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"24.03.2017 07:05:07" www.theguardian.com Gentrification isn't a benign process: it forces people from their homes | Dawn Foster Few things are more likely to make your latte taste bitter than being confronted with the human reality of gentrification.
"24.03.2017 07:05:04" www.theguardian.com Red Nose Day: what happens to my Comic Relief donation? From bake sales to the bank and beyond, follow your money behind the scenes at the annual Comic Relief appeal and meet the team making it happen
"23.03.2017 23:31:04" www.theguardian.com Westminster attack medics: 'It was a day London has trained for' As news of the fatal attack broke, the capital's NHS workers rushed into action
"23.03.2017 18:56:51" theguardian.com Trying to help a disabled girl seeking asylum brought my staff to tears Maryam had severe cerebral palsy and her family were in dire need but we couldn't get support for them 'Jane and Helen are highly experienced therapists. They have come straight to my office door from their home visit to a teenage girl, Maryam, with severe cerebral palsy, and both are on the edge of tears. Maryam and her family are recently-arrived asylum
"23.03.2017 10:47:08" www.theguardian.com Trying to help a disabled girl seeking asylum brought my staff to tears
"23.03.2017 07:44:05" www.theguardian.com Charities could lose a third of staff if they don't get a grip on digital skills Our new survey reveals half of UK charities don't have a digital strategy and fear losing out on fundraising income if training and funding aren't improved
"23.03.2017 07:41:08" www.theguardian.com Charities could lose a third of staff if they don't get a grip on digital skills
"23.03.2017 07:05:10" www.theguardian.com Labour chooses 'life-long' socialist MEP to fight Gorton seat Afzal Khan, a solicitor and former police officer, will contest the Manchester seat left vacant by the death of Sir Gerald Kaufman
"23.03.2017 00:05:07" www.theguardian.com Less than half of women breastfeed after two months, survey finds Poll for Public Health England reveals many feel embarrassed to feed their babies in front of strangers and family members
"22.03.2017 11:44:06" www.theguardian.com How Finland solved homelessness | Interview: Juha Kaakinen The Nordic country is the only EU state not in the midst of a housing crisis. Juha Kaakinen of the Y-Foundation explains how Housing First works
"22.03.2017 11:05:05" www.theguardian.com Get outta town: startup offers workers $10,000 if they 'delocate' Silicon Valley Offer from Zapier comes as high-paid tech workers in Bay Area have complained about the cost of living in a region that suffers from a major housing shortage
"22.03.2017 10:29:06" www.theguardian.com My daughter is not "disabled enough" for this government to get free parking | Nicky Clark My learning disabled daughter was denied a blue badge when her benefits changed. This government is redefining disability – with no right of appeal
"22.03.2017 10:25:05" www.theguardian.com Sheffield tree protesters to take legal action against police Protesters detained for trying to stop contractors from chopping down trees to challenge legality of their arrest
"22.03.2017 09:00:04" www.theguardian.com Industrial strategy risks leaving millions stifled and stuck | Liam Booth-Smith It's time to support the 36 million people who don't live in big metropolises. The industrial strategy needs to be locally led by towns and small cities
"22.03.2017 06:54:34" www.theguardian.com Declaring my cancer on First Dates has helped others | Annie Slater The Channel 4 reality dating show didn't lead to love, but Marie Curie asked me to share my experiences and raise awareness of its daffodil appeal
"21.03.2017 22:06:04" www.theguardian.com NHS delays leave thousands facing long wait for wheelchairs Campaigners call for equality of access for disabled people as first official figures point to 'postcode lottery' in provisions
"21.03.2017 14:35:12" www.theguardian.com Homelessness at crisis point in all EU countries – except Finland Report on 'alarming evidence' of rising homelessness singles out UK for criticism while warning that one in 70 Athens residents are homeless
"21.03.2017 14:35:07" www.theguardian.com Homelessness at crisis point in all EU countries – except Finland Report on 'alarming evidence' of rising homelessness singles out UK for criticism while warning that one in 70 Athens residents are homeless
"21.03.2017 11:25:05" www.theguardian.com George Galloway to stand in Manchester Gorton byelection Veteran MP in apparent attempt to exploit divisions in local Labour party after seat vacated by death of Gerald Kaufman
"21.03.2017 11:14:04" www.theguardian.com How do you feel about the government sharing our personal data? - livechat We may want efficient government – but not if it means sharing more information. Join our livechat on this paradox, 12:30-2pm, BST, 30 March 2017
"21.03.2017 08:59:04" www.theguardian.com Why relationships are key to good social work | Sarah Gillinson Positive interactions between social workers and families are essential, but too often policies and practices act as a barrier
"21.03.2017 07:35:07" www.theguardian.com Why do clinicians and managers struggle to work together? We asked NHS staff to share their personal experiences of this fragile relationship. The results are surprising
"21.03.2017 00:10:08" www.theguardian.com Social work in Zambia: 'Children have the right to love and security' |Rory Truell World Social Work Day offers an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the profession's transformative work with families and communities
"20.03.2017 22:03:44" www.theguardian.com MPs slam funding crisis and 'postcode lottery' of children's services
"20.03.2017 19:24:05" www.theguardian.com NHS trust triples injury payout to £9.3m under controversial new rules Compensation for 10-year-old girl left with cerebral palsy will cause shockwaves in health service and insurance companies
"20.03.2017 16:45:34" www.theguardian.com London high streets 'under threat from business rates hike' Sadiq Khan calls for protection for firms facing rises of up to 45%, with many not eligible for discounts in chancellor's budget
"20.03.2017 10:15:04" www.theguardian.com My ambulance crew is forced to put a plaster over society's failure Cuts to public services mean we visit people who don't need medical help and cardiac arrest calls go unanswered
"20.03.2017 09:21:06" www.theguardian.com Why are social workers so reluctant to celebrate their achievements? | Harry Ferguson Criticised by the media, government and even some within the profession, social work needs a culture that recognises all the good its staff do
"20.03.2017 07:05:06" www.theguardian.com Residential care costs 'can soak up over 50% of property values' Study finds the cost of a typical residential care home stay around the UK to range from 18% to 56% of average house values
"20.03.2017 06:55:35" www.theguardian.com The government must give councils the power to pull local buses out of crisis Nearly £30m has been cut from supported bus budgets this year, and 500 routes reduced or withdrawn - local authorities need support and funding
"20.03.2017 06:46:33" www.theguardian.com Abolishing trustees will not solve the charity governance crisis | Shivaji Shiva Painting charity trustees as inept, meddling do-gooders is unfair and unjustified. They bring skills and passion to boards – and do it all voluntarily
"19.03.2017 07:10:35" www.theguardian.com NHS services face 'impossible' budget crisis, health trusts warn
"19.03.2017 00:03:11" www.theguardian.com Record numbers of EU nurses quit NHS Staffing crisis worsens as workers fear being unwelcome after Brexit
"18.03.2017 09:30:09" www.theguardian.com I am a legal aid lawyer for people facing eviction - they are the real Daniel Blakes From the care leaver paying £650 a month to live in a shed to the tenant with one light bulb, I never get used to the stories – and they are increasingly desperate
"18.03.2017 00:05:39" www.theguardian.com Rural deprivation and ill-health in England 'in danger of being overlooked' Popular idea of an affluent idyll is far from the truth, report warns, with official statistics failing to capture significant inequalities across communities
"18.03.2017 00:02:59" www.theguardian.com Girls from poorer families in England struggle to afford sanitary protection Charities, campaigners and teachers report scale of the problem, saying more must be done to tackle stigma
"18.03.2017 00:02:58" www.theguardian.com Has the tech bubble peaked? Signs that the startup boom may be fizzling Startups are beginning to run out of money and investors are becoming more discerning. How does this compare to the time leading up to the dotcom crash?
"17.03.2017 10:13:52" theguardian.com City of Culture: the woman striving to make Paisley a contender Scotland's largest town wants to be UK City of Culture 2021 and has cross-party support - but is steering clear of some tricky referendum politics Coventry and Perth are currently the bookies' favourites to win UK City of Culture 2021, but as Jean Cameron points out, Hull's victory for 2017 took many people by surprise - and she is pushing for Paisley.
"17.03.2017 07:04:34" www.theguardian.com Constant restructuring of NHS is demoralising staff, survey finds Nonstop changes – including new STPs from April – partly responsible for difficulty in retaining hospital and clinic workers
"17.03.2017 06:54:33" www.theguardian.com City of Culture: the woman striving to make Paisley a contender Scotland's largest town wants to be UK City of Culture 2021 and has cross-party support - but is steering clear of some tricky referendum politics
"17.03.2017 06:48:34" www.theguardian.com Charities should not interfere in family feuds over wills | Russell Hargrave A huge error of judgement has been made by the three animal charities that fought to overturn a daughter's win over her estranged mother's will
"17.03.2017 06:36:06" www.theguardian.com Downplaying Brexit to overseas investors won't help UK housing crisis | Dawn Foster At luxury property jaunt Mipim, Brits are desperate to keep money flowing into UK housing. But Brexit will still see an exodus of construction workers
"17.03.2017 00:02:43" www.theguardian.com Chronicling homelessness: a behind-the-scenes look at our new project We bring you the most important stories about US homelessness in our first edition of the Outside in America newsletter
"17.03.2017 00:02:41" www.theguardian.com Entire homelessness agency could be eliminated by Trump's budget cuts Shuttering the agency and cutting funds for low-income housing remind experts of Reagan's deep spending cuts that 'ushered in a new age of homelessness'
"17.03.2017 00:02:39" www.theguardian.com Lib Dems call for 1p income tax rise to provide NHS funding boost Norman Lamb calls for interim measure while working on long-term solution such as a dedicated health and social care tax
"17.03.2017 00:02:37" www.theguardian.com Money earmarked for mental health diverted to balance NHS books Letter from finance chief Paul Baumann says contingency of £800m will be used to offset hospital overspends
"17.03.2017 00:02:35" www.theguardian.com UK government woos world's housebuilders Housing minister tells Mipim conference in Cannes he will do all he can to help developers find land in Britain
"16.03.2017 10:36:05" www.theguardian.com I hate restraining mental health patients but often it's the only option Sarah needed medication but could not see that she was unwell. Restraint in her case was planned and not some awful mistake
"16.03.2017 10:06:01" theguardian.com Will post-Brexit Britain have the right industrial strategy skills? Join the debate On Thursday 30 March, in Birmingham's Council House, the Guardian will host an in-depth debate about infrastructure skills. Join our free seminar Birmingham, Coventry and the whole of the Midlands play a crucial part in the plans to increase UK economic prosperity. But such plans rest on having the right skills and that is already under question, particularly after Brexit.
Join our debate at 6pm
"16.03.2017 08:53:34" www.theguardian.com Pay people with learning disabilities lower wages? This is unacceptable | Rob Greig Calls to pay people with learning disabilities below the minimum wage flies in the face of the evidence – not to mention the law
"16.03.2017 07:22:48" www.theguardian.com The Chokeables has saved babies' lives – here's how we made it | St John Ambulance The St John Ambulance video, which teaches parents how to save a choking baby, has won charity film of the year
"16.03.2017 07:22:31" www.theguardian.com The Chokeables has saved babies' lives – here's how we made it | St John Ambulance The St John Ambulance video, which teaches parents how to save a choking baby, has won charity film of the year
"16.03.2017 06:47:16" www.theguardian.com There's more to a 24-hour city than pubs and clubs Like London and Buenos Aires, cities can move their nightlife away from drink-dependent culture - if councils and businesses work together
"16.03.2017 00:04:42" www.theguardian.com School funding cuts 'will leave councils unable to meet legal obligations' LGA says welfare of 5 million pupils is at risk as grants covering criminal records and asbestos checks fall by £600m
"16.03.2017 00:02:05" www.theguardian.com Gary Neville pulls plan for twin Manchester towers after backlash Former footballer admits much-criticised £200m scheme has 'failed miserably' and says refinements will be made
"15.03.2017 10:27:36" www.theguardian.com Despite Northern Ireland impasse there is hope on housing | Paddy Gray Neither major party wants a return to direct rule, so it is likely they will work together to improve housing in Northern Ireland
"15.03.2017 09:06:33" www.theguardian.com Our play gives care workers valuable new insight on risk and safeguarding | Arti Prashar Our production, Safe, offers a light-hearted look at everyday challenges in the social care sector
"15.03.2017 08:58:34" www.theguardian.com Talk about death, be kind and trust your instincts: tips for new nurses NHS nurses offer advice on when to question doctors and how to deal with patients you don't like
"15.03.2017 07:39:06" www.theguardian.com After my suicide crisis I set up a centre to give others a safety net | Joy Hibbins At Suicide Crisis we build personal connections so people trust us when they need to call someone at 3am
"15.03.2017 06:48:06" www.theguardian.com Fighting fake news: societies using technology to search for truth From the Czech Republic to Taiwan, public bodies are combining technology and human expertise to tackle fake news
"15.03.2017 02:51:35" www.theguardian.com Charity regulator to crack down on political advocacy after complaints Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission says complaints were made about 21 charities over the past two years
"14.03.2017 12:07:05" www.theguardian.com Counting the cost of Brexit in extra civil servants and endless tinkering As councils decide whether to cut libraries or social care, Whitehall's Brexit juggernaut pulls in new staff to tackle the historic task
"14.03.2017 08:23:05" www.theguardian.com If prisons abuse powerless children, investigators must condemn them | Carolyne Willow A Northern Ireland prison inquiry reports allegations of beatings, psychological trauma and sexual abuse. To conclude there was 'no evidence of' systemic abuse makes my heart sink
"14.03.2017 00:05:05" www.theguardian.com Dying patients waiting hours for pain relief in NHS funding shortfall Overworked district nurses struggling to care for dying patients, with one in seven posts cut in two years, warns King's Fund
"14.03.2017 00:01:50" www.theguardian.com Private healthcare firm signs Uber deal for carers and patients Cera to use app-based taxi firm to transport London-based carers and to allow disabled customers to get around
"13.03.2017 19:50:00" theguardian.com Why is there so little social diversity in medicine? Only 7% of students across the UK are privately educated, but 26% of medical students went to fee-paying schools "Our aim should always be to have competent and empathetic doctors from different social and cultural backgrounds who reflect our society."
