Do the public still trust doctors and nurses?

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Do the public still trust doctors and nurses to deliver high-quality care and put patients’ interests first, or could high-profile failings in hospital care, such as those at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, and the outcomes of Care Quality Commission inspections have contributed to a change in public opinion? To answer this question, we have examined previously unpublished results from the British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey. In the...

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Kind Regards and Solidarity!

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

The BMA has marched its junior doctors up to the top of the hill, and marched them down again. The manoeuvre appears to have scared the Secretary of State for Health enough to make him back down on imposing a new contract for doctors in training. It has emboldened the BMA enough for it to resume the negotiations that it had broken off in October 2014. Jeremy Hunt looked tired and worn, which probably serves him right for intervening in an...

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Stocktake of access to general practice in England

Posted by on Nov 26, 2015 in Health Matters team, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

People’s experience of accessing general practice remains positive, with almost 9 in 10 patients reporting in 2014-15 that they could get an appointment. Patient satisfaction with access is, however, gradually and consistently declining, and a fifth of patients report opening hours are not convenient, according to today’s report from the National Audit Office. Worsening access to general practice matters: if patients cannot access general...

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Care crisis will deepen and force older people and their families to struggle on their own

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 1 comment

Following the Spending Review by Chancellor George Osborne, Stephen Burke the director of Good Care Guide comments as follows: “The Chancellor has failed to tackle the growing care crisis. Increases of up to 2% in council tax and in the Better Care Fund are completely inadequate to meet the funding gap in care for older and disabled people. They will make the care system even more of a lottery. “With an ageing population and rising demand for...

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Major new book – Ending Medical Reversal – Johns Hopkins University Press

Posted by on Nov 22, 2015 in Blog, Book and article review, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Major new book tackling if a given treatment is really able to do what you want it to do: Ending Medical Reversal, Improving Outcomes, Saving Lives, Vinayak K. Prasad, MD, MPH, and Adam S. Cifu, MD We expect medicine to progress in an orderly fashion, with good medical practices being replaced by better ones. But some tests and therapies are discontinued because they are found to be worse, or at least no better, than what they replaced....

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