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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Everyone knows that after seven years of neglect from the Conservative government, the NHS is undergoing a serious crisis of funding and staffing. The last thing needed is more uncertainty. That is exactly what the NHS faces with Brexit. On Wednesday Theresa May will trigger article 50 and later this week health bosses publish the updated Five Year Forward View. It is time for the prime minister and the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to give the NHS and its patients the certainty needed through the Brexit process. May has already turned her back on the promise of £350m a week for […]
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“Accountable Care Organisations” are mentioned 18 times in the Cheshire & Merseyside Sustainability and  Transformation Plan with no details or background. Massive reorganisation plans are now surfacing in Warrington, St Helens, and West Cheshire. Management consultants PwC, who helped write the STP itself, are guiding developments. Accountable Care is a concept from the US health insurance market. The idea there is that a group of healthcare firms take responsibility for providing care for a given population for a defined period under a contract with a commissioner, such as Medicare. ACOs use market-based mechanisms to lower costs whilst achieving pre-agreed quality […]
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On a cold January day, the room of about 60 people was buzzing towards the end of Karl Widerquist’s talk on Universal Basic Income: The Cornerstone of a Just Society at the SSM/MMU event on January 30th 2017. Later that same week World Basic Income http://www.worldbasicincome.org.uk/ held its first conference in Salford and the themes of social justice, freedom and poverty alleviation were all discussed again, taking up issues of distributive justice, a return to the commons and the need to have a world-wide system. Karl Widerquist and SSM’s Judith Emanuel and Carolyn Kagan Karl answered, amongst other things, the […]
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With the increasing rise in medical costs, more and more people are looking to the Internet for a cheaper solution. This is not to even mention the crisis that the health care system is in. If you are a working individual going to the doctor just isn’t worth it unless it a dire situation. With that being, the Internet can provide tons of low costing solutions, but there are things that you need to be aware of before just blindly purchasing medications online. Below, you will learn about the different risks that are involved with shopping for medications online. Prices […]
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Jon Ashworth MP Labour Shadow Secretary of State for Health addressed the meeting and took questions. He has been in role for 5 months – shares Bevan’s vision of the NHS. Health Service dominates many issues in British politics. Its not only fair but an efficient service. NHS is being pushed to the brink of disaster – the Red Cross has spoken of a humanitarian disaster, Sir Robert Francis QC has warned financial and demand pressures on the NHS have created an environment in which a care scandal equal to that at Mid Staffordshire is “inevitable”. Ashworth reports that next years […]
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In a day and age where health and safety is at the forefront of our minds, you and your business will regularly be considering ways to increase and improve your safety procedures at work. All businesses and organisations have a legal obligation to put into place suitable arrangements to manage and monitor health and safety. Regardless of the size of your business it’s important to have effective leadership and management, fully trained staff and an environment where everyone is trusted and involved. Our checklist shows what should be considered when thinking about health and safety at work: Equipment – Ensure […]
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There are two areas where the Association may have something useful to contribute to the debate which the Labour Party must  have about social security. Firstly, the assessment of disability and capacity for work.  Our policy is that assessment should be carried out by the NHS and that there should be a non means tested benefit to meet the additional costs faced by disabled people. The assessment process would be improved if all health records about a patient were linked together. The present assessment processes are perceived as oppressive and coercive and are conducted by commercial organisations which appear to be target […]
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The NHS is something that everyone alive in the UK right now has had the benefit of for their whole lives. While there is no evidence that the NHS is to be abolished any time soon, many people are concerned about NHS reforms and privatisation, and some are even worried that the NHS as we know it may soon be a thing of the past. Again, this doesn’t seem to be an immediate threat, however with so many things changing as a result of Brexit, it is well worth considering what a future in Britain without free universal healthcare might […]
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In the past few days, the misleading term ‘Comprehensive Sickness Insurance’ (CSI) has suddenly become a hot topic among EU citizens in the UK. For many of them, as well as their British relatives and friends, this was the first time they have ever heard about CSI. The chilling discovery was that for many years now the CSI has been a requirement for all EU citizens studying in the UK or residing here as self-sufficient persons. Without it, they cannot exercise their treaty rights and acquire permanent residency, which would normally be automatically granted after spending a continuous period of five […]
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Pharmaceutical compounding has been gaining popularity in the past several years as people are learning more about the benefits of it. It is basically a combination of art and science to create customized and individualized medications for patients. When a medicine is commercially unavailable, a licensed pharmacist can remake the medicine via compounding. In compounding pharmacy, a specialized pharmacist analyzes the prescription and blends the individualized ingredients to create a medicine that suits the patient. The pharmacist works in close relationship with the patient and the physician to meet the medical needs. Pharmaceutical compounding offers numerous benefits. Here are some […]
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Previously restricted to the likes of celebrities, cosmetic surgery is now open to all. Everyday hundreds of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures are performed on men and women of all ages to help improve self-esteem, alleviate physical problems, and promote happiness. As plastic surgery has become more mainstream and more and more individuals consent to going under the knife, an array of new procedures have been developed by surgeons to help patients achieve their body goals. In the past, the most common cosmetic procedures were the nose job (otherwise known as rhinoplasty), the face lift, and the boob job. The […]
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