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Attempted suicides by disability benefit claimants more than double after introduction of fit-to-work assessment

Attempted suicides by disability benefit claimants more than double after introduction of fit-to-work assessment | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Attempted suicides among out-of-work disability benefit claimants have more than doubled since the introduction of fit-to-work assessments in 2008, The Independent can reveal.

According to new analysis of NHS data from surveys taken in 2007 and 2014, nearly half of people surveyed on out-of-work disability benefits said in 2014 that they had attempted to take their own lives. 
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Humanists campaign for more non-religious NHS ‘chaplains’ | Society | The Guardian

Humanists campaign for more non-religious NHS ‘chaplains’ | Society | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
For people of faith, when they face serious ill-health or an operation, being able to seek solace in their beliefs is vital. Even more so when they reach the end of life.

Now humanists are campaigning to end what they see as discrimination against non-religious people being treated by the NHS, by urging that chaplains – or what they term non-religious pastoral carers – are hired to cater for non-believers.

Humanists UK has been advertising – including in the Observer – to raise funds to support pastoral workers and train them, because it says there is a disproportionate number of religious chaplains in the NHS, given how many people in the UK do not have religious beliefs. The latest Social Attitudes Survey said 53% of Britons have no religion.
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Are we expecting too much from the NHS? (pdf)

The relationship between the public and the NHS is complex. Often described as ‘a national religion’, the NHS is the thing that makes people feel most proud to be British and regularly tops polling on the most important issues facing the country.


However, while many people strongly identify with its values, there is often debate about whether the service is sustainable in its current form. This complexity extends to people’s relationship with their own health, which is influenced by a range of factors, including genetic characteristics, behavioural factors and the environment in which they live. This complex interplay of factors raises the question of the extent to which people are responsible for their health or whether it is determined by factors beyond their control. 


In this paper, we explore the public’s expectations of the NHS, the balance between meeting those expectations and living within a constrained budget, and the question of who is responsible for keeping us healthy

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The Guardian view on the NHS at 70: your health service needs you | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

The Guardian view on the NHS at 70: your health service needs you | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

Aneurin Bevan, the Labour health minister who created the NHS 70 years ago this week, said that providing free healthcare funded by general taxation as a right was “the most civilised step any country had ever taken”. To modern ears the phrase sounds quaint, but the service continues to be an object of veneration. The Conservative politician Nigel Lawson once called it the closest thing English people have to a religion.

Bevan resigned from Attlee’s cabinet in 1951, believing that Britain’s postwar claim to “moral leadership of the world” was slipping. But the charges for prescriptions, spectacles and dentistry that were among his reasons for quitting have turned out not to be the precursors to all sorts of other fees. In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, prescriptions are once again free. A Conservative prime minister has just promised NHS England a birthday gift of billions of pounds.

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Trust in Scottish Government falls amid NHS woes - The Herald (paywall)

Trust in Scottish Government falls amid NHS woes - The Herald (paywall) | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

TRUST in Nicola Sturgeon’s government has fallen for the second year in a row, amid mounting levels of dissatisfaction with the NHS and standards of living.

The level of people who trusted it to make fair decisions also dropped in 2017.

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Scotland news: Trust in SNP falls AGAIN after 'decade of mismanagement', survey reveals | UK | News

Scotland news: Trust in SNP falls AGAIN after 'decade of mismanagement', survey reveals | UK | News | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
TRUST in the SNP Government has plunged for the second year in a row amid Nicola Sturgeon's renewed crusade for independence. According to the Scottish Government's own annual Scottish Social Attitudes survey, people are increasingly concerned about education, the NHS and standards of living.
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Care Appointments | Report: The NHS at 70 - How good is the NHS?

Care Appointments | Report: The NHS at 70 - How good is the NHS? | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

"To mark the BBC's coverage of the NHS's 70th birthday in July 2018, researchers from the Health Foundation, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust have joined forces for the first time, using combined expertise to shed light on some of the big questions on the NHS."

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Scots willing to pay higher taxes to reduce healthcare inequalities, research suggests

Scots willing to pay higher taxes to reduce healthcare inequalities, research suggests | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

Scots would be prepared to pay higher taxes to reduce healthcare inequalities, new research shows today.

A survey commissioned by NHS Health Scotland found that seven in 10 think the wealthy are better able to live healthy lives, and that people in richer areas tend to be healthier.

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We need reform of the NHS to avoid a decade of misery

We need reform of the NHS to avoid a decade of misery | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
MPs from different parties urge cross-party approach to solve underfunding of healthcare
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IFS & The Health Foundation report - Securing the future: funding health and social care to the 2030s

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Lone workers and the risks of the hidden workforce | | Health and Safety at Work | Lone working

Lone workers and the risks of the hidden workforce | | Health and Safety at Work | Lone working | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

Lone workers are often alone physically, and psychologically, but technology and training can help ensure their safety and welfare, says Nick Whiteley.

There are more than six million lone workers in the UK, representing approximately 20% of the UK workforce. Lone workers can be found in most, if not all, organisations, performing a varied set of functions. The NHS, for instance, employs up to 100,000 healthcare professionals who work on their own every single day, representing 9% of its workforce.

