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16 hours ago
There is a gaping hole in public, and clinical, awareness of the condition. Information about sepsis needs to be put into parents’ handsMy son Sam should be 10 years old. I say “should” because on 23 December 2010 he died suddenly and avoidably from sepsis. When he came down with flu-like symp[...]
PolicyHealthChildrenChildren and ParentingHealth and Care
16 hours ago
Time is running out to tackle the crisis over pay for sleep-in shifts, which will cause problems for providers, their staff and the people who rely on careDerek Lewis is chairman of the Royal Mencap SocietyAfter months of unsuccessful efforts to get the government to take the issue of sleep-in shift[...]
Policy
1 day ago
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
1 day ago
Our readers respond to news that doctors have urged the government to bring in minimum unit pricing for alcohol as research reveals the extent of liver diseaseYour article (Doctors warn of soaring UK alcohol deaths, 24 July) did not refer to an important element in the question of “soaring alcohol[...]
HealthHousing and PovertyHealth and Care
1 day ago
Almost all the information given to residents has come from the group protesting against the redevelopment rather than the council, writes Susan Smith. Plus Mick Larkin says he had bad experiences with developer Lendlease in south LondonI live on the Northumberland Park Estate and would like to refu[...]
Housing
1 day ago
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
1 day ago
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
1 day ago
The savings are clear, but pressure on budgets is restricting opportunities for disabled young people and their familiesLuke Clements is Cerebra professor of law and social justice at Leeds UniversityMary* is remarkable. Her meagre rented flat is not. She works several menial jobs, bringing in just [...]
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1 day ago
As the father of a child with a rare genetic condition, I can recall the darkness that descends when life is ripped apart by a devastating diagnosis

• Ian Birrell is a journalist and former speechwriter for David CameronAt the centre of the Charlie Gard story, which has captured global atte[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and Care
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
2 days ago
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
2 days ago
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
2 days ago
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
2 days ago
‘Holiday hunger’ means charities are stepping in to replace free school meals outside term time. Without us, struggling families go hungryJulie Coates is manager of Hailsham food bank, East SussexWhen politicians talk about holiday hunger, they always make it seem like an abstract idea; a recent[...]
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2 days ago
In 2010, Barking and Dagenham became the first UK council to try to limit its number of fast food outlets, in response to a ‘health crisis affecting our young people’. So has it worked?Interactive map: how many takeaways are near you?It is too early to say whether Roziur Choudhury is the future [...]
HealthPovertyHealth and Care
2 days ago
New data shows number of fast food outlets in England has increased by 4,000 since 2014, sparking fears that councils are losing battle to limit obesity levelsInteractive map: how many takeaways are near you?The total number of takeaway food shops in England has risen by 4,000 in the past three year[...]
PovertyHealthHousing and PovertyEducation
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
3 days ago
With both parts of the system under pressure, blaming each other will do nothing to help those who rely on servicesNiall Dickson is chief executive of the NHS ConfederationA comprehensive settlement for funding social care remains elusive. Successive governments have placed it in the “too difficul[...]
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3 days ago
Post-Brexit, the UK will need to look east. So why does its transport investment strategy ignore the world’s greatest infrastructure programme?The UK risks being marginalised after Brexit if it does not revitalise its infrastructure to engage with the huge markets developing in central Asia. But t[...]
3 days ago
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
6 days ago
Citizens everywhere are shaping government policies, tackling corruption and even improving air qualityPaul Maassen is director of civil society engagement at the Open Government Partnership Elections are key milestones for democratic engagement, and referendums such as the UK’s Brexit poll are i[...]
1 week ago
Researchers in Manchester say drug is being sold in variety of forms including cigarettes dipped in vials of the chemicalDrug dealers are finding “innovative ways” of circumventing a police crackdown on the sale of the banned drug spice, according to drugs experts.Academics at Manchester Metropo[...]
Charities and VolunteerismEducationCriminal Justice
1 week ago
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
1 week ago
Why are so many doctors opposed to assisted death? As a practising physician, Haider Javed Warraich has witnessed both sides of this gruelling battlegroundKaren Ann Quinlan lived two lives. Her first life was that of a regular middle-class girl in Scranton, Pennsylvania: she swam, she skied, she dat[...]
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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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46 weeks ago
The United States is gripped by an opioid and heroin addiction crisis. The social work profession will play a valuable and key role in our nation’s efforts to address this issue. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Social Justice Brief Opiates in Our Backyard: Implications for Drug P[...]
 
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 [...]