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State of Care Review: the future of quality in the NHS and social care is precarious

The quality of health and social care has been maintained despite very real challenges and the majority of people are getting good, safe care. This is t...

Changing general surgery procedures could improve care for patients and save the NHS millions

There’s significant potential to improve general surgery services and save the NHS millions, a government-backed programme finds. Analysis by the Gett...

Growing gap between governmental ambitions for mental health and reality on frontline

NHS Providers has warned that the prime minister’s welcome commitment to tackling long-standing injustices faced by people with mental health problems is...

NHS heading for crisis as study reveals steep rise in older people with disabilities

The number of people aged over 65 years needing care could reach 2.8 million by 2025 in England and Wales, according to a study. This represents an incr...

BMA manifesto: Why politicians must take urgent action on public health crisis

Doctors’ leaders are warning that the UK is facing a ticking time bomb in public health, with a lack of leadership on improving the nation’s health ris...

Social care needs a long-term fix, working on a cross-party basis and involving the sector

An all-party group of MPs has called on the next Government to urgently review how social care is funded in the long term and address serious threats to so...

House of Lords committee calls for independent Office for Health and Care Sustainability

The sustainability of the NHS is at risk with the government pursuing a “a culture of short-termism”. That’s the conclusion of the House of Lords ...

GMC Chair’s annual message to the profession: “Lightening our touch”

Dear colleague, I write to you once again at the start of the year, as health services across the UK are working harder than ever to deal with the fierc...

Avoiding unwanted attention from patients – guidance for doctors

At this time of year, many doctors will be receiving gifts and thank you cards from grateful patients. While it’s nice to be appreciated, occasionally gi...

GMC advice for doctors considering industrial action in the coming months

This the guidance issued by the GMC for trainees considering industrial action: We are asking every doctor contemplating further and escalated industri...

Older people denied personalised, effective and responsive care due to poor integration

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has reviewed how well different health and care services work together to support the needs of older people in England. ...