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9 hours ago
Staff losses will intensify recruitment problems at health service, which now has 40,000 vacant nursing postsAround 10,000 EU nationals have quit the NHS since the Brexit referendum, it has emerged.NHS Digital, the agency that collects data on the health service, found that in the 12 months to June,[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
22 hours ago
Review of five drugs – including one linked to deaths – says there is no body of reliable evidence behind any of themThere is no magic pill to cure alcoholism, according to a scientific review of the evidence of five drugs being prescribed by doctors.None of the five drugs has a body of reliable[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 day ago
Retired GP Elizabeth Renton says that she is living proof that age-related macular degeneration is now treatableThe 250 people who will start to lose their sight today (Specsavers/RNIB figures) may never know that half of all sight loss is avoidable. National Eye Health Week (18-24 September) aims t[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 day ago
major recession could put pressure on state budgets and increase demand for social services such as the current Medicaid program. States would no longer be able to adapt dynamically to meet the needs of their citizens, as the current funding partnership ...
General Social WorkHealth and CareGovernment Policy
2 days ago
As private ambulances are increasingly being used to answer 999 calls, we want to hear from those who work for and have been treated by them Shortages of paramedics and rising demand means that the NHS is spending almost £80m a year hiring private ambulances to answer 999 calls, figures show.Englan[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
3 days ago
Staff shortages and rising demand have forced NHS trusts to hire non-NHS ambulances, leading to fears of lower care standardsThe NHS is spending almost £80m a year hiring private ambulances to answer 999 calls and take patients to hospital for appointments, new figures show.Widespread shortages of [...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
3 days ago
eanwhile, nearly 34,000 adults have Medicaid coverage because of expansion, according to the state's Department of Health and Social Services. The state's uninsured rate dropped to 14% last year, down from 18.5% in 2013, before Obamacare was enacted ...
General Social WorkHealth and CareGovernment Policy
3 days ago
Southern Health trust admits breaching health and safety law in case of 18-year-old who had a seizure and drowned in a bathAn NHS trust has said it is “truly sorry” about the death of a teenager with epilepsy who drowned in a bath while in its care, after it admitted failings.Southern Health tru[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
3 days ago
I’ve only been in my role as medical director for the NHS in London for a few months, but my team has had to handle a string of major incidentsEveryone remembers what they were doing when they heard about terrible incidents like the attack in London Bridge this June. My wife and I had just been ou[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
3 days ago
Anonymous tipoff to Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust reveals pressure on staffing
Two junior doctors were left to care for more than 400 patients at a Plymouth hospital during a night shift, a report has revealed.
The pressures on staffing at the Derriford hospital came to light in an anonymous co[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
3 days ago
University of Manchester team receives £785,000 in lottery funding to train volunteers to collect memories of the NHS and preserve them for the futureA heritage project to record individual stories from 70 years of the National Health Service and preserve them for future generations has been given [...]
HealthCharities and VolunteerismEducationHealth and CareGovernment Policy
4 days ago
GMB union criticises government policy as report says the public sector jobs share is now 16.9%, the lowest since 1947Public sector employment has fallen to a 70-year low in terms of share of the labour market, the GMB union has said, with the loss of just under a million public sector jobs since 20[...]
Health and CareGovernment Policy
5 days ago
Amid growing concern about state of the health service, poll shows a willingness to contribute moreTwo in three people are prepared to pay more tax in order to ensure the cash-strapped NHS has the money it needs to provide good care.New polling for the King’s Fund thinktank found that two-thirds ([...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
5 days ago
Aneira Thomas was named by her mother after the architect of the health serviceIt was coming up to midnight on Sunday 4 July 1948 and my mother, who had been in labour for 18 hours, was just about ready to give birth to me. She wanted to start pushing. But the doctors and midwives looked up at the c[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareGovernment Policy
6 days ago
New report calls for reforms to devolve decisions about training, pay and working conditionsFaced with heavy reliance on agency workers and overseas recruitment, the NHS is at a critical crossroads when it comes to its workforce. As the government and NHS leaders have repeatedly said, the priority f[...]
PolicyHealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Demand is based on RPI inflation figure and back pay for seven years of 0% and 1% pay rises, after recent lifting of pay cap for prison and police officersUnions have ramped up the pressure on Theresa May over public sector pay by demanding a 3.9% rise for 1 million NHS staff plus an extra £800 to [...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment PolicyCriminal Justice
1 week ago
The Health Foundation’s Anita Charlesworth wonders how the easing of the public sector pay cap will be funded. Geoff Booth reckons Tory self-interest has prompted the changeThe government’s signalling of the end of the public sector pay cap (Report, 12 September) is a welcome development, but no[...]
Health and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Experts say official ‘bed blocking’ figures for England show hospitals would struggle to cope with a serious flu outbreakFull hospitals mean the NHS is facing “a winter of woe”, leading doctors have warned, after official figures released on Thursday again showed the service struggling to co[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
I do not know a woman who hasn’t been patronised by a doctor or made to feel she should not complainBuck up, ladies of a certain vintage! There is marvellous news. “Women told hormone replacement therapy does not lead to early death,” reads the headline in the Times. That’s women “told”,[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment PolicyWomens Issues
1 week ago
Plastic sleeve that helped patients with type 2 diabetes lose more than two stone on average is less risky and invasive than gastric bypass surgery, study shows A device that helps obese people with type 2 diabetes shed more than two stone on average should be rolled out across the NHS, experts say.[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Doctors could be replaced by computers in analysing X-rays and samples of diseased tissue amid plans for further investmentComputers could start diagnosing patients’ illnesses within the next few years as artificial intelligence increasingly ousts doctors from their traditional roles, NHS leaders [...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Simon Stevens says major winter outbreaks in Australia and New Zealand suggests NHS could struggle to cope with casesBritain could face a significant increase in flu cases this winter, which would make it hard for hospitals, GP surgeries and care homes to cope, the chief executive of NHS England sai[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
NHS bosses know the health service cannot meet demand and that patients are suffering, but won’t admit itIs the NHS constitution still worth the paper it’s written on? It’s the nearest thing the health service has to tablets of stone. Its 15 pages enshrine the principles and values that should[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
The Unite union’s mental health lead wants a dedicated secretary of state for mental health, ringfenced funding and an end to the pay capDave Munday was recently at a Mental Health Nurses Association meeting in Salford to discuss “the drastic decline” in the number of mental health nurses in E[...]
HealthHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
1 week ago
NHS staff shortages and rejection of austerity at election encouraging managers to recruit more workers, says surveyPublic sector employers are preparing to hire at the fastest pace since 2015, as NHS staff shortages and the rejection of austerity at the election encourages managers to recruit more [...]
HealthEducationHealth and CareGovernment Policy
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12 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[...]