Mental health trusts in England are still having their budgets cut, despite government assurances they would be funded on a par with physical healthcare, figures suggest. Analysis by the King's Fund think tank, seen by the BBC, suggests 40% of the 58 trusts saw budgets cut in 2015-16.
It found six of them had seen budgets cut three years in a row. An NHS spokeswoman said mental health services were "wider" than trusts, and care was funded in other ways. Mental health spending overall was up 8.4% in 2015/16 compared to the previous year, the NHS said.
Department of Health proposals for 'efficiencies' in community pharmacy in England would be a very false economy and would end up putting more pressure on the NHS. Here's a message from the National Pharmacy Association:
Cuts to local pharmacy services could begin as early as 1st December, just weeks away, and at the worst possible time in terms of loading winter pressures onto GPs and hospitals.
Community pharmacies play a far bigger role than many people realise. Along with dispensing medicines they play a key part in providing local healthcare, from treating minor ailments through to healthy living support programmes tailored to the communities they serve.
We need people to campaign to stop the closure of local pharmacies at the heart of the community. We are pleased to have the support of politicians from all parties, in parliament and in councils across the country.
You can help to secure this vital local health resource. Please:
• Contact your local MP
• Spread the word on social media - using the infographics here. Use #lovemypharmacy to be part of the nationwide conversation.
A news release from the Liberal Democrats brings this excellent news about Daisy Cooper:
Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron and President Sal Brinton have appointed Daisy Cooper as the party's Candidate Diversity Champion, to drive forward and coordinate the party's action plan to improve the diversity of its MPs.
Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland has taken part in a charity fundraising static cycle challenge in Headingley as part of Guide Dogs Week.
The charity invited people to take part in their 176km static cycle challenge in the centre of Headingley to raise funds and awareness of the work that they do. The 176km represents the 176 working guide dogs in North and West Yorkshire. The static bike was provided by Village Gym in West Park.
Newsletter for Autumn 2016, with a piece by Stephen Lloyd, our President.
The Liberal Democrat Conference last month agreed a policy motion, "Mending the safety net", on ways of stopping people from falling into poverty caused by problems with social security nets. Leaving aside the heated arguments for how this would best work, how about involving those we are talking about in having a needle and thread too ?
People with temporary injuries or illness which restrict mobility will be eligible for a blue disability parking badge from October 1st.
The expanded scheme will now offer 12-month badges for those recovering from or waiting for treatment.
Severe leg injuries, stroke or head injuries, spinal trauma and cancer affecting movement are among the eligible conditions.
Plans to cut discounts given to disabled people receiving care in later life have been announced in Dorset. It is one of many options being considered by the county council for social care, along with changes to the way people pay for care and transport offered to those being cared for.
The changes are part of the Care Act which has been brought in by the government, the authority said.Its proposals will now go out to public consultation.
A disability football team from Aberystwyth which feared it would have to close if it did not attract more members has trebled its numbers.
Aber Stars' coach said membership had waned and if the 2016 Paralympic Games did not inspire more people to join, it may not be able to continue.
Steven Brookes told BBC Wales there were sometimes fewer than five players at training.