Autumn Budget 2018 - what it means for healthcare

Philip Hammond, who has announced the Autumn Budget

Chancellor Phillip Hammond has announced the government’s Autumn Budget. He promised: “A budget for hard working families who live their lives far from this place and care little for the twists and turns of Westminster politics.”

Over the past year, Brexit has affected the workforce as many European staff feel their future is uncertain, and the number of EU nationals registering as nurses in England dropped by 92% following the 2016 referendum (see

Could our love for the NHS actually be bad for our health? 

Kings Fund Dan Wellings on the NHS at 70

Dan Wellings, Senior Fellow (Policy) at The King’s Fund, offers his insight into the public’s expectations of the NHS…

In the run-up to the 70th anniversary of the NHS, we’ve been talking with the public to better understand their relationship with and expectations of the service and their views on who is responsible for keeping people healthy.

It almost goes without saying that there is huge support for the NHS, with the vast majority of people supporting the founding principles of a service free at the point of delivery, available to all and funded largely by taxation. As one participant at our recent discussion events said, "I do have a love for the NHS, it’s part of our heritage."

New approaches to funding, commissioning and regulation needed to meet people’s health and care needs

New approaches to funding, commissioning and regulation needed to meet people’s health and care needs

The Care Quality Commission (CQC), has today (Tuesday 3 July) published a report bringing together key findings and recommendations for change, following the completion of 20 local authority area reviews exploring how older people move between health and adult social care services in England. 

Many older people have complex needs, and meeting these needs usually requires more than one professional and more than one agency to work together. CQC’s local system reviews provide a detailed insight into the journey through health and social care for people who use services, their families and carers - and identify where there are gaps which mean that people experience fragmented or poor care. 

What does the 2018 Spring Statement mean for healthcare?

Spring Statement Hitesh Dodhia

Hitesh Dodhia, Superintendent Pharmacist at on the Chancellor's Spring Statement and why it is "a disappointment" where the NHS is concerned…

"Announcing prior to his speech that the Spring Statement would contain 'no red box, no spending increases, no tax changes,' Philip Hammond certainly kept to his word with a somewhat watered down speech. Being a more mundane affair than previous years, the Chancellor has decided to break with tradition and save any key announcements or major changes to spending until the new Autumn Budget later in the year.

Finance company supports care agency with £250k funding boost

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A care and nursing agency has been able to win additional contract work thanks to a £250,000 funding boost.

Independent Growth Finance, the leading commercial finance provider for SMEs, delivered the factoring facility to Gabriels Care and Nursing Agency, a provider for the elderly, people with learning and physical disabilities, patients with dementia and those in need of palliative care.

Report reveals future challenges for delivery of end of life care

A number of key challenges face the delivery of quality end of life care, including increased competition for funding and a need for better integration of healthcare services. According to a report by Somerset-based St. Margaret’s Hospice, sustaining and growing its workforce, including volunteers, as well as the growth in patients with complex needs such as dementia also needs to be urgently addressed.

Care sector calls for 'care crisis’ talks on funding

Four leading agencies, representing providers and commissioners across the health and social care sector, have called for `urgent’ talks with Treasury and other Whitehall departments.

In a letter sent to the Chancellor George Osborne, Jeremy Hunt at the department of health and Greg Clark at the communities and local government, the agencies warn the present level of funding raises serious concerns.

UK must build 90,000 retirement homes to avert housing care crisis

The UK’s population is ageing and growing fast, and this is putting a huge strain on our care home system which is already seeing £1bn shaved from its funding and is dealing with the aftermath of wage issues and staff shortages.

The demand for these 90,000 additional properties to house our growing population of elderly people is clear, but the industry shouldn’t rush headlong into opening these without ensuring the correct standards and procedures are in place to guarantee that their residents are safe.  After all, if a care home fails to meet expectations, the reputational damage can result in a downturn in admissions, a loss in profit and even risk of being closed down.