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The last decade of health and social care in England – in 10 charts

The last decade of health and social care in England – in 10 charts | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Despite warnings of a crisis, the quality of care and patient outcomes have improved. But the NHS still needs a pragmatic plan to secure its future
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NHS: How unhappy is the public?

NHS: How unhappy is the public? | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Public satisfaction with the NHS appears to have dropped sharply after holding up in recent years.
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How have public attitudes to the NHS changed over the past three decades?

How have public attitudes to the NHS changed over the past three decades? | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
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Scrap council tax – wealthy homeowners must pay more| Larry Elliott | Opinion | The Guardian

Scrap council tax – wealthy homeowners must pay more| Larry Elliott | Opinion | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The government is short of money. The Treasury is scrabbling around looking for ways to fund Theresa May’s pledge to spend an extra £20bn a year on the NHS. Pressures on the public finances are bound to continue increasing because the population is ageing and older people need more health and social care. The way to square the circle is obvious. Philip Hammond should use his autumn budget to announce the abolition of council tax and its replacement with a fairer system of property taxation. That means a land value tax, an idea whose time has come.
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The NHS explained in eight charts

The NHS explained in eight charts | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Everything you need to know about the NHS, as it enters its 70th year of existence.
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Satisfaction with the NHS peaked in 2010

Satisfaction with the NHS peaked in 2010 | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Labour increased health spending from 1997-2010 by almost record levels. Satisfaction with the NHS peaked at 70% in 2010. It has since fallen to 57%.
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NHS70 is an opportunity to tell the story of the service and justify the funding it has received for the future | PR Week

NHS70 is an opportunity to tell the story of the service and justify the funding it has received for the future | PR Week | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The NHS is one of the most-loved institutions in the UK, if not the number one. Polling continues to show there is overwhelming support for the NHS' founding principles - it is the one thing that unites Britons across political, demographic and regional divides.

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The power of story-telling at this key moment will enhance the NHS’ case for extra funding, argues Daniel Reynolds
But we know the NHS faces significant challenges and, according to Ipsos MORI, it has risen to the top of the public’s concerns, outstripping fears over immigration.
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Attitudes To Government, The Economy And Public Services :: Caithness Business Index

Attitudes To Government, The Economy And Public Services :: Caithness Business Index | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The Chief Statistician today released a set of Official Statistics drawn from the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2017, covering a range of topics including attitudes to government, economy, standard of living and the NHS.

A gap in trust in the Scottish and UK Governments has existed since 1999 when the survey began. In 2017, 61% trusted the Scottish Government to work in Scotland's best interests and 37% to make fair decisions, down from 65% and 40% respectively in 2016. Consistent with previous years, trust in the UK Government remained considerably lower. In 2017, 20% trusted the UK Government to work in Scotland’s best interests and 16% to make fair decisions.

In 2017, 43% of people said the Scottish Government has the most influence over the way Scotland is run and 41% said the UK Government. Whereas nearly three quarters (74%) of people said that the Scottish Government should have most influence over the way Scotland is run and 15% said the UK Government should have the most influence.
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NHS 70: The health service in Wales - in 10 charts

NHS 70: The health service in Wales - in 10 charts | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
A snapshot of how the NHS looks in Wales - as it celebrates its 70th anniversary.
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June 2018 report: The public and the NHS What’s the deal?

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Scots back tax hikes to improve health - The Scotsman

Scots back tax hikes to improve health - The Scotsman | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
More than half of Scots say they would accept tax hikes if the money was ring-fenced for the NHS because of widespread concerns the country’s wealth gap is to blame for poorer health, a new survey has found.
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Sharp rise in self-harm reported by mental health units in England

Sharp rise in self-harm reported by mental health units in England | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

"Experts say ‘extremely worrying’ increase shows NHS services struggling to provide support. The proportion of 16- to 74-year-olds reporting having self-harmed increased from 3.8% in 2007 to 6.4% in 2014."

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Difficult choices lie ahead on how good we want the NHS to be

Difficult choices lie ahead on how good we want the NHS to be | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

"In new work with the Health Foundation, we estimate that it would require an average growth in health spending of 3.3 per cent for the next 15 years just to keep the NHS providing the level of service it does today — with a slightly bigger increase to address immediate funding requirements."

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NHS at 70: the health service is at a critical point in its lifetime | The Guardian

NHS at 70: the health service is at a critical point in its lifetime | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

With warnings of year-round winter crises and funding under pressure, will the system continue to meet the public’s needs?

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Most voters support tax rise to increase NHS funding, survey finds

Most voters support tax rise to increase NHS funding, survey finds | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

"More than three out of five people (61%) said they would back a hike to provide more money for the health service, the 2017 British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey found. Many respondents were pessimistic about the future of the NHS, with more than half (56%) expecting standards of care to deteriorate over the next five years, an increase of 21 percentage points since 2014."

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NHS privatisation would be 'political suicide', says thinktank

NHS privatisation would be 'political suicide', says thinktank | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Health service has been voters’ first choice for extra government funding for decades, finds study
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