"13.03.2017 14:09:08" www.theguardian.com Liverpool libraries saved after budget boost – for now Mayor says plans to close four of the city's 13 libraries will be suspended after chancellor's promise of £27m for social care
"13.03.2017 13:00:11" theguardian.com Thank you for your support, which is more important now than ever | Katharine Viner The Guardian now has the financial support of hundreds of thousands of readers. Thank you for backing the values to which we're committed "You are providing crucial financial support for our independent journalism, and showing how much you value the Guardian's fair and factual reporting, informed by our progressive and liberal values. This feels more important now than ever"
"13.03.2017 11:38:09" www.theguardian.com NHS data loss scandal has prompted five inquiries, ministers say Government accused of 'huge cover-up' over its response to outcry over 515,000 lost test results and doctors' letters
"13.03.2017 11:03:11" www.theguardian.com Why is there so little social diversity in medicine? Only 7% of students across the UK are privately educated, but 26% of medical students went to fee-paying schools
"13.03.2017 11:03:07" www.theguardian.com Thousands of vulnerable people held unlawfully in care homes – report Law Commission study, laid before parliament, reveals growing strain on already overburdened care system
"13.03.2017 09:24:06" www.theguardian.com Domestic abuse services hang by a thread – we can't waste any more money | Polly Neate The government's £20m domestic abuse fund is welcome, but if it goes the way of so much local authority spending it will count for nothing
"13.03.2017 07:39:38" www.theguardian.com Brewing in the Borders: businesses thriving on Scotland's new railway line Tourism is up and firms are hiring staff as the 35-mile Borders Railway proves to be more than just a commuter link to Edinburgh
"13.03.2017 06:01:04" www.theguardian.com UK average annual rents fall for first time in six years Buying frenzy ahead of 2016 stamp duty hike pushed up supply of new homes for letting by 10%
"12.03.2017 00:06:33" www.theguardian.com Government considering plans to house addicts who sleep rough A project pioneered in Finland offers homes to troubled people before they begin treatment for addiction and mental illness
"11.03.2017 09:39:07" www.theguardian.com Drug addiction isn't going away so why are treatment centres being slashed? Our most desperate clients lead chaotic lives and this hurts our performance targets - they now have to jump through hoops before getting any help
"11.03.2017 09:16:06" www.theguardian.com Technology could redefine doctor-patient relationship | Richard Vize Artificial intelligence is already making inroads into the NHS and could have profound effects on the medical workforce
"11.03.2017 00:02:05" www.theguardian.com Surrey council received boost in budget after 'sweetheart deal' claims Labour analysis of new £2bn for social care suggests rapidly rising share for council said to have struck 'gentleman's agreement' with ministers
"10.03.2017 11:14:38" www.theguardian.com Social care awards hail 'the best of the best' Nine Skills for Care Accolades presented for innovation and excellence in workforce development
"10.03.2017 11:14:35" www.theguardian.com Social care awards hail 'the best of the best' Nine Skills for Care Accolades presented for innovation and excellence in workforce development
"10.03.2017 07:38:36" www.theguardian.com 'Trustees are a nightmare!': readers on charity leadership In response to the charity boss who says volunteer trustees are undermining UK charities, here are readers' views of the good, the bad and the ugly
"10.03.2017 07:02:36" www.theguardian.com Care homes says extra £2bn from budget must go to frontline Concern that chancellor's funding bonus for social care in England may not be passed on by local authorities
"10.03.2017 06:56:35" www.theguardian.com Scrapping housing benefit for 18-year-olds? It's Cone Syndrome | Dawn Foster Hammond's budget leaves the housing crisis unsolved and this bad plan to cut housing benefit for 18- to 21-year-olds will cost more than it saves
"10.03.2017 00:04:12" www.theguardian.com Trump's infrastructure plans cannot be imposed by force Trump wants to fix crumbling US assets, but he will have to rely on states and localities that raise - and spend - most of the money
"10.03.2017 00:04:10" www.theguardian.com NHS workers urged be alert for sepsis and treat within an hour New guidance from Nice warns that patients can become very sick rapidly and require urgent review and treatment
"10.03.2017 00:04:09" www.theguardian.com UK child deportations of 50s: 'most catastrophic child abuse' in memory Investigator Margaret Humphreys tells UK inquiry that slavery, abuse, identity theft and lies, were human rights violations
"10.03.2017 00:04:06" www.theguardian.com We need to rethink adoption in the social media age, says senior judge Lord Justice McFarlane suggests too many children are being forcibly adopted and calls for a rethink of UK policy
"09.03.2017 11:44:34" www.theguardian.com NHS chiefs order hospitals to begin urgent overhaul of A&E care Plans requiring GPs to assess every patient when they arrive at A&E come as NHS England discloses worst ever performance in January
"09.03.2017 11:24:05" www.theguardian.com Google's DeepMind plans to make patients' health records trackable Tech company's health subsidiary planning digital ledger based on blockchain to let hospitals, the NHS and eventually patients track personal data
"09.03.2017 10:51:07" www.theguardian.com I went to a death cafe to learn how to talk to dying patients Medical students do not learn how to talk about death. Junior doctors are forced to learn on the job – and that isn't fair on patients or families
"09.03.2017 10:51:05" www.theguardian.com I'm 82 and MPs need to hear my views on this devastating housing benefit cap If this cap goes ahead, my wife and I face a shortfall of £609 a year. I don't know how we'd cope if we have to leave our sheltered home
"09.03.2017 09:16:06" www.theguardian.com Social care crisis is about more than money | Bob Hudson Philip Hammond's emergency funding has not changed the issues the sector faces – social care is at tipping point and needs a long-term strategy
"09.03.2017 00:02:28" www.theguardian.com 'Shut your filthy mouth': Rochdale reacts to council's proposed swearing ban Rochdale council wants to issue £80 on-the-spot fines for using 'foul and abusive language' in public spaces. But what do local residents think?
"09.03.2017 00:02:26" www.theguardian.com Government finances face near-£6bn hit over changes to personal injury payouts Office for Budget Responsibility says NHS will have to set aside money to meet cost of compensation awards, while car insurance premiums will also rise
"09.03.2017 00:02:24" www.theguardian.com Hammond's budget bows to demands for social care cash injection Chancellor responds to crisis in care for older people with £2bn extra, but charities are concerned it will not be enough
"09.03.2017 00:02:21" www.theguardian.com Los Angeles set to tax itself to raise billions for homelessness relief Sales tax would raise $3.5bn over the next decade after city leaders call for a massive funding effort to move tens of thousands into permanent housing
"09.03.2017 00:02:17" www.theguardian.com Philip Hammond among MPs lobbying for Surrey county council in funding row Chancellor, who represents a Surrey constituency, spoke to Sajid Javid on council's behalf, freedom of information request reveals
"09.03.2017 00:02:12" www.theguardian.com Philip Hammond's budget speech was light on changes – and jokes Brexit, benefits, housing, public services and fuel duty were all largely ignored in the chancellor's short budget speech
"09.03.2017 00:02:09" www.theguardian.com Rents are 'out of step' with incomes, housing body warns Rics says vulnerable tenants are being pushed out of the housing market as benefit cuts and rising costs make rents unaffordable
"09.03.2017 00:02:06" www.theguardian.com Budget and public services: freeze but no strategy | David Walker The Tory government doesn't like running public services, as this hand-to-mouth budget shows
"08.03.2017 13:20:39" www.theguardian.com May repeatedly denies 'special deal' with Surrey council over social care Jeremy Corbyn sought to press the prime minister on the issue during PMQs but got the same answer each time: there was no special deal
"08.03.2017 13:20:36" www.theguardian.com Rochdale council plans to ban swearing Council leader defends proposal to fine people £80 for using abusive language after Liberty says it would breach human rights
"08.03.2017 10:39:34" www.theguardian.com Children in care are not just numbers: we must challenge the stigma | Jimmy Paul Children in care are too often seen as delinquents, and the shame lingers into adulthood. Those with experience must challenge this by sharing their stories
"08.03.2017 09:23:34" www.theguardian.com Over half of NHS staff work unpaid overtime every week, survey finds Annual survey reveals morale is high but workloads, sick rates and overtime highlight challenges
"08.03.2017 08:04:04" www.theguardian.com What do you know about UK housing? Take our quiz How many people own their homes and how many are homeless? Find out how much you really know about the UK housing crisis
"08.03.2017 07:04:07" www.theguardian.com NHS to revamp 111 helpline after sustained criticism of service More callers will get chance to health professionals under changes to be phased in across England from next month
"08.03.2017 00:08:05" www.theguardian.com Girls in care more negative about their future than boys Study shows almost 25% of girls in care were unhappy with their lives compared to 14% for all girls
"08.03.2017 00:03:10" www.theguardian.com Blood couriers launch case challenging self-employed status Couriers working for The Doctors Laboratory, which provides services for the NHS, say they get no holiday or sick pay
"08.03.2017 00:03:08" www.theguardian.com Charities referring rough sleepers to immigration enforcement teams Corporate Watch reveals role of homeless charity St Mungo's and others in referring vulnerable people to the Home Office
"08.03.2017 00:03:07" www.theguardian.com Government defeats attempt to restart Dubs scheme Amendment aimed at revealing capacity of English councils to take lone refugee children is voted down to cries of 'shame'
"08.03.2017 00:03:06" www.theguardian.com Surrey council leader 'had gentleman's agreement' with ministers David Hodge discussed conversations with Sajid Javid and Philip Hammond about deal to avert proposed 15% council tax rise
"08.03.2017 00:02:35" www.theguardian.com Councils need to work together to solve London's housing crisis Partnerships between boroughs could see more homes built and make families being moved out of London a thing of the past
"07.03.2017 14:56:04" www.theguardian.com 'It's always so varied': an apprentice's view of joining the civil service For national apprenticeship week, a civil service apprentice talks about working on nuclear policy and not missing going to uni
"07.03.2017 12:20:35" www.theguardian.com High levels of violence and use of force at last G4S-run child jail, report finds Report says inspectors witnessed staff struggling to maintain control at Oakhill secure training centre near Milton Keynes
"07.03.2017 08:40:05" www.theguardian.com Youth work is vital for local communities – but how do we fund it? Funding cuts are demolishing vital services for young people. To protect them, we need real leadership, more collaboration and efficient spending
"07.03.2017 07:48:38" www.theguardian.com Durham cathedral tax ruling may bring charity VAT relief | David Brindle A recent ruling that maintenance repairs were eligible for tax relief from HMRC may save charities millions in VAT – especially after Brexit
"07.03.2017 07:48:36" www.theguardian.com Durham cathedral tax ruling may bring charity VAT relief | David Brindle A recent ruling that maintenance repairs were eligible for tax relief from HMRC may save charities millions in VAT – especially after Brexit
"07.03.2017 07:03:10" www.theguardian.com 'It was devastating': families and residents suffer as care homes close Almost 2,000 care homes in England have closed over six years, with providers blaming increased living wage and gap in funding for care
"07.03.2017 07:03:07" www.theguardian.com Government abdicating responsibility for social care, say providers Care England chief says ageism is affecting care of elderly, as chancellor prepares to offer more than £1bn for sector in budget
"07.03.2017 01:51:05" www.theguardian.com More than 2,200 Australians reported abuse in orphanages or children's homes Royal commission releases data as it presses state and territory governments to commit to a national redress scheme
"07.03.2017 00:54:06" www.theguardian.com NHS infected blood scandal: scheme to compensate victims to be scaled back Government proposals aim to cut costs as ministers believe more people will develop serious health issues, pushing programme over budget
"07.03.2017 00:02:20" www.theguardian.com NHS forced to provide 4,500 extra beds a day NHS Providers reveals how hospitals avoided a 'full-blown crisis' this winter by creating the equivalent of more than eight extra hospitals
"07.03.2017 00:02:18" www.theguardian.com NHS manager who earned £1m jailed for fabricating qualifications Jon Andrewes, 63, worked for more than a decade in various senior health jobs across south-west England
"07.03.2017 00:02:14" www.theguardian.com NHS mental health trust to be prosecuted amid claims it failed to offer safe care Southern Health is first NHS provider after Mid Staffs scandal to be taken to court after patient fell from a roof at Melbury Lodge, Winchester
"07.03.2017 00:02:10" www.theguardian.com Theresa May paves way for new generation of grammar schools Philip Hammond to set aside £320m in budget for expansion of government's free school programme, with schools free to offer selective education
"06.03.2017 15:13:05" www.theguardian.com Housing benefit cuts 'put young people at risk of homelessness' People aged 18-21 face exclusion from private rental market if stripped of benefit entitlement, says landlord association
"06.03.2017 12:07:43" www.theguardian.com I worry I can't be a good mother and a good doctor I've got a busy job as a GP, a toddler at home and another child on the way as well as exams to study for. Who's going to lose out?
"06.03.2017 12:03:39" www.theguardian.com Are women making progress in charities? Quiz Does volunteering improve your sex life? Which charities are women more likely to donate to? What's the third sector gender pay gap? Take our quiz
"06.03.2017 10:30:37" www.theguardian.com NHS trust may use Uber taxis to transfer non-emergency patients Firm behind deal with Barts in London says it will include cancer and dementia patients and could reduce bed-blocking
"06.03.2017 10:27:35" www.theguardian.com 'Defend NHS with all your might', Corbyn urges demonstrators Tens of thousands protest against further funding cuts to health service and social care at march through central London
"06.03.2017 10:27:34" www.theguardian.com Councils call for lower drink-drive limit in England and Wales Currently limit is second highest in Europe, and LGA says it should be cut by a more than a third
"06.03.2017 07:25:51" www.theguardian.com Home Office decision to end Dubs scheme 'not backed by evidence' MPs highlight 'big gap' between government and councils on UK's capacity to house unaccompanied children
"06.03.2017 07:18:34" www.theguardian.com International Women's Day: the women leading local government – video Female council bosses on how councils are becoming open, supportive places where women can thrive – at all levels
"06.03.2017 07:15:08" www.theguardian.com Housing is a women's issue. Here's why The UK housing crisis has hit women harder than men, because they earn less money and cuts have hit homeless and domestic abuse services
"06.03.2017 03:54:11" www.theguardian.com Victoria to tax investors who leave properties vacant for more than six months Daniel Andrews's government says it expects to raise tens of millions of dollars a year from the housing affordability policy
"06.03.2017 00:03:12" www.theguardian.com BMA calls for extra £10bn a year for NHS in Hammond's budget Increase would bring health spending in line with 10 leading economies in Europe as proportion of GDP, says doctors union
"06.03.2017 00:03:06" www.theguardian.com Chancellor's budget to build up Brexit reserves, not tackle NHS crisis 'No spending spree' warning from Philip Hammond, who is likely to guard against economic damage of UK leaving EU
"05.03.2017 09:34:04" www.theguardian.com A radio ad helped me open my home to youngsters facing homelessness Some young people don't have the benefit of a restful, supportive family home, or a chat with their mum, so that's what I offer them for a couple of nights
"05.03.2017 00:06:43" www.theguardian.com Benefit freeze leaves families facing steep rent rise or eviction, Shelter warns Teachers and other public sector workers risk homelessness
"05.03.2017 00:06:42" www.theguardian.com Green campaigners call for land ministry to halt the 'erosion of the countryside' Peers, academics and architects urge unified approach to planning to improve quality of life
"05.03.2017 00:06:41" www.theguardian.com NHS poll finds public think service getting worse More than half of public pessimistic and feel service worsening – though most still happy with their own care
"05.03.2017 00:06:39" www.theguardian.com £220,000: the price super-rich will pay to keep their privacy Call for greater transparency as wealthy foreigners fork out to avoid registering London properties
"04.03.2017 09:39:04" www.theguardian.com Firefighting is about ingenuity, not just strength. Women like me are an asset In my 27 years in the fire service I have seen the number of female firefighters grow and my daughter joined too. But there is plenty of room for more women
"04.03.2017 00:02:06" www.theguardian.com Charities dismayed as housing benefit cut goes ahead Decision to remove entitlement from claimants aged 18 to 21 will put more young people on the streets, critics say
"03.03.2017 15:14:06" www.theguardian.com Housing worker returns to council job - but still has no home
"03.03.2017 14:46:05" www.theguardian.com Over 60% of NHS trusts in England 'issued high-level alerts this winter' Newly released figures show almost a quarter of trusts were so overcrowded the safety of patients could not be assured
"03.03.2017 13:41:05" www.theguardian.com Greening drops plans to allow councils to opt out of child protection laws Clause removed from children and social work bill after concerns it threatened protections built up over decades
"03.03.2017 13:15:07" www.theguardian.com The way we care for people with learning disabilities is a national scandal I've launched a petition to try to ensure people with a learning disability never have to call an institution their home
"03.03.2017 12:57:11" www.theguardian.com UK pharma firms accused of illegal deals to hike price of life-saving drug Actavis charged NHS 80% more for hydrocortisone tablets after incentivising rival Concordia not to launch its own version, watchdog claims
"03.03.2017 09:05:00" Timeline Photos Inside Royal Brompton hospital's paediatric unit – photo essay
Photographer David Levene spent a day with patients and staff in the paediatric department at the Royal Brompton hospital in London, which treats children with heart and lung
"03.03.2017 07:52:06" www.theguardian.com Railway stations are the beating heart of urban regeneration | David Biggs They may no longer be cathedrals of steam, but stations are helping develop communities, as well as becoming shopping centres and meeting places
"03.03.2017 07:36:09" www.theguardian.com Life-saving alcohol services face devastating cuts Alcohol-related hospital admissions are on the rise. So why are cuts being made to specialist nursing services?
