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    Jeremy Hunt’s seven principles on adult social care reform: a new way forward or just rhetoric?

Jeremy Hunt’s seven principles on adult social care reform: a new way forward or just rhetoric?

On 20 March, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Jeremy Hunt finally made a speech identifying the principles that will inform the Green Paper on social care that is to be published later in 2018. Melanie Henwood considers what these principles reveal and reflects on their implications. Are there grounds for optimism, or is this just the […]

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    What can England learn from the German approach to long-term care funding?

What can England learn from the German approach to long-term care funding?

There’s much England could learn from German long-term care funding, argue Caroline Glendinning and Mathew Wills. They explain how, over the past two decades, Germany has rolled out a universal and equitable funding model, supported by both main political parties.

Over the past decade there have been growing calls for reform of social care funding. Following numerous Commissions, Inquiries, and […]

Adult social care: is privatisation irreversible?

The privatisation of adult social care is a 30-year process that has grown unchecked, made worse by austerity politics. Should the private sector lose interest and leave the market, the consequences will be grave. Bob Hudson writes that, whilst it is not feasible to eliminate a model that has become so deeply embedded, improvement is possible. He explains how […]

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    Time to move on from the ‘love in’ with outsourcing and PFI – here’s how

Time to move on from the ‘love in’ with outsourcing and PFI – here’s how

Although public bodies invevitably have to make supply decisions that involve third parties, the law must allow them to impose public interest conditions, write John Tizard and David Walker. They explain why outsourcing has so far failed, and what should be done about it.

Following the collapse of Carillion comes an authoritative judgement by the National Audit Office that – […]

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    Warning: the cost of Brexit could seriously damage your health service

Warning: the cost of Brexit could seriously damage your health service

Leaving the EU would free up more money for the NHS, according to Leave campaigners. This pledge has been all but disowned – and in any case, writes Joan Costa-Font, Brexit will impose further costs on an already cash-strapped service. The biggest effect will be on wage bills, but it will also restrict choice for Britons and raise procurement costs.

Healthcare and the National […]

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    NHS Continuing Healthcare funding: anomalous, irregular, and often baffling

NHS Continuing Healthcare funding: anomalous, irregular, and often baffling

The boundary between health and social care continues to be a major issue, and is especially stark around long-term care and NHS continuing healthcare. Melanie Henwood explores the issues raised by a new report from the National Audit Office and highlights the major anomalies around fully funded care for some people, and means tested social care for others.

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    “Why should the people wait any longer?” How Labour built the NHS

“Why should the people wait any longer?” How Labour built the NHS

In the aftermath of the Second World War, Britain showed the world that a universal health care system was possible. Anthony Broxton gives a brief account of Nye Bevan’s vision and how he guided the National Health Service Act through parliament.

On the 5th July 1948, a young girl was admitted to Park Hospital in Manchester, to be treated for a […]

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    Britain’s surprising election: austerity and inequality make for angry and unpredictable voters

Britain’s surprising election: austerity and inequality make for angry and unpredictable voters

The unexpected result of the general election is just another case of voters punishing governments for their handling of the economy, writes Jonathan Hopkin. He argues citizens have had enough of an economic system that deliberately benefits only the few. Established political parties have failed to provide a vision for change, and so new political leaders who do so […]