Budget pledges on health and social care dismissed as ‘sticking plaster’

eter Byrne/PA Health experts have said the chancellor’s £20.5bn boost for the NHS in England by 2023 will leave the service still struggling to cope with rising demand for treatment. The pressure on already overloaded A&E and GP services will continue because Philip Hammond only gave an extra £650m to prop up crumbling social care services, it was claimed. Theresa May has promised the £20.5bn increase in NHS funding over the next five years will yield major improvements in cancer and mental health care. But doubts were raised about how…

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HIV programs, mental health: 8 ways Trump’s new budget might affect public health

W ASHINGTON —  When Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates sat down with President Trump and his aides a couple of months ago, he tried to convince the new president that public health funding was not something that could be sacrificed. “It’s an education process,” he said. Those pleas seem to have fallen on deaf ears. The budget outline released by the White House Tuesday contains sharp cuts to everything — from a $76 million reduction in global health funding that includes HIV programming to grass-roots community health grants. And while it’s not clear what cuts will…

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Trump’s Education Budget Takes Aim at the Working Class

Many of the spending goals outlined in Donald Trump’s proposed education budget reflect his campaign rhetoric. The president, who has long called for reducing the federal government’s role in schools and universities, wants to cut the Education Department’s funding by $9.2 billion, or 13.6 percent of the budget approved by Congress last month. The few areas that would see a boost pertain to school choice, an idea that Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have repeatedly touted as a top priority. In the White House’s spending proposal, hundreds of millions…

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Budget 2017: Education, skills and jobs

“My hope of the future lies in the youths of character, intelligent, renouncing all for the service of others, and obedient – good to themselves and the country at large”….Swami Vivekananda The increased focus on human capital development in Budget 2017 to empower the youth is indeed a welcome step. The several key announcements in education, skills and youth development shall have structural and long term impact on quality of education, availability of qualified manpower and preparing the next generation for the hyper age of automation and AI. All aspects…

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Arts Council of Wales: Health budget should fund art therapies

Some arts activities should be funded from the Welsh Government’s health budget, according to the new chairman of the Arts Council of Wales. Phil George said the benefits of the arts to people’s well-being needed to be grasped by ministers. He said work was already being done in this area, but further investment would bring long-term health benefits. The Welsh Government said it was “open to further discussions” about more use of creative arts therapies. Mr George told BBC Wales an “extraordinary, rich vein of practice” involving arts and healthcare…

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