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Prime minister David Cameron meets with Singaporean prime minister Lee Hsien Loong in London Pensions minister Steve Webb delivers a statement to the House of Commons on quality workplace pensions Energy minister Michael Fallon speaks... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Health questions (topicals at 12.15pm) 12.30pm: Ten minute rule motion: National Insurance (Renaming) Bill (Ben Gummer, Con, Ipswich) Main business Motions relating to the draft Social Security Benefits U... Continue to article
NHS staff will be banned from denying or providing lesser treatment to elderly patients under a new law to be set out today.
The proposals, announced by Care Minister Paul Burstow, will prevent doctors from failing to consider "the well-being or dignity of older people".
In another development, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has written to the chair of the British Medical Association warning that strikes planned for later this month could disrupt 30,000 operations, and will "at best inconvenience and at worst harm your patients".
The Government has failed to fix the "deep crisis" in the social care system, say a group of 33 UK charities. In a letter to the Observer, they objected to claims by care minister Paul Burstow there was "no gap" in social care funding. The letter urges the Government to adopt the recommendations of the government-commissioned Dilnot report.
Health minister Paul Burstow has denied that the Government's Change4Life healthy eating promotion is effectively a subsidy for certain supermarkets. But he admitted that despite funding an advertising campaign, the Government had no guarantee of what and how big discounts would be offered by the supermarkets involved.
Mr Burstow said: “They haven’t said we’re going to put X amount in; what they’ve said is we’re going to run a whole series of these offers. No the Government is not subsidising it; we’re putting an advertising campaign in to support and raise awareness.
He also denied the scheme effectively 'plugged' certain supermarkets: “What we’ve said is there’s no closed shop here. If other supermarkets want to come on board and be part of the Change4Life campaign, then they can actually be involved in that way and they can offer these sort of deals as well.
The elderly care system is a "dog's breakfast" and is "no longer fit for purpose", Paul Burstow has admitted. The Minister for Care Services said during an online discussion on the site Gransnet that the system had suffered from "piecemeal change over the last 60 years" and that there was a "need for more people to wake up to the truth" that care for the elderly is "not free, and never has been".
Cross-party talks on the overhaul of care services for the elderly and disabled will begin this week. Health Secretary Andrew Lansley and the Lib Dem health minister Paul Burstow will enter talks with two members of Labour's health team tomorrow. Similar talks broke down under the last Labour Government and charity Age UK has warned the opportunity should not be lost again. It released a YouGov poll showing 81% of the 1,700 surveyed thought the Government should do more to care for the elderly.
Health minister Paul Burstow has denied that the Government's Change4Life campaign is effectively a subsidy for certain supermarkets. He said: “The Government is not subsidising it; we’re putting an advertising campaign in to support this.”
13/11/2013 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
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