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Recent research shows that 10% of the world’s population are unable to afford the prescription lenses that they need for a healthy vision. The World Health Organisation and The Centre for Vision in the Developing World both report shocking figures, which not only affects personal health for those who are visually impaired, but poses public safety risks as well as educational issues for the future. Short-sightedness is not only a problem for public safety when it comes to operating vehicles and machinery, but it is also an encumbrance on the world’s educational bodies, with visual impairment affecting one in 20 […]
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The latest NHS reforms have promised to pave the way for better at home care for the elderly. By integrating home care services with local providers, the hope is that this will provide a number of benefits, including freeing up much needed hospital beds and providing better end of life care. But opponents to the reforms are not convinced. Instead, they believe that even though more elderly people may have the ability to keep and live in their own homes, the quality of services on offer is not likely to improve. A System in Crisis The elderly health care system has […]
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Prescriptions in the UK have always come at a price. That is, unless you fit into one of only a few specific exemption categories; you are under 16, for example, or are in receipt of income related benefits. Some locations in the UK also offer free prescriptions as standard, however England is not one of these. Each prescribed item costs £7.85 – this is a 20p increase on the previous charge of £7.65, which came into force on the 1st of April, 2013. Individuals also have the option of purchasing a pre-payment certificate (PPC) which entitles you to free prescriptions […]
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Universal Credit is the new payment system which is set to collate and replace all the different types of income assessed benefits. These include: Job Seekers Allowance Income Support Housing Benefit The main purpose of Universal Credit is to bring together all the different forms of financial support which the government offers to both those seeking employment and those already in employment. It will be accessed and monitored online, and should theoretically reduce risk for people moving between systems. It will also help to ensure that support is reduced consistently when people return to work. However there are some concerns […]
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One of the most damning criticisms of our NHS services is its failure to provide adequate care for elderly patients. Numerous complaints have been made to the Health Service Ombudsman about specific instances of neglect or abuse, of which 10 cases were specifically outlined to demonstrate the failings of various NHS provisions. It’s clear from these cases alone that our current NHS health care system is woefully incapable of providing geriatric health care which is of a consistently high standard. So how will the current and proposed NHS reforms impact this already failing system? The True Cost of Impersonal Care […]
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