The down side of heatwaves

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in letters | 0 comments

Hot weather in the UK matters; in the ten-day August 2003 heatwave, it is estimated that there were 2,000 deaths caused by the hot weather in the UK, and an estimated 70,000 across Europe. Due to climate change, UK heatwaves are expected to become more frequent. Owing to its location and size, London is particularly vulnerable. Older people, infants and babies, people with physical or mental disabilities, people with long-term illnesses, people...

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House of Lords committee on NHS sustainability

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

The House of Lords Committee on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS has today called for submissions to its inquiry as it tries to identify what the NHS of the future may look like. The Committee’s inquiry comes as NHS commissioners and providers wrestle with an annual deficient of £1.85bn and imminent demographic changes promise an older population and more patients with increasingly complex long-term health needs. These challenges come...

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CQC reviews how well health care services support older people

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

In its report, Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers, it warns that despite a widespread commitment for integration across the sectors, substantial progress is needed to better support people who use a number of services, reduce hospital admissions and avoid confusion about where to go for help. The report concludes that with a growing elderly population, now is the time to act. People in England are living longer with the number of people aged...

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Place-based health: Local government responsibility

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

In the recent issue of Renewal (24;2;2016) Jessica Studdert, deputy director of the new local government network, makes a good case for transferring responsibility for the NHS from central to local government. Such a transfer would correct the democratic deficit that was built into the NHS in 1948 and that has never been addressed by any government. As Jessica argues, it might also tilt the NHS’s emphasis from hospital-based ‘cure’ to...

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Macmillan Cancer Support responds to the launch of Public Health ‘Be clear on cancer’ campaign

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

Responding to new figures released today by Public Health England which show that around 80,000 people could be living with undiagnosed lung cancer, Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support, says: “It is extremely worrying that so many people could be living with lung cancer without being aware of it because the sooner someone is diagnosed, the greater their chances of surviving the disease. “Things...

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Seriously ill children face a postcode lottery of support across England

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

The majority of ill children in England with life-shortening conditions[i], and their families, are being short changed or ignored, a survey by UK children’s charity Together for Short Lives[ii] has found. There are 40,000 children and young people with life-shortening conditions in England, and the number is rising. Many of these children have conditions that are complex and unpredictable and need specialist children’s palliative care. 4...

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Food Matters Live unveils packed education programme line up

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

More than 70 leading figures from the worlds of politics, industry, science and health will be debating obesity, sugar tax, sustainable diets and a host of other topical issues at this year’s Food Matters Live conference. Ministers from the Department of Health and DEFRA will join business leaders from industry, including Mars, Britvic, Refresco Gerber and Mondelez, alongside the Advertising Standards Authority’s Guy Parker, Raymond Blanc and...

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