"03.03.2017 07:08:06" www.theguardian.com Cuts to Sunderland's homeless services: bitter taste of things to come Centrepoint and Wearside Women in Need will have to close hostels and refuges in the city. It will soon be impossible to run local services properly
"03.03.2017 00:03:38" www.theguardian.com NHS England chief brings in new rules on ward bed closures Hospitals to prove quality of patient care in community before losing beds, under criteria to be introduced by Simon Stevens
"03.03.2017 00:01:12" www.theguardian.com Charges dropped against nine Sheffield tree protesters Green party councillor was among those arrested during bitter dispute over city council's plans to remove roadside trees
"03.03.2017 00:01:08" www.theguardian.com Charges dropped against nine Sheffield tree protesters Green party councillor was among those arrested during bitter dispute over city council's plans to remove roadside trees
"02.03.2017 14:36:13" www.theguardian.com Home ownership in England at a 30-year low, official figures show English Housing Survey finds private rented sector doubled in size since 2004, with ownership at lowest level since 1985
"02.03.2017 14:36:10" www.theguardian.com Home ownership in England at a 30-year low, official figures show English Housing Survey finds private rented sector doubled in size since 2004, with ownership at lowest level since 1985
"02.03.2017 10:36:10" www.theguardian.com Without regulation, homecare abuse is inevitable | Melanie Henwood Our underfunded social care system cannot function by relying on the goodwill of underpaid and unsupported workers
"02.03.2017 10:36:07" www.theguardian.com Unite blocks funds for Labour's West Midlands mayoral candidate Union halts £10,000 donation to Siôn Simon amid inquiry into claims of interference in internal elections
"02.03.2017 10:36:05" www.theguardian.com Unite blocks funds for Labour's West Midlands mayoral candidate Union halts £10,000 donation to Siôn Simon amid inquiry into claims of interference in internal elections
"02.03.2017 10:24:16" www.theguardian.com NHS standing on outdated acute care model says CQC chief Campaigners say CQC report highlights impact of government cuts to NHS, with rising demand putting patient care at risk
"02.03.2017 10:24:12" www.theguardian.com NHS standing on outdated acute care model says CQC chief Campaigners say CQC report highlights impact of government cuts to NHS, with rising demand putting patient care at risk
"02.03.2017 09:42:07" www.theguardian.com Nuffield Trust health policy summit 2017 – watch it live Speakers include NHS boss Simon Stevens and health select committee chair Dr Sarah Wollaston
"02.03.2017 09:42:05" www.theguardian.com Nuffield Trust health policy summit 2017 – watch it live Speakers include NHS boss Simon Stevens and health select committee chair Dr Sarah Wollaston
"02.03.2017 07:55:09" www.theguardian.com Without libraries we are less human and more profoundly alone | Nicola Davies Councils threaten libraries with closure and then rely on volunteers to keep them open. But professional librarians are the key to a healthy library
"02.03.2017 07:55:07" www.theguardian.com Without libraries we are less human and more profoundly alone | Nicola Davies Councils threaten libraries with closure and then rely on volunteers to keep them open. But professional librarians are the key to a healthy library
"02.03.2017 07:39:15" www.theguardian.com This bus bill is just the ticket to create access to education and jobs Londoners already have a great bus service. Parliament now needs to extend that option to the rest of the country
"02.03.2017 07:39:11" www.theguardian.com This bus bill is just the ticket to create access to education and jobs Londoners already have a great bus service. Parliament now needs to extend that option to the rest of the country
"02.03.2017 07:35:06" www.theguardian.com The NHS's biggest challenge is convincing the public it has a plan People blame immigration and cuts for the NHS crisis. The health service needs to communicate what is really going on
"02.03.2017 07:35:04" www.theguardian.com The NHS's biggest challenge is convincing the public it has a plan People blame immigration and cuts for the NHS crisis. The health service needs to communicate what is really going on
"02.03.2017 07:24:35" www.theguardian.com Manchester's own rules for affordable housing | Bernard Priest Residents with an income under the national average can't afford rent at 80% of market rate. Our formula is based on 30% of the average wage.
"02.03.2017 07:24:34" www.theguardian.com Manchester's own rules for affordable housing | Bernard Priest Residents with an income under the national average can't afford rent at 80% of market rate. Our formula is based on 30% of the average wage.
"02.03.2017 00:02:11" www.theguardian.com NHS finances facing 'nasty hangover' after bid to avert winter crisis Outsourcing work to private sector has dealt big blow to NHS trusts' efforts to balance books, King's Fund says
"02.03.2017 00:02:09" www.theguardian.com NHS finances facing 'nasty hangover' after bid to avert winter crisis Outsourcing work to private sector has dealt big blow to NHS trusts' efforts to balance books, King's Fund says
"01.03.2017 17:42:41" www.theguardian.com Tens of thousands of pupils fail to get into first choice secondary school Around half a million families found out on Wednesday which secondary school their children will attend
"01.03.2017 17:42:38" www.theguardian.com Tens of thousands of pupils fail to get into first choice secondary school Around half a million families found out on Wednesday which secondary school their children will attend
"01.03.2017 16:39:45" www.theguardian.com I thought I'd never be a dad until I saw an ad for LGBT foster carers As a gay man, becoming a foster carer seemed impossible. But social workers, teachers and healthcare professionals were always accepting and supportive
"01.03.2017 16:39:43" www.theguardian.com I thought I'd never be a dad until I saw an ad for LGBT foster carers As a gay man, becoming a foster carer seemed impossible. But social workers, teachers and healthcare professionals were always accepting and supportive
"01.03.2017 16:39:42" www.theguardian.com Cousins' gathering a model for pilot program for Aboriginal children in care Victorian initiative inspired by Lowana Moore, who found 42 relatives in child protection system and now helps them connect with country
"01.03.2017 16:39:40" www.theguardian.com Premature baby saved by groundbreaking NHS surgical team Praise for London hospital as Abiageal Peters becomes youngest known patient to survive abdominal operation
"01.03.2017 16:39:38" www.theguardian.com Cousins' gathering a model for pilot program for Aboriginal children in care Victorian initiative inspired by Lowana Moore, who found 42 relatives in child protection system and now helps them connect with country
"01.03.2017 16:39:35" www.theguardian.com Premature baby saved by groundbreaking NHS surgical team Praise for London hospital as Abiageal Peters becomes youngest known patient to survive abdominal operation
"01.03.2017 14:22:12" theguardian.com I thought I'd never be a dad until I saw an ad for LGBT foster carers As a gay man, becoming a foster carer seemed impossible. But social workers, teachers and healthcare professionals were always accepting and supportive "We have been fostering for seven years now and looked after eight children, and we have not looked back once. Our lives have changed completely."
"01.03.2017 09:43:19" theguardian.com Why are there so few male nurses? Last year just 11.4% of registered nurses in the UK were male. Continued stereotyping is partly to blame 'Nursing is all about the empathy and caring that people show, but those traits are not exclusively female and it's very important for patients that we have diversity on all levels.'
"28.02.2017 17:16:01" theguardian.com 'I loved and hated her in equal measure' – life with an alcoholic mother When Mum died, I vowed to talk about alcoholism because I can't bear to be complicit in the silence surrounding the issue 'Though the plight of alcoholics is awful – the demonisation by society (medical professionals included), cuts to mental health services, the ready availability of the drug ... the list goes on – often overlooked are the struggles faced by their
"28.02.2017 15:09:01" theguardian.com What impact will Brexit have on nursing? The NHS faces a major shortfall in nurses – and the EU referendum result threatens to derail supply further About 4.5% of NHS nurses in 2015 were from EU countries excluding Ireland, a steep rise from the 1% of 2009. In some trusts in London and the east of England, the proportion is as high as 20%. Nurses who have been here more than five years will be
"28.02.2017 13:41:01" theguardian.com One in five UK charities 'struggling to survive' Charity leaders are less confident this year about facing rising demand for services as financial climate gets tougher, says report More than a third of charities had to dip into their reserves last year to cover a shortfall in income, with 34% of the charity leaders in the survey saying that reductions in public and government funding is their biggest challenge. More than half (57%)
"28.02.2017 12:46:00" theguardian.com Pioneering retirement village adds years to residents' lives Study finds people – especially women – in leafy Surrey community live longer. But how can policymakers replicate its effect? Should we be surprised that people live longer if they reside in a supportive and vibrant community with a plethora of facilities and organised activities, plus care services on tap, all set in 225 acres of beautiful Surrey woodlands?
"28.02.2017 12:40:00" theguardian.com 'Nursing makes all the difference in healthcare': how the job has changed The profession's agenda has extended but staffing levels, pay, Brexit and compassion fatigue are significant issues Has nursing found an assertive voice? “Nurses today have much more of a role in the taking of key decisions,” says Janet Davies, the chief executive and general secretary of the RCN. “They are certainly not the handmaidens of any other profession.”
"28.02.2017 11:23:02" theguardian.com As a charity boss, I despair of Victorian attitudes ruining our good work Inept volunteer trustees are driving chief executives like me out of the sector, exhausted by the power struggles, competing agendas and amateurism 'Not for the first time in my 30-year career, I am considering leaving the third sector.
It isn't that I've lost my passion for social change or making a difference – but I am tired of the internal politics of our board. I have spent two decades as the
"28.02.2017 10:32:00" theguardian.com Failing public services need better management | David Walker Without better data or proper performance management, Whitehall will continue to ignore crisis warnings over public services 'Performance management in the public sector is rough and ready...The National Audit Office, with the Commons public accounts committee, does sterling work on performance – just as the OBR does on the public finances. What none of them do, however, is
"28.02.2017 10:08:06" theguardian.com The uncomfortable truth about UK cuts | Frances Ryan With parks, libraries, hospitals and prisons under threat, we are not entering a new era of cuts to essential services, but one that more people can see 'Over the past few years, central government has been able to get away with what is no less than daylight robbery of council funds. When cuts begin by pulling services primarily relied on by society's more vulnerable and marginalised people, they can, it
"27.02.2017 16:07:35" theguardian.com Parks and recreation. Your favourite local green spaces - in pictures Council budgets for parks may have been cut, but you still love your local parks. We asked readers to share their pictures via Guardian Witness and here are some of our
"25.02.2017 11:21:00" theguardian.com The suicidal patient who taught me the value of time She arrived at A&E in a desperate state. I held her for ages while she sobbed. What happened later made it all worthwhile 'Weeks later, I arrived at work to find a letter addressed to me. The letter thanked me and told me that if all nurses were like me, everyone would be sane. I welled up reading it. It was my first note from a patient and I treasure it to this day.'
"24.02.2017 16:40:05" www.theguardian.com The view from Copeland: 'Lifelong Labour voters want Corbyn out' The day after the byelection, voters explain why Labour lost its eight-decade hold on the west Cumbrian electorate
"24.02.2017 16:21:34" www.theguardian.com Serial squatters face eviction from £14m London mansion
"24.02.2017 14:20:05" www.theguardian.com Theresa May: Copeland victory shows Tories are governing for everyone PM visits scene of byelection win to hail 'astounding result' and signals intention to challenge Labour in its northern heartlands
"24.02.2017 12:47:00" theguardian.com How can health services keep pace with the rapid growth of cities? Urbanisation is linked to a range of health issues; improving the health of people in cities is becoming a central concern of government and international institutions "The health of city populations is becoming a central concern of local and national governments and international institutions. Affordable access to health services is just part of the story. Local government in particular recognises that improving the
"24.02.2017 11:32:07" www.theguardian.com Corbyn vows to remain Labour leader – but says Brexit has changed UK After shock loss of Copeland to Tories in byelection, Jeremy Corbyn acknowledges that the political landscape has shifted
"24.02.2017 11:04:04" www.theguardian.com As library attracts the homeless, locals want to make it less comfortable San Francisco branch considers defensive architecture to make it a harder place to spend time as people seek shelter in libraries across the western US
"24.02.2017 08:09:03" www.theguardian.com Earthquake rescue - I'm haunted by the girl we couldn't save Deciding who to save in the 2005 Pakistan earthquake was heartbreaking. We couldn't reach little Ama in time
"24.02.2017 07:33:35" www.theguardian.com Trump's housing policies will hit the poor - and middle America, too
"24.02.2017 07:04:35" www.theguardian.com Dutch minister calls on UK to join campaign for safe abortion fund Twenty countries aim to raise $600m to fill gap left by Donald Trump's ban on funding for pro-abortion NGOs in developing world
"24.02.2017 00:02:05" www.theguardian.com 25 million books are missing from UK libraries – but who's counting? Librarians call for a national audit after inventory count of Suffolk libraries reveals 10,000-book discrepancy between physical checks and database numbers
"23.02.2017 11:34:06" www.theguardian.com The suicidal patient who taught me the value of time She arrived at A&E in a desperate state. I held her for ages while she sobbed. What happened later made it all worthwhile
"23.02.2017 11:16:38" theguardian.com The GP practice sharing data to transform care for homeless people Pooling information from across the public sector - dentist, hospital, psychiatric services - is improving lives in Bristol For David Ingerslev, rough sleeping service manager for St Mungo's, the electronic platform has been transformative. 'Before its introduction, I have seen support workers spend a day trying to trace a client, only to find out that they are in hospital,'
"23.02.2017 08:52:34" www.theguardian.com Halal meat, vegan feasts: how care caterers meet diverse dietary needs Catering for special diets is an area of increasing concern in social care, but some charities and nutritionists are stepping up to the plate
"23.02.2017 07:09:06" www.theguardian.com Plan for changes to supported housing is recklessly short | Zhan McIntyre Funding changes mean some of our vulnerable tenants may face a shortfall of up to £440 a month by 2019. We need more time to pilot such drastic change
"23.02.2017 07:05:34" www.theguardian.com Democracy's digital prospects: lessons from Brazil, Iceland and Spain | Eddie Copeland Governments around the world are using digital tools to engage citizens, having a say on budgets, and counteract fake news
"23.02.2017 06:52:01" www.theguardian.com Student volunteers make a real difference - harness their enthusiasm At De Montfort Students' Union, we manage more than 1,650 student volunteers. It's quite a challenge. Here's how we inspire them
"23.02.2017 02:31:03" www.theguardian.com Victoria underwrites $1bn of low-interest loans for social housing State government uses its borrowing power to help secure new social and affordable housing stock
"23.02.2017 00:05:35" www.theguardian.com Thousands of doctors trained in Europe 'may quit UK after Brexit' BMA warns of impending 'disaster' as its research shows 40% of doctors who qualified in EEA may leave because they feel less welcome
"22.02.2017 13:42:05" www.theguardian.com MPs launch official inquiry into universal credit as criticism grows Investigation into benefits system comes amid mounting evidence that payment delays have left thousands facing eviction
"22.02.2017 12:04:42" www.theguardian.com As rain batters California, floods leave homeless with even fewer places to go Wet conditions statewide present a mortal risk to the homeless people living along the state's waterways, who are displaced with wearying regularity
"22.02.2017 08:32:04" www.theguardian.com Let's tackle 'careism' and give workers the respect they deserve | Ann Gallagher Scandal-obsessed media, low pay and and lack of government interest devalue care work. Universities have a role to play in developing ethical cultures to share good practice
"22.02.2017 07:35:03" www.theguardian.com The GP practice sharing data to transform care for homeless people Pooling information from across the public sector - dentist, hospital, psychiatric services - is improving lives in Bristol
"22.02.2017 07:05:02" www.theguardian.com Statistics watchdog warns government over homelessness figures UK Statistics Authority tells Department for Communities and Local Government to stop using potentially misleading data
"22.02.2017 06:59:02" www.theguardian.com How to manage donations left in wills: five tips for charities | Chris Millward Every year, £2.5bn is left to UK charities. Our new guidance offers five ways to ensure they don't lose out because of declining public trust in fundraising
"22.02.2017 06:38:03" www.theguardian.com To survive cuts, libraries must be community hubs | Cllr Ian Stephens Councils are finding creative ways to support libraries that offer a wide variety of services, from homework clubs to health advice and business partnerships
"22.02.2017 00:06:37" www.theguardian.com 'Risk-averse' NHS 111 sends more callers to A&E than previous service Report by health thinktank criticises telephone service, which it says sends people to A&E or calls an ambulance out too often
"22.02.2017 00:06:36" www.theguardian.com Child victims of violent and sexual crimes 'not being taken seriously' England and Wales victims' commissioner says children often made to feel like criminals and accused of wasting police time
"22.02.2017 00:06:35" www.theguardian.com Disabled children in England 'finding it increasingly hard to access council care' Since 2004 the number of children with disabilities has risen by 50% but fewer appear to qualify for council help, according to National Children's Bureau
"22.02.2017 00:04:13" www.theguardian.com Britons 'bumped off' EU medical research grant applications, MPs told Committee hears Brexit prompting move by European colleagues, while no access to ERC funds would threaten UK position
"22.02.2017 00:04:11" www.theguardian.com Government spending billions on free schools while existing schools crumble National Audit Office says £6.7bn is needed to bring current school buildings up to standard while ministers have pledged to build 500 free schools by 2020
"22.02.2017 00:04:08" www.theguardian.com Life expectancy forecast to exceed 90 years in coming decades Study shows significant increase in lifespan, with South Korea top of league table and other countries not far behind
"21.02.2017 08:47:35" www.theguardian.com Brexit threatens social care jobs and funding | Alfonso Montero Leaving the EU could make social care recruitment harder, working conditions worse and funding sparser – services for vulnerable people will suffer most
"21.02.2017 07:06:05" www.theguardian.com Council funding freeze 'means cuts to many essential services' Head of local government body issues warning after funding settlement offers no additional money for authorities in 2017/18
"21.02.2017 06:35:02" www.theguardian.com We must ensure all Scottish public buildings are safe | Neil Baxter The damning Cole report on standards at 17 PFI-built Edinburgh schools should not be shelved. All Scottish councils need to review their public buildings
"21.02.2017 00:02:03" www.theguardian.com Jeremy Corbyn urges Labour MPs to rally behind party's campaign efforts Party leader tells colleagues forthcoming byelections in Labour-held seats of Stoke Central and Copeland are 'on a knife-edge'
"20.02.2017 18:49:02" theguardian.com Teaching boys about healthy relationships: 'They need it from birth' A course in schools, youth justice departments and youth centres aims to prevent violence against women and girls “It's the most important thing in the world to teach young men what a healthy relationship is – for the women and girls in their lives, but also for themselves."
