Pensioners and charities in the Midlands have been giving their views on reforms to social care being unveiled today.
Two Midlands mothers will meet the Health Secretary this morning to discuss cuts being made to neonatal nurse posts across the country.
Health Secretary announces £12m research grant for Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham
Pensioners and charities in the Midlands have been giving their views on reforms to social care.
To hear what our Midlands MPs have to say on this issue, tune in to our political programme, The Lobby, tonight on ITV1.
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.
The Chief Officer for Age UK in Dudley, Sally Huband speaks on the new social care plans.
Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley
Jack Dromey, MP for Erdington in Birmingham
Birmingham Erdington MP, Jack Dromey, says that Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, is not welcome in the city.
– Birmingham Erdington MP, Jack Dromey
"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"
Tory Health Secretary Andrew Lansley is to visit The Queen Elizabeth Hospital today.
Beleaguered Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, is escaping the heat of Westminster today with a visit to the Queen Elizabeth hospital.