A uniquely detailed picture of current standards in acute hospital care for older people.

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

A new report from NHS Benchmarking, published on April 11th, has for the first time combined financial, workforce, quality and outcome data to paint a uniquely detailed picture of current standards in acute hospital care for older people. Key findings from this innovative new report show that 46% of older people admitted to a specialist ward have a condition associated with frailty, but that only 42% of hospital trusts currently have a specific...

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Mismanagement of dementia costing health and social care system up to £1 billion a year

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

A new report by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) demonstrates that a failure to prevent, diagnose, and treat depression, diabetes and urinary tract infections in people with dementia could be costing the UK’s health and social care system up to nearly £1 billion per year. The report, ‘Dementia and Comorbidities: Ensuring parity of care’, which was kindly supported by Pfizer, shows that people with dementia are less likely to...

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Will fixed legal fees create a more honest and open NHS?

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Ed Fletcher, CEO of the UK’s medical negligence and serious injury law firm, Fletchers Solicitors, argues that fixed fees will create an opportunity to improve care standards and bring the number of medical negligence claims down In 2014, the Government introduced its ‘Duty of Candour’, aimed at encouraging a more honest and open NHS that would admit when things went wrong. However, recent examples show that some parts of the NHS are still...

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Brexit? TTIP and the NHS.

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 1 comment

The Labour Party and many on the left support the campaign to remain in Europe. There is a case for EU membership in terms of economics and security. Beyond any facts based position there is also something about social solidarity, about dislike for nationalism, about socialism not respecting borders. It is also salutary to see who is leading the case for Brexit and to wish to be opposed to them. Some on the left are opposing EU membership...

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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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