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KEN ADMITS HE USES PRIVATE HEALTHCARE

KEN Livingstone, the Labour candidate to be Mayor of London and a noted opponent of NHS privatisation, uses private healthcare services, City A.M. has learned.

 

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NHS Minor Ailment Service - YouTube

RT @NHSChoices: An animated video from @rpharms explaining the NHS Minor Ailment Service: http://t.co/JCOcC7Rsfb
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It's not only about Calpol!!!!!!

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The Guardian view on the English NHS: the seven-day daydream

The Guardian view on the English NHS: the seven-day daydream | nhswatch | Scoop.it
David Cameron’s diagnosis of the ills of the health service might sound plausible enough. But he has no coherent prescription to offerThe Conservative election victory was very much David Cameron’s personal win.
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All healthcare professionals must be trained in palliative care

All healthcare professionals must be trained in palliative care | nhswatch | Scoop.it
The government must make training a priority so that everyone working in health or social care knows how to care for, and communicate with, people who are terminally ill Wednesday’s parliamentary & health service ombudsman (PHSO) report is a stark...
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Almost one in four deaths 'avoidable with lifestyle and healthcare changes'

Almost one in four deaths 'avoidable with lifestyle and healthcare changes' | nhswatch | Scoop.it
ONS study shows 23% of deaths in England and Wales in 2013 were amenable to treatment or could have been prevented through public health measures Nearly a quarter of deaths in England and Wales in 2013 were potentially avoidable with good...
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Midwife struck off for misconduct after deaths of two babies

Midwife struck off for misconduct after deaths of two babies | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Marie Teresa Ratcliffe ruled unfit to practise after her actions were said to have contributed to the children’s deaths A former midwife whose actions were said to have contributed to the deaths of two babies is to be struck off, a misconduct...
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NHS nurses see their pay fall - while senior managers have enjoyed a pay rise

NHS nurses see their pay fall - while senior managers have enjoyed a pay rise | nhswatch | Scoop.it
The average pay of an NHS nurse has fallen over the past year, while the salaries of senior managers have increased by nearly two per cent, latest figures show.
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Cameron vows to transform NHS into world's first seven-day health service

Cameron vows to transform NHS into world's first seven-day health service | nhswatch | Scoop.it
David Cameron will pledge to deliver the world’s first seven day-a-week universal health service that will guarantee care to patients “wherever they are and whenever they need it”.

In a sign of Downing Street’s determination to occupy territory seen as the preserve of Labour, the prime minister will use his first major speech since his re-election to promise that the NHS will be safe in his hands for “every generation to come”.

The prime minister will say in a speech at a GP centre in the Midlands that the Tories will deliver on their manifesto commitment to provide an extra £8bn a year in funding to the NHS by the end of the parliament.

A GP access fund, which will ensure that 18 million patients will have access to a GP in the evenings and at weekends, will be expanded to ensure that more seven-day access will be available. This will also be provided in hospitals. The changes are due to apply across England by 2020.
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Dementia affects over 3,000 Islanders. Find out more during awareness week

Dementia affects over 3,000 Islanders. Find out more during awareness week | nhswatch | Scoop.it
The Island’s NHS Memory Service is supporting Dementia Awareness Week which runs from 18th – 22nd May and raising awareness of dementia and the specialist support available to better enable people to live well with the condition.

Dementia is a serious and progressive disease that leads to memory loss and communication problems that can create difficulties for the person living with dementia. Around 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK and 1 in 20 are aged under 65. By 2055 it is estimated that the numbers will rise to 1 million.
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Gething: Welsh government communications on NHS must improve

Gething: Welsh government communications on NHS must improve | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Wales' deputy health minister Vaughan Gething says the Welsh government needs to be more effective in communicating with the public about the NHS.

His comments, on Sunday Politics Wales, follow claims by the Tories problems in health services helped them make Welsh gains in the general election.

He said the challenge was to get people to look at their own NHS experiences.

Problems in the NHS were identified as a major factor in the election campaign in the Vale of Clwyd, in particular.

Mr Gething said: "Our challenge is to persuade the public to look at what the health service does, to think about their own experience, because nine out of 10 people have a very good experience of the NHS.
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David Cameron has boosted dementia awareness but more needs to be done

David Cameron has boosted dementia awareness but more needs to be done | nhswatch | Scoop.it
The fact that one million people have become Dementia Friends is excellent, but it remains to be seen how they are changing attitudes and understanding David Cameron’s fight to improve dementia care is, he has said, “a personal priority”, and...
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What does it mean for the NHS? Five takes on the election outcome

What does it mean for the NHS? Five takes on the election outcome | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Here are five observations from LGC’s sister title Health Service Journal on what the election result will mean for the NHS.

