Too many children with Type 1 diabetes “not getting the care they need” warns new report

Too many children with Type 1 diabetes are not receiving high enough standards of care to help them manage their condition and avoid serious long-term complications according to a report published today. The report, which specifically looks at children (aged 12 and over) with Type 1 diabetes, found that more than a quarter have blood pressure levels above their target –which significantly increases long-term health risks – and seven percent are displaying early indications of kidney damage. Published... Readmore

End of life care receives funding boost to improve service standards

Proposals for improving the quality of end of life care services – including an additional £130m of funding – are contained in a new report published today. Produced by the Choice in End of Life Care Programme Board, the report - What’s Important to Me: A Review of Choice in End of Life Care - was commissioned to provide advice to Government on improving the quality and experience of care for adults at the end of life and their carers. The independently-led report makes a number of proposals,... Readmore

UKIP healthcare policy: £3bn more pledged for frontline NHS services

UKIP has today (Tuesday 23 February) announced a string of healthcare policy pledges - including an extra £3bn for NHS frontline services. Party leader Nigel Farage also pledged to fund elderly social care to the tune of £1bn per year, boost dementia funding by £130m per year, give NHS staff a pay rise, and promised to scrap hospital parking charges. Health tourism, which costs the NHS around £2bn per year, would also be clamped down on according to Mr Farage. "UKIP is committed to an NHS that... Readmore

Cameron sets out new strategy to fight dementia

Prime Minister David Cameron has set out a new strategy for fighting dementia. “Britain will expand its efforts to combat dementia over the next five years” said Mr Cameron as he announced 'Challenge on Dementia 2020' – his long-term strategy for boosting research, improving care and raising public awareness about the condition. A growing problem, in 10 years it is expected there will be one million people living with dementia in the UK. Worldwide, the number of people living with dementia... Readmore

New emergency care hospital in Northumberland close to completion

Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital – currently under construction – is close to completion and counting down to receiving its first patients in June. The first purpose-built hospital of its kind in England, the development is part of an innovative new model of emergency care designed to improve clinical outcomes for patients and help save lives across Northumberland and North Tyneside. Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has invested £75 million to build the new state-of-the-art... Readmore

BMA symposium puts patient safety top of the agenda

Encouraging patients, families and carers to raise concerns about healthcare was the big issue under discussion at a British Medical Association (BMA) event earlier this week. The BMA’s Patient Safety Symposium event focused strongly on the report by Sir Robert Francis (Freedom to Speak Up) which makes 20 recommendations towards creating ‘an open and honest reporting culture in the NHS.’ During her opening of the symposium, BMA president Baroness Ilora Finlay said that it was important... Readmore

Major survey finds that 9 in 10 people in Wales satisfied with standards of NHS care

More than nine out of 10 people in Wales are satisfied with the standards of care they receive according to a major new survey. Carried out in 2013-14, the face-to-face National Survey for Wales quizzed 14,500 people aged 16 and over on a number of issues including their overall satisfaction with health services; satisfaction with care; access to care and patient involvement. Key findings include: (i) 94% of people attending a hospital appointment in the last 12 months were able to get an appointment... Readmore

Obesity and drug problems included in review of sickness benefit

People who are obese or have alcohol or drug problems resulting in them not being able to work could have their sickness benefits cut if they refuse treatment, says David Cameron. The PM has launched a wide reaching review of the current system because some 100,000 people with such conditions claim Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). However, he says, this fails to encourage people with long-term, treatable issues to get medical help. There is currently no requirement for people with... Readmore

Smoking in cars carrying children to be banned in Wales

A ban on people smoking in cars carrying children is to be introduced in Wales the Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford has announced. The ban, which will come into force on 1 October 2015 (subject to the approval of Assembly Members), will protect children from the avoidable harms associated with exposure to tobacco smoke, which can lead to a range of chronic diseases. Wales is the first country in the UK to tackle the issue of smoking in vehicles when children are present. The... Readmore

New HEE film makes patient safety the number one healthcare concern

As part of its remit to improve safety in the NHS through the delivery of its education and training work, Health Education England (HEE) has produced a film to help staff in raising concerns over patient safety. The film, produced under the auspices of the Commission on Education and Training for Patient Safety chaired by Professor Sir Norman Williams and Sir Keith Pearson, will provide support for staff at all levels, addressing not only the importance of raising concerns but how to do it whilst... Readmore

NHS Litigation Authority unveils new Chief Executive

A strong addition to the health sector has been made this week with Catherine Dixon joining the NHS Litigation Authority as its new Chief Executive. Catherine was previously General Counsel and Company Secretary at the NSPCC, and played a leading role within the Executive Team as the charity went through a period of significant change.  “I am delighted to join the NHS Litigation Authority, an organisation which makes a major contribution to patient safety,” said Catherine. “The NHSLA... Readmore
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