Family Health & Wellbeing

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

A cross party group of MPs has published a report setting out a new vision for the future of Children’s Centres. Published ahead of an expected Government Life Chances strategy, ‘Family Hubs: The Future of Children’s Centres’ argues that Children’s Centres have had a crucial role to play in providing support to young children and their parents, intervening early to address problems that prevent children reaching their potential, and tackling...

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Integrated care

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

On the 14th July David Behan, the chair of the Care Quality Commission, wrote in the Guardian: “Everybody in this country deserves good care, no matter who they are, where they are treated or how complex their case. And as our older population increases, so too will the demand for services and consequently we will have more people with more complex needs in an environment that itself faces increasing pressures.So it’s never been a better time...

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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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