US Health care reform

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Dr. Quentin Young, who served as national coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) from 1992-2014, and who also served the organization’s past president, died on March 7 in Berkeley, California, where he had been under the watchful eyes and care of his daughters and other family members. He was 92. In addition to his work with PNHP, Dr. Young co-founded and chaired for many years the Chicago-based Health and Medicine...

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In Sickness and in Wealth – Unison event

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Features, News | 0 comments

Sir Michael Marmot in conversation with Professors Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett Introduced by Christina McAnea (UNISON, Head of Health) Tuesday 1 March, 6.15pm – 8pm UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AY   In every country in the world, the higher you are on the social scale, the longer and healthier your life will be. In Britain, the average person would have eight extra years of healthy life if they had the same...

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Stringent Home Office rules puts patient safety at risk by denying nurses entry into the UK

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in News, NHS | 0 comments

Around 1000 nurses from outside of the European Union have been rejected to date by the Home Office with a further 1000 nurses expected to apply to work in the UK in the next 6 months. NHS Employers warns that immigration rules are compromising patient safety, cost controls and leaving a shortage of nurses and doctors at a crucial time. If NHS Trusts are not able to recruit overseas nurses there is a risk that clinical services will be...

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Inappropriate use of psychotropic drugs in people with a learning disability.

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Blog, News, Public Health, Recent Work | 0 comments

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) and the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities (FPLD) comment on the inappropriate use of psychotropic drugs in people with a learning disability. A study by a team of researchers at University College London (UCL), published in the British Medical Journal, has found that “the proportion of people with intellectual disability in the UK who have been treated with psychotropic drugs far exceeds the...

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Higher risk of death for patients admitted to NHS hospitals at the weekend

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Blog, News, Public Health | 0 comments

Fewer patients are admitted at weekends, but are more likely to be sicker and have a higher risk of death from Fridaythrough until Monday Authors caution against using the data to estimate avoidable deaths, but call for more research into how services can be improved to reduce risk Patients admitted to hospital at the weekend are more likely to be sicker and have a higher risk of death, compared with those admitted during the week, finds an...

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