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Govt delays plans for £72,000 cap on social care costs

The Government is delaying plans to introduce a £72,000 cap on social care costs by four years until April 2020, the Department of Health has announced.

The £72,000 cap on social care costs is to be delayed by four years. Credit: PA

The announcement follows a recent warning from adult social care chiefs that care for older and vulnerable people needs to be protected in the face of £1.1 billion budget cuts.

NHS boss: 'One in seven' operations not necessary

A generic stock photo of an operation taking place at Queen Elizabeth Hospaital, Birmingham. Credit: PA

The medical director of NHS England has reveaked that up to one in seven hospital procedures are unnecessary, it has been reported.

Sir Bruce Keogh is said to have described waste in the health service as "profligate" and called for it to be reduced.

According to The Sunday Telegraph, the former heart surgeon estimated that up to 15% of the NHS budget is spent on treatments that should not take place.

The newspaper reported that analysis by his staff showed unnecessary operations and medication cost the health service up to £1.8 billion a year.

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