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Government Po News

20 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
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
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
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
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
5 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
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
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
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
1 week ago
Iain Malcolm says the government has missed countless opportunities to improve social care; Nick Finer says the health minister is either complacent or in denial about the NHS’s troubles; David Etherington and Martin Jones say authorities have ignored the evidence on universal credit; and John Eve[...]
HealthHealth and CareGerontologyGovernment Po
1 week ago
CQC is investigating after BBC says some intersex patients and their families were not given psychological care before irreversible surgeryGreat Ormond Street hospital is failing to meet national standards and guidelines of care for intersex patients, it has been claimed.NHS regulator, the Care Qual[...]
HealthHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Bosses write to workers saying they should get vaccinated as soon as possible – and must give a reason for refusing to do so NHS bosses are writing to all 1.4 million staff to say they must have the winter flu jab as soon as possible to reduce the risk of them infecting patients who might die. Co[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
A sense of shared sorrow or a weakness? An NHS chief executive, a paramedic, doctors and nurses weigh in on whether tears are a good thing or notWorking in healthcare can be emotionally fraught. Not only are staff working under increasing pressure but they are faced with humanity at its most vulnera[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
GPs will be urged to make time to see lonely patients, who are 50% more likely to die prematurely than people with good social network Being lonely can be as bad for someone’s health as having a long-term illness such as diabetes or high blood pressure, the leader of Britain’s GPs will warn on T[...]
HealthEducationHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
It employs more staff than the NHS and contributes an estimated £50bn to the economy. Could the sector bounce back from cuts to spearhead regional development?Social care statistics are usually alarming. Particularly through the past seven years of austerity, the figures have told a story of relent[...]
CareersChildrenHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
In the last six years, men admitted to hospitals for eating disorders increased by 70%, but experts believe many more are being overlookedAnorexia and bulimia are often thought of as female conditions, but according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence 11% of males suffer from an[...]
HealthCharities and VolunteerismHealth and CareGovernment PolicyWomens Issues
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16 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[...]