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Is the NHS about to grind to a halt because of lack of staff?

April 9, 2019

The King’s Fund, in “Closing the gap: Key areas for action on the health and care workforce”, state that workforce shortages are already having a direct impact on patient care and staff experience and urgent action is now required to avoid a vicious cycle of growing shortages and declining quality.



Not quite the one we’ve been waiting for: the LGA’s Adult Social Care Green Paper

August 1, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

We welcome this week’s publication of the Local Government Association’s Green Paper on Adult Social Care and wellbeing The Lives We Want to Lead. Someone had to do it. The Government’s promised green paper appears to have been kicked beyond the long grass and into dense thicket, and it’s beyond…


Happy Birthday NHS (but please don’t forget social care)

July 5, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

Today marks the 70th Birthday of the NHS. As relative youngsters (the LGiU is about half your age) we congratulate you on the institutional longevity. As individuals, we are profoundly grateful for the free access to health care and to those clinicians who have helped us in our own times…




Six things the social care green paper must address

January 4, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

It’s a New Year and our still sort of new government is still promising to address the social care crisis with a green paper that may be late and – if hope fails to triumph over experience – too little. It’s not hyberbole to say that the social care system…



The 2017 IFS Green Budget

March 3, 2017

The IFS produces a Green Budget every year in the weeks running up to the Budget, which this year will be 8 March. Issues covered include the economic and fiscal outlook, health and social care spending, incapacity and disability benefits, and the Apprenticeship Levy.