Cameron lays out Tory plans for NHS

Conservative leader David Cameron is today expected to lay out his party’s plans for the NHS. The Observer suggests that these plans will see finances diverted to the most deprived areas of the country. The first chapter of the manifesto is also expected to include plans to create an independent NHS board and a pledge to double the number of single rooms over five years.

Alcohol pressure on the NHS is ‘unsustainable’ warns new report

A new report Too Much of the Hard Stuff: What Alcohol Costs the NHS, from the Royal College of Physicians and the NHS Confederation, suggests that alcohol is already costing the NHS £2.7 billion a year. The report suggests that the cost to the health service is increasing year on year, and the pressure is no longer sustainable. The Observer also reports that the Health Select Committee is due to issue a report into alcohol on Friday 8th Jan, and that this is expected to include a recommendation to impose a minimum price of 50p a unit.

Money intended for carers being ‘plundered’ by NHS

The Sunday Express reports that 80 per cent of a £50million package designed to help carers has been ‘creamed off’ by Primary Care Trusts before it can reach people who care for loved ones at home. Research by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Caring for Carers suggested that some NHS trusts have not yet earmarked the allocated grants for next year.

Public sector pay gap has doubled during the recession

The Sunday Times reports that public sector workers are earning 7% more on average than their private sector counterparts. This gap is reported to have more than doubled since the recession began. The Sunday Times research suggests that staff employed by the state are enjoying bigger pay rises, working fewer hours and receiving pensions worth up to three times as much a those in the private sector.

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