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Croydon wins award for innovative adult social services efficiency programme

A five year transformation programme of adult social care services has recently won Croydon council a prestigious Municipal Journal award for innovation.<p>In common with other local authorities, demand for adult social care in Croydon is increasing, both in numbers and complexity. Between 2006 and …

Discussion roundup: the care bill

Carers' rights<p><b>Bill Morgan</b>, former special adviser to former health secretary Andrew Lansley: "I think this is one area where the care bill - and, granted, getting something in legislation does not mean "problem solved" - is very good. It places carers on the same legal footing as those they care …

Online discussion: do we need to rethink social care for older people?

Do we need a fresh approach to the care of older people? At the Guardian's second Ageing Population Quarterly event, Mike Adamson, managing director of the British Red Cross, told delegates that traditional boundaries between service providers would be a good place to start:<p>"People don't give a …

Children could be charged for being taken into care under council plan

Some children could be forced to help meet the costs of being taken into care under a proposed local authority initiative that immediately came under fire from child protection campaigners.<p>The idea to shift social care costs onto parents, carers and even children themselves if they are over 16 …

Special report: 'This can’t go on' - NHS chiefs urge new debate on health service reforms

Hospitals are “staring down the barrel” of having to cut the jobs of doctors and nurses – actions that could lead to another Mid-Staffordshire …

'Toxic cocktail' in NHS care, says health watchdog

<b>Patients who suffer from poor care in hospitals are being failed by a "toxic cocktail" inside the NHS, the health service watchdog for England has said.</b><p>NHS Ombudsman Dame Julie Mellor told the Daily Telegraph that people often did not complain because they feared even worse treatment.<p>Those who did …

Interview: Epsom and St Helier Hospital boss talks NHS troubles

The chief executive of Epsom and St Helier Hospitals has spoken about the challenges facing the health system and his personal reasons for joining …

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