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State loans for elderly criticised

The government has announced that state loans are to be offered to elderly people facing big care bills so that they won't be forced to sell their homes.

The loans would be paid off when the home is sold after death.

The change is part of proposals aimed at tackling the growing problem of our ageing population.

But charities in the Midlands have criticised the failure to explain how any of these reforms can be funded.


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Lansley not welcome in Birmingham, says MP

Birmingham Erdington MP, Jack Dromey, says that Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, is not welcome in the city.

"Lansley is not welcome in Birmingham, promoting a bad Bill that threatens the future of the city's much loved National Health Service. The doctors, nurses and hospital surgeons are right. Patient care will be put at risk because the NHS will be fragmented as privatisation replaces co-operation"

– Birmingham Erdington MP, Jack Dromey

Tory Health Secretary Andrew Lansley is to visit The Queen Elizabeth Hospital today.