Everyone will be entitled to a "free teeth MOT" in England under a Labour government, the party says.Labour is proposing to scrap band one dentistry charges, which cover a check up, a scale and polish, and any X-rays that may be needed.It believes patients are put off going because of the fee - a check up costs £22.70 - with many ending up in A&E.Dental leaders welcomed the move, but said there was a shortage of dentists that needed addressing too.Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said charges were a real barrier to access services for some."With 135,000 patients presenting at A&E with dental problems every year, it's time we put prevention at the heart of our approach to health."Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn added: "This is the first step t
Stars from Strictly Come Dancing, Star Wars, Doctor Who and EastEnders have helped this year's Children In Need TV appeal raise £47.9m.The five-hour telethon also featured England football players, a celebrity edition of music quiz The Hit List and songs by Louis Tomlinson and Westlife.Viewers also saw short films about some of the the 3,000 local projects supported by the charity.Last year, £50.6m was raised on the appeal night. Children in Need is the BBC's official UK charity and raises money for disadvantaged young people around the country, such as those experiencing poverty, with disabilities, or victims of abuse or neglect.This year, comedian Tom Allen joined a pr
The Conservatives say they will fund the training of 500 more GPs in England every year to increase appointments for patients, if they win the election.They claim the plan would mean up to 3,000 more newly-qualified GPs, or doctors doing their GP training, in surgeries by 2024-25.However, a previous Tory pledge to recruit an extra 5,000 GPs by 2020 is not close to being met.Labour said it planned to invest in family doctor services and more GPs.The party added it had become "harder and harder to get a GP appointment under the Tories".The Conservatives say their plan would see the current tally of 3,538 GPs in training every year rise to around 4,000 from 2021-22.Recruiting more GPs from overseas while improving efforts to retain current staff will lead to...
Media playback is unsupported on your device Parties should not use the NHS as "a political weapon" in the election campaign, health service bosses say.NHS Providers chief Chris Hopson said "over-dramatising NHS difficulties" or making "disingenuous" funding claims did the service "no favours".Both the Tories and Labour are vowing to spend billions to improve care.But Mr Hopson, who acts for health trust leaders in England, urged parties not to make "empty promises" or create "unrealistic expectations".The long-term future of the NHS and social care is likely to be a key battleground in the run-up to the 12 December election. The Tories are expected to trumpet extra spending on the health service in England, including a £2.7bn investment for s
Labour is pledging to cut UK carbon emissions by 10% through the largest home improvement programme for decades.A Labour government would fund £60bn of energy-saving upgrades to low-income households over the next decade while wealthier households would receive interest-free loans for enhancements.The party said loft insulation, enhanced double glazing and new heating systems would help cut energy use.The Conservatives said the plan would "wreck the economy" and "put up bills".A spokesperson for the Tories said while tackling climate change was vital, "independent experts and even Labour's own unions say their promises don't stack up".Labour says its policy, called "Warm Homes for All", would create 450,000 jobs involved in the installation of energy-savi