Booze duty rise might cut violence fuelled A&E visits by 6000 a year

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

A small rise in duty imposed on alcohol sold in retail outlets, pubs and restaurants, of just 1% above inflation, might cut violence-fuelled A&E (emergency care department) visits in England and Wales by an annual 6000, suggests research published online in Injury Prevention. This approach might be more effective at curbing the toll of injuries sustained through violence than minimum unit pricing for alcohol, suggest the researchers....

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Macmillan Cancer Support responds to the review of choice in end of life care

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Macmillan Cancer Support responds to the governments response to the review of choice in end of life care published today. In February 2015, advice from a government-commissioned independent review, A Review of Choice in End of Life Care was published. Today, the government responded saying, amongst other things, it would ensure that in England: There are end of life care experts available around the clock to help dying people and their...

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Macmillan Cancer Support response to Cancer Patient Experience Survey (CPES)

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Today NHS England released breakdowns of Trust and CCG level data for the Cancer Patient Experience Survey (CPES) in England (NHS England press release). Macmillan Cancer Support estimates that over 100,000 cancer patients in England are failing to receive a care plan of support after diagnosis. Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support says: “While on the surface cancer patients are having a good...

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Losing Weight Is Child’s Play, According to New Research

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Forget running, walking and other traditional exercises for losing weight — if you want to get in shape you should go back to the playground, according to new research. Old school works-out like star jumps, hopscotch and skipping burn more calories and use more muscles than the nation’s favourite ways to work out. Experts claim those wanting to drop dress-sizes would be better off skipping for 15 minutes to lose 215 calories, rather than...

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Further reflections on hospital inpatient experiences

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

In September last year I commented on my experience as a recent  visitor observing the care received by a close relative as a hospital inpatient. This is an update based on another episode as a visitor observing yet another episode of hospital inpatient care experienced by the same close relative. Many years ago I formed the view that rehabilitation was the cinderella of the NHS. The numbers of staff – physiotherapists, speech therapists,...

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