Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Shun Medical Advice

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

NHS Prescription Charges Stop Patients Receiving Life-Changing Medication  The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) today releases four shocking statistics to highlight how the cost of an NHS prescription in England is impacting on the lives, health and wellbeing of people living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), following a report released by the Prescription Charges Coalition. 1. Nearly a third (31%) of people with RA who have been...

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Bright Sparks invited to share their ideas

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Healthcare innovators are being invited to submit their ideas for a prestigious annual competition recognising innovation and excellence in healthcare. Now in its 14th year, the Bright Ideas in Health Awards encourage, celebrate and reward the outstanding innovation and excellence emerging from front line NHS staff and SMEs in the North East and North Cumbria. Highlighting the NHS staff and healthcare SMEs working to improve patient care...

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Retirement aspirations rely on twin pillars of health and wealth

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Workers in excellent health are more aware of the need to plan financially for retirement Only 35% of people in the UK take their health seriously by establishing good habits Only 40% consider their long-term health when making lifestyle choices  A global study looking at people’s outlook for retirement revealed that a successful and enjoyable retirement requires a focus on both good financial habits and a healthy lifestyle. The research...

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Daily Mail attacks private medicine

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

We are so used to the attacks on the NHS from the Daily Mail that we forget that it can be merciless to private medicine too. A critical article by Lois Rogers for the Mail’s on-line edition on June 12th provoked the Association of Independent Healthcare Organisations (AIHO) to respond. Rogers’ attack begins with the story of a man (a Director of a high-end car company) who underwent surgical removal of the prostate (no small procedure) in a...

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The Great British Bake – too much sun vs not enough sun

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

At the time of writing Britain is basking in glorious sunshine and we are in the midst of a record breaking heatwave. The media is full of “sun safety” tips and advice – but did you know hiding from the sun can be as dangerous as getting too much exposure? Most of us in the UK are Vitamin D deficient. This is mainly because during the dull and dreary months – which let’s face it, is most months – we don’t get enough sunlight. While Vitamin D...

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“Cosmetic procedures subject to same regulation as ballpoint pens” – comment from legal expert

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Ruth Powell, Clinical Negligence specialist at the law firm BL Claims Solicitors, said: “Most of those people would be shocked to discover that dermal fillers are only subject to the same level of regulation in the UK as ballpoint pens and toothbrushes. When it comes to those who carry out filler procedures it’s rather like the Wild West out there – pretty much anybody can do it. “It is reported that fillers, laser hair removal and Botox...

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Mental Health Network welcomes commitment to mental health in Queen’s Speech

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Responding to the Queen’s Speech, Mental Health Network chief executive Sean Duggan said: “We welcome the Government’s commitment to prioritising mental health and the planned reform of mental health legislation which is much needed. The Mental Health Act has played an important role in supporting people who have reached the point of crisis, but it is nearly 35 years old and clearly needs refreshing. “It would have been a mistake to scrap...

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