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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What is the junior doctors dispute really about?

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Junior doctors in the National Health Service in England have voted overwhelmingly to take strike action if the government does not change its mind about a new contract. Just over 37,000 were balloted, 76% responded and 98% voted to strike. Arbitration may now occur, but the first strikes are scheduled for early December. Junior doctors are doctors in training posts, on their way to becoming consultants or general practitioners. They remain...

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NHS funding: The healthcare gap in England by 2020

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

As a recent user of the NHS at one step removed, the inadequacy of current funding is all too apparent. Now the NHS Confederation has done the sums and worked out that by 2020 the Service will require £30 billions more than at present because of changes in medical technology, the growing population base, and the ageing of that population. The attached info-graphic from the NHS confederation sets out visually the strategic impact this NHS...

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Focused action is needed to arrest sizeable declines in 2015 Community Mental Health Survey Results

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Blog, NHS, Steps towards Health and Wellbeing | 0 comments

The 2015 Community Mental Health Survey results, published today, reflect troubling and sizeable declines in service user experiences. The fact that many of these incidences are occurring in the areas that matter most to patients is even more so. The Care Quality Commission Survey, developed and co-ordinated by Picker Institute Europe, was completed by over 13,000 people and found delivering effective person-centred care to be a key concern,...

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