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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Booze duty rise might cut violence fuelled A&E visits by 6000 a year

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

A small rise in duty imposed on alcohol sold in retail outlets, pubs and restaurants, of just 1% above inflation, might cut violence-fuelled A&E (emergency care department) visits in England and Wales by an annual 6000, suggests research published online in Injury Prevention. This approach might be more effective at curbing the toll of injuries sustained through violence than minimum unit pricing for alcohol, suggest the researchers....

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Macmillan Cancer Support responds to the review of choice in end of life care

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Macmillan Cancer Support responds to the governments response to the review of choice in end of life care published today. In February 2015, advice from a government-commissioned independent review, A Review of Choice in End of Life Care was published. Today, the government responded saying, amongst other things, it would ensure that in England: There are end of life care experts available around the clock to help dying people and their...

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Macmillan Cancer Support response to Cancer Patient Experience Survey (CPES)

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Today NHS England released breakdowns of Trust and CCG level data for the Cancer Patient Experience Survey (CPES) in England (NHS England press release). Macmillan Cancer Support estimates that over 100,000 cancer patients in England are failing to receive a care plan of support after diagnosis. Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support says: “While on the surface cancer patients are having a good...

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