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Health news

Here we share interesting stories and news from across the health and social care sectors.

Care UK mental health director concerned about cuts to funding for services

Care UK mental health director concerned about cuts to funding for services

December 13 2013

“As demand, quite rightly, grows for high quality, publicly-funded mental health services, this week’s news about what amounts to a two percent cut in mental health funding is bad news for patients, their families and society.”

Care UK expert calls for better dementia care in the community

Care UK expert calls for better dementia care in the community

December 11 2013

Health ministers from G8 countries have today convened in London to discuss global action against dementia, a condition which, according to a Care UK expert, needs to be managed better in the community.

Report highlights half a million hospital admissions last year were unnecessary

Report highlights half a million hospital admissions last year were unnecessary

December 6 2013

More than half a million people aged 65 and over who were admitted to hospital as an emergency in the last year had conditions which probably meant that they didn’t necessarily need to be admitted or their health issue was avoidable.

State of the nation report reveals regional variations in the quality of dementia care

State of the nation report reveals regional variations in the quality of dementia care

December 3 2013

A new report published by the Department of Health examines local differences in dementia care for the estimated 670,000 people in England living with the condition.

More specialist care needed for people who self harm

More specialist care needed for people who self harm

November 28 2013

More than two thirds of patients who attend hospital after self harming are not given a specialist psychological assessment.

Dealing with common childhood illnesses

Dealing with common childhood illnesses

November 22 2013

When your children are ill it can be very distressing. Younger children often find it hard to communicate their symptoms, making it even more difficult to deal with. However, most childhood illnesses can be dealt with by parents at home by following this simple advice.

Charity warns that delays in treating eye conditions are resulting in unnecessary blindness

Charity warns that delays in treating eye conditions are resulting in unnecessary blindness

November 19 2013

New research from Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) claims that delays in the diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions are resulting in people losing their sight.

Keogh review identifies need for urgent and emergency care reform

Keogh review identifies need for urgent and emergency care reform

November 13 2013

A complex urgent and emergency care system has contributed to increasing demand by confusing patients about who to call and where to go, says an NHS England report published today.

New report looks at the role walk-in centres provide for patients

New report looks at the role walk-in centres provide for patients

November 12 2013

A new interim report from health sector regulator Monitor has shown that almost one in four NHS walk-in centres have closed in recent years, despite being popular with patients.

Prevention is better than cure for the common cold

Prevention is better than cure for the common cold

November 7 2013

As we go into the winter season, inevitably, the number of cases of colds and flu seem to spiral upwards. Health experts at Care UK have come up with their top tips for keeping yourself and the people around you well this winter.

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