The NHS is widely admired internationally and its performance has been independently assessed to be one of the very best in the world. Healthcare funded by general taxation the most efficient system for the delivery of care and with a genuine commitment to quality, kindness and innovation, the NHS is an institution of which we should be justly proud. It symbolises the pinnacle of a social solidarity approach to meeting the health needs of the UK. Since 2010, however, the values of the NHS have been profoundly threatened by a government that despite its sweet words, acts to undermine it […]
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Most of us accept that as we get older our eyesight is likely to get worse. Very few people with normal vision get through life without finding it hard to read the small print, and the vast majority of us are using glasses or contact lenses by the time we hit our sixties. But that doesn’t mean we can be completely relaxed about deteriorating vision. Some eye problems can lead to serious conditions that can be avoided if caught early enough. That is why it is so important to have regular eye checks. Where Does the Problem Lie? For vision […]
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The NHS march on 4 March is an opportunity for us all to show our opposition to government policy on the NHS and social care. I don’t need to dwell in detail on the devastating impact on the NHS of the government’s continuing austerity. Hospital beds running dangerously hot – as more bed cuts are planned. Hospital discharges delayed and many that do take place resulting in chaotic, unco-ordinated support. Social care slashed to the extent that elderly, vulnerable people are no longer receiving vital support – and reports that the chancellor will refuse to offer relief. A recent paper by McKee […]
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In 1850, the French economist Frederic Bastiat wrote the parable of a shopkeeper whose window is smashed. Aghast at the damage, the shopkeeper is consoled with the idea that at least his broken windows are good for the economy, since “Everybody must live, and what would become of the glaziers if panes of glass were never broken?” The alcohol industry is, in some ways, like the glazier of Bastiat’s story. Global alcohol producers profit from harmful behaviour. And they, too, try to defend themselves with the promise of employment and income. Such appeals to the economic benefits of a thriving […]
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STPs are loose coalitions of agencies without statutory powers, so they cannot implement change, only encourage it. With little money left in the Transformation Fund, they have to “work around” their local NHS and social care organisations. At the launch of the King’s Fund report ‘Delivering sustainability and transformation plans: from ambitious proposals to credible plans’ (on 21st February) we heard that “with the right leadership” STPs could stabilise the NHS, that STPs mean that “politicians must be brave” (and not impede changes in the NHS in their constituencies), that NHSE and NHSI need to work as one (because they […]
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When you don’t speak English very well, visiting the emergency room or a doctor’s office can be confusing and even scary when you’re trying to grasp vital medical information. Particularly if you feel discomfort or pain. For the millions of people living in the United Kingdom who speak English with limited proficiency, the potential for mistakes in medical care is considerable. An interpreter sent from a professional medical translation services agency provides a vital role for the patient and physician. Obviously, because he or she serves as the communication bridge between the two parties. Often, hospitals and other medical environments […]
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Councils can make a huge contribution to tackling health inequalities across Scotland. The interaction and relationship with the Scottish Government is pivotal to making a difference. National recommendations for action: Funding: Reform the resource allocation to local authorities to ensure that it is based on socioeconomic circumstances of communities. Income: Reform Council Tax and create fairer local taxation. Structures: Further work to reform local authority structures -balance between local and regional services and integration with wider public services, particularly the NHS and public health services. Local recommendations for action: Priorities: This is about priorities and decisions. Tackling health inequalities should […]
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Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in human body. In fact, it is the most abundant peptide ingredient of human body, responsible for softness and elasticity of body tissues. You can find type 1 collagen virtually everywhere, from skin cells to bones, muscle tissues, and in the protective lining of internal organs. Its functions include providing elasticity and softness to the skin and other internal organs. Furthermore, the protein also has immunological functions by cleaning the dead cells from the body consistently. Obtainable sources Collagen is responsible for bone and joint strength. However, with age, the natural secretion of this […]
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Health and Social Care Briefing Acts None as yet in this current term of the National Assembly for Wales Legislation in Progress – current Bills Public Health (Wales) Bill http://www.senedd.assembly.wales/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=16155 The Public Health (Wales) Bill utilises legislation as a mechanism for improving and protecting the health and wellbeing of the population of Wales. It comprises a set of provisions in discrete areas of public health policy: The Bill proposes to introduce changes that: Re-state restrictions on smoking in enclosed and substantially enclosed public and work places, and give Welsh Ministers a regulation-making power to extend the restrictions on smoking to […]
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Not all classes target the same level of exercise, nor do they all target the same body parts. Some classes aim to strengthen your upper body, some work your glutes, while others give a whole body workout. Talk to the instructor and some of the students to make sure you are in a class that focuses on the areas you want to have worked. Not everyone’s ability is the same. An exercise that is appropriate for one person may be too easy or too difficult for another person. There are many types of classes available with some having very little […]
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Staffordshire was the last of the Sustainability and  Transformation Plans to be published perhaps because relationships in this part of the country are rumoured to be poor. Both providers and commissioners in the area are challenged. Despite this the commissioners in Staffordshire are going ahead with a hugely controversial project to outsource some £1.2 bn of NHS services. This is at least in part an outsourcing of commissioning functions. The Public Accounts Committee considered a similar exercise in Cambridge with some grave concerns. The PAC report into the matter noted:- We asked the CCG why it had decided to contract […]
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Life is not limitless. Ageing is a process you cannot stop. Everyone needs to face the old reality at a later point in life. So if you feel that your loved ones are facing difficulties in everyday activity, then assisted living centres are the right place for them. Older adults who are in the intermediate stage of ageing may experience Dementia. Assisted living centres may be the right place for seniors undergoing chronic diseases related to ageing where relevant housing arrangements are made to benefit the caregivers and seniors. If you feel that your loved one is not able to […]
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The Department of Health (DH) is to create a new property company to replace the two that currently exist1 nearly four years after the intention was first announced. The move is understood to be one of the recommendations of Sir Robert Naylor’s forthcoming report on the NHS estate. The current position came into being as an afterthought to the now much derided Health and Social Care Act 2012 “reforms”, with a new DH owned company, Propco, solving the problem of who took over billions of pounds of property (such as primary care centres, clinics, community hospitals and offices) after Primary […]
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