Patient groups criticise Hunt for ditching NHS waiting time targets | Society | The Guardian
The health and social care secretary has told NHS trusts they do not need to meet standards that require them to treat 95% of A&E patients within four hours and 92% of people awaiting non-urgent care within 18 weeks.

Hunt axed the targets earlier this week in the 2018-19 edition of the mandate (pdf), which is the set of priorities and instructions he gives the NHS every year. He said he made the decision because “a number of hospitals [are] struggling to meet these core performance standards overall”.
16 hours ago
Four in 10 online GP firms not safe, say inspectors - BBC News
Four in 10 online GP firms are not providing safe care, inspectors say.

The Care Quality Commission has been investigating the private online market over the past 18 months, identifying 35 companies running services in England.

After launching its inspections, five stopped trading and of the rest, 13 were found to be in breach of safety standards at the end of February.

The CQC highlighted problems with prescribing drugs and carrying out checks on patients.
The great learning curve: how to improve your study habits | Education | The Guardian
“Recent research says one of the best ways to learn something is to imagine teaching it. Think about how you would explain it to someone in a clasroom, as you need to know how something works in order to teach it.”
2 days ago
NHS pay: Unions agree deal for 1.3 million staff - BBC News
Statistics obtained by the BBC from NHS Digital showed 33,000 nurses walked away in 2017, piling pressure on understaffed hospitals and community services.
3 days ago
Wide range of drugs affect growth of gut microbes, study says | Science | The Guardian
A wide range of drugs from cancer therapies to antipsychotics affect the growth of microbes that are found in our gut, researchers say, highlighting that it is not only antibiotics that can have an impact on our internal flora.
microbiota  microbiome 
4 days ago
Poorest priced out of justice by legal aid rules, says Law Society | UK news | The Guardian
Some of the poorest families in England and Wales are being denied legal aid because they cannot afford the financial contributions they are required to make, according to the Law Society.
UK  Austerity  Justice  injustice  GFC  bailout 
4 days ago
‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower | News | The Guardian
For more than a year we’ve been investigating Cambridge Analytica and its links to the Brexit Leave campaign in the UK and Team Trump in the US presidential election. Now, 28-year-old Christopher Wylie goes on the record to discuss his role in hijacking the profiles of millions of Facebook users in order to target the US electorate &! https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/17/observer-view-facebook-harvesting-data-cambridge-analytica-files - Our revelations about the harvesting of users’ data show that Mark Zuckerberg’s all-powerful company has little sense of responsibility - https://www.theguardian.com/news/series/cambridge-analytica-files &! https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/17/cambridge-analytica-facebook-influence-us-election - Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach Whistleblower describes how firm linked to former Trump adviser Steve Bannon compiled user data to target American voters &! https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/17/cambridge-analytica-non-american-employees-political - Staff claim Cambridge Analytica ignored US ban on foreigners working on elections In the 2014 midterm elections and the Trump campaign, firm was staffed mainly by young Britons and Canadians &! https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/18/cambridge-analytica-and-facebook-accused-of-misleading-mps-over-data-breach
Facebook  Donald  Trump  Brexit  DonaldTrump 
6 days ago
Bottled water: WHO launches plastic health review - BBC News
A few questioned why the study’s results were so much higher than their own internal research or pointed out that there are no regulations on microplastics or agreed methods for testing for them.

The study comes on top of earlier investigations that have found microplastics in tap water, beer, sea salt and fish, and Prof Mason told me that researchers need to be able to answer the pressing question of whether microplastics can be harmful. &!?
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/15/microplastics-found-in-more-than-90-of-bottled-water-study-says - WHO launches health review after microplastics found in 90% of bottled water Researchers find levels of plastic fibres in popular bottled water brands could be twice as high as those found in tap water
plastic  pollution  public  health 
9 days ago
Liverpool Prison workers fired for raising safety fears - BBC News
Two maintenance workers were sacked for raising concerns about health and safety at troubled Liverpool Prison, the BBC has learned.
UK  Austerity  Prison 
12 days ago
North West parks could be sold by cash-strapped councils - BBC News
public spaces. /// More than half of councils in the North West of England are considering selling parks or finding other organisations to maintain them within the next three years, a BBC investigation has found.
UK  Austerity  Council 
12 days ago
Number of child and adolescent psychiatrists falling - BBC News
The number of child and adolescent psychiatrists has fallen by 6.3% in England over the past four years, their professional body has warned.
NHS  mental  health  crisis  CAMHS 
12 days ago
Health 'to start failing at 47' in parts of Blackpool and Middlesbrough - BBC News
From 2009 to 2013, males born in Bloomfield in Blackpool had a healthy life expectancy (HLE) of only 47.1 years, five months shorter than females born in Middlehaven in Middlesbrough. //&! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43308729 - Doing lots of exercise in older age can prevent the immune system from declining and protect people against infections, scientists say.
premature  ageing  chronic  sick  population  UK  life  expectancy  demographic  bubble  sickcare  demand  western  diet  lifestyle  prevention  public  health  S.A.D.  immune  system  Cancer  autoimmune  disease 
15 days ago
NHS trusts accused of creating ‘dozens of Carillion-style meltdowns’ | Denis Campbell | Society | The Guardian
Thousands of non-medical staff are being transferred to subsidiary firms in a bid to cut tax bills and reduce salaries and pension payments. // outsourcing back office will not be better for patient safety.
NHS  Privatisation  outsourcing  Austerity  Crisis 
18 days ago
Government let slip chance to retrieve £364m from Carillion | Business | The Guardian
Multiple sources told the Guardian that the Cabinet Office, responsible for oversight of government contractors, did not apply any pressure on Carillion’s directors to adopt the proposals, presented by accounting firm EY in mid-December last year.

