Planning blight?

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

The NHS is a planned health service, right? Command and control is rife, isn’t it? There’s no planning blight? No, of course not, but once there was an annual planning cycle with plans traditionally launched at Christmas, when we are at our most attentive. No longer! NHS England and NHS Improvement have published planning guidance, for a two-year period from April 2017 to March 2019, setting out new orders and priorities for...

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The weekend effect on death rates

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 1 comment

Health Economics is not exactly light entertainment, but there are writers at the Academic Health Economists blog who write clearly and simply about it, well enough for News from Nowhere moles to grasp a point or two. Sam Watson, blogging on September 22nd, is a good example. Pondering on the debate about whether there is a weekend effect on death rates of people admitted to hospital, he says: “I think part of the problem lies with the mindset...

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Extend the smoking ban

Posted by on Sep 25, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is supporting renewed calls from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) for the extension of smoking exclusion zones. The CIEH is calling for a smoking ban in places where children play or learn, including parks, playgrounds and local markets – backed by majority public support for the measures. The CIEH found: 56% of all adults in the UK would support a smoking ban in public parks....

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A warning about doctor numbers

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in NHS | 0 comments

Responding to the Royal College of Physicians report ‘Underfunded, Underdoctored, Overstretched – the NHS in 2016’, the NHS Confederation, welcomed its strong focus on workforce, doctor numbers and urged further development in community settings rather than continual increases. Dr Johnny Marshall, Director of Policy at the NHS Confederation said: “We look forward to working with the RCP and welcome its strong focus on developing the...

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Hospital Pathology services: has Carter got it right?

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in NHS | 0 comments

A new report from independent research organisation MindMetre has summarised the evidence for return-on-investment from pathology services in the NHS and questioned any urgent pressure to consolidate pathology laboratories – within and between NHS trusts. The MindMetre report, which reviewed the range of existing evidence and also canvassed views among a sample of 30 laboratory managers and principal biochemists in England and Wales, was...

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Domestic violence

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

Awareness of domestic violence in the UK is at an all-time high following the story of Helen Titchener in the BBC Radio 4 soap ‘The Archers’. The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) are highlighting the need for domestic violence and abuse (DVA) to be treated as a public health priority. Their call comes as a survey of 397 health visitors by the iHV reveals that about two in five (42%) think services to...

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NHS failing to create digital first service

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in NHS | 4 comments

The NHS is failing in its commitment to create a digital first service and improve care through technology, according to new research, which found nearly 60 per cent of patients are not satisfied with current processes. In 2014, the health sector published a five-year vision to improve patient care through technology, but nearly half way through the process patients remain unsatisfied. A lack of accessible information rated among the highest...

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