News from Nowhere, November 2015.

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Blog, Features | 0 comments

Michael Meacher MP, who died earlier this year at the age of 75, was a junior minister in Health & Social Security before Thatcher’s victory in 1979, and subsequently was opposition spokesman on health (among other posts). He had a homely approach to political thinking about the NHS. In opposition he drew on the knowledge and experience of three unofficial advisors – a social scientist, and epidemiologist and a general practitioner – to...

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Five headline indicators of national success: Good Jobs, Wellbeing, Environment, Fairness and Health

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

NEF’s major new report, Five headline indicators of national success: A clearer picture of how the UK is performing is published today. You can read the report at http://www.neweconomics.org/headlineindicators The report proposes five headline indicators of the UK’s overall success, measuring Good Jobs, Wellbeing, Environment, Fairness and Health. The indicators have been developed using evidence of what matters most to British people. The most...

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NHS Confederation urges Chancellor to end public health cuts

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Rob Webster, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation said: “There is an unprecedented consensus that we can only address the problems facing the NHS if we invest in the future of our nation’s health by helping people to stay well. Open any report from any director of public health in any part of the country and you can see health inequalities and poor health putting pressure on NHS services and blighting people’s lives. “From our 2015 challenge to...

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BMA urge Government to give real and urgent consideration to Public Health England’s recommendations in delayed sugar report

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Blog, Public Health | 1 comment

Professor Sheila Hollins, BMA board of science chair, said: “Doctors are increasingly concerned about the impact of poor diet, which is responsible for up to 70,000 deaths a year, and has the greatest impact on the NHS budget, costing £6bn annually. “We urge the Government to give real and urgent consideration to Public Health England’s recommendations including restricting the marketing of high-sugar products, reducing promotions of sugary...

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Focused action is needed to arrest sizeable declines in 2015 Community Mental Health Survey Results

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Blog, NHS, Steps towards Health and Wellbeing | 0 comments

The 2015 Community Mental Health Survey results, published today, reflect troubling and sizeable declines in service user experiences. The fact that many of these incidences are occurring in the areas that matter most to patients is even more so. The Care Quality Commission Survey, developed and co-ordinated by Picker Institute Europe, was completed by over 13,000 people and found delivering effective person-centred care to be a key concern,...

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