New study shows strong link between increased social spending and better population health

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Higher levels of social spending are strongly associated with better health outcomes, according to a new study from RAND Europe. The research report, “Are better health outcomes related to social expenditure,” explored the connection between social spending and health across the member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) by assessing more than 30 years of data related to health outcomes and social...

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UK adults accepting mental health issues as the new norm as many do not seek help for stress, anxiety and depression

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

12 million UK adults suffered from stress, anxiety or depression in the past year and did not seek help 42% of those who have experienced mental health problems are too embarrassed to tell people about it Money worries are the main cause of depression and anxiety, while poor body image is the top cause of depression for 18-24s  A third of UK adults (33%) have suffered stress in the past year with 29% experiencing anxiety and 23% suffering from...

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ABPI support staying in the EU

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has taken the decision to express its support for the UK to remain in Europe and to highlight the benefits that EU membership brings to UK patients and the pharmaceutical industry. Mike Thompson, Chief Executive Officer at the ABPI, said:  “Our members are overwhelmingly supportive of remaining in the EU. We believe that staying in the EU will mean that patients in the UK will be...

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The need to “ carer proof ” healthcare decisions

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Blog, letters, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

This was the title of a recent editorial in the British Medical Journal (BMJ2016;352:i1651) It took my eye because, over the last 8 months I have been a main carer for someone who has become very dependent – chairbound with limited mobility – as a result of bilateral lymphatic/venous insufficiency of her legs compounded by a period of 6 weeks total immobility in hospital during an episode of refractory septicaemia. Looking back over a...

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Why comfort zones are the enemies of innovation

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Some organisations, especially those that have been around for a while, struggle with innovation. The reason is often quite simple: they’re so good at doing what they’ve always done that they have no inclination to change. Over time trial-and-error has been replaced by tried-and-tested. And so they carry on until transformation is forced on them from the outside rather than from within. Even upon realising the choice is to innovate or die,...

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