Monthly Archives: December 2011
Festive boost for Highland communities and children
An innovative project to recycle thousands of computers for use by communities and deserving children across the Scottish Highlands has been launched, in a festive season boost for many in the area.
Patients will be able to register with any GP: ministers
Patients will be able to register with a GP miles away from where they live under Coalition plans to give them greater choice, it has been announced.
By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor
People will be able to have a GP near work or keep the same family doctor when the move house as ministers abolish GP practice boundaries.
The scheme will be piloted in parts of London, Manchester and Nottingham despite concerns from family doctors about the continuity of care.
Campaigners fear death rates among the elderly will increase this winter because of spending cuts.
Richard Wheeler Friday, December 30, 2011
The concerns have been raised after Age UK director Michelle Mitchell yesterday warned elderly care will be plunged into “absolute crisis” by the government decreasing the cash available to council social care budgets.
She added this could end up costing more in the long run, with thousands of older people ending up in hospital rather than receiving care at home.
And Lady Joyce Hopwood, chairman of the Norfolk Older People’s Strategic Partnership Board, said more vulnerable and frail people were missing out on the help they needed.
She added that this was because councils and charitable groups were attempting to manage decreasing budgets and increasing workloads.