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2 days ago
Sir Leonard Fenwick, longest-serving NHS chief executive, dismissed after inquiry into claims of inappropriate behaviourThe longest-serving NHS hospital boss has been sacked for gross misconduct and is being investigated by the service’s internal anti-fraud police. Sir Leonard Fenwick was dismisse[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment PolicyCriminal Justice
3 days ago
Our workers’ co-operative community market garden partners with the council to ensure that locally grown, healthy food is affordable and accessible to allRu Litherland works at OrganicLeaOne cold grey February morning, back in 2001, we turned the key and opened the creaking gate on to a world that[...]
Hea
4 days ago
We want to hear why you love being a nurse, or how a nurse helped your recovery as a patientThe pressure on NHS nurses is well documented. There are more nurses leaving the profession than joining it, with 40,000 unfilled vacancies, a 96% drop in the number of EU nurses registering to work in the UK[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
4 days ago
Individualistic leaders such as Donald Trump are utterly misguided – global problems can be solved only through shared, collective leadership John Bryson and Barbara Crosby are co-authors of Leadership for the Common Good: Tackling Public Problems in a Shared-Power WorldLeaders such as the US pres[...]
Housing and Poverty
4 days ago
Cost-cutting plans in three boroughs will lead to more STIs, HIV and unintended pregnancies, senior doctors warn Senior doctors have warned that a major shake-up of sexual health services in three London boroughs will lead to more unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.As concern[...]
HealthHealth and CareGerontologyGovernment Policy
4 days ago
Traumatic complications mean one in 15 women fitted with the most common type of mesh support will require surgery to extract it, figures suggest • Vaginal mesh implants: ‘I really thought I was dying’Thousands of women have undergone surgery to have vaginal mesh implants removed during the pa[...]
HealthWomenHealth and CareGovernment PolicyWomens Issues
5 days ago
On one of London’s unhealthiest high streets one in four children is obese, but now the council has stepped inThe high street in New Addington, south Croydon is one of the unhealthiest in London. Dotted between a launderette and a betting agent on a small curved parade are 10 fast food takeaways. [...]
Health
5 days ago
Forcing councils to consider social impact is a great idea but it’s not working. Here’s what small charities and community businesses say needs to changeSmall charities that deliver public services have a problem.The government grants that once helped to fund this work are drying up fast – the[...]
Charities
5 days ago
Wide disparities found in waiting times and referral rates across England for procedures involving medical technology, with south-east faring worst Waiting times and access to treatments on the NHS involving medical technology are little short of a postcode lottery with dramatic variations across th[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Tree officers have the power to challenge developers and conserve urban trees in the interest of the community. But cuts to budgets are jeopardising that I think most people would agree that trees are an amazing asset to a town or city. But with more and more developments being squeezed onto any ava[...]
1 week ago
Research by NHS Improvement has revealed doctors, medical directors and even entire hospitals that seem undisturbed by poor outcomes for patientsNHS Improvement’s drive to raise clinical standards is prising open the sensitive issue of doctors’ autonomy, and shows how the legal and professional [...]
HealthHousing and PovertyHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Dr Valerie Murphy tells tribunal she failed to spot teenager had epileptic seizures in weeks before he drowned in NHS care unitA consultant psychiatrist has admitted failing to spot warning signs before a vulnerable teenager suffered a seizure and drowned in a bath at an NHS care unit.Dr Valerie Mur[...]
Health and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Critics likely to claim breaching of 4 million barrier is proof government is doing too little to help England’s hospitalsThe number of patients waiting for planned surgery in an NHS hospital in England has topped 4 million for the first time in a decade, official performance statistics show. The [...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Lack of trained obstetricians is worrying, experts say, because of high risk of serious complications during and after birth
Childbirth experts have warned that mothers’ and babies’ lives in Britain are being put at risk after an NHS inquiry into its maternity services uncovered serious short[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Compensation likely to increase as private patients launch legal challenge against NHS trust, private health provider and PatersonThe NHS has paid more than £17m in compensation for victims of rogue surgeon Ian Paterson. NHS Resolution said as of 31 July it had received 277 claims involving Paterso[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Using social impact bonds, investors can now bet on the success of a public service like ours and get a good returnRob Owen is chief executive of St Giles TrustAt the end of July my organisation, the St Giles Trust, celebrated the success of the world’s first ever Social Impact Bond (Sib), when we[...]
