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From 1 April 2013 prescription charges will be increased by 20p to £7.85 per prescription item. A new report by the Prescription Charges Coalition - 'Paying the Price' - looks at what are the true cost of prescription charges for people with long-term conditions.
From April a new patient champion body, Healthwatch, will be launched in every local authority across England. Your Local Healthwatch will gather views and experiences of health and social care services from patients, carers and members of the public.
After a three year pilot programme the Government have announced that from April 2014 people in England who receive NHS Continuing Healthcare will have a right to ask for a personal health budget.
As we wait with bated breath for the publication of the UK Government’s plans for reform of the social care system in England later this week, the media have been awash with social care horror stories and speculation about what will be included in those plans.
But the billion pound question is: will it fix our broken care system?
There are big changes afoot in the field of social care. So now is a really important time to share your experiences to help influence the future of care services.
The Government is planning new legislation to overhaul the social care system in England and Wales, and cross party talks on how to plug the enormous funding gap are ongoing.
We know many thousands of people affected by MS use social care services, and many thousands more are missing out on the support they need or seeing their support get cut back.
Just before Christmas the National Audit Office published a report on services for people with neurological conditions, giving a damning verdict: services are patchy, inefficient and poorly planned, and people with MS and other conditions are too often admitted to hospital when they could be better cared for at home or in the community.
Today the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will meet to interrogate the report’s findings. Donna Holmes from Ipswich will be keeping a close eye on how things develop.