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4 hours ago
From an app to treat transgender voice to one that helps patients with pelvic floor exercises, healthcare professionals describe their innovations
“When you experience IT in the NHS, you feel like you’re walking back into a disorganised version of the 1980s,” says Lydia Yarlott. “People [...]
HealthHousing and PovertyHealth and CareGovernment Policy
6 hours ago
Number of old people suffering from four medical conditions to double in less than 20 years, researchers claimThe number of older people who have at least four different medical conditions is set to double by 2035, in a trend that will put huge extra strain on the NHS, researchers warn.Diseases such[...]
HealthEducationHealth and CareGovernment Policy
7 hours ago
Issues from child poverty to obesity are being neglected by government, says Prof Neena ModiParents should be given an extra vote for every child in their family in a bid to end politicians’ disastrous neglect of child health, the leader of the UK’s paediatric body has said.Professor Neena Modi,[...]
ChildrenChildren and ParentingHousing and PovertyEducationHealth and CareGovernment Policy
16 hours ago
Jeremy Hunt urged to investigate methods which have improved waiting time statisticsLabour are urging Jeremy Hunt to order an inquiry into how hospitals have published data about their A&E waiting times that the statistics regulator fears may be misleading.The health and social care secretary is[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
22 hours ago
The NHS is facing a flu outbreak. We want to hear about the situation where you areHospitals and GPs are being hit by one of the worst flu outbreaks in recent years. After 35 deaths last week, 120 people across the UK have died of flu-related symptoms since early October, compared with 45 in the sam[...]
HealthEducationHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 day ago
More than 70% of Tory supporters worry about NHS, and fewer than 40% think health secretary should keep his jobThe state of the NHS is the biggest single issue vexing Conservative voters, with more than seven in 10 citing it as a serious concern, and fewer than four in 10 believing the health secret[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 day ago
onservative MPs have accused Theresa May of failing to act on the NHS and social care crisis, after she dismissed their concerns in a brief letter. A former minister and the health committee chairwoman were among Tories who made their criticisms public ...
General Social WorkHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 day ago
onservative MPS have accused Theresa May of failing to act on the NHS and social care crisis, after she dismissed their concerns in a brief letter. A former minister and the health committee chairwoman were among Tories who made their criticisms public ...
General Social WorkHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 day ago
After the reality star died of cervical cancer in 2009, nearly 500,000 extra women turned up for smear tests. Now, the number of screenings has reached a 20-year low. Why?When the letter arrives informing me that I am due a smear test, as it does every three years for women aged 25 to 49, I do what [...]
HealthWomenHealth and CareGovernment PolicyWomens Issues
3 days ago
n influential Conservative MP has asked Jeremy Hunt to delay controversial reforms designed to change the way NHS funds are overseen. The chair of the Health Committee, Sarah Wollaston, has written to the Health Secretary expressing concerns about the ...
General Social WorkHealth and CareGovernment Policy
3 days ago
We want to hear about the care you have received in England. Share your stories with usMore than 725,000 people in the UK are affected by eating an disorder, according to a 2015 report commissioned by the charity Beat.But getting help can be hard and experts have warned that NHS specialist services [...]
HealthCharities and VolunteerismHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
3 days ago
Doctor at hospital with UK’s largest sperm bank says discriminatory funding system behind relocationMany would-be parents are moving house in order to access free IVF on the NHS, sometimes saving themselves £10,000, according to the lead fertility doctor at the UK’s largest sperm bank.Dr Raj Ma[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareGovernment Policy
4 days ago
Money set aside to stabilise NHS England was spent on dealing with day-to-day pressures, National Audit Office findsA cash injection of £1.8bn that was supposed to be spent stabilising the health service’s finances in England has instead been used to cope with day-to-day pressures, a report by of[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
4 days ago
As a doctor myself, I have rarely seen healthcare from the side of the patient. My trust in the system has disappearedWhen my dad went into hospital I promised I would get him home. I wasn’t being honest. As a senior doctor in the NHS looking after seriously unwell patients, I know many octogenari[...]
HealthHealth and CareGerontologyGovernment Policy
5 days ago
Latest figures show almost a quarter of those had to wait at least an hour before being seenUp to 100,000 patients this winter have had to wait in the back of an ambulance for at least 30 minutes because of A&E overcrowding, NHS figures have revealed. In all 104,987 patients brought to hospitals[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
6 days ago
Data showing 33,000 nurses left in 2016-17 triggers warning of ‘dangerous and downward spiral’One in 10 nurses are leaving the NHS in England each year, according to official figures, raising fresh concerns about staffing shortages in hospitals.Data published by NHS Digital on Wednesday shows th[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
6 days ago
Commons public accounts committee has warned against advice to cut spending to NHS’s Continuing HealthcareCalls for cuts to the cost of care for some ill and disabled patients could put safety at risk, MPs have said. Officials want local health bodies to cut the amount spent on the NHS’s Continu[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment PolicyDisabilities
1 week ago
Suicide prevention expert Alys Cole-King wants distressed NHS colleagues to seek support themselves during the winter crisisReports by overstretched NHS staff of the pressures of the winter crisis moved Dr Alys Cole-King to fire off a series of tweets last week:“You matter as much as your patients[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
King’s Fund says physical health services are still getting bigger budgets, five years after ministers promised ‘parity of esteem’Mental health care providers continue to receive far smaller budget increases than hospitals, five years after ministers pledged to create “parity of esteem” be[...]
HealthHousing and PovertyHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Readers air their views on the crisis in the health service, as medical students are urged to volunteer to plug gapsHardware in the NHS has been allowed to decline dangerously, but equally damning and dangerous is the demoralisation of doctors in particular, a process that began 20 years ago with a [...]
Charities and VolunteerismEducationHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Dave Triffit, who has worked in the NHS for decades, recently had his operation postponed at the last minute, one of many cancelled to stave off a winter crisisI am a GP partner in Oxford. I have worked in the NHS in Oxford for 20 years, barring two years in a post in rural Canada. In July 2017, we [...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Exclusive: Emails seen by the Guardian reveal inexperienced undergraduates are being asked to help in A&E units and wardsMedical students are being urged to help relieve the NHS winter crisis because hospitals are so short-staffed they are struggling to cope with the surge in patients, the Guard[...]
HealthCharities and VolunteerismEducationHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Ambulances queuing up outside A&E, operations cancelled for lack of beds… Could this winter prove the last straw for our struggling National Health Service? Those on the frontline speak out…An 81-year-old woman with chest pains dies while waiting three hours and 45 minutes for an ambulance. [...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Departures could exacerbate vacancy rates in already understaffed serviceIncreasing numbers of European Union-trained ambulance staff are quitting the NHS, raising fears of a Brexit drain from the 999 service just as concern over slow response times grows.There are fears the departures could exacerb[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Husband of a patient and locum doctor share moving experiences of severe pressures on national health serviceSenior doctors have taken the unprecedented move of writing to Theresa May, warning that winter pressure mean some patients are dying prematurely. The Guardian asked for your experiences of h[...]
HealthHealth and CareGerontologyGovernment Policy
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29 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[...]