UK Government deliberately inducing an NHS crisis – News from Nowhere

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in NHS | 0 comments

Inducing an NHS crisis? NHS Improvement is talking about an “NHSI bond” as a kind of equity release scheme for hospitals with spare land that want to sell it off, and get some fast money up front to invest in modernisation, land sales often being lengthy events. This idea is a response to the Department of Health’s capital budget being frozen at £4.8bn a year over the course of this parliament, which in real terms means it is being cut. The...

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Strictly Come Dancing – Walzing to Wellbeing!

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

One of the excitements of the autumn TV schedules is Strictly Come Dancing. For me, like 10 million other viewers, it is compulsory Saturday evening viewing as well as being a useful topic for small talk in all kinds of situations and with all kinds of people. I am old enough to remember its predecessor programme Come Dancing which was nowhere near as compulsive viewing. Or it may have been that, being considerably younger, my interests lay...

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135,000 Alcohol related deaths predicted by 2035

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Alcohol related deaths will rise to around 135,000 cancer deaths over the next 20 years and will cost the NHS an estimated £2 billion in treatments, according to estimates from a new report* by Sheffield University, commissioned by Cancer Research UK**. The new figures, published today (Friday), reveal that by 2035 the UK could see around 7,100 cancer deaths every year that are associated with alcohol. Of the cancer types included in the...

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Sounding the alarm about the NHS budget

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Pressure is rising to force the Chancellor to announce an increase in the NHS budget in the Autumn Statement. According to a new TUC poll published in October, seven in 10 (69%) NHS workers say that reductions in staffing and resources are putting the quality of patient care and clinical standards at risk. The YouGov/TUC poll of 500 NHS workers also reveals their view that: Services are under greater pressure than ever before: 9 in 10 (88%) NHS...

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Life shouldn’t be ugly just because you’re poor

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Life shouldn’t be ugly just because you’re poor was the arresting title of a piece in today’s Times newspaper by Clare Foges. It caught my eye because I have long held the view that one’s living environment is a very important determinant of one’s wellbeing. There are of course many determinants of wellbeing and in the policy makers’ minds such things as health, education and material wealth seem to dominate...

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