Posted by on Nov 23, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Liverpool activist Greg Dropkin has weighed the claims of the NHS’ RightCare initiative, and found them wanting.  (RightCare: wrong answers Journal of Public Health November 2017). RightCare is an NHS England programme that identifies opportunities for savings and quality improvements and describes itself as ‘a proven approach that delivers better patient outcomes’. Greg Dropkin’s challenges the modelling assumptions made by RightCare (which...

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NHS Confederation: New figures show public support for tax rises to fund NHS

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Taxpayers in England, Scotland and Wales back paying more tax to help fund the NHS, according to research. The survey, conducted by researchers YouGov, included two questions for 20,000 participants: ‘Would you support increasing the basic rate of National Insurance from 12% to 13% and using the money raised to increase spending on the NHS?’ and ‘Would you support increasing the basic rate of income tax from 20% to 21% and using the money...

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Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Belfast today, Home Counties tomorrow!   This health service funding business is easy, ask any Ulster politician. Recently all five Trusts in Northern Ireland consulted on proposals for significant cuts in services in order to meet their legal duty to stay within their 2017/18 budgets.  If implemented, the cuts would have potentially impacted severely on the health of people in Northern Ireland.  Fortunately the Department of Health...

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Government plan for new treatments welcomed by Alzheimer’s Research UK

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, has welcomed a government plan to speed up the way new treatments are introduced on the NHS. The plan takes forward several recommendations from last year’s Accelerated Access Review – which examined how advances in medicine could be made available to patients faster – and could have major implications for future dementia treatments. Among the actions announced is the...

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Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Cutting corners, spoiling lives? Child and adolescent health services have been having a very hard time over the last few years, with referrals exceeding staff capacity, a shortage of in-patient beds and transfer of young people with severe mental illnesses or behaviour problems to distant units for care. The commercial sector has been involved in children’s mental health service provision, just as in learning disability and adult psychiatry,...

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