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So politicians are blaming immigrants for the NHS crisis. How predictable

So politicians are blaming immigrants for the NHS crisis. How predictable

There’s very little point to our political class right now. The response to the NHS crisis has been nothing if not tediously predictable. The government roused itself from its slumber to say, in turn, that there’s no problem, and anyway the problem is ca

11 January 2017 in Health
 
Care home closures set to rise as funding crisis bites

Care home closures set to rise as funding crisis bites

Care home operators, trade unions and charities have been telling Theresa May for months that the care home industry is in crisis and needs help. Last week, May got her sternest warning yet – the chairs of three influential Commons committees urged the p

11 January 2017 in Health
 
Social care does need more funds, but there are also savings to be made

Social care does need more funds, but there are also savings to be made

Ministers last week stepped in with an extra cash boost for social care. On top of a funding increase announced three months ago, they unveiled a further rise to help meet payroll costs and to help professionalise the workforce. Council leaders “warmly w

11 January 2017 in Health
 
Sharing suicide videos is dangerous. Facebook has failed us by allowing it

Sharing suicide videos is dangerous. Facebook has failed us by allowing it

Late last year an American child, not yet a teenager, killed herself. A video has surfaced online which purportedly shows the girl recording herself via life stream video doing it. Facebook Live is changing the world - but not in the way it hoped Read mo

11 January 2017 in Health
 
Child 'sugar scourge': thousands having teeth removed in hospital

Child 'sugar scourge': thousands having teeth removed in hospital

More than 40,000 children and young people a year are having rotten teeth removed in hospital in further evidence of what doctors call the “costly scourge of sugar”. New NHS figures obtained by the Local Government Association (LGA) show that 40,800 unde

11 January 2017 in Health
 
Plans for seven-day GPs not thought out, says spending watchdog

Plans for seven-day GPs not thought out, says spending watchdog

Whitehall’s spending watchdog has criticised government plans to let patients see GPs every day of the week as poorly planned and likely to cost much more than weekday family doctor services. In a new report, the National Audit Office said that Jeremy Hu

11 January 2017 in Health
 
NHS 'will fail' this winter without cash injection, doctors tell Theresa May

NHS 'will fail' this winter without cash injection, doctors tell Theresa May

Hospital doctors have warned Theresa May that the NHS “will fail” this winter and patient care will suffer unless she provides an emergency cash injection. The leaders of 33,000 doctors from 30 medical specialties urged the prime minister to recognise th

11 January 2017 in Health
 
Vaccination skeptic Robert F Kennedy Jr to chair vaccination safety commission

Vaccination skeptic Robert F Kennedy Jr to chair vaccination safety commission

Donald Trump has asked Robert F Kennedy Jr, a prominent skeptic regarding the use of vaccines, to chair a commission on vaccination safety. “President-elect Trump has some doubts about the current vaccine policies and he has questions about it,” said Ken

10 January 2017 in Health
 
Words are not enough to tackle the crisis in mental health

Words are not enough to tackle the crisis in mental health

I am, of course, pleased that Theresa May recognises that increasing numbers of adults and children are suffering from mental health difficulties (May pledges to try to reduce stigma, 9 January). The huge emotional burden this puts on families only incre

10 January 2017 in Health
 
Poorer countries fail to act on smoking due to big tobacco threats, says WHO

Poorer countries fail to act on smoking due to big tobacco threats, says WHO

Many low- and middle-income countries are too scared by the threats and misinformation of big tobacco to raise the price of cigarettes, even though it would hugely benefit both health and the economy, according to a major new report. The most effective m

10 January 2017 in Health
 
‘Care work is tough. We should not be paying minimum wages’

‘Care work is tough. We should not be paying minimum wages’

Whether or not you agree with reports at the weekend that the NHS is facing a “humanitarian crisis”, caused by delayed discharge and unprecedented demand for services, it is abundantly clear that when it comes to health and social care, the status quo is

10 January 2017 in Health
 
More than 2m people wait over four hours in A&E, figures show

More than 2m people wait over four hours in A&E, figures show

More than 2 million people had to wait more than four hours at A&E units last year, a sharp rise on the previous year, official NHS figures have shown. The latest annual data from NHS Digital shows that more people than ever before were treated at...

10 January 2017 in Health
 
Labour has shifted focus away from the NHS crisis. For what?

Labour has shifted focus away from the NHS crisis. For what?

The NHS is in crisis: a “humanitarian crisis”, in the words of the Red Cross. The service is Labour’s invention; at this moment, it should be the party’s focus. A pledge of £350m extra a week for the NHS was critical to the triumph of leave in the EU ref

10 January 2017 in Health
 
John McDonnell calls for NHS funding audit as winter crisis deepens

John McDonnell calls for NHS funding audit as winter crisis deepens

NHS funding levels should be checked by the government’s budget watchdog amid public distrust of the figures and a worsening winter crisis in hospitals, John McDonnell has said. The shadow chancellor wrote to Robert Chote, head of the Office for Budget R

10 January 2017 in Health
 
Police investigate reports of saline bag tampering at hospital

Police investigate reports of saline bag tampering at hospital

Police are investigating reports that saline bags were tampered with at a hospital in Cumbria. Security had been increased at Cumberland infirmary, in Carlisle, after a member of staff discovered last week that a small number of the bags had apparently b

10 January 2017 in Health
 


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