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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
1 day ago
Councils still assess eligibility and allocate resources, but we’ve known for decades that letting people choose and pay for their own care works betterTwo recent high court judgments – Oxfordshire v Davey and Merton v JF – highlight the ways councils assess eligibility for social care and all[...]
PolicyHealth and CareCriminal Justice
1 day ago
Their work is crucial, but supported housing providers are feeling anxious about the futureResidents of London’s Acorn House are all recovering addicts who were previously homeless. The house has 16 individual bedrooms, with a communal kitchen, dining and living areas, but – perhaps more importa[...]
HousingHousing and Poverty
2 days ago
Pouring resources into one area of inequality will not tackle underlying issues, writes Alan Healey. Private firms are the reason for the problems, says David Beake, while Nick Moss writes that prison doesn’t work. Plus Simon Partridge on the damage done by boarding schools.When I read the title ([...]
EducationHousing and PovertyHeal
2 days ago
Every family is affected by the challenges of our ageing society. The government must act now to build health and care provision fit for allThis party conference season, all political parties will use their platforms to set out a post-election vision. Adult social care was one of the big general ele[...]
PolicyCareersPolicyHealthCharities and Vo
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
What’s the point in trying to make the civil service more professional if ministers scorn accuracy and mock the official arbiter of good governance?The Boris Johnson affair – especially his dismissive rejection of the UK Statistics Authority – provokes a constitutional crisis. Not constitution[...]
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
5 days ago
Learning to ride is a wonderful milestone for children and promotes good health in later life, but the UK is lagging behindStored away on my phone is a brief video showing the day, a few years ago, when my son first learned to ride a pedal bike – more precisely, the moment he gained sufficient con[...]
ChildrenHealthChildren and ParentingHealth and Care
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
6 days ago
Astounding claims in the reporting of this case are much more harmful than placing a child with a family of a different faithLate last month, the Times made some rather astounding claims that Tower Hamlets council had placed a five-year-old white, British Christian girl into the care of a niqab-wear[...]
ChildrenPolicyChildrenChildren and ParentingEducationHealth and Ca
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
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6 weeks ago
More than 100 social workers participated on expert panels to revise and/or develop 25 NASW policy statements over the last two years. These statements were recently voted on and approved by the National Association of Social Workers’ (NASW) key policymaking body, the Delegate Assembly (comprised[...]
 

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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[...]