Tag Archives: Health

Bury the bill — Delamothe et al. 342 — bmj.com

28 Jun

Only a handful of companies in the world exceed the £100bn turnover of the English NHS; none would have embarked on change in this harebrained fashion. This is the take home message for the next government that spots a once in a generation opportunity to reform the NHS.

via Bury the bill — Delamothe et al. 342 — bmj.com.

How Can Further Measles Outbreaks Be Prevented And The Decline In Vaccination Reversed? – Confirmed measles cases in US tops 150 + Outbreak in Wales.

22 Jun

“The leaders of the antivaccination movement say they speak out because they care about the children. When I see stories like these, from parents who are destroyed by the loss or serious illness of the children, I question those antivaccination advocates. And we know that when trying to sway opinion, just stating facts rarely works against antiscience claims like those of antivaxxers. I’m hoping that more parents see stories like the ones at Shot by Shot. We have the facts on our side, but we also need to touch these parents’ hearts before they’ll see the truth.”

Phil Plait

via Confirmed measles cases in US tops 150 | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine.

This Phil Plait article and the USA Today article it mentions are recommended reading to anyone concerned about public health right now and for the future.

I haven’t fully explored this issue yet but it seems to me that doctors, nurses, health professionals, the media and governing bodies are not doing enough to ensure that parents are given a complete and fully informed choice. Which may mean that parents are not giving valid reasons for not vaccinating their children. Continue reading

Mental health experts warn against pace of incapacity benefit cuts | Society | The Guardian

9 Jun

Liz Woollard, 48, who suffers from depression and anxiety, says she failed the test despite two GPs, a psychiatrist and a senior nurse stating she was not able to work. Following a 54-minute assessment, Woollard says she was turned down for employment support allowance. The subsequent report stated she “did not appear to be trembling … sweating … or making rocking movements”.

via Mental health experts warn against pace of incapacity benefit cuts | Society | The Guardian.

BBC News – Cameron outlines changes to NHS reforms after criticism

7 Jun

Good news on the reforms! Finally! But is it too good to be true? Lets hope not.

He said the NHS would remain a universal service, changes would improve “efficient and integrated care”, hospital waiting times would be “kept low”, NHS budgets would increase every year and there would be no privatisation nor cherry-picking by private providers.

“There can be no compromise on this. It is what patients expect. It is what doctors and nurses want. And it is what this government is determined to deliver.”

via BBC News – Cameron outlines changes to NHS reforms after criticism.

Nurse consortia role must be ‘enshrined in law’ | News | Nursing Times

6 Jun

More condemnation for the NHS Reforms.

In its response to the government’s “listening exercise” on amendments to the troubled legislation, Royal College of Nursing general secretary and chief executive Peter Carter said the bill needed “significant amendments”, rather than “minor and superficial” changes.

via Nurse consortia role must be ‘enshrined in law’ | News | Nursing Times.

Unison’s head of health calls for the bill to be scrapped altogether and the Royal College of Midwives general secretary describes it as reckless and poorly thought through.