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UK population living healthier for longer

Healthy life expectancy in the UK increased by more than two years in the period 2008-2010, compared with 2005-2007, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said. However, although the proportion of life spent in good health has increased

UK drugs supply issues highlighted

Obesity in middle age could be a major risk factor for dementia, it has been claimed. Researchers at the French medical research institution INSERM examined the cognitive function, body mass index and conditions such as diabetes and blood pres

Diabetes care to be audited nationwide

A campaign to improve diabetes care in residential and nursing homes has been launched. The Care Home Diabetes Audit 2012 is encouraging care home owners to take part in an England-wide survey to examine current diabetes procedures and practic

Number of nurses down by 4,800 in the last two years

The number of qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff working in the NHS has fallen by more than 4,800 since April 2010, official figures have revealed. There are currently 276,608 qualified nurses working in the health service,

Health inequality gap is widening

The proportion of people engaging in unhealthy lifestyle behaviours has fallen significantly, but almost all the improvement has been among higher socio-economic groups, a King's Fund report has found. The study analysed changes in the prevale

GPs slow to adopt online records

Just 1 per cent of general practices are providing patients with online access to electronic health records, it has been clamed. According to a report by think tank 2020Health, the use of Personal Health Records, which allow patients to add an

Cost of 'free' home care in Scotland rises

The Scottish government is facing calls to review its policy offering free personal care to people in their own homes after the cost of the scheme rose by 157 per cent in the last seven years. The Free Personal and Nursing Care policy (FPNC) c


Patients reluctant to discuss bowel cancer

NMC fee hike opposed by 'blameless' nurses

The vast majority of nurses and midwives are opposed to a 58 per cent increase in the NMC registration fee, according to separate surveys by the three biggest nursing unions.

Boosting the care of young people

When the independent Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Forum was established in January, its work was billed by the DH as a genuine chance to improve the availability and quality of healthcare provided to youngsters by the NHS. It will inform th

UK hospital admission rates vary significantly

The NHS would need around 7,000 fewer emergency hospital beds if all areas of England achieved the same rate of admission and average length of stay for over 65s as those with the lowest use, independent health charity the King's Fund has said.

Specialist nurses key to alcohol services

Increasing alcohol specialist nurse services across England could help prevent hospital admissions resulting from alcohol misuse, an influential group of MPs has said.

Diabetes costs 'could bankrupt the NHS'

Diabetes prescriptions given to primary care patients in England topped 40 million for the first time last year, following a 50 per cent increase in six years.

Ministerial rethink on 'Dilnot cap'

Ministers are expected to rethink social care policy proposals, announced last month, and to introduce a cap on the amount of money elderly people are expected to pay towards the cost of their social care.

CCG recruitment rules may be relaxed

The rule requiring CCGs to recruit their lead nurse board member from outside the local area could be relaxed if groups struggle to find a suitable candidate, the NHS Commissioning Board Authority (NHSCBA) has admitted.

Food campaigners blast Olympic sponsorship

The Children's Food Campaign is calling on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to take a tougher stance on the food and drink companies it allows to sponsor the Olympics.

Sharps injury consultation goes live

Proposals to introduce regulations on medical sharps injuries, designed to protect healthcare workers from injuries, have been put to a public consultation.


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