EY’s plan would have involved breaking up the company, selling the profitable parts and placing the rest into liquidation, avoiding an involuntary collapse.
19 days ago
Revealed: Carillion lenders alerted to concerns months before collapse | Business | The Guardian
[of course, business as usual] FTI Consulting accused government contractor of using aggressive accounting to mask underperformance
Carillion  accounting 
20 days ago
Author Emma Hannigan passes away after 11-year battle with cancer - Independent.ie
The inspirational author discovered in 2005 that she was carrying the BRCA 1 / got ops / got 2007 diagnoses of active cancer (aka life threatening). 4 years later dead.
20 days ago
Public at risk from 'daily cocktail of pollution' - BBC News
People are being exposed to a daily cocktail of pollution that may be having a significant impact on their health, England's chief medical officer says.

Prof Dame Sally Davies said the impact of air, light and noise pollution was well recognised in the environment.

But she said its role in terms of health was yet to be fully understood.
public  health  pollution 
21 days ago
Why a US government agency deleted the words 'nation of immigrants' | Linda R Tropp and Dina G Okamoto | Opinion | The Guardian
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services quietly dropped the affirmation of America’s promise as a nation of immigrants
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump 
21 days ago
NHS England treats too many patients as an emergency, watchdog warns | Society | The Guardian
firefighting // failure to put in place enough services outside of hospitals to keep patients healthier.
NHS  Crisis  chronic  sick  population  premature  ageing  sickcare  demand  prevention  public  health  CVD  diabetes  Cancer  obesity  overweight  COPD  Disease  Diseases  GP  A&E 
22 days ago
(6119) The Best speech on Donald Trump's Rise. - YouTube
[as GFC shock to capitalism, Trump shock to third-way liberal democracy ] Glenn Greenwald delivers a scathing look at Donald trump's Presidency and the underlying causes of voter frustrations. // ORG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WC0V25HzhEM - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChelp8wmBXztIa0Qo2ON3Jg //&! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsY70_uIXNc - VIDEO: GLENN GREENWALD AND JAMES RISEN DEBATE THE TRUMP/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv002AUCZaPNwiADqwchijg //&! @ggreenwald watched ur talk. If GFC was shock to finance led crony neolib capitalism. & 'Trump is shock to existing order of third-way liberal democracy.' Then what is TARP, ZIRP, NIRP & QE for liberal representative democracies? cc @mtaibbi @nntaleb https://youtu.be/WC0V25HzhEM
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  GFC  Glenn  Greenwald  BarackObama  democracy  Brexit  history 
22 days ago
Diabetes is actually five separate diseases, research suggests - BBC News
just differently chonically sick stage (t2), duh like different cholesterol levels and blood pressure
22 days ago
Food Standards Scotland chief says NHS at 'tipping point' amid obesity crisis | HeraldScotland
However, the head of Scotland's food watchdog said he believed there was a growing consensus in public and political opinion that a "tipping point" was being reached in the battle against obesity, and that a failure to reverse the crisis would eventually "cripple the NHS". The number of people living in Scotland with Type 2 diabetes has increased by 29 per cent since 2010, to more than 289,000, according to figures published today.
NHS  Crisis  sickcare  demand  Scotland  obesity  overweight  diabetes  CVD  Cancer  GP  A&E  Disabled  premature  ageing  chronic  sick  population  public  health  prevention  S.A.D.  western  diet  lifestyle  Alcohol  tobacco  self-medication 
23 days ago
Some smear test abnormalities 'self-heal' - BBC News
see nutritionfacts org on HPV and cancer autoimmune disease.
Cancer  HPV  public  health  prevention 
23 days ago
(6067) Jennifer Lawrence Defends Nude Scene - YouTube
Jennifer Lawrence // ... but. See also her "but" rebuttal to the 'gorgeous versace dress' in london screening for said film in freezing temps w her male actors in wool coats. oh and "but" I've got to go inside anyways. 'I was not going to die from hypothermia.' // https://www.facebook.com/JenniferLawrence/posts/10155066698041793 &! https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/feb/21/jennifer-lawrence-dress-response-red-sparrow-photos
#MeToo  Feminism  feminist  sexism  Sexismus  gender-based  discrimination  Capitalism  Materialism  Consumerism  Status  Anxiety  Identity  Hollywood  Individualism 
24 days ago
Antidepressants work, but for children there's a better way | Mike Shooter | Opinion | The Guardian
Pills may help adults, but most depression has its roots in our early years, and helping children who are struggling could stop it before it begins
CAMHS  NHS  mental  health  prevention 
24 days ago
This high court fight against universal credit shows how inhumane it is | Frances Ryan | Society | The Guardian
abolition of both the severe disability premium (SDP) and enhanced disability premium (EDP).
ESA  WCA  Universal  Credit  DWP  Austerity  UK  welfare  state 
24 days ago
Steph McGovern is right: class prejudice is embedded in our society | Faiza Shaheen | Opinion | The Guardian
The BBC presenter’s claim that her regional accent affected her pay highlights the stereotypes faced by working-class people
UK  class  Brexit  No  Representation  social  income  mobility  inequality  England  Scotland 
24 days ago
GPs offered cash to refer fewer people to hospital | Society | The Guardian
NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG has offered to give groups of practices working together in its area 50% of savings made from GPs referring fewer patients for dermatology care, ear, nose and throat treatment in the community, and minor surgery and wound closure. [...] Peter Swinyard, chair of the , said: “From a patient perspective it means GPs are paid to not look after them. It’s a serious dereliction of duty, influenced by CCGs trying to balance their books.” [...] would let hospitals treat the most needy cases. [...] The Department of Health and Social Care made clear that no patient should be denied care. “Patients must never have their access to necessary care restricted - we would expect local clinical commissioning groups and NHS England to intervene immediately if this were the case,” a spokesperson said. //&! making GPs ever more unpopular - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/28/satisfaction-with-gps-at-lowest-level-for-30-years-survey-finds https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/27/fifth-of-prescribed-antibiotics-are-unnecessary-study-finds
NHS  Crisis  rationing  chronic  sick  population  Diabetes  CVD  Cancer  sickcare  demand  A&E  ageing  premature  demographic  bubble  Austerity  GP  waiting  times  patient  safety  treatment  delay  CCG  NICE  guidelines 
24 days ago
Charities call for action over cancer waiting times - BBC News
Cancer charities have called for urgent action to reduce the length of time patients are having to wait for key diagnostic tests.