"20.02.2017 13:36:35" www.theguardian.com NHS trusts post 'unsustainable' £886m third-quarter deficit Shortfall in England, attributed to extra pressure on the NHS over winter, is £300m over target for the end of the financial year
"20.02.2017 12:21:35" www.theguardian.com Cancer charity welcomes NHS u-turn on second stem cell treatments Anthony Nolan wants NHS to fund second stem cell transplants for people who relapse with diseases such as leukaemia
"20.02.2017 12:00:34" www.theguardian.com NHS admin staff keep services running - but we're being hit by cuts Computers take 20 minutes to boot up and we run stationery orders by executive level staff; things are getting worse
"20.02.2017 09:19:05" www.theguardian.com Teaching boys about healthy relationships: 'They need it from birth' A course in schools, youth justice departments and youth centres aims to prevent violence against women and girls
"20.02.2017 07:36:05" www.theguardian.com Six ways to create a brilliant charity board | Leon Ward Is your board super busy? Top tips on sharing the burden: bring in specialist expertise, include more junior staff and work with service users
"20.02.2017 06:38:34" www.theguardian.com Mapping benefits changes: how GIS can help | James Jervis Local housing allowance caps make a huge difference to the rent our tenants pay. Electronic mapping can help us support them
"20.02.2017 00:08:03" www.theguardian.com Councils prepare to cut essential services to fund adult social care Despite council tax increases, authorities will need to defund services to meet rising costs warns Local Government Association
"19.02.2017 15:26:35" www.theguardian.com Doctors condemn delay in brain-damage man's move to care home Case of Malcolm Steward is described as 'shocking' and is seen as further evidence of bed shortage crisis in intensive care
"19.02.2017 00:06:04" www.theguardian.com Smokers trying to quit hit by postcode lottery as GPs ration help Health experts warn of rising death rates and a false economy as cutbacks hit treatment
"19.02.2017 00:02:03" www.theguardian.com White Night Melbourne: activists hijack projection to protest against rough sleeping laws Across the State Library of Victoria, 'No Homeless Ban' and 'sleeping rough is not a crime' broadcast by protesters
"18.02.2017 15:59:03" www.theguardian.com Charities call for NHS to stop rationing critical care PM urged to find more money in budget for patients with rare and complex conditions
"18.02.2017 14:07:00" theguardian.com 'Creativity improves wellbeing': art transforms mental health ward A psychiatric ward in London has been given a makeover, with work donated by artists and workshops for patients “Part of the idea of the project was not just that everything look pretty but that the artwork would stimulate conversations. Sometimes with the patients we look after it's difficult to start a conversation ... I think what the art has done is enable
"18.02.2017 09:36:03" www.theguardian.com Mental health issues are rife in prison, but I'm not trained to deal with them
"18.02.2017 00:03:08" www.theguardian.com Uber exploiting loophole to 'spread tentacles' across UK, union says GMB says changes to law have 'opened up a hornet's nest', allowing Uber drivers to work outside areas where they are licensed
"18.02.2017 00:03:05" www.theguardian.com Viagogo condemned over Ed Sheeran cancer benefit concert tickets Website accused of 'moral repugnance' for advertising massively marked-up seats for gig in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust
"17.02.2017 16:35:03" www.theguardian.com Liverpool mayor plans council tax rewards to tackle dog fouling Anyone who provides evidence leading to a conviction will get a year's exemption from council tax, mayor proposes
"17.02.2017 12:21:34" www.theguardian.com Stoke byelection candidate arrested over anti-immigrant comments Independent candidate Barbara Fielding, 78, held on suspicion of publishing material that may stir up racial hatred
"17.02.2017 11:56:40" www.theguardian.com UK business rates battle hots up as firms challenge government Rate rises opposed by 17 groups in a letter over clause that could block appeals from small companies
"17.02.2017 06:33:03" www.theguardian.com A hard Brexit would risk deepening the UK housing crisis Without low-cost EU loans or vital building workers, we're all going to count the cost in terms of UK homes
"17.02.2017 06:29:03" www.theguardian.com A soldier with PTSD was discharged with nothing. We made his house a home Using donations from local residents, we furnish homes for people rebuilding their lives, to give them a fresh start and restore their dignity
"17.02.2017 06:17:02" www.theguardian.com Policing today: blame, suspicion and finger-pointing | Gavin Thomas Nowhere is the blame culture permeating public services more apparent than in policing. We're human, not bad or negligent
"17.02.2017 00:08:02" www.theguardian.com Health cuts most likely cause of major rise in mortality, study claims Government refutes verdict that NHS and social care cuts may have caused 30,000 excess deaths in England and Wales 2015
"17.02.2017 00:04:07" www.theguardian.com Business rates rise is biggest issue for small firms in London
"17.02.2017 00:04:05" www.theguardian.com Ukip leader Paul Nuttall condemned for failing to attend hustings Nuttall gave just an hour's notice that he was pulling out of event in Stoke, where he is contesting byelection next week
"16.02.2017 19:05:41" www.theguardian.com Kirklees council took baby from parents over 'formula milk' remark Council ordered to pay £11,250 for human rights breach in removing week-old baby over father's 'unorthodox views' about benefits of formula milk
"16.02.2017 19:05:37" www.theguardian.com Leaflet says Tory win in Copeland will 'cost mums their children' Handwritten letter from local mum urging Labour vote contains dire warnings about closure of local maternity services
"16.02.2017 14:29:02" www.theguardian.com Stoke byelection: Lib Dems alert police over text urging Muslims to vote Labour Labour says it doesn't know who sent the text suggesting voters could go to hell if they helped elect Ukip's Paul Nuttall
"16.02.2017 13:54:05" www.theguardian.com Belgian mayor wins world prize for work on integrating immigrants World mayor project recognises leaders of three European cities for offering refugees safety, shelter and support
"16.02.2017 11:56:36" www.theguardian.com Seeing Brian overcome his stammer filled me with professional pride His biggest challenge was accepting his stammer. But after years of speech therapy, Brian was able to speak in front of his peers
"16.02.2017 10:05:34" www.theguardian.com The apps taking on social care's 'broken' business model A new breed of technology-driven care providers is slashing costs, but will money be reinvested into care worker salaries?
"16.02.2017 06:36:34" www.theguardian.com Our new helpline will give homeless young people a bit more humanity At Centrepoint we want to help the thousands of young people who approach their council every year for help with housing - and are turned away
"16.02.2017 00:05:05" www.theguardian.com English social care system for elderly facing 'complete collapse' Age UK report calls for urgent action, including cash injection in spring budget and development of long-term plan
"16.02.2017 00:02:05" www.theguardian.com Adding vitamin D to food reduces deaths, say scientists Move would also save NHS money, argue authors of major study that shows vitamin D can reduce risk of respiratory infections
"16.02.2017 00:02:04" www.theguardian.com Government urged to stop property tax hikes for 1,249 NHS hospitals Changes to business rates system mean NHS hospitals liable for property tax will see bills increase by £322m over five years
"16.02.2017 00:02:02" www.theguardian.com Woman died after three hospitals refused to admit her for surgery Coroner says Mary Muldowney probably would have survived if she had been operated on immediately for bleed on brain
"15.02.2017 12:54:35" www.theguardian.com 'The sisters are roaring': female council CEOs' riposte to male-dominated event Jo Miller and Donna Hall set up a rival to 'northern powerhouse' conference where just one in seven speakers will be a woman
"15.02.2017 09:53:03" www.theguardian.com 'Creativity improves wellbeing': art transforms mental health ward A psychiatric ward in London has been given a makeover, with work donated by artists and workshops for patients
"15.02.2017 08:35:33" www.theguardian.com Fostering a teenage asylum seeker was challenging – and rewarding | Eleanor Ott We didn't expect to foster a teenage boy and the stereotype can be scary, but we had no idea it could be so rewarding
"15.02.2017 06:29:03" www.theguardian.com Charities' vital role in supporting children's mental health | Catherine Roche Working with younger children, we know how important it is to address wellbeing in primary schools and alleviate pressure on struggling NHS services
"15.02.2017 00:02:37" www.theguardian.com Inadequate sex education creating 'health time bomb' 'Shockingly high' numbers of STI diagnoses prompt councils to call for compulsory sex education in UK secondary schools
"15.02.2017 00:02:34" www.theguardian.com Tens of thousands of new mothers can't reach a midwife, study finds Women are visiting already stretched A&E units and GP surgeries instead, according to charity NCT
"14.02.2017 16:28:08" www.theguardian.com Homeless women are even more vulnerable than homeless men Channel 4 programme shows more women are becoming homeless and being treated far worse on the streets and by councils
"14.02.2017 16:28:06" www.theguardian.com Homeless women are even more vulnerable than homeless men Channel 4 programme shows more women are becoming homeless and being treated far worse on the streets and by councils
"14.02.2017 14:44:06" www.theguardian.com A hard Brexit will be even harder because of Treasury failings | David Walker Lord Kerslake's damning report exposes the yawning skills gap at the heart of government – just when we need to manage Brexit
"14.02.2017 14:44:04" www.theguardian.com Social care staff, what is your experience of working with the NHS? If you work in social care and have experience of working with the NHS, we want to hear your stories
"14.02.2017 14:44:03" www.theguardian.com Architects call for urgent inspection of all PFI buildings in Scotland Warning follows damning report into building standards at 17 Edinburgh schools built using private finance initiatives
"14.02.2017 13:59:38" theguardian.com A hard Brexit will be even harder because of Treasury failings | David Walker Lord Kerslake's damning report exposes the yawning skills gap at the heart of government – just when we need to manage Brexit "The Treasury has to be a pillar of strength – yet for the past seven decades at least it has abused its power and UK government has suffered as a result, according to a damning report by former head of the civil service Lord
"14.02.2017 07:48:35" www.theguardian.com 'I love the NHS. Without it, I wouldn't be here' Healthcare professionals and patients share standout moments that make them proud of a health service free to everyone
"14.02.2017 06:41:03" www.theguardian.com Ditch dating apps but share the love: finding a match for people with dementia At the Alzheimer's Society our new matching service will enable volunteers to connect to people with dementia over shared hobbies and interests
"14.02.2017 00:03:34" www.theguardian.com NHS needs £9.5bn upfront to secure its future, says BMA 'Nowhere near the funding required' despite huge crisis unfolding in service that already can't cope, say doctors
"13.02.2017 18:26:39" theguardian.com 'I wouldn't have done this at 18': why I switched to a nursing degree It takes a special kind of motivation to become a nurse. Postgrad students explain why they made the move 'My mum was a mental health nurse in the 1980s and tells me that I don't have to be 'just a nurse', that I can go into management or research. But I don't want us all to be pushed behind the scenes.'
