Call for social care to be properly funded

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A credible long-term strategy is urgently needed this year to fund the care sector and to retain and motivate care workers, an influential group of MPs has warned. The sector is suffering from underfunding, rising […]

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General Medical Services GP contract from April 2018

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Changes have been agreed to the General Medical Services GP contract for 2018/19 with effect from 1 April 2018. These changes apply in England only. Steven Boxwell in our Plymouth office covers the changes. Although […]

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Spring Statement 2018 – National Living Wage to rise

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Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed in the 2018 Spring Statement that the rates of the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage would rise from 1 April 2018, as previously announced in the autumn Budget. The hourly rates […]

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Care Quality Commission imposes financial viability test

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From 12 February 2018 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is imposing a new financial viability test on new care providers. Urgent action is required to obtain a statement of financial viability. The CQC has confirmed that the new test […]

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Care Quality Commission’s ratings programme extended

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The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC’s) ratings programme, covering hospital care, social care and GPs, is extended to cover more than 800 additional providers. This includes independent doctors that offer primary care online. All healthcare organisations in England […]

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Care homes prescribed “Nil by Mouth” in Budget spending

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Despite funding for the care sector being in a serious state, the Chancellor prescribed it no new funds in the Autumn Budget. Top 30 advisory firm and care sector specialist Bishop Fleming warns that this […]

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National Living Wage to rise in April 2018

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Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced that the rates of the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage are rising from 1 April 2018. The hourly rates will increase in April 2018: from £7.50 to £7.83 for […]

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Care sector sleep-in-shift pay scheme launched

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A new compliance scheme has been launched for social care providers that may have incorrectly paid workers below the minimum wage hourly rate for full shifts to staff who sleep over. The scheme runs from […]

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Should care workers be paid to sleep?

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A brief guide to whether care workers who sleep during their shift are entitled to be paid the National Living Wage. The National Living Wage (NLW) has increased staff costs for care homes, and with […]

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Taking care of care homes after the Autumn Statement

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There is an urgent need for the government to step in and help solve the acute funding crisis that is eating away at the care sector, warns Top 40 accountants, Bishop Fleming. Tim Godfrey, Partner […]

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