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NHS and social care ‘at breaking point’, medics and charities warn

The NHS and social care services are “at breaking point”, a group of leading medical groups and charities have said.

Writing in the Independent, they said the NHS had been through its “longest and most damaging budget squeeze” ever.

The letter says patient care and staff morale have suffered, adding: “Things cannot go on like this.”

It is addressed to the leaders of the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats – all three parties have made major NHS pledges in recent days.

Leading figures from the British Medical Association, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, the Alzheimer’s Society, the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Faculty of Public Health are among those who have signed the letter.

What mental health services can learn from Sandwell’s integrated approach

Sandwell in the West Midlands has re-engineered its services to support more people at an earlier stage in their illness, with impressive results

It is good news that the chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, has turned the spotlight on mental health in her latest report. She is right to argue for a big drive on public mental health.

There is already some great practice out there. I would urge Davies to take a trip to Sandwell to find out how and why the area is doing so well on violence reduction and reducing levels of depression.

Earlier this month, I travelled to Sandwell and Dudley to find out for myself. The answer is not rocket science, it is all about relationships. Focusing on building relationships helps people to become more resilient and capable.

Sandwell’s approach to mental health and wellbeing is all about recognising and developing people’s relational assets and never turning people away.

Hospitals told to cut parking costs under new guidelines

Ministers said the relatives of people who are seriously ill or have to stay in hospital for a long time should be given free parking or reduced charges.

Concessions should also be offered to people with disabilities and NHS staff whose shift patterns mean they cannot use public transport.

Last month Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told MPs costs were “just too high”.

Patients and families shouldn’t have to deal with the added stress of unfair parking charges”