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400 care home operators collapse in five years as cuts bite | Society | The Guardian
BDO’s research said care homes, already struggling with debts racked up before the credit crunch, had “suffered as a result of the reduced spending by central government”.

It warned that further pain lay ahead, highlighting research from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services showing that councils had £700m of social care cuts planned in 2018-19, despite growing demand.
UK  Austerity  social  care  adult  sickcare  elderly  demographic  bubble  NHS  Council  Rentnerrepublik 
8 days ago by asterisk2a
Is the NHS's long-term plan workable? - BBC News
Bleak picture
Budgets for public health (including prevention) and training of nurses, doctors and other staff have not yet been set out and, if less generous than the NHS settlement, they could affect the ability of the service to deliver the long-term plan, in the view of the report authors.

And what of the short term? The watchdog paints a bleak picture.

The financial health of some trusts, it says, is getting worse.
NHS  social  care  Council  elderly  adult  long-term  plan  Theresa  May  Conservative  Austerity  chronic  sickcare  sick  population  ageing  demographics  Cancer  Obesity  CVD  diabetes  rationing  mental  health  staff  crisis  hiring  locum  CAMHS  prevention  public  Privatisation 
8 weeks ago by asterisk2a
How diet is changing - the good and the bad - BBC News
But on other measures, diet has not improved, the report, from the Food Standards Agency and Public Health England, says.

Fruit and vegetable consumption remains largely unchanged and is still under the recommended five-a-day level.
Fibre intake has fallen slightly, while vitamin and mineral consumption is down.

And there has been little change in oily fish intake.
UK  chronic  sick  population  obesity  public  health  prevention  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  NHS  sickcare  demand  premature  ageing  diet  western  S.A.D. 
8 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Are Andrew Lansley's NHS reforms being binned? - BBC News
But Nigel Edwards, the influential chief executive of the Nuffield Trust think tank, believes a "significant unpicking" of Mr Lansley's reforms are on the cards and in time they will be judged as "one of the most major public policy failures" of all time.