"13.02.2017 15:08:03" www.theguardian.com 'I wouldn't have done this at 18': why I switched to a nursing degree It takes a special kind of motivation to become a nurse. Postgrad students explain why they made the move
"13.02.2017 12:12:35" www.theguardian.com What do you love about your local park? Share your pictures A park manager recently shared their fears for Britain's underfunded green spaces. Tell us via GuardianWitness what local parks mean to you
"13.02.2017 11:47:03" www.theguardian.com Home Office is lying about capacity to care for child refugees Local authorities have responded professionally and compassionately to the refugee crisis, yet are being blamed for a government decision
"13.02.2017 11:41:03" www.theguardian.com NHS hasn't improved enough since Mid Staffs, says inquiry lawyer Robert Francis, whose report uncovered poor care in hospital trust, says pressures on health service generally are 'pretty bad'
"13.02.2017 09:47:05" www.theguardian.com £115K raised for children of couple who died of cancer within days of each other Luke, 21, Hannah, 18, and Oliver Bennet, 13, 'overwhelmed' by support through JustGiving page set up to help them after parents' deaths last week
"13.02.2017 07:50:35" www.theguardian.com I moved from Canada to be a nurse in the UK – but now I want to quit Undervalued, underpaid and under stress – it's hardly surprising all is not well among Britain's NHS nurses
"12.02.2017 16:06:04" www.theguardian.com Foreign billionaires in London choosing to rent to avoid stamp duty Number of lettings costing more than £3,000 a week increased by 28% in the last three months of 2016, research shows
"11.02.2017 11:50:32" www.theguardian.com Two-thirds of young hospital doctors under serious stress, survey reveals Trainee anaesthetists complain of fatigue, disillusionment, 'burnout' and fears for patients' safety as pressure mounts on NHS
"11.02.2017 09:35:03" www.theguardian.com Park managers like me are a dying breed. No wonder our parks are in crisis I used to love my job but cuts mean my time is now spent grassing over borders once brimming with flowers and laminating 'Closed for repair' signs
"11.02.2017 00:04:06" www.theguardian.com Axing housing agreement would be 'unmitigated disaster' for homeless Community groups warn government not to scrap agreement, which sees $1.3bn a year given to states and territories
"10.02.2017 14:07:00" theguardian.com Health visitors aren't valued but we do more than just weigh babies Amid drastic cuts to health visiting services, I'm struggling to help the vulnerable families I see every day 'Health visitors don't always get good press at the school gates or toddler groups. Among my fellow nursing friends, the standing joke is that I spend my day simply weighing babies. I guess as a result it's not hard to see why in some areas the value
"10.02.2017 12:24:04" www.theguardian.com Drive to bring health and social care together is a well-intentioned mess Report by the National Audit Office lays bare government hubris and fictional promises of progress from within the NHS
"10.02.2017 09:20:36" www.theguardian.com Why I won't be sending the Care Quality Commission a Valentine The regulator wants views on its plans for the next phase of regulation and inspection. It should go back to the drawing board
"10.02.2017 06:32:34" www.theguardian.com 'This has to work': last chance for charities to clean up fundraising | David Brindle If self-regulation fails to halt questionable practices, more draconian steps could be next, warns the Institute of Fundraising
"10.02.2017 06:15:34" www.theguardian.com A small shift by the Home Office would mean so much to Syrian families | Kaya Comer-Schwartz Distressed Syrian refugee families in our borough are losing out again as a result of Home Office intransigence
"10.02.2017 06:11:02" www.theguardian.com If you really want more houses built, Sajid Javid, stop strangling councils The government's previous policies have done far more to worsen the housing crisis than this week's lacklustre white paper can rectify
"10.02.2017 00:06:04" www.theguardian.com Councils 'at breaking point' due to budget cuts and rising social care bills Millions of residents face council tax rises, as thinktank finds just 6% of local authorities expect to not have to increase rates
"10.02.2017 00:00:34" www.theguardian.com Hospitals are in state of 'war', government adviser says Adviser to Jeremy Hunt warns of 'very, very difficult' time as NHS posts worst ever performance on waiting times
"09.02.2017 14:39:04" www.theguardian.com Refugee children 'devastated' by end of Dubs scheme Aid workers in Europe say children will risk their lives to cross the Channel as hope of legal route to the UK is removed
"09.02.2017 14:07:00" theguardian.com This is not Casualty – in real life CPR is brutal and usually fails Only 3% of over-80s survive CPR and 1.9% of secondary cancer patients. It's time we doctors stopped meddling and let such patients die with dignity 'CPR is a hard, ferocious, bone-breaking clinical intervention, and too often prolongs the death and dying event.' (Published in February '16)
"09.02.2017 11:19:01" theguardian.com Drilling into a child's leg left me thinking about empathy in nursing I was caught unaware by a rush of feeling. If staff no longer remember the human aspect of this job, it's time to leave 'I've been in this job a long time, and I am still caught unaware by a rush of feeling sometimes. It's important to remember the human aspect. Although I'm here to do a job, for some families on the receiving end of the treatment I give, this is the
"09.02.2017 09:00:04" www.theguardian.com 'Who will do this for me when I need help?': readers on family care Minister David Mowat claims responsibility for social care rests with families. Our readers have debated his stance
"09.02.2017 08:14:03" www.theguardian.com A&E in England sees worst ever delays in January, leak suggests Provisional data shows unprecedented number of patients spent longer than four hours waiting to be seen
"09.02.2017 07:50:05" www.theguardian.com Drilling into a child's leg left me thinking about empathy in nursing I was caught unaware by a rush of feeling. If staff no longer remember the human aspect of this job, it's time to leave
"09.02.2017 00:17:02" www.theguardian.com To solve the housing crisis we need new ideas, not garden cities | Frances Holliss New models of living and working make more sense than chasing nostalgic utopian visions of garden cities
"09.02.2017 00:09:35" www.theguardian.com JustGiving is right to operate as a profit-making organisation | Anne-Marie Huby Questions have been raised about our fees and salaries, but charities deserve the best – and that doesn't come free
"09.02.2017 00:06:06" www.theguardian.com UK rents expected to rise faster than house prices in next five years Rics survey heaps further misery on Britain's growing army of renters, who will have fewer properties to choose from
"09.02.2017 00:06:05" www.theguardian.com AI could transform the way governments deliver services | Eleonora Harwich The UK government needs a clear strategy and an open conversation with the public in order to catch up with its global peers
"09.02.2017 00:02:38" www.theguardian.com Fears of 'two-tier NHS' as GPs allow fee-paying patients to jump the queue MPs claim Dorset Private GP service, at up to £145 per appointment, will mean NHS patients without money will wait even longer for care
"09.02.2017 00:02:35" www.theguardian.com Jeremy Corbyn accuses May of sweetheart deal with Surrey council Labour leader confronts PM with leaked text messages raising questions over Surrey's surprise scrapping of council tax referendum
"08.02.2017 14:55:05" www.theguardian.com Universal credit issues driving tenants into debt, ex-minister admits Former welfare minister Lord Freud says problems with benefit are causing one in four low-income tenants to run up rent arrears
"08.02.2017 08:55:07" www.theguardian.com What can be done to tackle the youth mental health treatment gap? | Paul Burstow Too few children and young people are getting the care they need. A new commission at Birmingham university is trying to help
"08.02.2017 08:30:05" www.theguardian.com England's housing market is 'broken', government admits in white paper Sajid Javid admits ownership is 'distant dream' for young families as he aims to encourage home building and help renters
"08.02.2017 08:30:04" www.theguardian.com Introduction of 30 hours free childcare could mean shortage of places More than half of councils in England are unsure if there will be enough places when change is introduced in September
"08.02.2017 00:04:12" www.theguardian.com Power to the regions: why more devolution makes sense | Tony Travers Transferring powers to cities and regions will give Theresa May's government a welcome opportunity to focus on Brexit
"08.02.2017 00:04:07" www.theguardian.com Bed-blocking three times worse than NHS figures show – study Thinktanks says many patients stuck unnecessarily in hospital beds are not counted in official figures
"08.02.2017 00:00:34" www.theguardian.com Universal credit flaws pushing claimants towards debt and eviction Recipients falling into rent arrears because of payment delays, forcing them to turn to food banks, Guardian investigation reveals
"07.02.2017 18:04:01" theguardian.com Why do you love the NHS? Whether you are a healthcare professional or a patient, we want to know your stories about why you love the health service Are you a healthcare professional who loves their job? What is it that keeps you working for the health service? Or are you someone whose life has been changed by the NHS? Please click through and tell us why you love the NHS
"07.02.2017 16:13:35" www.theguardian.com 'Stop dithering and start building' - experts on the housing white paper Housing experts find more to criticise than praise in the government's plan, branded 'beyond feeble' by Labour, to solve the housing crisis
"07.02.2017 15:12:36" www.theguardian.com Surrey council abandons plan to raise council tax by 15% Conservative-run council planned to poll voters on increase to pay for social care but instead recommends rise of just under 5%
"07.02.2017 13:32:07" www.theguardian.com Why do you love the NHS? Whether you are a healthcare professional or a patient, we want to know your stories about why you love the health service
"07.02.2017 10:30:02" www.theguardian.com Programme prepares to nurture future children's services leaders Isabelle Trowler, chief social worker for children and families, says 20 candidates with 'a joy of leadership' will be selected
"07.02.2017 10:06:03" www.theguardian.com IFS warns of steep cuts and tax rises to fill £40bn black hole UK's tax and spending thinktank says slower growth after the Brexit vote and ageing population will create a large dent in the budget over next decade
"07.02.2017 08:39:34" www.theguardian.com GP consultations too short for complex cases, says doctors' leader GPs are 'ridiculously overworked' and consultation times inadequate for complex health needs, says head of royal college
"07.02.2017 08:22:34" www.theguardian.com Housing association agrees to buy back homes on 'substandard' development Orchard Village in east London, which was built with £31m of public money, plagued by issues of poor building quality
"07.02.2017 00:06:02" www.theguardian.com Councils to be told to build thousands more new homes Housing white paper to outline plans to ensure many more houses are built 'in the places that people want to live'
"07.02.2017 00:01:35" www.theguardian.com 'Stand up for the working classes': Ukip targets Labour in Stoke byelection Former and current party leaders Farage and Nuttall are undaunted by protesters as they tell supporters Labour has been 'hijacked by Islington intellectuals'
"06.02.2017 12:07:00" theguardian.com Treating former child soldiers and refugees is tough yet fascinating As a PTSD therapist I bear witness to people's fortitude and help to mend mental scars, but cuts are devastating services 'I've heard firsthand accounts of what it is like to be recruited as a child soldier, to survive the Rwandan genocide, to travel Basra's road of death. Perhaps not experiences everyone would want to hear but, for all the stories of human suffering, these
"06.02.2017 12:06:03" www.theguardian.com Senior MPs accused of damaging UK with divisive rhetoric Brexit committee chair says talk of crackdowns on foreign students and doctors by Rudd and Hunt is disastrous
"06.02.2017 07:56:06" www.theguardian.com Esther Rantzen calls for Children In Need-style fundraising for older people
"06.02.2017 07:56:04" www.theguardian.com Esther Rantzen calls for Children In Need-style fundraising for older people Campaigner suggests nationwide 'Golden Day' fundraiser – but admits lack of interest from broadcasters
"06.02.2017 07:49:04" www.theguardian.com Treating former child soldiers and refugees is tough yet fascinating As a PTSD therapist I bear witness to people's fortitude and help to mend mental scars, but cuts are devastating services
"06.02.2017 06:06:03" www.theguardian.com Woman, 89, trapped in hospital for six months despite being fit to leave University Hospitals Bristol NHS trust launches inquiry after lack of social care led to stay that cost health service £80,000
"06.02.2017 01:07:35" www.theguardian.com One in six A&E departments at risk of closure or downgrade As many as 33 casualty departments across the UK could be lost in an attempt to save £22bn from the NHS's budget
"06.02.2017 00:23:05" www.theguardian.com Charities must get tougher over governance | Richard Litchfield Stronger corporate governance isn't a straitjacket. More scrutiny is essential if charities are to improve what they do
"06.02.2017 00:18:04" www.theguardian.com How do you attract the best talent to help improve public transport? In a world on the move, and with stiff competition car manufacturers and startups, public bodies need to up their game to attract extra staff
"06.02.2017 00:09:35" www.theguardian.com Cuts can't stop genuine people power, but professionals can | Richard Wilson It's tough to give users control of services, rather than jumping in and telling them what to do. These five principles will help
"06.02.2017 00:04:04" www.theguardian.com Hospitals will have to check patients are entitled to free NHS care Jeremy Hunt announces law to be enacted from April that raises prospect of patients having to produce passports or other ID
"06.02.2017 00:01:39" www.theguardian.com Mark Austin admits he told anorexic daughter 'starve yourself to death' Broadcaster calls for walk-in eating disorder centres, saying he 'failed to grasp' that his daughter Maddy 'was seriously mentally ill'
"06.02.2017 00:01:36" www.theguardian.com New homes warranty firm pays millions to leading homebuilders Construction standards and credibility questioned after it emerges National House Building Council pays developers up to £15m a year
"06.02.2017 00:01:34" www.theguardian.com Older people to get help to downsize and free up family homes Housing white paper to incentivise building of sheltered accommodation to encourage older people to sell large houses
"05.02.2017 14:27:09" www.theguardian.com UK police ignored complaints of abuse by prison staff, say victims Hundreds of boys could have been spare if police had acted, says former inmate of Medomsley detention centre in Durham
"05.02.2017 12:36:34" www.theguardian.com PM to reaffirm green belt pledge despite plans to ramp up housebuilding Minister tries to allay fears within Tory party that May is to roll back on manifesto promise with housing crisis white paper
"05.02.2017 00:04:35" www.theguardian.com Theresa May abandons vision of a home-owning democracy White paper will promise greater rights for renters, as Tories accept the system is 'broken'
"04.02.2017 17:01:16" theguardian.com My job is to put a positive spin on council cuts – it's soul destroying I can't face watching I, Daniel Blake because every day I feel complicit in a system that denigrates vulnerable people "When Ken Loach's 'I, Daniel Blake' was released last year, all my friends went to watch it in the cinema. I could not face going with them, knowing I was complicit in the same system the film portrayed as destroying people's lives."
"04.02.2017 11:12:00" theguardian.com Let's talk about cancer: the Manchester project that aims to save lives Cancer deaths in Greater Manchester are 10% higher than the UK average. A new volunteer scheme wants to change this “Volunteering gives me real personal satisfaction. Of all the people I have called, every single one has agreed to receive a screening kit. My friends will not listen to anybody else, but they can't get away from me!”
"04.02.2017 09:38:04" www.theguardian.com My job is to put a positive spin on council cuts - it's soul destroying I can't face watching I, Daniel Blake because every day I feel complicit in a system that denigrates vulnerable people
"04.02.2017 00:03:03" www.theguardian.com Private ambulances increasingly used to respond to 999 calls Figures for ambulance trusts in England showing sharp rise in spending on private operators add to concerns over NHS crisis
"03.02.2017 09:06:02" www.theguardian.com Doctors shortage left 4 million patients without cover last year Chronic shortfall of out-of-hours GPs meant some patients were sent to A&E or treated by non-qualified staff, figures show
"03.02.2017 00:10:04" www.theguardian.com The response to dire housing should not be studied callousness | Dawn Foster Many local authorities could house asylum seekers and people on housing waiting lists adequately, and cheaply – if the government let them
"03.02.2017 00:07:36" www.theguardian.com Cancer rates set to increase six times faster in women than men Obesity partly to blame as cases of ovarian, cervical and oral cancers predicted to rise the most over the next 20 years
"03.02.2017 00:07:34" www.theguardian.com In two minds: governments' quantum leap into the future Governments are investing millions in quantum in the hope it might help save lives. But will this gamble on subatomic particles pay off?
"03.02.2017 00:00:35" www.theguardian.com Calatrava finally arrives in London – but is he rehashing old ideas? Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava is loved for his striking designs and loathed for cost overruns. Will his £1bn project for Greenwich peninsula stay on course?
