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Over half (51%) of homecare agencies in the UK provide a bad or poor quality service according to reviewers One in four care homes criticised for their poor facilities and cleanliness, value for money and quality of care Professional care…

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It’s been dubbed the most ambitious ever plan for efficiency savings in the NHS. There has been speculation that it is undeliverable. But amid all the debate about the planned £22bn of annual savings by 2020 in the NHS in…

Homeless people benefit from resettlement programmes with many rebuilding their lives once they have their own accommodation, but individuals still need long term support, according to NIHR researchers at the Policy Institute at King’s College London. Tracking a group of…

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Down here in Cornwall in the West Country our local and only general hospital group, Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, which is not a Foundation Trust, is on black alert for the second time this year. NHS Kernow, the Clinical Commissioning Group, has a…

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Desperate times: The Guardian exposed new guidance about shrinking the NHS workforce on January 30th. NHS Hospitals are being told to shed staff to rescue the health service from an acute funding crisis, despite intense concern that reducing staff will hit…

World Cancer Day (4 February) provides a good opportunity to highlight the little-known fact that men are much more likely than women to develop and die from cancer – and by a considerable margin. The global male age-standardised cancer incidence…

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International medical charity Doctors of the World is today launching a website to help refugees find free healthcare. The ClinicFinder website is the first of its kind: a mobile-web application to provide simple and clear information about free primary healthcare…

Negotiations between the government and general practitioners are underway, but if the mood amongst British Medical Association members is anything to go by, the negotiations will be tough. The leader of the BMA’s GPs, Dr Chaand Nagpau, speaking on Saturday…

Health care needs in older people

Care must be driven by the needs of individuals rather than rigid institutions and structures. That is the main message from an independent report published today. The Commission on Improving Urgent Care for Older people is calling for a fundamental…