If that is the case, it begs the question: why did the government go to all the trouble of pushing ahead with them in the first place?
NHS  Privatisation  long-term  plan  sickcare  ageing  population  Conservative  Party  premature  chronic  sick  prevention  public  health  CVD  dementia  Cancer  Austerity  social  care  Council  elderly  CCG  GP 
9 weeks ago by asterisk2a
At the heart of this NHS cash boost lies a dishonesty: tax | Rafael Behr | Opinion | The Guardian
Theresa May’s boast that extra funding won’t involve tax rises should set alarm bells ringing [...] Stevens knows that £20.5bn is a lot, yet not enough. It repairs some of the damage inflicted by austerity – a problem denied for years by ministers who insisted the NHS budget was ring-fenced. That was true in a narrow technical sense. But rising costs and a displaced burden from deep cuts elsewhere imposed an unbearable strain on hospitals and GPs. [...] Phased in over five years, the £20.5bn uplift temporarily restores health spending to something like its pre-austerity trajectory. But it is unclear where the next £20.5bn comes from. Or the £20.5bn after that. The Institute for Fiscal Studies estimates that budgets should rise by 3.3% over 15 years to keep services at their current level. If the ambition is to make them better, the annual increase would be more like 5%, taking health spending to around 10% of national income. That is the level maintained by countries like the Netherlands and Sweden. May has no plan to keep Britain in that league. [...] The dishonest part is making it sound like a self-sustaining process when it is a one-off event.
NHS  Theresa  May  Conservative  Austerity  sickcare  demand  long-term  plan  demographic  bubble  chronic  sick  population  staff  staffing  crisis  Cancer  diabetes  CVD  obesity  ageing  premature 
10 weeks ago by asterisk2a
NHS long-term plan: Focus on prevention 'could save 500,000 lives' - BBC News
MISTAKE. PREVENTION SHOULD BE ON TOP OF THE BUDGET, NOT TAKEN AWAY FROM THE BUDGET. That after the conservatives cut prevention (Public Health)
The government and NHS England are publishing the long-waited 10-year plan for healthcare later today. From what we know so far, it aims to reduce reliance on hospitals, giving them a smaller cut of the overall budget, and puts a greater emphasis on preventing ill health. Ahead of the publication, NHS England confirmed that a third of the extra £20bn a year the NHS will receive by 2023 will be spent on GPs, community care and mental health. Its chief executive, Simon Stevens, called the plan a "practical, costed and phased route map". However, senior doctors have complained that hospitals are facing a "near-on impossible" task over the next few years.
__ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-46783621 - Will NHS long-term plan deliver the goods?
++ https://www.longtermplan.nhs.uk/publication/nhs-long-term-plan/
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Document demands repeal of 2012 legislation on automatic tendering of care contracts https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/07/nhs-chiefs-tell-theresa-may-time-to-curb-privatisation-automatic-tendering-care-contract
&! NHS considers scrapping four-hour A&E waiting time targets Hospitals are unlikely to recover previous performance levels, health leaders believe https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/07/nhs-waiting-time-targets-minor-ailments
&! Despite extra funding, central idea of plan for NHS England is to do more with less https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/07/what-is-the-nhs-long-term-plan-and-can-it-achieve-its-aims
& Key commitments at a glance, from reducing stillbirths to diagnosing cancers earlier
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/07/what-will-the-nhs-long-term-plan-mean-for-patients
& NHS long-term plan: Are there enough staff to make it happen?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-46782159
NHS  prevention  sickcare  demand  Austerity  ageing  premature  population  obesity  CVD  cancer  diabetes  Conservative  Theresa  May  staff  crisis  public  health  Brexit  long-term  plan 
10 weeks ago by asterisk2a
(1437) Obesity patients left struggling after NHS cuts - YouTube
obesity cost - 50bn economy
6bn NHS spends on obesity
- obesogenic environment
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIrZQIRxGds - Exclusive: Call for obesity to be reclassified as a 'disease'
NHS  obesity  chronic  sickcare  Austerity  environment  obesogenic  CVD  diabetes 
10 weeks ago by asterisk2a
(1268) NHS - Where From Here? - YouTube
Privatisation by stealth
GP get asked to ration referrals
"engineered to collapse"
lowest bed numbers and dr numbers per head.
compromised delivery of care
"a demoralized workforce is a compliant workforce."
"doctors wont speak up for their patients (see culture), cant speak up [...] if the patient doesnt speak up nobody does"
NHS  Privatisation  STP  Austerity  sickcare  demand  culture  asset  stripping 
10 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Tax junk food high in sugar and salt, says top doctor - BBC News
England's top doctor has accused the food industry of "failing the public" and is calling for taxes on unhealthy food high in sugar and salt.
public  health  prevention  obesity  CVD  cancer  NHS  sickcare  demand  UK  diabetes  nudge 
11 weeks ago by asterisk2a
£20.5bn NHS funding boost not enough to improve care – study | Society | The Guardian
Ageing population and hospital deficits will take up much of new funds, thinktank says
report by the IPPR thinktank and former senior NHS staff says.
NHS  ageing  population  chronic  sick  premature  Rentnerrepublik  demographic  bubble  sickcare  demand 
december 2018 by asterisk2a
(12067) Die Tricks der Krankenhäuser | Doku & Reportage | NDR - YouTube
33:30 'Es wird erwartet vom Doktor, die Zahlen zu liefern.' [...] 'Medicine and privatwirtschaft vertragen sich nicht gut.' [...] 'Deutschland medizin wurde oekonomisiert'
NHS  Privatisation  Germany  UK  healthcare  sickcare  demand  for  profit  maximisation  for-profit 
september 2018 by asterisk2a
Norfolk hospital plans 'in-patient' care at home - BBC News
A hospital preparing for forthcoming winter bed pressures has confirmed plans to treat dozens of people classed as "in patients" at their own homes.
NHS  patient  safety  Austerity  winter  crisis  sickcare  demand 
august 2018 by asterisk2a
Private firms cash in on over-stretched NHS - BBC News
Under-pressure NHS services in England are spending over £1bn a year buying care from outside the NHS because they are unable to keep up with demand. The bill is being racked up by hospitals, ambulances and mental health trusts, data obtained by the BBC shows. NHS managers said money was being wasted as often it was done at the last minute, and led to the NHS over-paying. Sending patients to private clinics for care like hip and knee surgery is thought to be the most common purchase.
NHS  Privatisation  Austerity  rationing  sickcare  demand 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
Antidepressant prescriptions for children on the rise - BBC News
[GPs prescribing anti-depressants ...] Experts have linked the rise to waits for specialist mental health services. Antidepressants should prescribed to children only under close supervision.
NHS  mental  health  rationing  Austerity  GP  public  prevention  antidepressant  SSRI  NICE  negligence  malpractice  sickcare  demand 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
Record number of severely obese children - BBC News
Levels of childhood obesity have remained fairly stable in recent years, but the new analysis shows that severe obesity has been on an upward trend over the last decade.
obesity  UK  childhood  public  health  prevention  overweight  chronic  sick  population  sickcare  demand  diabetes  NHS 
july 2018 by asterisk2a

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