Nearly 16,000 people were waiting longer than the target six weeks for procedures such as CT scans, MRI scans and ultrasounds in December.

That compared to 3,554 people on 31 December 2015.

Charities said the figures paint a picture of a service struggling to keep up with growing demand.
NHS  Scotland  Cancer  sickcare  demand  chronic  sick  ageing  population  demographic  bubble  medical  advances  overdiagnoses 
24 days ago
Russian millions laundered via UK firms, leaked report says | World news | The Guardian
... and efforts to dampen business, white-collar crime, are blocked by nasty party Tories> Magnitsky clauses; https://news.err.ee/678812/ministry-of-the-interior-yet-to-implement-magnitsky-list-restrictions &! https://twitter.com/AnnelieseDodds/status/968520435431346176 - Govt just took unprecedented move of halting a bill committee- to avoid consideration of new measures to introduce Magnitsky clauses and tighten action vs money laundering. A new constitutional low, even for this govt! #McMafia #ParadisePapers
money  laundering  UK  London  governance  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  banking  tax  evasion  avoidance  capitalism  profit  maximisation 
25 days ago
IVF clinics 'should pay NHS if their treatments cause complications' | Society | The Guardian
The potentially fatal condition is triggered by overstimulation by hormones of the follicles of the ovaries. Symptoms include back pain, bloating and nausea. In extreme cases, OHSS can cause the ovaries to expand to more than 12cm (4.7 metres), about five times their usual size.

Some women need to be treated in intensive care and at least four are known to have died from the condition in the UK. The number of cases has been rising in recent years as more women undergo IVF treatment.
IVF  NHS  Privatisation 
25 days ago
Millennials 'set to be fattest generation' - BBC News
Britain is the most obese nation in Western Europe, with rates rising faster than in any other developed nation. & https://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/80aj4z/no_downturn_in_obesity_among_us_kids_report_finds/ - USA CDS - In fact, the scientists say, there was a disturbingly large increase in obesity among the youngest children — ages 2 to 5 years old. In that age group, obesity increased from about 9 percent to almost 14 percent.
UK  obesity  overweight  public  health  crisis  chronic  sick  population  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  NHS  sickcare  demand 
26 days ago
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