RSS feed
Nick Triggle

Nick Triggle Health correspondent

This is my take on the issues affecting the NHS and social care, from the way we live our lives to the impact of government policies

Does the (care) cap fit?

  • 28 January 2015
  • From the section Health
Couple

There are three main dictionary definitions of a cap: a soft, flat hat, a protective cover or lid and an upper limit on spending or borrowing. The cap on care costs for the over 65s is, arguably, none of these.

The first two are, of course, obvious. But the third? Let me explain why.

Unlike the NHS, people have to pay for the care provided in care homes or with daily tasks at home, such as washing and dressing. Only the poorest get some help towards their costs currently.

From April 2016 the government is capping care costs after the age of 65 at £72,000 over the rest of a person's life. However, there are three important caveats to this.

First, you have to get into the system. Only when an individual is deemed to be eligible for care does their spending count towards the cap. But access is rationed to people with high care needs.

Struggling

Read full article Does the (care) cap fit?

Does the (care) cap fit?

  • 27 January 2015
  • From the section Health
Couple

There are three main dictionary definitions of a cap: a soft, flat hat, a protective cover or lid and an upper limit on spending or borrowing. The cap on care costs is, arguably, none of these.

The first two are, of course, obvious. But the third? Let me explain why.

Read full article Does the (care) cap fit?

The cost of being unhealthy

  • 27 January 2015
  • From the section Health
Unhealthy graphic

We eat too much, drink too much and don't get enough exercise. It's that simple. And if you think that doesn't apply to you, you're probably wrong.

There are seven established factors that raise the risk of ill health. They cover everything from smoking to low fruit and vegetable consumption.

Read full article The cost of being unhealthy

How hospitals have reached gridlock

  • 12 January 2015
  • From the section Health
Screen

Hospitals are all about flow. As new patients arrive, others must move on through the system and, eventually, leave.

But what has happened in the past month is that the system has stalled. Or - as one doctor put it to me - there has been "gridlock". At least in some places.

Read full article How hospitals have reached gridlock

A&E: Does missing the target matter?

  • 6 January 2015
  • From the section Health
NHS staff

The news that the NHS in England has missed its waiting time target with performance dropping to its worst level for a decade is dominating the headlines. But does it really matter?

After all, it was just 2.4% short of the 95% threshold during the October to December quarter. That means over nine in 10 patients were seen in four hours.

Read full article A&E: Does missing the target matter?

NHS set for a bumpy start to 2015

  • 5 January 2015
  • From the section Health
Bumpy road

The new year has barely started and the focus is once again shifting to how the NHS is performing.

Reports over the weekend suggested that Labour is set to make the health service a key election battleground should come as no surprise - nor should the timing.

Read full article NHS set for a bumpy start to 2015

Is the obsession with NHS targets justified?

  • 30 December 2014
  • From the section Health
Target

Targets have become synonymous with the NHS. From hospital operations to cancer care and fighting superbugs, successive governments have used them to keep a grip on performance.

And now - just five months away from an election - all eyes are on how the health service performs against its most high-profile measures.

Read full article Is the obsession with NHS targets justified?

Why are hospitals under so much pressure?

  • 6 January 2015
  • From the section Health
Screen

You need look no further than Salford Royal Hospital to realise the point the NHS has got to.

The trust is generally regarded as one of the best - if not the best - in the UK. It outperforms its counterparts on a whole host of measures from patient satisfaction to waiting times.

Read full article Why are hospitals under so much pressure?

Why the care sector is green with envy

  • 8 December 2014
  • From the section Health
Money on scales

It has been enough to make those involved with social care green with envy. For the past year or so the NHS in England has been making the case that it is short of money.

So what happens? Chancellor George Osborne throws another £2bn its way to top up its £100bn-plus budget. Social care has been putting the case for even longer, but it was left empty handed by the Autumn Statement.

Read full article Why the care sector is green with envy

NHS strike: A walkout with a difference

  • 24 November 2014
  • From the section Health
Picket line outside the Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital in Basingstoke

The words strike and NHS are enough to send a shudder down the spine of any patient.

But many of the people using the health service in England or Northern Ireland on Monday morning may not have noticed a huge difference.

Read full article NHS strike: A walkout with a difference

More Correspondents

  • Fergus Walsh, Medical correspondent Fergus Walsh Medical correspondent

    A focus on the medical and health issues of the day


  • Mark Easton, Home editor Mark Easton Home editor

    The way we live in the UK and the many ways it is changing


  • Jonathan Amos, Science correspondent Jonathan Amos Science correspondent

    UK and European space and the latest major science stories


About Nick

Nick started working for the BBC in 2003. His first two years were spent in general news, after which he started covering the health beat.

As health correspondent, he has reported extensively on the NHS and social care as well as how the UK is dealing with challenges such as obesity, the ageing population and health inequalities. Nick has also worked on the Gerry Robinson TV documentaries on the NHS.

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.