Category Archives: Carers

Simple test to save 3,000 from bowel cancer every year

3,000 lives could be saved through bowel cancer test

Millions of people are to be allowed to take a simple test that could significantly lower their risk of developing bowel cancer.

By Martin Beckford, Health Correspondent 6:15AM BST 07 Apr 2011

As many as 3,000 lives could be saved every year and many diseases could be detected earlier, saving the NHS money, by the decision of the UK National Screening Committee to recommend the procedure for all those aged between 55 and 59.

Figures suggest that using a short one-off test for bowel cancer among middle-aged Britons could reduce incidence rates by 33 per cent and death rates by 43 per cent.

Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive, said: “Recent trial results of this method of detecting and removing polyps before they develop into bowel cancer can truly be called a breakthrough.

Reading: Cuts to council care support agreed

Cuts to council care support agreed

By Linda Fort
April 07, 2011

Social workers in Reading will begin the task of reassessing elderly and disabled people receiving care following a decision by councillors on Tuesday last week.

People with moderate needs currently receiving care will be reassessed and if their needs have not increased to critical or substantial levels they will lose their support from the council.

The full council also agreed a new charging policy for day centres which will see £4.90 a day charges to some users dropped altogether while others could see that charge go up to £43.

Burnley parents join respite care protest

Burnley parents join respite care protest

Published on Wednesday 6 April 2011 16:10

PARENTS of some of Burnley’s most vulnerable children joined protests against proposed cuts to respite care homes.

Fears are that families in the town could be plunged into crisis if any of the East Lancashire homes – including Reedley Cottages – are closed by the County Council.

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