Social care is on its knees according to The Good Care Guide

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 1 comment

Social care is on its knees, according to recent public satisfaction reports [1]. The Good Care Guide’s latest evaluation of reviews states that home care services are in a ‘dire state’. It cites short visits and ‘missed and late appointments’ by many staff looking after vulnerable older people as the cause for plummeting levels of satisfaction. Social care is a big industry. The UK Home Care Association estimates that nearly 900,000 people...

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Working for the NHS: mixed messages

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

The 2015 NHS Staff Survey, published on February 23rd 2016 by NHS England and the Picker Institute, is the largest ever collection of feedback about what it is like to work in the NHS in England.  With nearly 300,000 responses, the survey provides very reliable evidence both nationally and for 297 participating organisations and shows that: Overall staff engagement has improved continuously over the last five years. The majority of staff (69%)...

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Healthcare corruption results in deaths of tens of thousands of people every year

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 1 comment

· Public funding allocated to medical research because it is likely to be profitable, not because it will be beneficial for patients · UK’s leading doctors call for immediate inquiry into safety of medicines · Britain faces “epidemic of misinformed doctors and misinformed patients”, senior NHS cardiologist warns Leading NHS cardiologist, Dr Aseem Malhotra, has today highlighted a complete healthcare “system failure” that is resulting in the...

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HIV and sexual health sector unite against government cuts

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

HIV charities from Liverpool (Sahir Trust) to Leicestershire (LASS) to London have come together with health professional bodies, British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH), and British HIV Association to launch a new national campaign opposing cuts to HIV services across the country -‘Support people with HIV: Stop the cuts’. Increasing numbers of local authorities are pulling funding from HIV support services. The campaign has...

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National Health Service’s (NHS’s) approach to the treatment of obesity is failing patients

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

New case study highlights need to rebalance prevention vs. treatment strategies A new case study entitled Confronting Obesity in the UK: The need for greater coherence has been published today by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), with experts calling for a coherent strategy to tackle obesity1. The study explores the UK’s approach to obesity management and interviews experts, highlighting that the fragmentation of the NHS’s obesity...

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