NHS Adult Inpatient Survey 2016 results show significant declines in key areas of person centred care.

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Results from the NHS Adult Inpatient Survey 2016, published today, show declines in key aspects of person centred care, which had previously shown improvement. In comparison, patients’ overall experience in quality of communication with medical staff remains positive. In the survey of over 77,000 inpatients, the proportion of respondents who said they were ‘definitely’ involved in decisions about their care and treatment fell to 56%, having...

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Alzheimer’s Research UK welcomes global action plan to defeat dementia

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

The UK’s leading dementia research charity, Alzheimer’s Research UK, has welcomed a global action plan, endorsed by the World Health Assembly, to tackle dementia and improve the lives of those living with the condition. Dr Matthew Norton, Director of Policy and Strategy at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “The global action plan is an incredibly positive step forward for dementia and highlights that the World Health Assembly is...

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

Commuting to work is bad for health Long commutes are causing poor health and productivity outcomes for the nation’s employees, according to research from Britain’s Healthiest Workplace. The study of more than 34,000 workers across all UK industries, which has been developed by VitalityHealth and is delivered in partnership with the University of Cambridge, RAND Europe and Mercer, examined the impact of commuting as well as flexible and home...

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

34% fear the dentist, 17% fear the optician 65% fear discovering a previously unknown health problem 22% have had a previous bad experience 79% hesitate to seek medical advice as a result  ALMOST a quarter of Brits fear the doctor’s waiting room, according to new research.  A survey of 2,000 British adults published in the Waiting Room Woes report by Fletchers Solicitors has revealed that 24% are anxious about visiting their GP surgery....

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Only 1 in 4 people with a long-term mental illness are in work, says TUC

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

Only 1 in 4 (26.2%) people with a mental illness or phobia lasting for 12 months or more are in work, according to a report published by the TUC to coincide with its Disabled Workers’ Conference on May 18th. The report, Mental health and employment, contains new analysis of official employment statistics, which finds that while 4 in 5 (80.4%) non-disabled people are in work, people with mental illness, anxiety or depression have substantially...

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Unlawful copying of the medical records of 1.6 million NHS patients?

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

“A core part of Google” has been told it has no lawful basis to process 5 years’ of patient data from the Royal Free Hospital in London. [1] With no legal basis, the data must be deleted. In May 2016, the New Scientist reported that Google DeepMind had access to a huge haul of patient data, seemingly without appropriate approvals. In July 2016, the MHRA confirmed that DeepMind had not received any approvals for a trial involving patients, using...

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Neglecting Public Health

Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

The British Medical Association has warned that that the UK is facing a ticking time bomb in public health, with a lack of leadership on improving the nation’s health risking the future sustainability of the NHS, and public health budgets facing a cut of £400million from 2015/16 to 2020/21. This comes as obesity rates remain stubbornly high across the UK, nearly one in six adults still smoke, and 7.8 million adults binge drink. Childhood...

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