Deterioration shown in today’s NHS performance report is ‘a tragedy’, says NHS Confederation

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Responding to NHS Improvement’s ‘Quarterly report on the performance of the NHS provider sector’, Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation which represents health service organisations across England, said: “This is a tragedy – the NHS had made huge strides to treat and care for patients promptly but the latest figures show a further deterioration – and behind those figures lie real suffering for...

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150 minutes of exercise a week could prolong your life expectancy by more than three years

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Following today’s study from The University of Maryland, which found a one off 30 minute exercise session can ward of cardiovascular disease, Vitality has found that by going one step further and increasing your activity to the Government recommended 150 minutes a week, could prolong your life expectancy by more than three years. Key findings: Making small improvements and behaving as an ‘Everyday Athlete’ can improve life span by more than...

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Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Take to the streets! British Medical Association action 4 march 2017 The British Medical Association is encouraging its members to join the protest against NHS cuts on March 4th with this synopsis of damage done to the health service: 2014/15 spend on NHS £135 billion = 7.3% GDP. By 2020/21 this will decrease to 6.6% amongst lowest of any OECD country We have fewer beds, 2.8 per 1000 pop than almost all OECD (Germany 8.3, Poland 6.6) in 2011...

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NHS trusts applying “unacceptable rules” to delay or restrict ambulance access to hospitals

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

<h3>Ambulance handovers</h3> HS Improvement said some NHS trusts were applying “unacceptable rules” to delay or restrict ambulance access to hospital emergency departments. A letter from NHSI to Trusts has reached the Health Service Journal. It said that NHS Trust chief executives must really take the problem of delayed handovers from ambulances to A&E departments seriously, giving it “their immediate attention”. The letter also...

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Unhealthy employees costing British firms over one month a year in lost productivity

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Public Health | 0 comments

British employers are losing on average 27.5 days of productive time per employee each year as unhealthy employees take more time off sick and under perform in the office as a result of ill-health (otherwise known as presenteeism). This is equivalent to each worker losing more than an entire working month of productive time annually. When translated into monetary terms the combination of this absence and presenteeism is costing the UK economy...

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National charity Sense calls for urgent investment into social care

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Public Health | 0 comments

The national disability charity Sense has repeated its call for urgent government investment into social care. The action follows today’s report from the National Audit Office (NAO), which revealed that the ‘Better Care Fund’, designed to incentivise the integration of health and social care and deliver better outcomes or patients and service users, has failed to meet its first year targets 2015/16. The NAO report shows that demand for health...

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Social prescribing is a missed opportunity to help people into meaningful work

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Public Health | 0 comments

Social prescribing is missing an opportunity to help people with long-term health conditions into meaningful work, Work Foundation report finds. The new report from the Work Foundation – part of Lancaster University – promotes this in supporting clients with long-term health conditions back into meaningful work, arguing that the services need to play a far greater part in achieving this goal. Social Prescribing: A Pathway to Work? found that...

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