HIV and sexual health sector unite against government cuts

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

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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King’s Fund report: Money worries in the NHS

Posted by on Feb 21, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

The financial situation of the NHS is getting worse. The latest quarterly monitoring report from the King’s Fund shows that NHS trusts are forecasting an end-of-year net deficit of around £2.3 billion. The estimate, based on survey responses from 83 trusts, comes as NHS national bodies are imposing stringent financial controls in an effort to reduce the deficit to £1.8 billion by the end of the financial year. There is a risk that the...

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Latest British Social Attitudes survey investigated satisfaction with healthcare.

Posted by on Feb 13, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments Satisfaction with the NHS has increased, with 65% saying they are satisfied, up from 60% in 2013. This increase in satisfaction was greatest – no less than 11 percentage points – among Labour supporters. Satisfaction with A&E services has also increased, from 53% to 58%. On the other hand, satisfaction with GP services has declined from 77% in 2010 to...

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OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: United Kingdom 2016 Raising Standards

Posted by on Feb 13, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Health systems in the United Kingdom have, for many years, made the quality of care a highly visible priority, internationally pioneering many tools and policies to assure and improve the quality of care. A key challenge, however, is to understand why, despite being a global leader in quality monitoring and improvement, the United Kingdom does not consistently demonstrate strong performance on international benchmarks of quality. This report...

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