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Your chance of dying from a heart attack has about halved over the last ten years. But is this down to prevention or treatment? Your chance of having a heart attack is down about 30%  Your chance of dying if you have a heart attack is down by about a quarter Determinants of the decline in mortality from acute myocardial infarction in England between 2002 and 2010: linked national database study. ” both primary prevention and secondary prevention would have contributed to the decline in the rate of sudden deaths from acute myocardial infarction. In addition to reducing rates of […]
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Children learn their place in the world at a very early stage Inequality in the Early Cognitive Development of British Children in the 1970 Cohort Author(s): Leon Feinstein Source: Economica, New Series, Vol. 70, No. 277 (Feb., 2003), pp. 73-97 This graph shows that children from well off parents who score poorly on a range of tests at 22 months old improve their scores as time goes on. The scores of children of poor parents who did well before they were two years old steadily deteriorate. Deprivation and Education The influence of deprivation on educational attainment at the age of […]
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On Monday 22nd April Ed Miliband MP  launched a new independent commission which will help inform Labour’s Health and Care Policy Review. The new Independent Commission on Whole Person Care will be chaired by Sir John Oldham OBE, who is one of the country’s leading experts on integrated care. Up until last month Sir John was the National Clinical Lead for Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) and a member of the National Quality Board. He previously ran the Department of Health’s National Primary Care Development Team. Sir John has appointed a fantastic group of experts to be the members […]
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This is a summary of our view of Andy Burnham’s proposals for health and social care. It isn’t authorised by him, or anyone else, so it may not be a fair representation of what he means.  We should start with the WHO definition of health . There should be better focus on prevention.Andy never really develops this idea, but we could and should – but the debate needs to be wider than the health community and talk about the determinants of health. In the short term we should focus on housing for older/disabled people – something that he does mention […]
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This is NHS Check report no 3 originally published by Labour’s Shadow Health Team in  October 2012 The Government’s Health and Social Care Act 2012 legislated for a market in the NHS.  In this report, Labour can reveal new evidence of accelerating privatisation across all areas of the NHS: Community services This week, contracts for 396 services across England (including diagnostic tests, podiatry and adult hearing) worth over a quarter of a billion pounds begin to be signed in the biggest act of privatisation ever seen in the NHS Government ordered services to be put out – even though local commissioners had […]
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Audit  Report  to  the  2013  SHA AGM Opening Balances, 1 January 2012            £25,782.84 Closing Balances, 31 December 2012       £19,147.70 Decrease in funds at bank                              £6,477.77 Discrepancy                                                             £361.49 We have examined the vouchers and bank statements for the financial year 1st January to 31st December 2012. We are content that all monies received and expended have been properly paid and accounted for. We […]
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2012 was busy, exciting,  frustrating and often difficult for the Socialist Health Association.  Our decision to re-engineer our website was largely implemented during the year, but it overlapped with the immensely prolonged campaign against the Health and Social Care Bill.  Our activity shifted away from the policy oriented conferences we had organised in the past towards campaigning events.  There was much more activity and our profile was considerably raised.  Our online activity began to move away from Facebook and on to Twitter. More of our members noticed and cared about what we were saying and doing, and some complained loudly […]
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Researchers from UCL have found that cycling is safer than driving for young males, with 17 to 20 year old drivers facing almost five times greater risk per hour than cyclists of the same age. The researchers looked at hospital admissions and deaths in England between 2007 and 2009 for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. These were studied by age-group and sex. The research is published in the journal PLOS ONE.

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Andy Burnham Clinton’s advisor said “It’s the economy stupid, but don’t forget healthcare.” NHS likely to be second issue in the next election. Not sure what will be left if two terms of Tories. Wants Tower Hamlets to be beacon for what NHS could be:  Prevent postcode lotteries,  Restrictions on cataracts. Divergence from NICE guidelines. Restrictions on hips, bariatric surgery, varicose veins etc diverge from NICE guidelines. Patients before profits. We let the market in too far in Healthcare. Bill takes this all much further, with already 3 areas in each PCT going out to Any Qualified Provider.  Now 39 services to go out […]
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Health professionals speak out The organization of a health system is a public responsibility. We, health professionals, are concerned with diagnosing, treating and preventing illnesses in our patients. We do this without discriminating on the basis of race, gender or socio-economic status. Our role would be severely restricted and handicapped if care for patients were defined by primarily economic criteria. We do not wish to withhold necessary services, nor do we want to perform services that are medically unnecessary but profitable for health care providers. In all European countries, the resources are available to provide excellent medical services as the […]
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The Socialist Health Association is concerned with promoting health and well-being through policy development and campaigns. Admittedly a bit of a mouthful. Many of the issues we tackle are abstract – inequality in health, mental wellbeing, democracy, public participation and engagement, marketisation and privatisation (this isn’t a comprehensive list – there are more to be found on our website ). Which is why we are keen to build a catalogue of visuals highlighting the impact and context of these issues. We are keen to improve our visual material to help enliven our website and to dramatise our campaigning activities. We […]
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