The reduction in NHS workers from abroad, coupled with the departure of EU workers and a dramatic reduction in British students taking up nursing and midwifery, may result in many more scenes of disastrous conditions in hospitals, with more patients being put at risk waiting on hospital corridors.
The Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Health have both stated that children and young people's mental health is a top priority for this administration. The Coalition Government announced £1.4billion additional funding to improve care in the five years to 2020. So, what progress has been made so far? Our report found that nearly three quarters of CCGs have failed to meet the NHS benchmark for improving services. The benchmark, based on questions about funding, improvement plans and workforce, was a score of 83.3%. Over a third of local NHS organisations scored under 50%.
'Save our NHS'. It is a slogan rarely out of the headlines and a sentiment we can, and should, all get behind. Our fantastic and beloved health servic...
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Every appointment that is booked online is time freed up for a busy receptionist to spend on other important work with patients - for example, ringing people to tell them their test results are in. Of course, some GP practices are already doing that online too.
If the government does not change course and listen to frontline pharmacists desperately trying to make them see sense, I foresee a desperately bleak future for community pharmacy and indeed the whole of the NHS - a hole in the high street and in the chain of healthcare that will never be filled.
They can't be imposed on a gamer. We desperately need the best and most creative of the developer community working on health gaming, as much as on the next GTA or first person shooter. And if we get it right, it will deliver ever more powerful tools to help the next generation of fourteen year olds.
With mounting pressure on the NHS from chronic cuts to funding and ever increasing demand on all sides, our safety net is starting to come apart at the seams. There has been much debate around both the implications of this and measures to be put in place to ease the pressure. One such measure is to modify the way we use other resources like pharmacies to redirect some of the flow.
Getting more women into industries where they are traditionally under-represented and supporting talented women to be the best they can be isn't just good for those women, it is good for everyone.
Most of us worry about what is going on with our public services. Operations are cancelled, there are bigger school classes, social care is in crisis, bin collections are less frequent and there are shorter opening hours for services.
Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group have bought into our services and every family in the town with a child age 12 months upwards can access our support services. This is our vision for the rest of the country, sleep support should be readily available and free within community settings.
Even if the Chancellor comes up with extra funding in the budget it will only be a sticking plaster so we should not allow the public to be fooled into thinking that's job done. A long term, sustainable approach is needed and history has told us the Labour Party are the only ones who can deliver that.
On Saturday I will be speaking at a protest rally. It feels good to be able to say that again, as it's something I've really missed over the last few months and this one is particularly special -- you might say it's close to my heart.
We must address the stigma associated with mental health. We heard from many women that they fear being seen as a 'bad mother' and having their child taken away from them. Women are frequently made to feel guilty that they're not the 'perfect mother.
On 8 March the Chancellor must show that he understands both the immediate care crisis and the need for a radical and sustainable long term solution. Older and disabled people and their families and carers have been waiting too long for the answer. Let's hope that their expectations aren't dashed yet again.
This week is Eating Disorders Awareness Week - an annual event which sees charities and campaigners like myself come together in a week of activities aimed at informing the public about eating disorders, raising their profile as a collective priority in our society.