Charities
1 week ago
Local governments under extreme pressure from cuts and surge in demand for social care and protection for vulnerable childrenThree-quarters of councils have overspent their children’s services budget by a total of more than half a billion pounds as a growing financial crisis engulfs children’s s[...]
ChildrenChildren and ParentingHealth and Care
1 week ago
My father, Bill Challis, who has died aged 87, was a Labour member of Lancashire county council from 1982 until 1989, representing the Chorley West ward. He served on its education committee and displayed a combative spirit in taking on the Conservative group in what was often a hung council.A lifel[...]
Children and ParentingHousing and PovertyEducationCriminal Justice
1 week ago
Dr Sara Ryan tells tribunal her relationship with nurses at NHS care unit deteriorated weeks before her son drowned in a bathThe mother of a vulnerable teenager who drowned in a bath at an NHS care unit has said she felt “deeply uncomfortable and distressed” about his care weeks before he died.C[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
High court judge orders NHS to reconsider decision to refuse funding for Kuvan drug for seven-year-old with autism and PKUThe parents of a boy with a rare genetic condition have won a high court victory in their battle over the NHS’s decision to refuse funding for a “life-changing” drug.
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HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareGovernment PolicyDisabilitiesCriminal Justice
1 week ago
Camila Batmanghelidjh’s work was monitored by volunteer trustees but this is no way to run vital services. No wonder charities struggle to survive Asheem Singh is former chief executive of charity leaders’ network AcevoOn 5 August 2015, some of Britain’s most vulnerable children were abandoned[...]
CharitiesChildrenChildren
1 week ago
Figures obtained by Labour reveal ‘appalling’ treatment of women, largely due to staff shortages and lack of beds and cotsMaternity wards in England were forced to close their doors 382 times in 2016, according to new figures that have triggered claims of women being “pushed from pillar to pos[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareGovernment PolicyWomens Issues
1 week ago
Dr Valerie Murphy, who was in charge of care of teenager who drowned at NHS unit, admits to 28 failings in tribunal hearingA consultant psychiatrist has admitted a string of failings over the death of a vulnerable teenager who drowned in a bath at an NHS care unit.Connor Sparrowhawk, 18, had an epil[...]
HealthHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
1 week ago
At my trust, we involve people with experience of mental health problems in our work and support staff wellbeingSam Allen is chief executive of Sussex partnership NHS foundation trustThere has been a lot of talk about mental health and the need to combat stigma, but this has done little to improve t[...]
HealthHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Fertility Network UK figures reveal many areas have stopped offering three cycles of IVF to couples trying to conceive, against government guidelinesThirteen areas of England have restricted or completely halted IVF treatment since the start of the year for women struggling to conceive, with a furth[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareGovernment PolicyWomens Issues
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5 days ago
NASW STATEMENT:   The white supremacist rallies and resultant violence in Charlottesville, VA on August 12 were a blight on American values and unacceptable. In the aftermath of this tragedy the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) calls on President Donald Trump to show leadership by nami[...]
 

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3 weeks ago
Senate Republicans yesterday moved one step closer to their goal of repealing the Affordable Care Act. The motion to proceed to debate on health care reform passed narrowly, 51-50, with the help of Vice President Pence’s tie-breaking vote. The vote cleared the way for 20 hours of debate, equally d[...]
 
3 weeks ago
NASW STATEMENT: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) calls on President Trump to rescind his plan to ban people who are transgender from serving in the U.S. military. This change, tweeted on the implementation of a policy change made by the Obama Administration, is blatantly disrespectf[...]
 
4 weeks ago
Earlier this week, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) alerted its membership to the updates in the Senate’s modified discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017. The outlook for Senate action on BCRA or perhaps just a straight repeal of the Affordable Care [...]
 
4 weeks ago
On Thursday, July 13, the Senate released a modified discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017. Despite several changes to the original draft, the Senate’s latest iteration comes up woefully short, maintaining among other things, the devastating cuts to the Medicaid pro[...]
 
7 weeks ago
NASW is joining with advocates to rally to protect health care. If you are available and interested, please join in. WHY WE RALLY 22 million people will lose health care coverage under the current proposal in Congress. On July 5, 2017, Rally to Protect Health Care at your senators’ local office. A[...]