Monthly Archives: January 2012

Concerns over care have been ‘hidden’ to avoid rows, says David Cameron

Politicians have “hidden away” concerns about the quality of care in NHS hospitals because they are too respectful of nurses, David Cameron has said.

By James Kirkup, Deputy Political Editor, and Matthew Holehouse

6:30AM GMT 07 Jan 2012


The Prime Minister said that he and other leaders had been too wary of criticising standards of care for fear of rows with nurses.

But “chilling” evidence of poor care for elderly patients meant that it was time to “speak up” about standards.

Mr Cameron, who visited hospitals in the North West yesterday, called for changes in the way nurses do their jobs.

Cornwall MP values the work done by unpaid carers

MP learns more about voluntary workers

8:50am Saturday 7th January 2012 in Cornwall


Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton has been given a insight into how voluntary sector organisations are working with Cornwall Council and the NHS to develop better support for people.

She joined Stephen Gilbert, MP for St Austell and Newquay, at a Carers’ Support Group at Age UK Cornwall’s Newquay Day Centre.

Work is needed on the future of telehealth care

More work needed on telehealth

Telehealth has benefits for patients with long-term conditions but despite industry excitement there are still areas of concern, argues Jeremy Wyatt

Telehealth could help those with long-term conditions but more work needs to be done into who would benefit the most.

The Whole System Demonstrators showed that, “if used correctly”, telehealth reduced death rates by 45%, NHS resource usage by 15-20% and tariff costs by 8%. With these striking results and the launch of the industry/NHS funded 3 Million Lives campaign, telehealth is steaming out of its backwater into the clinical mainstream.