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MS Society says there is sufficient evidence of drug’s effectiveness to relax ban for patients with no other optionsTen thousand people with multiple sclerosis in the UK should be allowed to use cannabis legally in order to relieve their “relentless and exhausting” symptoms, experts in the dis[...]
HealthCharities and VolunteerismHealth and CareGovernment Policy
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Former Hillsborough panel chair Right Rev James Jones asked to break stalemate by talking to victims boycotting proceedings The former bishop of Liverpool who chaired the Hillsborough panel has been drafted in to help save the contaminated blood inquiry, which is being boycotted by hundreds of victi[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
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Yet the social services sector is facing a triple hit of challenges that could have a devastating impact on those we serve,” added Dreyfus. “Cuts to Medicaid, which will have a ripple effect on many other social service systems; tax reform and the ...
General Social WorkHealth and CareGovernment Policy
2 days ago
Figures show rise in number of ‘wasted days’ spent in hospital by young patients who have been declared fit for discharge Children with serious mental health problems are becoming trapped in NHS psychiatric units, unable to leave because care is unavailable outside hospitals, a thinktank has sai[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
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I was first prescribed depression medication five years ago and it’s now part of my self-care routine. It’s good for young people to take control of their mental healthI have been on the antidepressant citalopram for the best part of five years now – popping my pill is as much a part of my mor[...]
HealthHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
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Data from NHS Digital shows number of available posts rose 12% over last year, and highlights shrinking nursing workforceThe number of vacancies in the NHS has soared by 12% over the last year, prompting warnings that the service is facing “desperate” problems of understaffing.
Figures releas[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
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Outgoing chief inspector of hospitals calls for more investment, but says ‘things can be done better without more money’More money should be spent on the NHS, though funding alone is not the answer to all its problems, according to England’s outgoing chief inspector of hospitals.Prof Sir Mike [...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
3 days ago
Amid warnings that heavy drinking will kill 63,000 people over the next five years, we want to hear from readers who have sought help to stop drinkingHealth charities are urging the government to bring in minimum unit pricing of alcohol and to crackdown on drink advertising to avert the “public he[...]
HealthCharities and VolunteerismEducationHealth and CareGovernment Policy
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ith both parts of the system under pressure, blaming each other will do nothing to help those who rely on services
General Social WorkHealth and CareGovernment Policy
6 days ago
Boots has refused to reduce the price, but other retailers have, while NHS walk-in clinics will give it to you for freeBoots has been criticised after it refused to lower the cost of the morning-after pill because of fears it would encourage “inappropriate use”. It comes after campaigners persua[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment PolicyWomens Issues
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Labour MP Louise Haigh cites case of young patient who contracted infection while on mental health ward in SheffieldTheresa May has been urged to tighten checks on private hospitals used by the NHS after a Labour MP raised the case of a young patient with an open wound who contracted MRSA on a priva[...]
HealthHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
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driven passion for replacing the law known as Obamacare, if the new legislation passes experts say it will decimate the Jewish social services field ... fund health and social service agencies in their communities.
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General Social WorkHealth and CareGovernment Policy
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Critics condemn ‘Victorian approach’ to treatment after NHS watchdog reveals 3,500 patients are kept locked inThousands of mental health patients are being kept in secure wards for years at a time when they should be being rehabilitated and preparing to leave hospital, a NHS watchdog has reveale[...]
HealthHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
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Health bodies condemn panel’s conclusion that more jabs against cancer-causing infection are unlikely to be cost-effectiveA decision not to vaccinate boys against a cancer-causing sexually transmitted infection has been condemned by health bodies and campaigners. The Joint Committee on Vaccination[...]
HealthChildrenHealth and CareGovernment Policy
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Royal College of Emergency Medicine says hospitals must more than double current number of consultants to ensure safe careHospitals are being urged to urgently more than double the number of consultants on duty in A&E units in order to ensure that patients receive safe care. The NHS in England m[...]
HealthEducationHealth and CareGovernment Policy
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Therapies for multiple sclerosis are becoming more effective. But an underfunded NHS is struggling to provide timely diagnosis and make the latest treatments widely availableMore than 100,000 people in the UK have multiple sclerosis (MS), the most common cause of serious physical disability in worki[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment PolicyDisabilities
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A fourfold increase in the number of disabled people forced to use a crowdfunding site to buy their wheelchair undermines a basic tenet of the NHS, campaigners say“I feel like a prisoner who every now and again is let out on day release,” Kelly Palmer, 38, says from her home in Newport, south Wa[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment PolicyDisabilitiesCriminal Justice
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Belgium and Germany spend more of their GDP on healthcare – that’s why their outcomes are better, says Bob Birtwell. Plus Steve Elliot says it’s time for Jeremy Hunt to goMark Littlewood of the Institute of Directors writes (Letters, 15 July) that the NHS has poorer outcomes than countries wit[...]
HealthHousing and PovertyHealth and CareGovernment Policy
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The health and care sectors need to challenge the government but also look at how to retain people through better quality workplaces Danny Mortimer is chief executive of NHS EmployersConcerns about the health and social care workforce are at an all-time high due, in part, to the impact of austerity,[...]
PolicyHealthCareersHealth and CareGovernment Policy
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Corporate bosses now truly understand the risks of poor web security. The public sector must catch up
• Martha Lane Fox is founder of Doteveryone and a cross-bench peerNHS data breaches, WannaCry ransomware attacks, ATMs hijacked, fake news, violent jihadist content on YouTube. The challenges[...]
Housing and PovertyHealth and CareGovernment Policy
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Sir Michael Marmot, a former government adviser, highlights ‘miserly’ levels of spending on health and social careA century-long rise in life expectancy has stalled since 2010 when austerity brought about deep cuts in NHS and social care spending, according to research by a former government adv[...]
HealthHousing and PovertyHealth and CareGovernment Policy
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The case of the Welsh nurse who owes a parking firm £150,000 highlights the – expensive – problem of how hospital staff get to work around the countryNHS hospital parking costs may be an affront to everyone (bar the companies running them), but for 75 staff members at University Hospital of Wal[...]
HealthEducationHealth and CareGovernment PolicyCriminal Justice
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Inquiry finds series of major flaws, including lack of equipment, leading to ‘shocking’ death rate among those who needed emergency oxygen treatmentSome of the sickest patients that hospitals treat are dying unnecessarily because they receive poor care, blighted by shortages of staff and equipme[...]
HealthHousing and PovertyHealth and CareGovernment Policy
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Britain’s health service is dysfunctional, writes Mark Littlewood of the Institute of Economic AffairsThe Commonwealth Fund’s analysis of healthcare systems is dangerously misleading (Report, 14 July). While our processes might out-do the other 10 healthcare systems considered in the study, unfo[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
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Ambulance service should push ahead with more reforms and hospitals need to recognise the calibre of paramedicsNHS England’s gutsy move to overhaul the ambulance response system exemplifies how the NHS can push through controversial changes, and the perils of trying to do it.At first glance the ne[...]
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4 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[...]
 

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51 weeks ago
By Paul R. Pace, News staff Most Medicare beneficiaries go without an emotional support system when there is a change in their health status. A provision in the Improving Access to Mental Health Act (S.2173; H.R.3712) aims to fix that problem by allowing clinical social workers across the nation to [...]