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23 hours ago
No information is revealed about the effects of expensive treatmentI fully support the children’s commissioner’s request to NHS England to provide information about how local clinical commissioning groups are spending their increased budgets on community-based provision for children with mental [...]
ChildrenHealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
2 days ago
NHS watchdog’s report sounds alarm that accessing care for under-18s in England takes so long, amid self-harm concernsChildren with mental health problems are waiting up to 18 months to be treated, a government-ordered report will reveal next week, in an indictment of the poor care many receive.A [...]
ChildrenHealthChildren and ParentingHousing and PovertyHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
2 days ago
My friend Clara Malagon-Gonzalez, who has taken her own life at the age of 22, was a critical care nurse at Manchester Royal Infirmary and a kind, bright and effervescent person who brought light and joy into many people’s lives.She had qualified as a nurse a year before her death, and was enormou[...]
HealthCharitiesHealth and CareGovernment Policy
2 days ago
Findings are a cause for concern and symptom of the ‘over-medicalising of human distress’, says co-author of report using NHS dataThe use of electroconvulsive therapy to treat serious mental health problems is more prevalent in women and older individuals, researchers have found.The study, which[...]
HealthHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment PolicyWomens Issues
2 days ago
Anne Longfield provoked a reaction but the confrontation is in danger of obscuring the issues around mental health services she wanted to highlightThe mauling of NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens by children’s commissioner Anne Longfield over mental health services is a rare example of bru[...]
HealthPolicyChildrenChildren and ParentingHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
3 days ago
Four NHS trust chief executives publicly raise concerns about service struggling amid tight budgets and staffing problemsHospital bosses have taken the unusual step of publicly drawing attention to the NHS’s declining ability to treat patients quickly enough, with one comparing lengthening waits f[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
3 days ago
Volunteer-run libraries don’t meet national standards. We don’t even know how many books are issuedLaura Swaffield chairs The Library Campaign Since 2010, hundreds of local libraries have been handed over from councils to be run by the local community. One estimate is that 500 of the UK’s 3,8[...]
Charities and Volunteerism
3 days ago
Health campaigners call for restrictions on junk food marketing as NHS figures show higher levels of obesity in deprived areasObesity among children starting their first year of primary school has risen for the second year in a row.Figures from NHS Digital show 9.6% of children in reception classes [...]
ChildrenHealthChildren and ParentingEducationHealth and CareGovernment Policy
3 days ago
Billions are being spent to prop up UK services like health, education and law and order when they hit rock bottom, rather than finding better ways to workMore than £10bn of taxpayers’ money is being wasted because the government continues to ignore emerging warning signs on key public services, [...]
Health
4 days ago
Money that could be spent on people’s real needs is not being spent on those needs, in Wirral as in the Virgin Islands, says Kevin Donovan, while Ray Jones wonders about Camilla Cavendish’s approach to social workRichard Branson reveals how an incredibly kind man was conned out of $2m which coul[...]
HealthEducationHealth and CareGovernment Policy
4 days ago
Breath test will ensure Hertfordshire patients have really kicked habit before they are referred for non-urgent operationsSmokers in Hertfordshire are to be breathalysed to ensure they have kicked the habit before they are referred for non-urgent surgery. The measures have been brought in by East an[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
4 days ago
Some UK public body chief executives say Brexit will be a way to gain new powers. But a higher workload is the biggest burden to overcome
Attention finally turned last week to some of the big implementation challenges of Brexit, including whether the Home Office can recruit the staff needed to p[...]
4 days ago
Community research has identified challenges of ageing. Now social entrepreneurs are being invited to develop solutionsBy the time the NHS celebrates its 100th birthday in 2048, there will be more than 100,000 centenarians in the UK. This age shift is both global and personal. We are living longer a[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
5 days ago
Tory leaders say care home providers could face collapse if financial threshold for state support is increasedConservative council leaders have warned that county councils cannot afford to be hit by a £308m rise in care home costs if controversial social care plans dubbed the “dementia tax” go [...]
Health and Care
5 days ago
For a generation, politicians have ducked the challenge of restructuring health and social care. But if they don’t act now it may be too lateThe cost of social care is bankrupting local councils and threatening the NHS. The latest study points out that any reform based, like the so-called dementia[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
5 days ago
A perfect storm is looming as nurses leave their profession in droves. If a flu epidemic hits this winter, how will our hospitals cope?Brexit casts its shroud over everything. The no-dealers grow more wild-eyed by the day; though sterling drops, prices rise. Chris Grayling says we can dig for Britai[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
6 days ago
Revelation that further documents are missing was made at inquiry into disappearance of original 702,000 pieces of paperwork The scandal over the biggest ever loss of NHS medical correspondence has deepened with the revelation that a further 162,000 documents went missing, on top of the 702,000 piec[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
6 days ago
Focused on profit, not people, private developers will never help us out of the housing crisis, but local authorities are coming up with ideas that can helpThere is only one way more affordable homes will get built in this country and that is if local authorities like my own borough are given the re[...]
PolicyHousingHousing and Poverty
6 days ago
Stepping up fight against obesity, NHS CEO instructs hospital shops not to stock confectionery with over 250 caloriesSupersized chocolate bars and “grab bags” of sweets are to be banned from hospitals as the NHS ratchets up its fight against obesity.Simon Stevens, the NHS chief executive, has wa[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
From 2019, people visiting their GP or hospital may be asked to confirm whether they are straight, gay, bisexual or otherGay rights campaigners have backed an NHS policy demanding that doctors and nurses start asking all patients from the age of 16 about their sexual orientation.NHS England has issu[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Anne Longfield accuses NHS England chief of ignoring young people’s experiencesThe children’s commissioner has launched a savage attack on the head of the NHS, accusing him of denigrating research that shows an “unacceptable” lack of children’s mental health provision.In a highly unusual m[...]
ChildrenHealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Minister for women says ‘any suggestion that domestic violence is no longer in the Coag agenda is simply incorrect’The minister for women, Michaelia Cash, has denied that family violence is no longer a priority area for the government, following experts in the sector expressing disappointment ab[...]
Womens Issues
1 week ago
Anne Longfield says services are ‘unacceptably slow’ to improve, in open letter to chief executive of NHS EnglandThe children’s commissioner has launched a savage attack on the head of the NHS, accusing him of denigrating research that shows an “unacceptable” lack of children’s mental he[...]
ChildrenHealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Reducing funds for councils to spend on addiction services ‘catalyst for disaster’ warn academics More heroin and crack users are dying of overdoses in the areas of England where cuts to drug treatment budgets have been among the greatest, analysis by the Observer shows. Continue reading...
1 week ago
NHS England denies plans to pilot controversial idea, but critics say report reveals depths of crisis facing health service
The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has floated the idea of stopping walk-in patients from attending hospital emergency departments in an attempt to head off a winter crisis [...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
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5 days ago
Last week, President Trump took steps to further undermine the health security of millions of Americans by ending a critical cost sharing program for low income individuals and removing vital consumer protections on the sale of health insurance. While few observers of the health care debate are surp[...]
 

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4 weeks ago
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6 weeks ago
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7 weeks ago
Vice President Mike Pence on July 19 chaired the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The 15-member commission is co-chaired by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and commonly referred to as the Pence-Kobach Commission. The commission’s mission is to “s[...]
 
8 weeks ago
About three-quarters of social workers work with older adults in a wide variety of settings. Yet, only about one out of ten  of social workers specializes in aging. Social work practitioners and students can obtain training in aging through the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). GWEP[...]