"03.02.2017 00:00:34" www.theguardian.com NHS cash crisis in Kent halts non-urgent surgery until April West Kent clinical commissioning group is trying to save £3.2m by delaying non-urgent operations until new financial year
"02.02.2017 13:10:06" www.theguardian.com Kal Penn raises $800,000 for Syrian refugees after receiving racist tweet Star of Harold and Kumar films – and son of Indian immigrants to the US – was spurred to fundraise for a humanitarian charity by racial abuse
"02.02.2017 12:13:06" www.theguardian.com Revenge porn helpline 'to close' as government cuts funding Labour MP Sarah Champion asks equalities minister how victims will have access to support after only helpline shuts in March
"02.02.2017 09:38:04" www.theguardian.com Tackling loneliness cannot rest with volunteers alone | Janet Morrison The government is struggling to address the crisis in social care. Charities and volunteers can help, but we must not be the only answer
"02.02.2017 08:51:02" www.theguardian.com Sobbing teenagers, angry staff and threats: my week in NHS payroll Being personally responsible for the distribution of millions of pounds of public money brings many challenges
"02.02.2017 06:06:33" www.theguardian.com Rush to build new homes will increase flooding, experts warn Plans for one million new homes by 2020 risk overwhelming drains, unless the government ends freeze on legal requirements for sustainable drainage
"02.02.2017 00:11:08" www.theguardian.com 'Dead rats in the kitchen': inside asylum housing | Dawn Foster MPs have slammed the disgraceful state of accommodation for destitute asylum seekers, which has had huge impact on their health and wellbeing
"02.02.2017 00:04:05" www.theguardian.com Japan's post-tsunami recovery plan: tomatoes, fish and hula-dancing Six years after the Fukushima disaster, local government is working with private firms in one Japanese city to rebuild its economy
"02.02.2017 00:01:35" www.theguardian.com Older patients seeing same GP each time 'key to reducing hospital admissions' Continuity of care can reduce avoidable admissions and hospital costs, especially for heaviest users of system, BMJ says
"01.02.2017 17:02:14" theguardian.com Let's talk about cancer: the Manchester project that aims to save lives Cancer deaths in Greater Manchester are 10% higher than the UK average. A new volunteer scheme wants to change this “Doctor does not always know best, because some men never go to the doctor. I will speak to men anywhere – at a street corner or a bus stop. I am not embarrassed about talking about it, because if I can save one life I have done my job.”
"01.02.2017 13:52:34" www.theguardian.com Liam Fox dismisses NHS takeover fears as US trade talks begin Trade secretary says idea of allowing in US healthcare providers is an urban myth and 'won't happen on my watch'
"01.02.2017 12:42:03" www.theguardian.com Home Office asked former NHS Digital boss to share data to trace immigration offenders Kingsley Manning says Theresa May's Home Office put him under pressure to hand over non-clinical patient data
"01.02.2017 08:55:34" www.theguardian.com I'm a male care worker and I can't imagine wanting to do anything else I fell into the job by chance, but don't regret it. We must teach men about the rewards of the role to tackle the recruitment crisis in care
"01.02.2017 08:28:00" theguardian.com Right to rent immigration checks put vulnerable people at risk Daily, 11,300 checks are made on potential tenants in England. But the proven benefits are limited – and the damage is very real "The government plans to extend its right to rent scheme from England to the rest of the UK. But before it does, it must ask whether the scheme's biggest effect has been to deny some of society's most vulnerable people the accommodation they
"01.02.2017 08:06:03" www.theguardian.com London squatters occupying £15m mansion in standoff with bailiffs Activists barricaded inside Belgravia building owned by Russian oligarch Andrey Goncharenko after dawn raid
"01.02.2017 07:50:08" www.theguardian.com Let's talk about cancer: the Manchester project that aims to save lives Cancer deaths in Greater Manchester are 10% higher than the UK average. A new volunteer scheme wants to change this
"01.02.2017 06:06:01" theguardian.com My beautiful commute. Your journeys to work - in pictures "To bring some cheer to a chilly commute, we asked readers via Guardian Witness to share pictures of their journeys to work. Here are some of our
"01.02.2017 00:06:34" www.theguardian.com Right to rent immigration checks put vulnerable people at risk Daily, 11,300 checks are made on potential tenants in England. But the proven benefits are limited – and the damage is very real
"01.02.2017 00:06:33" www.theguardian.com NHS ID scheme could deter eligible patients, say MPs Committee urges caution before pilot scheme challenging patients to prove entitlement to free care is extended
"01.02.2017 00:03:06" www.theguardian.com Worcestershire hospitals trust ordered to urgently improve patient safety Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust given six weeks to improve, after the deaths of two patients forced to endure long waits for care
"31.01.2017 17:31:31" theguardian.com Will NHS transformation plans kill or cure the health service? | Harry Quilter-Pinner Debate about the role of sustainability and transformation plans has become dangerously polarised STPs are an opportunity rather than a risk for the NHS, but without these fundamental changes, it seems inevitable the NHS will remain a 20th century system in a 21st century world.
"31.01.2017 15:42:34" www.theguardian.com Minister's social care ideas ignore the million childless over-65s The idea that older people may not have family members who are able to help, or may have no family at all, seems not to have occurred to the government
"31.01.2017 14:34:05" www.theguardian.com Judge orders eviction of squatters at oligarch's £15m London house
"31.01.2017 12:25:57" theguardian.com The dedication of foster carers should no longer be taken for granted The UK's fostering system cannot be held together by the goodwill and persistence of foster carers indefinitely. Real change is needed now "Fostering has the spotlight, perhaps for the first time in a generation. We must not allow this opportunity to pass without action."
"31.01.2017 09:56:06" theguardian.com Manchester residents hit back at 'demeaning' anti-homeless spikes Locals use pillows and cushions to cover metal spikes installed outside Grade II-listed building to deter rough sleepers Residents have hit back at “anti-homeless spikes” installed outside a building in Manchester city centre by covering the area with pillows and cushions.
"31.01.2017 08:51:03" theguardian.com Take care of your elderly mothers and fathers, says Tory minister David Mowat says tackling care crisis will require people to be as responsible for their parents as they are their children “One of the things that has struck me is no one ever questions that we look after our children – that is obvious. No one says that is a caring responsibility, it is what we do. I think some of that logic and some of the way we think about that in terms
"31.01.2017 07:52:09" theguardian.com Want to solve the housing crisis, Theresa May? Time for a trip to Milton Keynes I David Walker The 50-year-old new town was created by the state. If the government is serious about housing supply, it should revive urban corporations "MK was created under the steerage of a development corporation. Yes, it was an unelected quango, highly technocratic in its way of working, but it was also a tried and trusted form of single purpose public governance favoured in the 1950s by Tory prime
"30.01.2017 14:48:01" theguardian.com Charities and Brexit: where we are now? With more pressure on charity services and no guarantee of replacing EU money, charities need to stay on the Brexit ball "Our preliminary research indicates that in 2015 £189.9m was paid directly to UK charities by the European commission.
The government has asserted that it will only honour/replace EU funding for projects that are judged to be “good value for money” and
"30.01.2017 13:47:00" theguardian.com Government is guilty of dereliction of duty on social care funding The direct consequences for vulnerable people of political inaction must not, and cannot, be ignored "It is a strange paradox that despite knowing for nine years that we have ever-increasing demographic demands on social care, we can't agree how to fund this, while governments have felt able to make dramatic cuts in financial provision instead."
"30.01.2017 12:20:01" theguardian.com As a GP, I wish I could call time on the 10-minute appointment I often need more time with patients, to understand them and their individual situations. But the clock is always ticking I wish I had longer to spend with my patients, to understand them and their individual situations. I can see the value when I do. But while empathy is fundamental to doctor-patient relationships – and in fact relationships across the whole health system –
"30.01.2017 09:51:05" theguardian.com Miriam Margolyes: 'No one tells you what old age is like. I don't care about raising hell' The outspoken actress wants to break open a conspiracy of silence about ageing “Nobody tells you that old age is going to be shitty. It's a kind of conspiracy.”
"30.01.2017 07:59:00" theguardian.com NHS intensive care 'at its limits' because of staff shortages Units are so overwhelmed that life-saving operations are having to be delayed, warn senior doctors The NHS's network of intensive care units is “at its limits” because they are overwhelmed by staff shortages and the sheer number of patients needing life-or-death care, senior doctors are warning in an unprecedented intervention.
"29.01.2017 11:50:11" theguardian.com Do MPs really want to limit the painstaking detective work of police? The policing and crime bill will put justice under threat because it will impose unrealistic time frames on our vital investigations "The policing and crime bill is soon to become an act, and I fear that justice will now have less time, as well as less money."
"27.01.2017 15:18:00" theguardian.com NHS commissioners risk losing sight of human cost of their decisions Vulnerable patients are being shunted into care homes to make easy savings 'CCG decisions about who can have services such as continuing healthcare, various types of surgery and IVF are dressed up in the language of local choices, but in reality it is largely a matter of luck which cuts commissioners happen to choose. Forcing
"27.01.2017 13:08:27" theguardian.com 'You're never too old to try something new': the UK's oldest care worker June Shepherd, 81, worked as a nurse and at a Bassett's sweet factory but says care work is the most rewarding role she's had She believes her age is a “definite advantage” as she has so many things in common with the people for whom she cares.
"27.01.2017 08:27:57" theguardian.com Royal College of Surgeons slam plans to cut back on hip and knee replacements Three clinical commissioning groups propose only operating on patients that have such severe levels of pain they cannot sleep or carry out daily tasks The Royal College of Surgeons has hit out at cost-cutting plans to ration who can receive hip and knee replacements.
"26.01.2017 10:31:00" theguardian.com The crisis of young carers: 'Going to school is a break' There are 700,000 child carers in the UK, some as young as five – and the number is rising. Can schools help end the secrecy and stigma faced by vulnerable students? "It can feel difficult – even disloyal – to raise your hand and admit that you're struggling to cope. It took me nearly five years to tell a teacher what was going on at home and, after doing so, I felt as if I'd somehow betrayed our mum and her efforts
"26.01.2017 08:58:54" theguardian.com Poverty in the UK jeopardising children's health, warns landmark report 'Stark inequalities' and high rates of child death, obesity and ill-health highlighted amid calls on government to prioritise child health “The bottom line is that the UK could do far more to improve child health and wellbeing. UK performance on several measures, though better than the United States, is worse than many European countries."
"25.01.2017 16:26:01" theguardian.com Is the NHS really facing a humanitarian crisis? The health service is under unprecedented pressure – but we must be wary of frightening patients and undermining public confidence 'It is right that A&E services should be focused on those with most urgent care needs and the public needs to be aware of that, but patients won't always have a choice. So there must also be alternatives available to those who are turning to A&E because
"25.01.2017 15:11:32" theguardian.com Number of rough sleepers in England rises for sixth successive year Latest official figures show an estimated 4,134 people were forced to sleep outside in 2016, up 16% on the previous year “Behind these statistics are thousands of desperate people, sleeping in doorways, bin shelters, stations and parks – anywhere they can find to stay safe and escape the elements.”
"25.01.2017 09:55:00" theguardian.com Mother courage: swapping pregnancy in exchange for help Pause, a project that makes women whose children have been removed by the state take contraception to qualify for intensive support, is saving millions – but is it ethical? Pause is a service designed to step into the lives of these women, made fragile by layers of accumulated anguish, and work intensively alongside them for 18 months on the practical and emotional challenges they face. It finds a dedicated practitioner –
"25.01.2017 08:20:39" theguardian.com Charges proposed for out-of-hours GP appointments in England GP leaders float alternative ways to fund health services, including charging for minor procedures outside of surgeries' contracted NHS work Patients could face paying their family doctors for out-of-hours appointments and minor procedures that fall outside the surgery's contracted NHS work, under new plans being proposed by some GP leaders.
"24.01.2017 12:32:45" theguardian.com Tackling mental health stigma will require more than just goodwill Delivering the PM's pledge should not rest on the shoulders of overstretched staff, it must be backed with appropriate resources "Stigma of mental illness is a serious issue that requires a concerted and collaborative political, social, medical and media will to eradicate. The negative impact it has on patients and their families and carers must not be underestimated."
"24.01.2017 08:53:44" theguardian.com We know social care is in cataclysmic crisis. Now we must find a solution Reforms require an effective plan for long-term change that service users, carers, workers and educators can rally behind "It's time to stop looking for quick fixes. Instead it is time for a comprehensive assessment to be made of the cost-effectiveness of putting social care on the same basis as the NHS; that is to say funding it out of a progressive system of taxation to be
"21.01.2017 09:24:29" theguardian.com Seeing stroke recovery through music reminded me why I love my job Strokestra, a partnership between the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a Hull stroke unit, showed me how important occupational therapy is I love my job and I think what I do is really important but I have been doing it a long time and sometimes you can forget what you do, what you contribute and the importance of it. Strokestra brought that into sharp relief. I saw myself through a new set
"20.01.2017 13:46:00" theguardian.com Fifty-two NHS hospitals send patients elsewhere in busiest week yet Sixty-eight hospital trusts declared an alert between 8 and 15 January, and bed occupancy rate across England was 95.8% The NHS experienced the busiest week in its history last week, with record numbers of hospitals having to send patients elsewhere or declare a major alert.
"20.01.2017 11:54:10" theguardian.com Theresa May's council chief: others will follow Surrey on tax rise Tory leader of Windsor and Maidenhead says other authorities will have to seek big council tax increases to fund social care “The alternative I have is to take a harsh brush and sweep away services. I'm not prepared to do that.”
"20.01.2017 08:23:44" theguardian.com Nurse shifts left unfilled at nearly every hospital in England, figures show Analysis of official data finds 96% of NHS hospital trusts had fewer nurses covering day shifts than they had planned “This is yet more evidence that there are too few nurses caring for patients, putting people at serious risk. Safe staffing levels aren't an optional extra. Having the right number of nurses is essential to ensure that patients can recover properly.”
"19.01.2017 16:05:48" Strokestra: the power of music Strokestra, a pioneering collaboration between the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Hull integrated community stroke service uses group music-making to drive recovery in stroke survivors. Patients try out instruments, listen to and play alongside
"19.01.2017 13:45:01" theguardian.com Surrey confirms plans to raise council tax by 15% Plans for rise to help relieve pressure on social care and children's services will require referendum of residents “Demand for adults' social care, learning disabilities and children's services is increasing every year. So I regret, despite us finding £450m worth of savings from our annual budget, we have no choice but to propose this increase in council tax.”
"19.01.2017 11:20:00" theguardian.com Seeing stroke recovery through music reminded me why I love my job Strokestra, a partnership between the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a Hull stroke unit, showed me how important occupational therapy is 'At the first session with the patients, none of us, not even the therapists, really knew what we were doing or what was going to happen. I was very nervous. The instruments looked like the ones we had used at school and I was worried that it would be a
"19.01.2017 10:10:01" theguardian.com Homeless people aren't subhuman. One day that might be you sleeping rough Labour MP Simon Danczuk's disdainful tweet treats those on the streets as outliers. But the biggest cause of homelessness is simply the end of a short-term tenancy 'There exists a notion that some wonderful massive magic giant angel hand gathers homeless people to comfort them before making everything better. And so another wrong-headed idea arises: that it's possible to “go to the council” who will supply a lovely
"19.01.2017 08:41:43" theguardian.com Labour says government will miss pledge to build 1m homes by May 2020 Shadow housing minister says ministers are 'moving the goalposts' after National Audit Office report says target for completion is December “Not only are they not building enough homes, the level of affordable housebuilding has fallen to a 24-year low, homelessness has doubled, and the number of young homeowners has fallen by a third of a million since 2010.”
"18.01.2017 15:44:00" theguardian.com I gave up medicine to make a real difference as an entrepreneur Healthcare professionals describe their innovations, from an app for expectant mothers to comic books for ill children “'I believe there is a big market for digital healthcare services. We don't want to replace triage and community services but rather run alongside them to alleviate the pressure on our NHS.”
"18.01.2017 13:26:00" theguardian.com 19-year-old care worker: I hope perceptions of growing old will change There is a stigma associated with old age, but I feel more comfortable around the people I care for than my fellow teenagers "Now, I feel more at home with older people than with people my own age. I feel more comfortable around a grandfather living with Alzheimer's who talks about the ways things were in his youth, than I do around fellow teenagers recalling tales of wild
"18.01.2017 11:31:00" theguardian.com Making the right connection helps to combat loneliness A report finds isolated communities cost the UK £32bn a year in lost productivity and increase the pressure on public services “Our country is a pretty marvellous place and we need to give people the opportunity to remember that. A lot of beastly people shout rather loudly so you get a wrong impression of what the majority are about and so we're trying to create a platform for
"18.01.2017 10:06:00" theguardian.com Councils get £48m to expand homelessness provision LGA says costs associated with new legislation on issue are hard to predict and calls for review in two years' time Councils will share £48m in extra funding to help them expand homelessness provision for single men and women, but local government leaders have said the money may not be enough.
