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Antisocial Tories create an uncaring society

28 February 2017
The Tory attacks on both the NHS and social care leave vulnerable people with nowhere to go. Workers spoke to Tomáš Tengely-Evans about two sets of cuts that are creating a crisis—with a real effect on patients’ lives

Care cuts kill thousands—but councils pass the buck

21 February 2017
New analysis has linked 30,000 excess deaths in 2015 to the Tories’ health and social care cuts.

Tory ‘gentleman’s agreement’ shames the nasty party that slashed social care

14 February 2017
Tory ministers made a dodgy deal to increase social care funding with the leader of a Tory-run county council that includes several top MPs’ constituencies.

Residents left without food as care crisis grows

13 December 2016
Some care home residents face hefty bills as the quality of care gets worse, says Raymie Kiernan

Social care cuts feed back into NHS crisis

18 October 2016
Adult social care services in England are at “tipping point”, according to the Care Quality Commission watchdog.

Billions made from care home crisis

05 January 2016
Care homes are charging residents and local authorities tens of thousands every year while many care workers are paid less than the minimum wage. But nursing home bosses predict that scores will close because they are not making enough money. Raymie Kiernan says the big firms that stand behind social care are still raking it in

Care workers kick off Bromley council strikes

01 September 2015
Council workers in Bromley, south London, launched a new wave of strikes against Tory mass privatisation plans last week.

Capitalism doesn't care

11 August 2015
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) watchdog is receiving more than 150 allegations of abuse in adult care services every day, a new report has found.

Angry Glasgow homelessness strikers hand back their long service awards

05 May 2015
The all-out strike by Glasgow City Council workers entered its sixth week on Tuesday of this week. 

Social work conference inspires a radical vision of care

14 April 2015
Some 450 people attended the Social Work Action Network (Swan) conference in Paisley last weekend.

Devolving the care cuts will not help to stop them

14 April 2015
Plans to merge NHS and social care in Manchester won’t empower patients or carers but drive the market even deeper into health

Barnet care workers strike back against Tory service cuts

31 March 2015
A struggle by care workers in Barnet, north London to defend pay and a quality care service has got bosses on the ropes. It’s bad news for the council privatisers, reports Raymie Kiernan

Your Choice Barnet care workers choose another walkout against pay cut

24 March 2015
Unison union members at Your Choice Barnet (YCB) in north London were set to begin a three?day strike on Wednesday of this week against a 9.5 percent pay cut.

Your Choice Barnet workers strike back against attacks on pay

24 February 2015
Care workers in Barnet, north London, walked out for 48 hours on Tuesday of this week.

Your Choice Barnet care workers strike back against pay cut

22 January 2015
Care workers in north London walked out today, Thursday, to begin a two-day strike against an imposed 9.5 percent pay cut – their fifth strike day in as many months.

Workers say Care UK pay deal is nothing to celebrate

02 December 2014
After 90 days of strikes care workers in Doncaster have voted to accept a new pay offer.

Up against the clock - the truth about night shift work

18 November 2014
Shift work is putting the health of millions of people in danger with regular reports detailing the risks. Raymie Kiernan spoke to workers whose body clocks are driven haywire by relentless rotas

In pictures: Hundreds protest against Glasgow mental health cuts

14 November 2014
Up to 500 people protested outside Glasgow City Chambers on Wednesday of this week against a proposed 40 percent funding cut to Glasgow Association of Mental Health.

Bosses offer deal to end longrunning Care UK dispute

11 November 2014
Raymie Kiernan considers what is at stake for Doncaster Care UK workers as they vote on a new offer

St Mungo's strikers say: 'We won, so can you'

11 November 2014
When bosses tried to slash our ­conditions and break our union, we had to fight back

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