Care homes to get free PPE until March

A new adult social care winter plan has been revealed which aims to curb the spread of coronavirus infections in care settings.

£546m care home package to be announced

Boris Johnson has announced a £546 million funding package to help protect care homes from coronavirus this winter.

Sector missing opportunities to improve adult care

Michael King is urging for more to be done to help the adult social care sector capitalise on the valuable learning complaints can bring.

Supporting elderly crucial to post-pandemic resilience

The Centre for Ageing Better has stressed the need for stronger action to support those in their 50s and 60s in the wake of coronavirus.

Investment needed in addiction services post-pandemic

Psychiatrists have warned that addiction services are not equipped to treat the soaring numbers of people drinking at high risk during the pandemic.

Green light for e-scooter trial in York

City of York Council has announced a year-long e-scooter trial and selected TIER to run the game-changing technology on its streets.

Labour says winter social care plan must be priority

Labour has written to Matt Hancock setting out five key areas where action is needed to protect care homes this winter.

Lockdown air quality levels could improve lung health of children

Reducing air pollution around schools could halve the number of children with lung function so poor it affects their everyday lives.

Government must support public services, say unions

A new campaign has been launched highlighting how public services cannot continue with the underfunding of the past decade.

Fill public service vacancies to cut unemployment rate

A new report has outlined proposals for a public sector jobs drive to stave off mass unemployment and help the coronavirus recovery.

Pension Credit shortfalls costing £4bn per year

The failure to deliver Pension Credit to older people who are entitled to it is costing the health system an estimated £4 billion per year.

NHS COVID-19 app to launch on 24 September

The NHS COVID-19 app will launch on 24 September in England and Wales, including measures including QR check-in at venues.

Contraception services damaged by coronavirus

A group of MPs have warned that the coronavirus pandemic has made a ‘difficult situation even worse’ for women trying to access contraception.

Local health officials want more control over testing

Local public health leaders are demanding greater control over the coronavirus testing system following mixed messages about tests’ availability.

Urgency needed to tackle childhood obesity

It is not clear whether the government’s plan to tackle rising childhood obesity will be able to make the step change needed in the timescale available.

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