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Why the Dilnot cap is not the answer to the social care funding crisis

Social care requires a significant injection of public funds to move from being a residual public service to one which enhances the lives of older people. Until then, the crisis will continue to worsen.

The impact of poverty on the health of our children

A new report suggests that by 2020 5 million children in the UK will be living in poverty. Paediatrician Guddi Singh explains the devastating impact this will have on these children’s health and calls on the Government to act.

What do Sustainability and Transformation Plans mean for continuity of care within the English NHS?

Few STP proposals recognise the complexity of continuity of care. We must demand that STPs recognise the necessary thought and resources required to implement new regimes of continuity of care effectively.

The past, present and future health costs of inequality

We must act on evidence that shows childhood trauma risks the development of disease in later life.

STPs – An Opportunity for Much Needed Health System Transformation

A balanced assessment is required if the opportunities presented by the Sustainability and Transformation Plans are to be seized upon

Will limiting the costs in clinical negligence claims make patients less safe?

The DH’s objective is to reduce the cost of clinical negligence cases so that savings can be invested in patient care. But these proposals risk human and financial costs.

How trustworthy is NHS Digital?

Between May 2013 and February 2016 an argument took place between Kingsley Manning, chair of the Health and Social Care Information Centre (now NHS Digital), and the Home Office and Department of Health. At stake was the HSCIC’s independence as an Executive Non-Departmental Body responsible to parliament, not to any minister, and its trustworthiness as the guardian of the personal details of every NHS patient in England.

Why did so many more older people die in England and Wales in 2015?

For almost all of the post-war period, death rates have been falling steadily in England and Wales. Yet 2015 saw the third largest year-on-year rise, with no immediate explanation.

STP Teams – Problems of Legal Status and Accountability

The idea that more competition would improve the NHS is history. But what are the challenges for an approach based on partnership and collaboration?

Life in the front line: a junior doctor’s view

A senior trainee anaesthetist’s perspective on a survey of the welfare and morale of trainee doctors.