Healthcare – A Clash of Bills

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

There is general agreement that the Health & Social Care Act 2012 is problematic, says Richard Bourne, but there is little agreement about replacing it. The NHS is going through major changes with experiments around the country into new approaches to care delivery, particularly through devolution schemes, STPs and Vanguards. These are basically collaborative developments and ignore the competition requirements in the Act. Other large scale...

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National staffing challenges require regional solutions

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

Figures obtained by the BBC and published at the end of February 2016 revealed that more than two-thirds of trusts and health boards in the UK are actively trying to recruit from overseas. There are currently almost 6000 vacant medical posts in the UK and many millions of pounds are being spent each month on locum cover to fill these gaps in service delivery. The difficulties with overstretched provision in the NHS sadly make our own UK...

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Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Please support GMB domestics and caterers facing cuts DEMONSTRATION THURSDAY 24th MARCH 12-2pm Meeting at St George ’s Blackshaw Road entrance Marching from St George’s to Tooting Broadway and back at 12:00 and 1:30pm (to time with GMB members’ shifts) St George’s NHS Trust and Mitie, their private catering and cleaning contractor, have signed a deal to reduce the privatised cleaning and catering service right across the hospital. Patients and...

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62% of Britons are using technology to access healthcare

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Ordering repeat prescriptions, speaking to GPs online, attending video appointments  are the most popular ways patients are using new technologies. An overwhelming number of UK patients are currently using technology to access doctor’s appointments and medication, according to new research into patient behaviours and the healthcare ecosystem. 62% of Britons have used technology to access healthcare, according to a study of 1,014 British adults...

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Are robots an answer to loneliness and memory loss?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Features, Public Health | 0 comments

In this talk, Prof. Kathy Murphy and Prof. Dympna Casey talk about the use of companion robots to combat loneliness in people with dementia. Prof. Kathy Murphy (NUI Galway) has a clinical background in older people’s services and Emergency Department Nursing and she held posts at clinical nurse manager level in both. She has worked in nursing education with research interests in care of older people, dementia and chronic disease management....

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US Health care reform

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Dr. Quentin Young, who served as national coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) from 1992-2014, and who also served the organization’s past president, died on March 7 in Berkeley, California, where he had been under the watchful eyes and care of his daughters and other family members. He was 92. In addition to his work with PNHP, Dr. Young co-founded and chaired for many years the Chicago-based Health and Medicine...

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Smoking could cause disease in more than 1.3 million

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

TOBACCO will continue to devastate UK lives, with around 1.35 million new cases of smoking related illnesses expected to occur over the next 20 years according to a new report published today (Wednesday) No Smoking Day. If recent trends were to continue, Cancer Research UK and the UK Health Forum calculate that this shocking total – equivalent to a city the size of Sheffield – would include 580,600 cases of cancer. If recent trends were to...

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