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It is a pleasure to be speaking with you about something that I know all of us in the room are passionate about changing in this country – health inequality. It comes as no surprise that the Office for National Statistics found earlier this month that the least deprived men at birth in 2014 to 2016 could expect to live almost a decade longer than the most deprived. This decade has seen a slowdown in improvements in life expectancy, an appalling consequence of this Government’s failure to improve the chances of the worst-off, as years of underfunding in health and social […]
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Cuts to Public Health Budgets Could Cost Our Country Billions Hospitals in the UK are facing severe financial difficulty due to a large increase in hospital admissions. In response, Jeremy Hunt has pursued the option of a 7-day NHS in order to deal with increased demand. But besides being highly disruptive, moves towards a 7-day NHS merely seek to manage the problem the NHS is facing instead of tackling it head-on. To properly address the problem of increased demand means tackling ill health at its source, by investing properly in the future health of the UK population. Diseases caused by […]
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A workplace hazard is anything that could cause a potential harm, injury, illness and even death to a person. Hazards are present in every workplace, so it is important that you know how to identify possible hazards at your workplace to be better prepared to control or eliminate them. Hazardous substance in the premise.  These are substances that can have an adverse effect on the worker’s health. Examples of hazardous substance at work are: Poisons Substances that cause burns or skin irritation Dangerous Goods which present an immediate hazard to people, property or environment due to its physical, chemical or […]
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This is the best summary of a holistic approach to prevention  Community empowerment There is now good evidence that empowering communities through processes like community development has a strong beneficial impact on mental health. The National Policy Forum needs to recommend community development as a routine offering for out of hospital provision across the UK. Schools We strongly support the NPF’s paper’s emphasis on schools. There are well-evidenced school interventions such as The Whole School Approach that have been shown to help prevent Mental Health problems. This should be explicitly supported and funded, as should counselling in schools. Debt Strongly related […]
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NHS England has announced  that local councils will be responsible for funding the new HIV treatment PrEP. This is a missed opportunity to launch a ground-breaking prevention method that could halt the spread of HIV, potentially save lives, and make a significant breakthrough in reducing the risk of HIV infection. Councils have invested millions in providing sexual health services since taking over responsibility for public health three years ago, and this treatment could help reduce levels of HIV in the community. It is also not right that councils should be made to foot the bill. In stating that local authorities […]
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The boost to NHS funding is at the expense of preventative healthcare Two recent announcements could potentially shape the development of the UK health sector. On 4 November, the Department of Health announced 6.2 per cent cuts in public health funding for local authorities, which primarily delivers the health improvement and prevention programmes at the local level. It can be argued that the announcement was anticipated, given the magnitude of fiscal austerity. Less anticipated, however, was the Spending Review announcement that came 3 weeks later that there will be a £10bn increase in NHS spending in England. Hailed as the largest […]
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Dr Margaret McCartney in her book ‘ The Patient Paradox’ argues we should concentrate resources on people who are ill. Over a decade ago, I read an article in the Independent which claimed that regular CT body scans were the way to stay well. At first glance, it sounded perfect – why wouldn’t you want to have preventative healthcare, spotting problems before you even knew about them? How clever, to want to pick up health problems at such an early stage – how could I object? At that time, I had been reading up on the science of mammography screening. […]
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Mental Health seminar held on SUNDAY 23 MARCH 1975 at the ASSEMBLY HALL, UNITY HOUSE, EUSTON ROAD, LONDON NW1. Reported by Mr. T. W. HURST, F.H.A., A.C.I.S. Published by SOCIALIST MEDICAL ASSOCIATION 9 Poland Street London W1V 3DG Tel: 01439 3395 INTRODUCTION The chair for the morning session was taken by Dr. David Stark Murray, past President of the SMA. He said that the twentieth cen­tury has brought mental health sharply into focus. In developed countries psychiatric problems are a major issue. In the United Kingdom there have been a number of outstanding achievements; the introduction of the National Health Service has inte­grated […]
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Reprinted from The Medical Officer, 11 September, 1948. by SOMERVILLE  HASTINGS, M.S., F.R.G.S., M.P. Two lectures on a National Service for Health given at an International Vacation Course at Munster University, Germany, July, 1948. I The Health Of Each Is The Concern Of All Positive health is much more than the absence of active disease. On it depends both our ability to work and our capacity to enjoy life. Illness results not only in pain and suffering but also in frustration, the result of inability to carry out our plans and intentions. Many estimates have been made of the cost of illness to […]
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