Archives for April 19th, 2002

SOCIAL SERVICES FINED FOR NHS BED BLOCKING

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 April, 2002

After the good news of a six per cent real annual increase in social services budgets, local authorities have now been directed towards how it will be used.They’ve been warned to use the money to stabilise home care services to avoid hospital bed-blocking – otherwise they will be forced to pay for the costs.

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THUMBS UP FOR DELIVERING NHS PLAN

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 April, 2002

There’s been a widespread welcome among health groups for the further announcements of change in the NHS following the budget.Alan Milburn’s fleshing out of the long term reform required to run alongside its sustained increase in funds has been described as ‘setting the stage for an NHS that is less politicised and freed from excessive central control,’ according to the King’s Fund.

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