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1 day ago
Bob Kerslake quits as chair of King’s College hospital board, claiming NHS funding ‘desperately’ needs rethink amid unrealistic demands for savings• I’m quitting as a hospital boss: dire NHS funding problems give me no choiceThe boss of one of the NHS’s biggest trusts has resigned in pro[...]
HealthEducationHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 day ago
1.4 trillion to the federal deficit, will trigger automatic cuts to vocational rehabilitation services for people with disabilities, social services and housing programs, and Medicare. The Senate passed its version of the tax bill and now, with the House, ...
General Social WorkHousing and PovertyHealth and CareGovernment PolicyDisabilities
1 day ago
New figures reveal that girls, young women and black people are more likely to be held down by staff on wardsPatients in mental health units were physically restrained by staff more than 80,000 times last year in Britain, including 10,000 who were held face down or given injections to subdue them, n[...]
HealthHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment PolicyWomens Issues
3 days ago
Physicist’s dispute with health secretary is reignited as he joins action against changes he fears could lead to more privatisationStephen Hawking has reignited his public dispute with Jeremy Hunt by joining a legal action aimed at scuppering an NHS shake-up that he fears will lead to greater priv[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
3 days ago
Join us for a panel discussion on technology in the NHS on Wednesday 7 February in London Technology in the NHS is the bane of many healthcare professionals’ jobs. Clinicians have spoken about decrepit computer systems on hospital wards and not being able to access patient information at the right[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
3 days ago
Averil Hart’s death was ‘an avoidable tragedy’ which shows problems with NHS eating disorders services, says ombudsmanA talented young student died of anorexia because of numerous “clear failures of care” by GPs, hospitals and specialists in eating disorders, a scathing report by the NHS o[...]
HealthEducationHealth and CareGovernment Policy
4 days ago
Opposition MPs accuse government of covering up ‘evidence that the NHS is under unsustainable pressure’NHS bosses have been accused of unacceptable secrecy after deciding no longer to reveal how many hospitals come under such pressure during winter that they have to declare an alert. NHS England[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
4 days ago
Bed shortages prompting concern for patient safety even before onset of winter weather and anticipated major flu outbreakHospitals are already as much as 99% full as the NHS braces itself for the winter – far over the 85% limit experts say must be maintained to protect patient safety. Hospital tru[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
4 days ago
Party says ministers are trying to push through changes that could lead to greater privatisation and rationing of careLabour is demanding that MPs be allowed to debate and vote on “secret” plans for the NHS that they claim could lead to greater rationing of care and privatisation of health servi[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
5 days ago
Kate Lampard, who also led Jimmy Savile and Yarl’s Wood inquiries, calls for ‘massive changes’ including end to male dominanceThe chair of the UK’s leading gambling charity, who previously led the inquiry into the role of the NHS in the Jimmy Savile child abuse scandal, said she was stunned [...]
Children and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismHealth and CareGovernment Policy
5 days ago
More people would get involved in voluntary work if we threw open the doors of our hospitals and care homes and made it easier for themThere is a good chance that the last time you or a relative visited a hospital, volunteers were helping to provide the services that you needed. Hopefully they made [...]
HealthCharities and VolunteerismHealth and CareGovernment Policy
5 days ago
A pioneering project aims to double the amount of voluntary workers in hospitals and alleviate the stress levels and pressure staff face in the health serviceGeoff Mann is about to mark 10 years as a volunteer at North Tyneside general hospital. The retired chartered quantity surveyor does[...]
HealthCharities and VolunteerismHealth and CareGovernment Policy
6 days ago
The co-founder of a company that trains the NHS, police and others who support survivors says that without a national programme, vital help is at risk“Often people do not realise how prolific sexual violence is,” says Stephanie Reardon, 37, who runs a training organisation that aims to improve h[...]
Health and CareGovernment PolicyCriminal JusticeWomens Issues
6 days ago
Campaigners alarmed after Care UK sends letters to hundreds of NHS doctors in west of EnglandA private healthcare company has sent letters to hundreds of GPs setting out a price list of operations they could offer their patients to beat NHS delays and restrictions.Care UK, which runs nine centres of[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
6 days ago
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson derides admission and says his party will ‘ask the questions the government is failing to ask’The government has no idea how many problem gamblers are being treated by the NHS or how much their addiction is costing, prompting concern from leading charities that pe[...]
HealthCharities and VolunteerismHealth and CareGovernment Policy
6 days ago
he additional $1.5 trillion in the US federal deficit will be paid for by massive cuts in Medicare, the health program for the elderly, and the slashing of other social services, including what Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida described as ...
General Social WorkHealth and CareGerontologyGovernment Policy
1 week ago
People are more comfortable with using tech than critics of the GP at Hand app, which I launched, claim• Seeing a GP on a smartphone sounds wonderful – but it’s notLast month, I, alongside several colleagues, launched a new digital service that makes NHS GPs available to people – initially i[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
P.O. boxes are not accepted.) For children, bring a document from a school, day care center or social service agency verifying each child’s name, address and date of birth. WIC folders are accepted as ID for children. Social Security cards and Medicaid ...
General Social WorkChildren and ParentingEducationHealth and CareGovernment Policy
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Health service’s bill for costs has quadrupled in a decade as patients and families turn to court to find out whether mistakes were madeThis week I met a man about to launch a legal action for negligence against the hospital where his wife and son almost died during childbirth. Two years later, sh[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment PolicyCriminal Justice
1 week ago
National radiology review is under way after patients came to ‘significant harm’ because of scans being assessed by untrained staffInspectors have launched a national review into radiology services in the NHS after it emerged patients came to “significant harm” at a hospital where junior doc[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Health secretary swiftly rejects service chiefs’ public warning that meeting targets is impossible with current fundingJeremy Hunt has ordered NHS England to stick to waiting time limits, putting him at loggerheads with its leaders who said hours earlier that insufficient funding from last week’[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Health secretary insists health service cannot abandon targets after NHS bosses suggested they won’t be able to meet themIf you’re a medical professional we’d like to hear how you have been affected
5.35pm GMT Thanks for following the blog today and all your comments. Here is a summary of [...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
After months of distress, the trust found there was no case to answer, but I was left living with depression and struggled to pay legal billsUntil a couple of years ago, I had a good career and an unblemished record as an NHS manager: I had spent decades working my way up to a senior level, and had [...]
HealthPolicyHealth and CareGerontologyGovernment PolicyCriminal Justice
1 week ago
Meeting is expected to consider increased rationing and longer waiting times for treatment after a budget in which the chancellor gave NHS England less than half of the £4bn extra funding for next year that it had requestedIf you’re a medical professional we’d like to hear how you have been aff[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment PolicyCriminal Justice
1 week ago
With NHS England meeting to discuss the lack of funds pledged in the budget, we’d like to hear what medical professionals think
According to NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens, the health service needs more money than the £1.6bn promised by the chancellor to avoid potential conseque[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
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23 weeks ago
By Alison Laurio, News contributor A year ago Heidi L. Allen’s sister died. “She lived in Idaho, which did not expand Medicaid under the ACA” (Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare), said Allen, an associate professor of social work at Columbia University in New York whose focus is low-in[...]