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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Paperless GP practice?

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

Three quarters of general practice teams (76%) spend over half their time doing patient documentation according to research commissioned by Nuance Communications (www.nuance.co.uk). The volume, the backlog, and the quality (completeness and accuracy) of patient and administrative documentation were all cited as key challenges by GP managers with regard to the practice workload and management of patient records (87%, 43% and 46% respectively)....

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