Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

New data has revealed that cases of suspected carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in children are on the rise across the UK, with cases in the West Midlands up by 58%. Campaign group Project SHOUT tracks the numbers of those attending A&E with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning, which has exposed an increase in the total number of cases of under 18s since 2015 throughout the UK, with more than 500 cases reported in the last year alone....

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NHS Confederation chief exec and Brexit Health Alliance co-chair Niall Dickson comments on life sciences strategy

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Life sciences, the development of cutting-edge medical innovations in exciting areas like biotech and genomics, is one of the most successful sectors of the UK economy. The industry generates around £66 billion each year, is twice as productive as America’s equivalent and three times more productive than Germany’s. But we can do better still, and the NHS can play a vital role in driving Britain’s future prosperity in this area. With the aim of...

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Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

People in the UK are underestimating the cost of elderly care by £7bn[i] every year, according to research from Scottish Widows’ independent think tank, the Centre for the Modern Family. On average, UK adults estimate that residential care would cost £549 a week – when in reality it costs on average £866 for a place in a nursing home – leaving a shortfall of £317 every week[ii]. More worryingly, the deficit could be significantly higher in...

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Call for 71,000 extra care home places to meet rapid rise in care needs

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

A Newcastle University study claims that rapidly rising numbers of older people with substantial care needs will create a requirement for 71,000 extra care home places by 2025. The research – Is late-life dependency increasing or not?- was published in the Lancet on 15th August 2017 The study raises concerns about how the new places will be paid for and estimates that within four years £940 million will be required for social care in...

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State Health Care in Britain 2017-2042

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Features | 2 comments

The state health service (NHS) in Britain has been a huge success fulfilling the vision of its founders; it has freed the poor from the fear of illness, provided assured careers for its staff, coped with demographic change, an information revolution, the rise of new and professional management and technological innovation. It remains free at the point of use, funded from general taxation, free from market imperatives and part of the fabric of...

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