Politicians must show courage to support care reform and improve funding, says NHS Confederation

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 1 comment

Responding to today’s (24 February) NHS Weekly Winter Operational Update, Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation which represents health service organisations across England, said: “This does demonstrate the NHS’s resilience and willingness to respond in the face of unprecedented demand. “The period over Christmas has been one of real achievement although it has not been without cost, as clinical staff and managers have been...

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Satisfaction with life: The UK government’s bid to measure happiness

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

The UK government recently announced plans to “measure happiness” in the country, at an apparent cost of £2 million. The Prime Minister’s argument for this being that GDP is too crude a measure for the achievements of a nation or, more likely, a government dealing in deficit reduction. In the last couple of days the ONS announced what questions would be included in the ‘happiness survey’, with the key question being one of...

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Deterioration shown in today’s NHS performance report is ‘a tragedy’, says NHS Confederation

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Responding to NHS Improvement’s ‘Quarterly report on the performance of the NHS provider sector’, Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation which represents health service organisations across England, said: “This is a tragedy – the NHS had made huge strides to treat and care for patients promptly but the latest figures show a further deterioration – and behind those figures lie real suffering for...

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150 minutes of exercise a week could prolong your life expectancy by more than three years

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Following today’s study from The University of Maryland, which found a one off 30 minute exercise session can ward of cardiovascular disease, Vitality has found that by going one step further and increasing your activity to the Government recommended 150 minutes a week, could prolong your life expectancy by more than three years. Key findings: Making small improvements and behaving as an ‘Everyday Athlete’ can improve life span by more than...

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NHS trusts applying “unacceptable rules” to delay or restrict ambulance access to hospitals

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

<h3>Ambulance handovers</h3> HS Improvement said some NHS trusts were applying “unacceptable rules” to delay or restrict ambulance access to hospital emergency departments. A letter from NHSI to Trusts has reached the Health Service Journal. It said that NHS Trust chief executives must really take the problem of delayed handovers from ambulances to A&E departments seriously, giving it “their immediate attention”. The letter also...

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