"18.01.2017 08:37:17" theguardian.com NHS will need £88bn extra by 2067, says OBR forecast Report says budget will need to rise by 2% a year over next 50 years, taking up an increasing proportion of GDP The NHS budget will need to increase by £88bn over the next 50 years, meaning governments could have to raise taxes or cut spending in other areas to fund it, the Office for Budget Responsibility has said.
"17.01.2017 16:21:01" theguardian.com Foster carers: 'We are the epitome of the gig economy – we deserve rights' Sarah Anderson of the Foster Care Workers Union says those looking after the most vulnerable need better pay and job protection, even if it means changing the law “People think we're the baddies for taking money, but you wouldn't ask a paediatric nurse or a teacher to work for nothing. We are no different – and the more highly skilled we are, the more we should be paid."
"17.01.2017 15:12:00" theguardian.com Mental health needs good deeds more than good speeches The landscape is not changing quickly enough – it's time resources followed the rhetoric 'While the road to parity is paved with good speeches on mental health, it needs good deeds even more.'
"17.01.2017 10:00:57" theguardian.com HMRC criticised over handling of benefit sanctions contract Watchdog says tax officials increased commission paid to outsourcing firm Concentrix despite evidence of failure Tax officials ignored chaos within the outsourcing firm Concentrix and nearly trebled payments to the company despite overwhelming evidence of failure, Whitehall's spending watchdog has disclosed.
"17.01.2017 08:26:20" theguardian.com UK midwife shortage leaves women feeling like cattle, report finds Half of women surveyed experienced at least one 'red flag' event during labour such as lack of timely access to pain relief “The fact that half of women have experienced a red flag event is hugely worrying. It is a sign of services under too much pressure, with too few resources and not enough staff.”
"16.01.2017 16:36:00" theguardian.com My beautiful commute: share pictures of your journeys to work Whether it's the sun rising behind a railway bridge or a frosty street scene, you can share your commuting pictures with us It may be cold and dark on the daily journey to and from work, but early mornings and dusky evenings can be lovely at this time of year. Trees against a dawn sky, a view down the Thames at twilight or a frosty field through a train window, we're looking
"16.01.2017 12:46:00" theguardian.com Councils must stop commissioning 'flying' visits for personal care Too many people still receive 15-minute visits, leaving them forced to choose between a cup of tea and going to the loo "People who receive rushed visits tell us there is never time for a hot meal. One told us they have gone almost 10 years without lunch, left instead with a bowl of chocolates to snack on. Another was asked if they really needed to wash every day before
"16.01.2017 11:30:01" theguardian.com 'Can I speak to a serial killer?': there's more to NHS comms than you'd think To some, communications is shorthand for public relations and spin, but patients are at the heart of what we do “Can I speak to Peter Sutcliffe?”
The journalist was perfectly serious. I was working in communications at Broadmoor hospital and he saw me as a route to people he thought were patients there.
"16.01.2017 09:05:01" theguardian.com Westminster council could send homeless families to Coventry Those who lose homes in capital may increasingly be rehoused outside London as local authorities struggle with cuts People who lose their homes in one of London's richest boroughs could be sent to live in temporary accommodation as far away as Coventry under new plans announced by the City of Westminster.
"16.01.2017 07:44:56" theguardian.com Getting on, or getting on with it: life in an OAP hotspot One in seven Britons will be over 75 by 2040 and the babyboomers are leading the way in the transformation of retirement “I'm reinvesting the skills accrued over a lifetime in my community. It's not an easy ride to be doing so much at my age: it's quite the reverse. But I have never had such a good time as I'm having now”.
"14.01.2017 14:30:00" theguardian.com 'When we get it right, we save a life': domestic abuse teams in hospitals Domestic abuse costs the NHS £1.73bn a year. A charity is calling for a network of on-site advisers in every hospital “I had three sessions with Punita where I just cried, but then I put my trust in her. She's an amazing lady, absolutely amazing. I don't think I'd be here today without her. If [the service] hadn't all been there in the hospital, I wouldn't have had the
"14.01.2017 09:47:49" theguardian.com Council job cuts have finally caught up with me – but I'm relieved After years of avoiding the axe, redundancy now seems like a release. I won't miss the insomnia and anxiety caused by the uncertainty of working for a council Every new year at the council brings with it a fresh cycle of angst and fear, because the battle to keep jobs begins all over again.
But this year, I no longer care about losing my job – in fact, the prospect of facing redundancy fills me with relief.
"13.01.2017 13:15:00" theguardian.com NHS crisis: more money must be linked to reform The health and care system desperately needs more cash – but it cannot be swallowed up in funding business as usual The NHS and the rest of the health and care system desperately needs more cash, but this cannot be swallowed up in funding business as usual.
"13.01.2017 11:49:30" theguardian.com NHS crisis: more money must be linked to reform The health and care system desperately needs more cash – but it cannot be swallowed up in funding business as usual "More cash is needed to break the vicious circle. The vortex of acute sector deficits is sucking in funds from the rest of the system, undermining precisely the developments that can help to avoid emergency admissions. It has swallowed up virtually all
"13.01.2017 09:55:01" theguardian.com Homeless in Britain: 'I graduated with honours – and ended up on the streets' After James Beavis told his story of sleeping rough in London for a month to raise money for Crisis, our readers shared their thoughts – and personal experiences – about homelessness in the UK "Every homeless person has a different story, and for most, it goes beyond not having a home. I've heard stories across the UK during my journey of homeless people having their tents set on fire, being urinated on and physically abused."
"13.01.2017 08:37:06" theguardian.com Struggling hospitals brace for further spike in demand in cold snap People with diabetes, lung disease or undergoing cancer treatment could be at higher risk of developing pneumonia “What we are seeing increasingly is the cuts in wider services biting. At the moment in the NHS it's winter all year round, and what we have at the moment is like an Arctic winter rather than a usual European winter.”
"12.01.2017 12:34:35" theguardian.com Former Tory health minister defends Simon Stevens over NHS winter crisis Stephen Dorrell says No 10 should be fixing problems in A&E departments rather than engaging in public row over health funding Dorrell said the government “should be addressing the evidence about what is happening on the ground rather than engaging in a rather high-profile discussion about, frankly, what sound to the public like telephone numbers of public expenditure”.
"12.01.2017 10:34:00" theguardian.com My hope for 2017: change people's view of the care system To typecast the system as a bad place to end up is unfair and harmful to those in care, the staff who keep them safe, and those who care for them "The longer a child is in care the better their educational outcomes, according to research published in 2015. This finding and the voices of young people have provided us with a strong foundation to build on."
"12.01.2017 08:35:37" theguardian.com NHS crisis: 20 hospitals declare black alert as patient safety no longer assured Cancer operations were cancelled and a birthing centre closed as hospitals last week declared top level alert to cope with overcrowding Struggling hospitals have been forced to take highly unusual steps in order to manage a surge in demand for care. They include cancelling cancer operations, treating adults in children's wards and even closing a birthing centre to help cope with a sudden
"11.01.2017 15:35:00" theguardian.com 'When we get it right, we save a life': domestic abuse teams in hospitals Domestic abuse costs the NHS £1.73bn a year. A charity is calling for a network of on-site advisers in every hospital “Domestic abuse is extremely difficult to talk about but a lot of research suggests health settings are a good place, in terms of not carrying stigma and feeling safe. We also know that clinical staff are unlikely to ask about domestic abuse if they
"11.01.2017 12:14:00" theguardian.com Our NHS trust is close to a tipping point – and we are not alone This may not be a humanitarian crisis, but experienced consultants say they have never seen anything like it 'The physical drain on consultants, junior doctors and nurses is evident in drawn faces. Worse, flu is spreading rapidly across wards. If the vaccine isn't quite the right one, it will get much worse. The next three weeks will be critical. It will get
"11.01.2017 10:10:57" theguardian.com Care home closures set to rise as funding crisis bites Insolvencies among care home operators are at a record high and likely to continue without government action “The care provider market cannot carry on as it is and there is a real danger of more widespread market failure.”
"11.01.2017 08:17:30" theguardian.com NHS 'will fail' this winter without cash injection, doctors tell Theresa May Leaders of 33,000 doctors urge PM to recognise that hospitals are 'paralysed' by soaring demand and warn of staff exodus “Frontline staff and managers across health and social care are clear: investment levels are not sufficient to meet current or future patient needs. As a result, in spite of rapid advances in clinical care, services are often too paralysed by spiralling
"10.01.2017 11:20:00" theguardian.com This isn't a freak day – this is winter in the NHS I'm not giving patients the care I want to but what can I do when there are others that could die in corridors? The chaos escalates. The medical director is marching through A&E, through the hospital, trying to send patients home where he can. We discharge patients that, were this a quiet week in June, would most certainly stay an extra night or two. We cannot
"10.01.2017 10:04:00" theguardian.com This isn't a freak day – this is winter in the NHS I'm not giving patients the care I want to but what can I do when there are others that could die in corridors? "My colleagues look how I feel: exhausted. Some will go home and weep tonight. They'll tell their husbands or their wives that this isn't what they signed up for. They wanted to help people, to be doctors, nurses, physiotherapists or pharmacists. But how
"10.01.2017 08:18:09" theguardian.com Labour party tells Jeremy Hunt to 'get a grip' on NHS Health secretary accused of watering down his four-hour A&E waiting time target Frontline doctors have issued an unprecedented warning that patient safety is at risk at many A&E units across the NHS because hospitals are overwhelmed, as the health secretary provoked controversy by suggesting the four-hour treatment target should
"09.01.2017 09:22:01" theguardian.com We will reduce stigma around mental illness, says Theresa May Government is set to announce a series of measures to improve support for people with mental health problems The government is to announce measures aimed at reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness, the prime minister has said, claiming social efforts were more important than providing extra money for services.
"09.01.2017 08:05:40" theguardian.com 'The worst conditions in memory': NHS doctors describe a week in A&E After PM denies NHS faces a humanitarian crisis, medics tell of 'horrendous' working conditions and patients coming to harm "It's been like an absolute war zone recently. The government at the moment, not to mention my regulatory bodies, are ignoring the worst hospital conditions in my memory. We have a brilliant team, but are devastated by underemployment and underinvestment.
"06.01.2017 12:11:00" theguardian.com Improving NHS services should not feel like a quest in a labyrinth Resources are being squandered with teams of people battling an unwieldy health system The surprise in the health service is not how little collaboration there is across professional and organisational boundaries, but how people achieve so much in the face of overwhelming odds.
"06.01.2017 10:44:47" theguardian.com 'Spat on and ignored': what I've learned from a month sleeping rough in London Medical student James Beavis spent his Christmas on the streets of the UK capital, to raise money for – and try to better understand – this marginalised community. His conclusion? 'Society has dehumanised homeless people' "The reality is that society has dehumanised homeless people. They are seen as intimidating – but during my time on the streets, it's not the homeless community I've felt afraid of; it's some of the general public who have made me feel intimidated and
"06.01.2017 09:13:57" theguardian.com January is the cruellest month for families with just 50p to pay the rent Theresa May isn't helping 'just about managing' families – she's hammering them in an ideological crusade by slashing the benefit cap "If you think the country cannot afford to spend as much on families claiming benefits as it is currently, the benefit cap is an utterly wrong-headed approach that in the long term will massively increase expenditure. When families like those left with
"06.01.2017 08:45:59" theguardian.com Half a million older people spend every day alone, poll shows Scale of loneliness among over-60s revealed as Age UK develops scheme to provide support and companionship “We dare to hope that our pilot programme contains the seeds of a new grassroots movement with the potential to transform lonely older people's lives for the better."
"05.01.2017 16:01:56" theguardian.com How green is your city? UK's top 10 mapped and ranked The amount of green space in British cities varies widely, with some three times greener than others. Mapping firm Esri UK analysed Landsat 8 satellite images from spring 2016 for the 10 cities with the largest populations
"05.01.2017 14:18:20" theguardian.com Council rebuked after care home resident left 'severely malnourished' Ombudsman says local authorities 'cannot contract out the accountability for services' An elderly woman with communication difficulties was left “severely malnourished” and lost a third of her body weight in a care home where social workers placed her but failed to check on her wellbeing.
"05.01.2017 11:30:00" theguardian.com A receptionist saved my life and other love letters to healthcare staff Caring nurses, skilled surgeons and quick thinking midwives. Readers recall health workers who changed their lives 'I've worked in the NHS and I know how rare it is for patients to say thank you. It doesn't matter if you're a doctor or a receptionist, a gesture, care and compassion means an awful lot. Although I was saved when having a brain haemorrhage by a
"05.01.2017 10:10:00" theguardian.com NHS groups 'paying millions to private firms that block GP referrals' Referral management centres being used by some NHS bodies to scrutinise patient referrals to hospitals, BMJ inquiry finds NHS organisations are paying millions of pounds to private firms that stop patients being referred to hospital by their GPs, an investigation has found.
"05.01.2017 09:00:06" theguardian.com Children in England 'regularly and unknowingly sign over digital rights' Children's commissioner calls for greater representation after study finds half of eight- to 11-year-olds have agreed opaque T&Cs with social media firms “It is vital that children understand what they agree to when joining social media platforms, that their privacy is better protected, and they can have content posted about them removed quickly should they wish to."
"04.01.2017 15:55:51" theguardian.com Guardian and Observer charity appeal 2016 passes £1.5m mark More than 15,000 readers have donated to three charities working with young refugees and migrants, and there are still five days to go “As the country goes back to work at the start of the new year, the news of the incredible generosity of Guardian and Observer readers towards refugee children gives us hope for a much more compassionate 2017 and will help to provide respite from the
"04.01.2017 14:23:00" theguardian.com 2016 was the worst year in NHS history – we must fight for its survival The NHS is under unprecedented pressure after its annus horribilis. We must demand a rethink on its current trajectory before it's too late "We are at a cliff edge. Do we carry on into the unknown with broken funding promises and more cuts or do we cry foul now, and demand a rethink before it is too late?"
"04.01.2017 12:44:30" theguardian.com For change in social care to bring value, it must be messy Reform is essential but can't be big and fast, it must be on a more human scale "The only kind of change you can make happen suddenly, on a large scale, is destruction, whereas creation of anything real and valuable starts small, but ambitious. For real change to take hold, you need to involve people who don't always agree with each
"04.01.2017 12:29:39" theguardian.com Top tips to get a third sector job Looking for a more meaningful career in 2017? Here's our voluntary sector network guide to getting work with a charity "There are more than 200,000 charities registered across the UK, with many more smaller ones unregistered. The third sector is notoriously competitive and funding pressures exacerbate the strain, but it is also a very diverse sector, with roles from
"04.01.2017 08:59:01" theguardian.com Millions of UK asthma sufferers 'not receiving basic levels of care' Survey by Asthma UK finds two-thirds of patients not being given fundamental care that is needed to manage condition “It is clear that expecting old ways to tackle long-standing problems won't work. We must take a bold new approach and take advantage of new asthma digital health solutions to transform the way asthma care is delivered and support self-management."
"04.01.2017 07:43:00" theguardian.com Sharp rise in number of patients turned away from A&E More patients arriving by ambulance are being redirected to other hospitals this winter compared with same period over last four years The number of patients being turned away from A&E and sent to other hospitals is at a record high, figures show, revealing the huge pressure the NHS faces this winter.
