‘Austerity continues unless Hammond spends’

And that could mean cuts in other areas it added. “The provisional totals set out in the Autumn Budget imply that day-to-day public service spending will increase by 6.1% – £18.2bn – between 2018-19 and 2023-24,” the IFS report said. “This would outstrip population growth, putting per capita spending on an upward trend. “But this would not be enough to meet the cost of the government’s existing spending commitments on the NHS, defence and overseas aid while avoiding cuts elsewhere.” ‘Health priority’ But a Treasury spokesman said public investment would hit peaks not seen since 1979. “The chancellor has said that the Spending Review will take place in 2019, and that is the right moment for government to make long …

Would you be happy to see your doctor online?

Doug Sweeny, from US primary care provider One Medical, says giving doctors the flexibility to work remotely greatly improves their quality of life. “The virtual team, they may have kids at home, they may be in places like Hawaii,” he says. “It works brilliantly, it actually helps if you need a flexible schedule or are in an area [where] we don’t have bricks and mortar.” Quality of life is one thing, but telemedicine is also about hard-headed economics. Image copyright Celina Schocken Image caption Celina Schocken is a fan of online consultations with her doctor Celina Schocken has gone to the doctor virtually for a year. “You go to the app and request a consult, and then it assigns you …

Many black pupils’ education ‘dumbed down’

Prof Steve Strand analysed data on six million children in England’s schools between 2005 and 2016. Social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH) are a type of special educational needs that covers support with mental health problems and challenging behaviour. Motor maintenance Challenging behaviour is a big factor in pupil exclusions and shifts to alternative provision. Prof Strand said: “Black Caribbean children may be suffering an inappropriate and narrowed curriculum, from unwarranted over-identification, particularly [in] secondary schools. “This might mean they get less academically challenging, more vocationally orientated work perhaps,” he said, “like being shifted from maths to motor maintenance, or experience a lowered expectation of what they can do. “From the factors that we have measured – socio-economic background, …

Labour row over MP no confidence vote

An extraordinary meeting has been called in the Liverpool Wavertree constituency next week to discuss two no confidence motions. The motions accuse Ms Berger of being against Jeremy Corbyn, saying: “Instead of fighting for a Labour government, our MP is continually using the media to criticise the man we all want to be prime minister.” Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election. How the Labour anti-Semitism saga unfolded Anti-Semitic hate incidents ‘rise by 16%’ MP Smith ‘considering’ quitting Labour Ms Berger has been the target …

Concern over time police spend at A&E

Officers are called to A&E departments for a variety of reasons such as assessing people for custody, taking injured people for treatment and escorting people for mental health assessment. They will also attend to support medical staff with violent or abusive patients. But concerns have been raised that the amount of time frontline officers are spending in emergency departments has increased in recent years. High-level analysis Image copyright Getty Images Scotland’s A&E departments admit more than 1.6 million patients a year. The ambulance service said its priority was to respond to patients with life-threatening conditions. Police said that was why they were often left to take vulnerable people for treatment, including those with mental health issues. Four in every five …