Boosting Britain needs more than a fistful of Bills
Following the Queen's Speech, Heather Jameson says that personally her glass is at least half-full. But as the Prime Minister prepares to boost Britain after we leave the EU, Government policy is looking somewhat paradoxical.
Queen's Speech: Latest
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Care services face five-day delays for medicines under no-deal Brexit
The Government’s report on readiness for a no-deal Brexit has warned adult care services to prepare for delays in receiving medical products.
Pessimism growing due to care funding uncertainty
Health leaders have warned that under-funding of social care and public health services could leave them unable to deliver the Government’s NHS long term plan.
HEALTH MJ: Delays still block UK hospital beds
Latest NHS England figures show continuing relentless pressure on emergency admissions and too many beds still occupied by elderly patients who are better off with community care.
MJ HEALTH: How UK healthcare compares
The UK’s NHS performs better than it seems when compared with the health systems of other advanced countries, according to latest official figures.
HEALTH MJ: Patients’ Association launches care home ‘charter’
The Patients’ Association (PA) has launched a ‘Care Home Charter’ to improve medication practices for people living in care homes across the UK.
HEALTH MJ: Very elderly people ‘should move before a health crisis’
People in advanced old age would feel more in control of their lives if they considered a move to assisted accommodation or residential care before health problems forced them to, say researchers.
HEALTH MJ: Labour pledges to introduce free personal care in England
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has announced that a future Labour Government would introduce free personal care for people over 65, in a pledge that would cost around £6bn a year.
HEALTH MJ: PFI costs ‘damaging investment in NHS’, says think-ta
Safety hazards, sewage leaks and falling ceilings are major risks at hospitals after decades of under-investment and the legacy of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) in hospitals, researchers said.
HEALTH MJ: Tool predicts MRH after hospital discharge
Researchers have a developed a new tool to assess the likelihood of an older adult suffering from medication-related harm (MRH) after discharge from hospital.
HEALTH MJ: Doctors say vegan diet is ‘safe’ for youngsters
A study has concluded that a vegan diet can be beneficial for all age groups, including children, following a report earlier in the year that it could be damaging to young people.
HEALTH MJ: NHS performance slips on waiting times
Waiting times for treatment at NHS hospitals have continued to lengthen over the last year, according to figures from NHS England.
HEALTH MJ: More elderly people have to sell homes to fund long-term care
Around 400 pensioners sell their homes each week to pay for social care, according to the latest research.
HEALTH MJ: Families unaware they qualify for social care payments
Many families may be eligible for direct payments for social care, but may not claim them when the need arises, said a charity.
HEALTHMJ: Victims of domestic abuse ‘more likely to become homeless’
A national domestic abuse charity says women who are victims are more likely to be homeless as a result of their situation.
HEALTH MJ: Younger children ‘at risk of depression’
Younger children in the UK school year may be more likely to be diagnosed with depression by the age of 16 than older children in the year, says a study.
HEALTH MJ: IPPR calls for care home funding
A think-tank has called for state provision and the building of more care homes to tackle the continuing crisis in the social care sector.
HEALTH MJ: Addressing welfare state inequalities
Solutions to the social care funding problem are there, says Michael Burton - they just need leadership from politicians to deliver them.
HEALTH MJ: NHS spending second lowest in G7, says ONS
Spending on health in the UK is the second lowest per head in the major industrialised countries but average compared to the world’s 25 largest economies according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.