Cancer screening shown to never “save lives,” argue experts

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Blog, Public Health | 1 comment

Harms of screening are certain, but benefits in overall mortality are not … “We must be honest about this uncertainty,” they say! Cancer screening has never been shown to “save lives” as advocates claim, argue experts in The BMJ today. This assertion rests on reductions in disease specific mortality rather than overall mortality, say Vinay Prasad, Assistant Professor at Oregon Health and Science University and colleagues. They argue that...

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Government decision puts vulnerable at risk in police custody

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

In a letter to the Home Secretary, the BMA has warned that some of the most vulnerable people in England could be put at risk by the Government’s U-turn decision to stop the NHS from becoming responsible for the healthcare of those in police custody. Individual police forces currently provide healthcare for those in custody – often some of the most vulnerable people in society, including those suffering from mental illness and drug and alcohol...

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WHY IS GOVERNMENT SETTING UP CARE HOMES WEBSITE?

Posted by on Dec 27, 2015 in Public Health | 0 comments

In response to the news that the government is launching a care homes website, Stephen Burke, Director of Good Care Guide, said: “We welcome transparency in care. Families need as much ‘live’ information as possible when choosing care. That’s why we launched Good Care Guide in 2012. “But we question why the government is setting up a care home website when there are review sites in existence and the Care Quality Commission and NHS Choices...

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The Spending Review: what does it mean for health and social care?

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

This briefing produced by The King’s Fund, the Nuffield Trust and The Health Foundation, provides an independent assessment of where the Spending Review leaves the NHS and social care. Now that the dust has settled on the Chancellor’s announcements, our three organisations have come together to help ensure the debate is informed by a clear and objective analysis of the funding position and its implications for health and social care...

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INNOVATION ‘SPACE RACE’ NEEDED TO PREVENT AGEING POPULATION TIMEBOMB

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Key business challenge for 2016: The financial and emotional cost of the ageing population is one of the key issues facing society – considered by some to be a ‘time bomb’ that will take economies to a new crisis point The number of people aged 85 or over will reach 3.5 million by 2034 and account for five per cent of the total population, according to the Office for National Statistics Technology could have the answer – but only if...

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