The first English Life Table was based on data collected around the census year of 1841 and gave female life expectancy as 42 and male as 40.[1] By the sixth table, in 1891, life expectancy for women in England and Wales was 48 and for men 44. Many people lived longer than this, but so many babies died in their first year of life that it brought the average down. Public health reforms during the 1890s meant that by 1901 life expectancy was 52 for women and 48 for men.[2] Four years each, gained in just ten years. The turn of […]
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40% of cancer patients said they felt discriminated against when they returned to work. After suffering from a serious illness it’s a natural to want to get back into your normal working routine, if your body has been compromised physically your confidence has probably been knocked, nothing can ever prepare you for the shock and strain on both your body and your mind. Randstad have put together a new campaign all about returning to work after various circumstances, from serious illness to retirement, mental illness to maternity. In this series Randstad spoke to workers to describe the challenges and emotions […]
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Liverpool activist Greg Dropkin has weighed the claims of the RightCare initiative, and found them wanting.  (RightCare: wrong answers Journal of Public Health November 2017). RightCare is an NHS England programme that identifies opportunities for savings and quality improvements and describes itself as ‘a proven approach that delivers better patient outcomes’. Greg Dropkin’s challenges the modelling assumptions made by RightCare (which have a flavour of a corporate consultancy about them), and the misinterpretation of dissimilar outcomes as opportunities for improvement. The difficulties of measuring unwarranted variation are well documented by Appleby and others in a 2011 Kings Fund report (Variations in […]
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“One more term of Tory government after this should be enough to see off the NHS.  It will not collapse overnight and Ministers will not announce is abolition.  Rather, it will go the way of dental services, where more and more practioners went private until, in some areas, it has become almost impossible to find an NHS dentist. In a few days, a doctor’s conference will debate a motion calling on the British Medical Association to consider how GPs “can  be supported……………within a private, alternative model”. Nothing may come of this motion. and doctors  won’t walk out en masse.  But some time over the next few years, without anybody really […]
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How we might we influence Local Authorities to oppose health cuts, closures and Sustainability and Transformation Plans and Accountable Care Organisations? ALL councillors have a duty to oversee and scrutinise the work of Health Trusts and CCG’s. Some have representatives who have sit on health boards but ALL Local Authorities have a powerful and statutory role in overseeing any reconfiguration proposals through their Joint Scrutiny roles. They can exercise that power forcefully but must be made aware of their briefs. Health Campaigns Together has produced an excellent broadsheet (Into the Red Zone) for councillors which can be found on the […]
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As a child I and my whole family were badly affected by my father’s addicted habit of betting and my mother in particular had to manage at times on very little amount of money to feed, keep warm (heat) and cloth us on because of such I have a great hate for any form of betting and am supporting this that I forward to you for your consideration. However, betting can easily become a mental illness and whilst some may not see the true affects that this can have on families, it’s cost to the communities and the NHS has […]
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George Duoblys thought provoking essay,  One, Two, Three, Eyes on Me! in the current edition of the London Review of Books describes the application of new public management techniques and competitive markets in education.  The teaching he describes appears to be entirely teacher centred.  It may be successful in getting more pupils into universities, but what does it offer to those who fail to do that? We have tried payment by results before in education, but abandoned the idea in 1892, something this government never mentions, presumeably because it was not included in Mr Gove’s history syllabus. What he describes […]
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There can be no doubt that swimming does wonders for your body. Whether you are looking to lose weight, build muscle, improve your fitness, tone up, or all of these things, a few hours in the pool every week will make it easy to achieve your goals. Additionally, Alex Kemsley, managing director of Compass Pools and president of the Swimming Teacher’s Association recommends it not only for its huge range of advantages for physical health listed above but also for its relaxation and mental health benefits. So let’s take a look at seven of the key ways that it can […]
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This branch condemns seven years of Tory austerity that has brought NHS to the brink; regrets that the Tories have spent less than 1% per year while NHS costs rise by 4% leading to pay caps, rising waiting lists and tighter rationing nationally and in this constituency; therefore we call on the Labour Party to stop austerity in the NHS and re-commit to increase the NHS budget in line with rising costs of new treatments, fair wages and increasing health needs, rather than the 2.3% average increase promised in the 2017 manifesto.

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The latest sales figures show that Public Health England’s new harm reduction approach to decreasing smoking rates across the UK has not only been widely accepted, but capitalised upon this Stoptober. For the first time, vaping has featured prominently within the NHS Stoptober campaign, with the official website included in the Stoptober TV advertisement. Vape Club – the UK’s largest online retailer of vaping products and e-cigarettes – saw e-cigarette starter kit sales increase by 29% year on year following the launch of the 2017 campaign. Through the adoption of this harm reduction strategy, the UK has seen record high […]
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Failed attempts to integrate healthcare services and social care services go back a long way. The National Health Service Act 1977 under Jim Callaghan’s government encouraged Health Authorities and local authorities to co-operate. The Health Act 1999 allowed NHS bodies to pool budgets. Successive governments have again and again tried to pull NHS bodies and local authorities closer together. However, it’s been 40 years of failure. The House of Commons has been busy recently churning out extremely helpful and informative impartial briefing papers on various aspect of care. I’ve drawn heavily on one of these papers in this piece – ‘Health and […]
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