RCN Health News Alert

Tuesday 14 July

National care service to help ageing population:

Proposals to set up a national care service which provides care for our ageing population are expected to be announced today as the Government unveils its Green Paper on care and support. It has been suggested that plans will include a £10,000 "one-off" tax to stop thousands being forced to sell their homes or use savings to meet the cost of care. The system is expected to be partly funded by the State and partly by the individual. In a comment article in The Guardian, Polly Toynbee describes the proposals as "brave", while highlighting the opposition they may face.

Patients 'are being rushed through A&E to hit targets':

New figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats suggest patients are being rushed through accident and emergency wards in order to meet the four-hour target. The article links figures to failings at Mid Staffordshire Hospitals Trust which was also criticised for prioritising targets over care.

  • Daily Telegraph p2

Public sector job cuts after next election:

The Sun reports that both the Labour and Conservative parties will cut public sector jobs after the next election. The TUC has suggested that a third of the 572,000 jobs created since labour came to power could be cut.

Thousands 'turn to drink in retirement':

Many older people are drinking more after they retire, according to a new study. 13% of over-60s said they had consumed more alcohol since retiring, with 19% saying they drank to ease feelings of depression.

Parliamentary Update

 House of Commons

Adjournment debates in Westminster Hall (9.30 am - 2.00 pm) healthcare services in Shropshire [Philip Dunne]; effect on local communities of Government policy on Gypsies & Travellers [Steve Webb]

Lords Science and Technology Sub-Cttee I (10.40am)

Nanotechnologies and food

Witnesses: Gillian Merron MP, Minister of State, Department of Health

 Oral Statement:

REFORM OF CARE & SUPPORT SYSTEM [Health Secretary Andy Burnham]

House of Lords


Other business

Two new non-party-political peers were announced yesterday: Dame Nuala O'Loan former law lecturer & 1st Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (2000 -2007) & Sir Jonathan Sacks Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. They will sit as Cross-Benchers

Health Secretary Andy Burnham & Care Services Minister Phil Hope publish Green Paper Shaping the Future of Care Together - oral statement expected in the Commons @ 3.30 pm. Embargoed press briefing @ 1.45 pm; stakeholder launch @ 2.30pm.  Earlier Burnham & Health Minister Lord Darzi attend launch of Office of Life Sciences Blueprint (11.00 am)