Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Trials and tribulations on the left Health Service Journal columnist Andy Cowper says in his latest blog that Labour’s policy of saving the NHS from privatisation does not have much traction beyond the party’s political base. Can we be so sure? Is Prof Steven Hawking part of Labour’s political base? An astonishingly clever man, Hawking repeats the Tolkienesque story that all changes in the NHS are designed to replace it with a US-style health...

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Health services are top concern for rural residents – survey

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Rural residents are more concerned about declining healthcare services than any other issue, according to the preliminary results of a wide-ranging survey. Health topped the list of the topics of most concern to rural residents – ahead of public transport, rural housing and rural crime. The survey of 1901 people was conducted on behalf of Rural England Community Interest Company [1] by researchers from the Countryside and Community Research...

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NHS Confederation chief exec and Brexit Health Alliance co-chair Niall Dickson comments on life sciences strategy

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Life sciences, the development of cutting-edge medical innovations in exciting areas like biotech and genomics, is one of the most successful sectors of the UK economy. The industry generates around £66 billion each year, is twice as productive as America’s equivalent and three times more productive than Germany’s. But we can do better still, and the NHS can play a vital role in driving Britain’s future prosperity in this area. With the aim of...

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The midwifery crisis

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 2 comments

For many midwives working on the front line, the latest figures revealing that maternity wards in England were forced to close 382 times in 2016 will come as no surprise. During the 33 years that I was a midwife, sadly, I also saw many maternity units close and it’s extremely worrying to see that it’s still happening. A closed unit is a very busy unit and for both the pregnant women in the ward and the nurses, it can be an extremely stressful...

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UK healthcare system falls short in comparison to other G20 countries

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 1 comment

Latest data analysis shows UK in bottom five for number of available hospital beds and nurses per 100,000 people – Japan and Germany have some of the best performing healthcare systems  Recent analysis by ACA of data held by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development and the Commonwealth Fund about the healthcare systems of G20 members reveals which countries are driving healthcare...

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