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Labour claims pensioners 'face care bill of £150,000'

Caps on the cost of care in old age could be more than double what was expected in new measures proposed by the Government, according to Labour. Calculations produced by the Labour Party show that pensioners could have to spend over £150,000 on care.

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Doctors: Care Bill would allow 'back door' changes

The British Medical Association has warned against amendments added to the Government's Care Bill, saying they would allow the Health Secretary to "force changes through the back door".

BMA Council chair Dr Mark Porter said aspects of the legislation had been "rushed through". Credit: PA

Referring to ministers' recent defeat over attempts to cut A&E and maternity services at Lewisham Hospital, Dr Mark Porter, chair of the BMA Council, said:

"As we saw with Lewisham Hospital any attempt to use the failure of a hospital to force through change at neighbouring trusts can result in unnecessary strain on services, patient uncertainty and a huge cost to the taxpayer.

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