Somerset Care says it has had to reconsider bidding for some contracts in Somerset because the money simply isn’t thereRead the full story ›
As the winter nights draw in and more of us become susceptible to colds, flu and sickness, who should we turn to when get ill?Read the full story ›
Our regions GPs are gearing up for their busiest winter on record as NHS England South West focusses on people unnecessarily going to A&E.Read the full story ›
There are around 40,000 deaths every year because of the cold, mainly in elderly.
It's down to simple things like people not heating their homes to at least 18°C. Just by doing this you can prevent respiratory illnesses but also colds and flu.
But also when we get a cold snap there is an Increase in fractures due to snow and ice, which also puts pressure on our A and E departments and hospital beds.
Normally NHS England South West is given its winter money now, but this year it was provided by the Government in April so health managers have been able to plan earlier.
NHS England South West says this year health and social care services have been joined up so there will not be as many bed blocking situations like we've seen in previous years.
Health managers in the west have insisted they can cope this winter after last year's unprecedented demand.Read the full story ›
Handing the services to private companies is one of several options Bristol city council is consulting on. Unions say the move would risk 600 jobs and standards of care. The authority argues it's responding to public demand. Richard Payne reports.
There's anger tonight at the prospect of a local authority closing all of its day care centres and most of its homes for the elderlyRead the full story ›
From our Bristol reporter Richard Payne:
I'm at the Council House to hear of planned changes to Bristol's day and residential care for the elderly and vulnerable. One option is to close some council owned buildings which currently cost £2.5m to keep basically maintained, although the council has promised that any closures will mean relocation to other homes. That's been controversial elsewhere in the past. A 17 per cent increase in older people in Bristol is expected in the next decade to 7,735, with an especially big rise in dementia sufferers.
Proposed changes to residential and day care services in Bristol will be revealed today. The city council will explain how it wants to save money while giving people more choice. But unions warn it may mean job cuts and lower standards.