Recession puts pressure on care homes

Care homes come under pressure to cut costs

Care for the elderly and infirm could be threatened by the recession as care homes come under pressure to cut costs, the head of a new “super-regulator” told The Times.

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Social care watchdog pleads for patience

The new watchdog for health and social care on Tuesday called on politicians to put an end to a decade of regulatory turmoil in hospitals and social work.

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Interview: Cynthia Bower

A new watchdog takes over today as the guardian of standards in health and social care across England. And it will, according to Cynthia Bower, the chief executive, start barking from the word go.

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Council warned of failings before children’s deaths

An official warning about Doncaster Council’s child protection services was made several years before the deaths of five children known to the authority, it was reported.

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Alcohol code to call time on happy hour drinking culture

Home Office ministers are determined to bring an end to irresponsible drinking promotions, especially a new breed that involves pouring alcohol straight down someone’s throat.

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NHS must do more to eradicate racial discrimination, say watchdogs

Trusts in England are failing to meet their obligation under race equality legislation to produce accurate and up-to-date ethnic workforce data

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Public sector pay rises announced

Teachers awarded 2.3% rise, members of the armed forces get 2.8%, and doctors, dentists, senior civil servants, senior NHS managers and judges get 1.5%

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