"03.01.2017 14:58:58" theguardian.com What does 2017 hold for social care? Technology and integration with the NHS could transform the sector, but we must debate alternative sources of funding "This should be the year that social care and healthcare finally start working together effectively."
"03.01.2017 12:47:09" theguardian.com What does 2017 hold for public services? From longer NHS waiting lists to rising homelessness and bankrupt councils, this year could bring public services to the brink
"03.01.2017 09:23:00" theguardian.com Junior doctor Nadia Masood: 'Hunt's driven a lot of us out of the NHS' Medics felt justified in opposing a new contract and their defeat has left many feeling demoralised, Masood says “It wasn't about money, though Jeremy Hunt portrayed us as money-grabbers by constantly stressing that we'd be getting a pay rise. It was about patient safety and the sustainability of the NHS. Some people thought we were against a seven-day NHS, but most
"03.01.2017 07:47:19" theguardian.com Chastened charities must find their place in 2017 Brexit Britain Brexit, fundraising scandals and crumbling trust loom over the voluntary sector, but the new year also offers a chance to reflect "Voluntary leaders will go into 2017 encouraged by new measures announced by charities minister Rob Wilson to help smaller charities overcome barriers in the service commissioning process – a welcome sign, perhaps, that concerns are being heard in
"30.12.2016 23:06:34" theguardian.com Public servants celebrated in 2017 New Year honours list Mark Lowcock, DfID permanent secretary, and David Beamish, the most senior official in the House of Lords, are among many public sector officials honoured 'This year's New Year honours list includes 603 women, just over 50% of the total, and 116 people from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background. At 9.3%, that is the greatest-ever number of BAME recipients in an honours list, according to the Cabinet
"30.12.2016 10:38:25" theguardian.com My dad's heart operation taught me a few things about being a doctor I suddenly saw myself in the families' shoes and empathised more than I'd been able to previously 'When working as a doctor you have to care for many people, so you do the best you can for every patient you see and prioritise. Communication is paramount. I suddenly saw myself in the families' shoes and empathised more than I'd been able to
"28.12.2016 14:56:00" theguardian.com Is there a healthcare professional you would like to thank? Tell us whether your life has been saved or changed by a doctor, nurse, paramedic, midwife, porter or other health worker Has your life been touched by a healthcare professional? Do you remember one who helped in some special way? What was it about them that you remember? How much did it mean to you? What would you say to them if you had the chance?
"28.12.2016 12:41:37" theguardian.com Nick Robinson: 'I never thought I'd get my voice back' It's thanks to a speech and language therapist who supported him all the way back to a high-profile career at the BBC “You want someone you can cry with, you want someone who can listen to your fears, who believes in you, who convinces you if you work hard enough you'll get better. A huge part of a therapist's role is not just the technical and the mechanical and the
"24.12.2016 14:41:01" theguardian.com Five Christmas miracles shared by healthcare professionals Kidney transplants, babies born to the strains of Away in a manger and the girl who survived a Christmas Day crash … staff recall their special memories 'Last year when we started the Christmas Day shift we only had one woman in labour; she needed to be delivered by caesarean section and was taken into theatre. At the same time the brass band and choir had arrived on the ward to sing carols. They stood
"24.12.2016 11:39:00" theguardian.com My Christmas shift showed me the human connection behind medicine It was my first on-call night shift and I approached it with a deal of trepidation and panic 'Everyone takes something different away from their medical on-call experience. I will always remember that behind every patient and medical diagnosis there lies a human connection that binds us all together.'
"23.12.2016 08:09:38" theguardian.com Rough sleepers face high levels of abuse by public, study finds Homeless people report being kicked in the head, sexually assaulted, having bedding set on fire and being urinated on Rough sleepers are subjected to a “shocking and unacceptable” level of abuse by the public, including physical violence, sexual assault and theft, research has found.
"22.12.2016 15:27:00" theguardian.com Five Christmas miracles shared by healthcare professionals Kidney transplants, babies born to the strains of Away in a manger and the girl who survived a Christmas Day crash … staff recall their special memories 'On Christmas Eve I had been working and went to bed around midnight. At 1am I had a call from a patient of mine whom I had looked after on home dialysis. A kidney had become available and he had been called in for a transplant. He was in tears.'
"22.12.2016 11:42:00" theguardian.com Charity appeal raising over £1m sends powerful message of compassion | Katharine Viner Huge response to Guardian and Observer appeal to help child refugees demonstrates our readers' characteristic generosity "I am proud and delighted that Guardian and Observer readers in their thousands have responded with characteristic generosity. In a matter of days we have raised more than £1m for our three charities – an incredible achievement, and one that sends a
"22.12.2016 10:40:00" theguardian.com I love being a police officer at Christmas - despite the fights, vomit and urine There's a camaraderie in planning a team buffet - even if we know we are likely to be too busy to eat any of it "My team is working what we call a dog late this Christmas Eve: a 10 hour shift finishing at three in the morning. The plan is to have a buffet after our handover to the night shift, who will take over dealing with the 999 calls. We know the likelihood is
"22.12.2016 09:44:00" theguardian.com Blind NHS patients to be fitted with pioneering bionic eye Life-changing technology could become commonplace as first 10 people receive Argus II retina implant to restore sight “Having spent half my life in darkness, I can now tell when my grandchildren run towards me and make out lights twinkling on Christmas trees.”
"22.12.2016 08:23:01" theguardian.com NHS hospitals facing toughest winter yet, say health experts Rises in patients leaving A&E before treatment and patients returning within a week are very worrying, says thinktank Record numbers of patients are leaving A&E units without being treated, new figures reveal, sparking fears that the NHS is on the brink of a winter crisis and cannot cope with soaring demand.
"21.12.2016 14:30:00" theguardian.com Homelessness in England is soaring. It's a scandal – but we can fix it The number of people sleeping on the streets has doubled in the past six years. But across the border in Wales, a new approach is having a positive impact "I'm spending Christmas weekend in a hostel, and they've got advisers there, so I want to see if I can get back on track, and back into the system. Get my life back, really."
"21.12.2016 12:54:30" theguardian.com Five things I've learned supporting care leavers at Christmas Rose-tinted images of family gatherings can make young people who have left care feel lonely at Christmas – here's how to help "Christmas can be a lonely time for some care leavers, so it's important to offer opportunities that bring young people together, without making it compulsory or patronising."
"21.12.2016 10:21:00" theguardian.com Christmas at a food bank: 'We're trying to change people's lives' The UK's busiest food bank, in Newcastle, is racing to keep up as demand for emergency supplies hits a festive spike “What we're really trying to do is change people's lives for the better, not just feed them."
"21.12.2016 09:10:52" theguardian.com Cash to boost children's mental health not getting through, says charity YoungMinds data shows half of England's clinical commissioning groups used their share of new £1.4bn allocation for other purposes Money to improve struggling children's mental health services is often not reaching the NHS frontline despite soaring rates of self-harm among young people, new figures reveal.
"20.12.2016 15:39:00" theguardian.com A council tax rise alone will not solve the social care funding crisis Collaboration between the public, private and voluntary sectors is essential to address funding and workforce challenges "Even with greater ability to raise taxes to pay for social care, it is some of the most deprived areas that will gain the least from the tax increase."
"20.12.2016 14:26:40" theguardian.com Work on child poverty continues despite unit's closure, says No 10 PM's spokeswoman says decision to abolish unit does not signal a reduction in government's commitment to tackling poverty Downing Street has said its decision to abolish the civil service's once high-profile child poverty unit does not mean it no longer takes the issue seriously, as opposition parties argued that the move signalled the end of compassionate conservatism.
"20.12.2016 11:15:17" theguardian.com Who is the pharmacist doubling up as the new NHS poster boy? Roger Humbles is the face of a campaign to try to ease pressure on hospitals and GPs by urging people to go to pharmacists Crisp white coat, NHS badge, stripey shirt and spotty tie – Roger Humbles looks like a pharmacist from central casting. But he's the real deal: a lifelong professional who has run his own high-street pharmacy in Herne Hill, south London, since 1999.
"20.12.2016 09:53:01" theguardian.com Fears after government abolishes civil service's child poverty unit MPs and charities say political focus on reducing level of child poverty in UK has been lost as team is merged into Department for Work and Pensions Ministers have abolished the civil service's once high-profile child poverty unit, prompting warnings from MPs and charities that political focus on the issue has been abandoned by Theresa May.
"20.12.2016 08:42:38" theguardian.com Government misled public with 99% success rate claim on troubled families, say MPs Impact of intervention project was overstated and department delayed release of an evaluation of the scheme, says public accounts committee Claims that a flagship intervention project had turned around the lives of 99% of England's most troubled families were misleading, a Commons committee has said.
"20.12.2016 07:22:17" theguardian.com Brexit was Whitehall's black hole in a bleak 2016 for public services All public servants have been damaged by this year's denigration of expertise and casual dismissal of planning – the lifeblood of responsible public service "For everyone in public service, Brexit has become the only game in town.
It has become Whitehall's black hole, sucking in resources and those most precious of commodities, ministerial time and
"19.12.2016 12:00:59" theguardian.com My Christmas shift showed me the human connection behind medicine It was my first on-call night shift and I approached it with a deal of trepidation and panic 'Nights are said to be one of the best learning experiences. At the end of my set of nights, I was comforted not only by the wealth of skills and knowledge I could take into the new year, but by the care I had given to my patients to make their
"19.12.2016 08:38:00" theguardian.com Thousands left homeless by shortage of legal aid lawyers, say charities Lack of housing lawyers has led to fall in number of challenges to evictions at time of record repossessions in rental market Thousands of people are being made homeless every year because they cannot find lawyers to help them resist eviction, charities are warning.
"19.12.2016 07:26:34" theguardian.com Birmingham prison riot: government was warned two months earlier Ministers were told urgent action was needed to protect staff and prisoners amid growing violence in prisons The government was warned two months before a riot at HMP Birmingham involving hundreds of prisoners that the prevalence of psychoactive drugs meant urgent action was needed to prevent attacks on vulnerable prison officers.
"16.12.2016 09:28:00" theguardian.com More than 2,500 children unlawfully housed in B&Bs Homelessness statistics show 24% increase in households with children residing in B&Bs for longer than six weeks in England More than 2,500 children are unlawfully accommodated in unsuitable bed and breakfast facilities in England, the latest official homelessness statistics suggest.
"16.12.2016 08:59:20" theguardian.com Local charities stretched to breaking, with half not sure of surviving On the first-ever local charities day, our report reveals an uncertain future for many small charities, despite three in four seeing demand rise 'On Local Charities Day, 16 December, Localgiving's second annual report on the sustainability of local charity and community groups finds a sector stretched to breaking point. Despite three in four organisations reporting a continued increase in demand
"16.12.2016 08:12:08" theguardian.com Soft drinks tax cannot solve obesity crisis on its own, academics say Ministers must take action against sales of confectionery in order to see health gains, according to experts A tax on sugar in soft drinks will prevent tens of thousands of people from becoming dangerously overweight but the obesity crisis will only be solved if ministers take action against the sales of sweets and chocolate, experts said.
"15.12.2016 13:44:04" theguardian.com Council tax bills can rise by 3% for two years to help fund social care, says Javid Plans unveiled by communities secretary mean bill for average home will go up by £46 in 2017 but critics say it is too little, too late Council tax will be allowed to rise faster than expected by about £46 a year for an average home to bail out struggling social care services for elderly and vulnerable people in England, Sajid Javid, the communities secretary, has said.
"15.12.2016 11:23:00" theguardian.com Guardian readers raise over £350,000 so far for child refugees Guardian readers have helped raise over £300,000 for child refugees Support for this year's Guardian and Observer charity appeal to assist child refugees in the UK and continental Europe has already been extraordinary, and we are grateful for your generosity.
"15.12.2016 09:57:54" theguardian.com I treated Sam for minor complaints. I didn't see the domestic violence victim Her arranged marriage had failed but it took a medical student to help her open up and heal 'Samia had needed space and time to open up and heal. At the beginning I had asked the questions but she had been too traumatised to talk. I then focused on her medical problems and fixing only what was apparent. Samia's story made me realise that
"15.12.2016 08:35:42" theguardian.com Theresa May pledges to seek long-term solution to social care squeeze Jeremy Corbyn challenges PM over social care 'crisis' after councils are given freedom to raise council tax to cover funding shortages Theresa May has pledged to seek a “long-term solution” to the challenge of funding social care for older people, as she confirmed that local authorities would be allowed to bring forward increases in council tax to ease the pressures on the creaking
"14.12.2016 11:20:00" theguardian.com Play the part: theatre show teaches student nurses compassion Careful is an interactive drama in which those studying nursing at Kingston University take the place of patients 'My theatre tutor used to say that theatre is the rehearsal for life. Nobody dies when you do a terrible performance, but you can learn something from it.'
"14.12.2016 10:13:06" theguardian.com Ex-offenders face neglect from the very services set up to help them People leaving prison struggle to shake off the stigma and access support - but there are places where imaginative training and simple technology have helped Jason knew he wouldn't and shouldn't get the job. Yet his jobcentre adviser told him to apply to the pharmaceutical warehouse anyway. The problem? “I'm a convicted drug dealer. They won't even let me set foot in the place.”
Like many of the former
"14.12.2016 09:53:00" theguardian.com Labour vows to double number of homes reserved for homeless Opposition plans to expand charity-run Clearing House scheme to tackle 'rapidly rising' problem of rough sleeping Labour has pledged to try to greatly reduce the number of people sleeping rough by doubling the number of homes reserved for those who have been homeless, calling on the government to introduce this measure immediately.
"14.12.2016 08:42:54" theguardian.com May plans social care shakeup to ease pressure on councils No 10 acknowledges some services are under threat and promises new measures in this week's local government settlement Theresa May is planning a shakeup of social care provision after Downing Street acknowledged services were under threat in some areas. The prime minister's official spokeswoman said the issue was discussed in a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, with an
"13.12.2016 16:18:04" theguardian.com The Guardian Charity Awards 2016 – the winners The winners are involved in small-scale but hugely inspiring and innovative projects that are strengthening local communities Speaking at the awards ceremony in London on 13 December, the actor and activist Sir Ian McKellen said he was “humbled” by the winning charities' work. “At a time when the protective arms of the state have become weaker, those of charities are even more
"13.12.2016 15:47:00" theguardian.com Guardian and Observer charity appeal raises £250,000 in four days Money raised will go to three charities working with child refugees in continental Europe and UK: Help Refugees, Safe Passage and the Children's Society Donations to the Guardian and Observer 2016 charity appeal in support of child refugees have passed the £250,000 mark in just four days.
"13.12.2016 14:31:59" theguardian.com 'We want social workers to do real social work': the councils cutting caseloads Some councils are making efforts to tackle the strain of high caseloads – and they say they are already starting to see a difference in staff retention “We want social workers to have a manageable workload, to have a good work-life balance. They need to have interesting and challenging work, supported by good training packages and group support and supervision. We want to create a safe environment where
"13.12.2016 09:48:00" theguardian.com Social care spending falling below £554 minimum in most areas Postcode lottery revealed as government prepares to allow local authorities to bring forward council tax rises to avert crisis Local authorities across the country are spending well below the £554 per week minimum amount recommended for the residential care of older people, new figures have revealed.
"13.12.2016 08:32:16" theguardian.com Birmingham council chief: years of cuts could have catastrophic consequences Mark Rogers regrets decisions he has had to make after £650m budget cut since 2010, and says next year will be toughest yet Birmingham city council's chief executive has said there could be “catastrophic consequences” for some people in the city because years of cuts have forced it to slash funding for key services for vulnerable people.