All Civil Servants working for the Department of Health are to gain first-hand experience of frontline healthcare, Jeremy Hunt has announced. This is to ensure that Civil Servants working in the Department of Health have an understanding of the needs and pressures of the health service.
There are reports that more than 6,000 hospital beds have been lost since the Coalition came to power in 2010. According to figures due to be published by the House of Commons library next month, the number of overnight hospital beds has fallen since the last General Election.
The BBC reports that ministers have been told to go further with their overhaul of social care in England by merging the Health and Social Care budgets. The King’s Fund called for a joint budget to encourage the two systems to work together more closely and create a potentially more streamlined service.