Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

34% fear the dentist, 17% fear the optician 65% fear discovering a previously unknown health problem 22% have had a previous bad experience 79% hesitate to seek medical advice as a result  ALMOST a quarter of Brits fear the doctor’s waiting room, according to new research.  A survey of 2,000 British adults published in the Waiting Room Woes report by Fletchers Solicitors has revealed that 24% are anxious about visiting their GP surgery....

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Unlawful copying of the medical records of 1.6 million NHS patients?

Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

“A core part of Google” has been told it has no lawful basis to process 5 years’ of patient data from the Royal Free Hospital in London. [1] With no legal basis, the data must be deleted. In May 2016, the New Scientist reported that Google DeepMind had access to a huge haul of patient data, seemingly without appropriate approvals. In July 2016, the MHRA confirmed that DeepMind had not received any approvals for a trial involving patients, using...

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Link health minimum funding level to GDP, says NHS Confederation

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents health service organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, said: “We welcome the attention which all parties are giving to the issue of health and care funding. The current system is under immense pressure and is struggling to cope financially and clinically – significant extra money will be needed over the next Parliamentary session if we are to avoid a major...

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The great cyber attack

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 1 comment

A massive cyber attack on the NHS began on Friday May 12th. The NHS has been warned about the hacking threat. In 2016, NHS Digital chair Kingsley Manning said cyberattacks were “a fundamental threat to the operations of hospitals” and chastised the health service for not taking digital security seriously enough. In recent years funding for IT services has been raided to fund other aspects of care. In January 2017 the Health Service...

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The crisis in social care

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

Former government policy adviser, Adam Pike, has laid out his wish list for politicians in the run up to the General Election. Adam co-founded the revolutionary online home care business, SuperCarers, having experienced first-hand the pain caused by the failing social care system. Building on the recommendations of the Dilnot Commission on Funding Care in 2011 and the King’s Fund Barker Commission, Adam outlines his priorities below: 1....

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