Health and Education

Jeremy Corbyn failed to land a knock-out blow on Boris Johnson in the final head-to-head leaders debate of the general election campaign. Conservatives will be delighted their leader emerged unscathed from the debate while Labour supporters may be left lamenting a lost opportunity to decisively swing the campaign in their favour. Voters will make their final decision at the ballot box...

Johnson – ‘Make patients pay so they value NHS more’

Boris Johnson blamed political “cowardice” for keeping the NHS free for all but the “genuinely sick" and "elderly” and argued that “if people have to pay” for NHS services, “they will value them more.” In a column for the Spectator magazine in 1995, unearthed by Business Insider, Johnson wrote that charging patients would prevent the NHS being “abused” by those...

Tories fear Trump visit could cost PM election

Donald Trump arrives in London tonight (Monday) and senior Tories are alarmed the visit could turn into “a train wreck” for Boris Johnson with just ten days left before...

Johnson’s ‘50,000 new nurses’ manifesto pledge is ‘frankly deceitful’

Boris Johnson’s key election pledge to introduce 50,000 new nurses to tackle the NHS staffing crisis has been slammed by opponents as “frankly deceitful”. The Prime Minister announced the policy...

‘Imploding NHS’ could cost Johnson election as Brexit bus comes back to bite

The NHS is “imploding” and facing a “catastrophe” that experts says risks becoming a “national emergency” following a raft of figures released this week which could end up costing...

NHS ‘won’t cope’, warn health bosses

NHS bosses fear hospital wards will not be able to cope within 12 months as the UK’s social care crisis deepens. Staff shortages and underinvestment in elderly care services is endangering patient care, say hospital chief executives in a damning report released by NHS Providers. Another scathing report said the number of elderly people being denied home help will rocket by...

‘Voters beware politicians!’ says NHS boss

Voters have been warned to “beware” of politicians using the NHS as “a political weapon” by a top health service boss. Chief executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson writes in his blog: “Frontline NHS leaders are worried that it is already starting to happen in this campaign.” NHS Providers has an £84bn annual budget and employs more than one million staff...
JCHR report

JCHR report on the detention of young people with disabilities &/or...

The JCHR report on the detention of young people with disabilities &/or autism has been published and makes for shocking reading. The UK Parliament Human Rights Committee has urged the government to take action, highlighting grave human rights abuses. The report is available to download on Twitter with its chair, Harriet Harman tweeting this morning: "It has been left to...

Labour will scrap primary school tests, says Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says his party would axe formal tests for English primary schools, known as Sats. He claimed they left many children in tears or made them vomit with stress and said scrapping the tests would be one of the first acts of any Labour government. The pledge was met with cheers from teachers being addressed by Corbyn at...
NHS Brexit

NHS to offer patients DNA tests to predict illnesses

The NHS is to offer patients in England a ‘gene testing’ service that will predict their chances of developing a range of illnesses. They will be charged for the gene sequencing service and be expected to share their data anonymously with scientists afterwards. The gene health report will forecast their chances of developing conditions such as Alzheimer’s and cancer. Health Secretary Matt...