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Plans to secure the future of a fair and cost effective way to offer free milk to all nursery children was set out today by Public Health Minister Anne Milton as she launched a consultation on how the scheme operates.

Leaders in the health and social care sector must drive a "major cultural shift" to tackle the underlying causes of poor and undignified care of older people throughout care homes and hospitals in England.

New joint research, published today by Carers UK and the seven other Carers Week charities, shows that over 8 in 10 carers have seen a negative impact on their physical health as a result of caring

 

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The number of people aged over 65 is expected to double by 2030, so improving the health, care and quality of life for older people is in everyone’s interest

 

A new British Red Cross study shows that elderly and vulnerable people are being put at risk by swingeing cuts to home-based care

 

98% of residential home care providers do not believe they are paid enough by local councils to be able to meet public expectations of quality, a new survey by Labour has found.

 

There were multiple failures by Southwark Council over the care and housing needs of an epileptic mother of two, registered blind, finds Local Government Ombudsman, Dr Jane Martin.

 

The government is being 'fundamentally dishonest' about its policies for disabled people, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber will warn the TUC's annual two-day Disabled Workers' conference, which begins in London today (Wednesday)

 

Hospices are to benefit from up to £60 million of funding to help improve the quality of care for people nearing the end of their lives, Care Services Minister Paul Burstow announced today

 

The Royal College of Nursing is calling on NHS organisations to halt the closure of hospital beds until they can clearly demonstrate that alternative, tried and tested patient services in the community are available

 

A national drive to tackle one of the most common causes of death resulting from injury in over 75s could cut the problem by up to 30 per cent and save the NHS millions of pounds, says a new report by the NHS Confederation

 

Health and care leaders have come together to drive improvements in dementia services and deliver on key ambitions set out in the Prime Minister’s dementia challenge

 

The sport sector needs to up its game in attracting disabled people to sport, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said today at the Government’s first Disability Sport Summit, at the Emirates Stadium

 

Two reports published today by The King’s Fund highlight how frail older people are being exposed to unacceptable standards of care and moved around from pillar to post in hospital because of a lack of continuity of care

 

The Royal College of Nursing has called for a ‘patient guarantee’, setting out the number of nurses needed on older people’s wards

 

The Patients Association have urged peers to support an amendment to the Social Care bill which would lead to the creation of a Commissioner for older people

 

A draft report highlights the need for change in the way that older people are cared for within hospitals and care homes

 

Thousands of hospital admissions for falls and fractures among older people could be prevented by better, more integrated care. If significant improvements aren’t made to prevention services, admissions will double and the NHS and Local Authorities will need to spend £6 billion a year on hip fractures by 2036

 

New research from Public Health Wales shows that training given by Mind Cymru’s Positive Choices project is making a real difference to people’s willingness to discuss and tackle suicide and self harm

 

Slimming World and the Royal College of Midwives have joined forces in a unique partnership to support pregnant women and breastfeeding mums in managing their weight

 

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