Greens must continue to support £15 care worker wage, says union

Support us and go ad-free A trade union has urged the Scottish Greens to continue their support for an increased wage for care workers despite their agreement with the SNP. The two parties have been locked in talks over the summer, with a deal expected to be announced on Friday that will put at least …
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After two years of hot air, charities demand Boris Johnson honours his care pledge

Support us and go ad-free Charities say they will continue working to make sure the government doesn’t “forget the commitment it has made”. This is in reference to the prime minister’s promise to fix the social care crisis, made exactly two years ago. An empty promise? Age UK analysed data from NHS Digital. It said …
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We need real opposition to stop Sajid Javid’s Health and Care Bill wrecking the NHS

Support us and go ad-free In October 2020 and March 2021, The Canary reported on an attempted right-wing takeover of the Socialist Health Association (SHA) which would silence Labour opposition to NHS privatisation. The SHA was instrumental in establishing the NHS in 1948. This week, the Tory-sponsored Health and Care Bill passed its second reading in …
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Health and Care Bill seeks to add more political interference into the NHS

Support us and go ad-free The Health and Care Bill from the Department for Health and Social Care is coming in for criticism from campaigners. The bill has hit headlines recently with worries about privatisation and contracts available without tender. However, there’s a lot more to worry about here. As part of The Canary’s #followthemoney series, …
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Poll shows Brits care about the ocean but have a blindspot in terms of its protection

It was World Oceans Day on 8 June. To mark the event, the Ocean Conservation Trust released the results of a survey on ocean literacy in England and Wales. The poll suggests that the majority of people in these countries believe ocean protection is important, including for humanity’s well-being. But it also revealed a blindspot …
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New report says NHS and social care staff burnout at ’emergency’ level

NHS and social care staff burnout has reached an “emergency” level and poses a risk to the future of services, MPs have warned. Burned out In a highly critical report, the Health and Social Care Committee called for immediate action to support exhausted staff who have worked throughout the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, but pointed to …
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Does Tennis Care About Players? Naomi Osaka Quits French Open After Mental Health Plea Ignored

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González. Athletes around the globe are voicing support for tennis superstar Naomi Osaka, who withdrew from the French Open Monday after being fined and threatened with disqualification …
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Charity warns of ‘shocking’ failures in care for people with dementia

The number of people with dementia admitted to hospital when it could be avoided is set to spiral, a charity has warned. Figures from the Alzheimer’s Society, based on a snapshot of 45 NHS trusts in the UK, found that, even before the pandemic, avoidable hospital admissions were rising and it expects this could get …
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Social care reform measures not detailed in Queen’s Speech

The government has failed to detail long-promised proposals to reform social care in the Queen’s Speech on 11 May. This is despite criticism coming from care groups, charities, and politicians. Still nothing to announce Measures to address the long-standing issue of social care funding and reform were not included, but the Queen did say proposals …
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Tories cover up ‘jaw-dropping’ cuts to health and social care spending when we need it most

Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered this year’s much-anticipated budget on 3 March. Surprisingly – in a year in which Britain saw over 100,000 people die from coronavirus (Covid-19) – the chancellor didn’t mention plans for health and social care during his announcement. Meanwhile, Labour claims the government has quietly cut health and social care funding – a …
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