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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Booze duty rise might cut violence fuelled A&E visits by 6000 a year

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

A small rise in duty imposed on alcohol sold in retail outlets, pubs and restaurants, of just 1% above inflation, might cut violence-fuelled A&E (emergency care department) visits in England and Wales by an annual 6000, suggests research published online in Injury Prevention. This approach might be more effective at curbing the toll of injuries sustained through violence than minimum unit pricing for alcohol, suggest the researchers....

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Macmillan Cancer Support responds to the review of choice in end of life care

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Macmillan Cancer Support responds to the governments response to the review of choice in end of life care published today. In February 2015, advice from a government-commissioned independent review, A Review of Choice in End of Life Care was published. Today, the government responded saying, amongst other things, it would ensure that in England: There are end of life care experts available around the clock to help dying people and their...

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Macmillan Cancer Support response to Cancer Patient Experience Survey (CPES)

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Today NHS England released breakdowns of Trust and CCG level data for the Cancer Patient Experience Survey (CPES) in England (NHS England press release). Macmillan Cancer Support estimates that over 100,000 cancer patients in England are failing to receive a care plan of support after diagnosis. Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support says: “While on the surface cancer patients are having a good...

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A paperless NHS?

Posted by on Jul 3, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 3 comments

Nearly half of NHS IT decision makers worry about meeting 2020 paperless deadline. With the deadline to meet the government’s paperless healthcare initiative looming, OpenText, a global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), has surveyed respondents from 115 NHS trusts and organisations, using iGov Survey, about whether they feel ready for 2020. Nearly half of CIOs and directors (46%) are concerned over whether they can meet the...

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