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Exposed: the foreign doctors milking the NHS for drugs

Exposed: the foreign doctors milking the NHS for drugs | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Among foreign doctors to have scammed the NHS out of drugs for relatives is Dr Sukhendu Chattopadhyay (pictured) who prescribed drugs for his mother-in-law in Calcutta.
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Catalogue of care failings uncovered in Leeds

Catalogue of care failings uncovered in Leeds | nhswatch | Scoop.it
More than two thirds of recently inspected Leeds care homes have been rated as inadequate or requiring improvement by a health watchdog.
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Alcohol consumption in England is underestimated, says study

Alcohol consumption in England is underestimated, says study | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Researchers say most surveys on typical drinking habits do not include alcohol consumed during celebrations such as weddings and birthdays Alcohol consumption in England has been underestimated by the equivalent of 12m bottles of wine a week...
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Theresa May pledges £15m to keep mentally ill people out of police cells

Theresa May pledges £15m to keep mentally ill people out of police cells | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Home secretary to put cash into health facilities for 4,000 people a year detained under Mental Health Act and ban children being held The home secretary, Theresa May, is to pledge up to £15m of new funding to provide health-based alternatives for...
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Cookham Medical Centre rated 'good' by Quality Care Commission

Cookham Medical Centre rated 'good' by Quality Care Commission | nhswatch | Scoop.it
A Quality Care Commission (CQC) report has rated Cookham Medical Centre as 'good'.
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Daily Mail criticised for 'stereotyping' Filipino nurses after Chua murder case

Daily Mail criticised for 'stereotyping' Filipino nurses after Chua murder case | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Newspaper comes under fire over ‘extremely controversial’ article hitting out at continued NHS hiring of staff from the Philippines Filipino groups and nursing bodies have hit back at a Daily Mail article that criticised the NHS for “still hiring...
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David Cameron 'must drop obsession' with seven-day access to GPs

David Cameron 'must drop obsession' with seven-day access to GPs | nhswatch | Scoop.it
There are too few doctors to deliver prime minister’s NHS pledge of 8am-8pm patient access, says GP leader Dr Chaand Nagpaul David Cameron should abandon his “surreal obsession” with patients being able to see a GP until 8pm every night because...
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Biggest NHS trust is failing on safety and quality of care, says watchdog

Biggest NHS trust is failing on safety and quality of care, says watchdog | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Care Quality Commission rates Barts health trust in London as inadequate due to issues including staff shortages and number of cancelled operations Inspectors have criticised the NHS’s largest hospital trust after finding it is seriously...
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Hunt: Royal College of Nursing 'jumping the gun'.

Hunt: Royal College of Nursing 'jumping the gun'. | nhswatch | Scoop.it

The health Secretary has dismissed concerns voiced by the Royal College of Nursing about changes in pay conditions associated with delivering a 7-day health service. Jeremy Hunt said the RCN was "jumping the gun".

His comments come as David Cameron prepares to make his first major speech since the election to underline plans to expand services in the NHS in England.

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The over-medicalisation of illness in the NHS is down to patients acting like customers

The over-medicalisation of illness in the NHS is down to patients acting like customers | nhswatch | Scoop.it
The most upsetting and haunting of the things I found when I was sorting through my late mother’s things was a handwritten list in a notebook by the chair where she always sat. Every day for a short while, before she was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with secondary renal cancer of the bone, she’d been jotting down the details of the painkillers she was taking and the time at which she was taking them, in a very shaky hand.

These weren’t strong, addictive painkillers. They were paracetamol and ibuprofen. It was awful to imagine her sitting there, her face twisted with pain, watching the clock until it was time to get a smidgeon of relief from agony. Or maybe not. Recent studies suggest that paracetamol simply doesn’t help lower-back pain, which is what my mother complained of. Not that my mother would have believed such heresy.
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LA prescription for the NHS: annual checks, feedback and your own doctor

LA prescription for the NHS: annual checks, feedback and your own doctor | nhswatch | Scoop.it
How to improve British health care; the danger of banning polls; and calling time on charities that invade the home.

 

"SIR – Without structural changes, additional funding alone will not improve patient care or increase system productivity (doing more with less).

 

Three areas need changing. First, the NHS has to become a health cure system by early identification of medical issues. This can be done by annual physical examinations.

 

Secondly, feedback within the NHS of poor and good medical practice should be regularly distributed to improve patient care and reduce preventable early deaths...

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Medics must realise that death is an inevitable part of life, not a failure

Medics must realise that death is an inevitable part of life, not a failure | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Healthcare professionals should not shy away from discussing dying; good care for all at the end of life should be the norm Over the course of next parliament, approx 3 million people in the UK can be expected to die, half of whom are likely to die...
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NHS in Scotland 'needs former nurses to fill shift gaps'

NHS in Scotland 'needs former nurses to fill shift gaps' | nhswatch | Scoop.it
ScotNursing says it is only able to fill around 40% of available shifts, whereas in the past it was able to fill 90%.

The company is calling on former nurses to consider doing occasional shifts.

The Scottish government said it had taken measures to support nurses, and increase the numbers of nurses and midwives working in the NHS.

ScotNursing chief executive Ann Rushforth said the problem was down to the lack of school leavers joining the profession.
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Labour has 'lost argument on NHS' says Alun Davies

Labour has 'lost argument on NHS' says Alun Davies | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Labour has lost the argument over the state of the NHS in Wales, a former Welsh government minister says.

 

Alun Davies said the Conservatives had been "brutally effective" in targeting Labour's management of health services.

 

He warned his party was in danger of losing people's trust on the NHS and needed to take action to win support.

 

Mr Davies also argued Labour had lost the general election because people did not trust the party on the economy.

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