Sarah Franklin visits the Hospice of St Francis, which helps children of dying parents to stay as involved with them as possible during the final weeks of life.
There is now a growing consensus that elderly care needs reform. Councils are increasingly having to ration the support they provided in people’s homes and the care home places they fund. But the big unsolved question is how to pay for change.
Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, will shortly be given findings of a two-year public inquiry into one of the greatest scandals in the history of the NHS. Here he writes about how the service needs to change its culture, and restore compassion.
More than 100 private firms will be paid by the NHS to treat patients as a result of the coalition’s first major expansion of the private sector’s role in the health service.
Newly qualified nurses acting as ‘care makers’ will go into hospitals and care homes to promote nursing values under a package of nursing policies unveiled by David Cameron.