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We’re set to have one of the coldest Januarys in years. As winds batter the UK, it can be tempting to stay indoors and hide from the chill, particularly for the elderly. Cosying up under a blanket and sitting by…

Drauzio Varella

“In the world nowadays, we invest five times more in medicines for men’s virility and in silicone for women than for curing Alzheimer’s Disease. In a few years time, we will end up with old ladies with large breasts and…

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Missing the point An ancient document from the Adam Smith Institute – The Health Alternative (1988) – has caused a stir amongst the government’s enemies, some of whom think its ideas prefigured the 2012 Health and Social Care Act. Readers…

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Harms of screening are certain, but benefits in overall mortality are not … “We must be honest about this uncertainty,” they say! Cancer screening has never been shown to “save lives” as advocates claim, argue experts in The BMJ today. This…

Hospital care

The thing that happened The 48 hour walk out of junior doctors on March 9th and 10th 2016 did not gain as much mainstream media coverage as the previous one day stoppages. Nor did it trigger government concessions on the…

In a letter to the Home Secretary, the BMA has warned that some of the most vulnerable people in England could be put at risk by the Government’s U-turn decision to stop the NHS from becoming responsible for the healthcare…

Each year, as the nights draw in and the weather worsens, increased pressures on the country’s health service push it almost to breaking point. A combination of staffing challenges, demand and capacity imbalances, poor patient flow and other local factors…

Health care needs in older people

In response to the news that the government is launching a care homes website, Stephen Burke, Director of Good Care Guide, said: “We welcome transparency in care. Families need as much ‘live’ information as possible when choosing care. That’s why…

This briefing produced by The King’s Fund, the Nuffield Trust and The Health Foundation, provides an independent assessment of where the Spending Review leaves the NHS and social care. Now that the dust has settled on the Chancellor’s announcements, our three…