, 3,724 (14%) of them were called off at or close to the time they were due to occur, according to the findings, which are based on the experience of patients at 90% of NHS hospitals across the UK.

The results prompted fresh warnings that the delays were leading to patients suffering pain and distress when they had to wait longer than expected for their surgery and that the NHS was seriously short of the resources it needed to function properly.

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