Monthly Archives: December 2014

Big data project to capture MS experience

Researchers will utilise big data analysis to track the lives of those living with multiple sclerosis (MS) in a project to improve the evaluation of treatments.

Researchers will utilise big data analysis to track the lives of those living with multiple sclerosis (MS) in a project to improve the evaluation of treatments.

Conducted by Imperial College London (ICL) and biopharmaceutical firm Biogen Idec, the OPTIMISE project will develop and deploy tools for collecting a wide range of data from people with MS in addition to routine clinical assessments over an initial three-year period.

‘Take care complaints more seriously’ regulator says

Complaints about health and social care should be taken more seriously, says the Care Quality Commission regulator.

Its report said there was a wide variation in the way complaints were handled across the NHS, primary care and adult social care services in England.

Too often people were met with a “defensive culture”, the report said.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has welcomed the move to improve care and said progress had been made.

Disabled man ‘put up for auction’ on care website

James Knight’s sister, Emma, was shocked to find his details on a website

The family of a man with a learning disability say they are horrified that their local council put him “up for auction” on a care website.

Emma Knight found Devon County Council was inviting companies to bid to look after her 45-year-old brother James.

The website listed other personal details that James’s family say could easily identify him.

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