Tag Archives: hospital

The politics of self-interest in addressing elderly care

By Steve Doughty

PUBLISHED: 20:36, 30 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:43, 30 May 2012

The cost of looking after old people is almost going to double in the next 20 years, and the number of people who will have to bear the crushing burden of paying for their own care will more than double.

This is what we are told in a report backed by eminently able academic researchers and published by the Local Government Association, the umbrella body of local councils.

It is local councils, of course, which run the bureaucratic organisations currently known as adult social services which are responsible for dishing out the meals on wheels, the bathroom safety fittings, and the caring workers who help wash and dress the vulnerable elderly.

Hospitals discharging homeless people onto the street

More than 70 per cent of homeless people are being discharged from hospital back onto the streets in England, damaging their health and costing the NHS money, new Homeless Link and St. Mungo’s report indicates.

Improving Hospital Admission and Discharge for People who are Homeless

Quote startWe call on all the NHS to take a step to end homelessness by ensuring everyone has somewhere suitable to go when they leave hospital.Quote end

(PRWEB UK) 28 May 2012

The report has found that NHS staff can improve health outcomes for homeless people and save the NHS money by ensuring all patients have somewhere appropriate to stay when they are discharged from hospital.

Paul Burstow, Care Services Minister, acknowledged these findings during a visit to the Pathway homeless team at University College Hospital (UCH) in London today (28 May). The dedicated homelessness team at UCH were named as an example of best practice in the report, which comes from an in-depth study of 85 homeless people, hospitals, local authorities and homelessness agencies.

Obesity Levels Could Be Cut With 20% Fat Tax

9:13am UK, Wednesday May 16, 2012

A 20% “fat tax” on unhealthy food and drink could help cut the number of people suffering from obesity and heart disease.

Such a move should be combined with subsidies on healthy foods such as fruit and vegetables, academics from bmj.com said.

The group released their findings ahead of the 65th World Health Assembly in Geneva where prevention and control of non-communicable diseases will be key issues for discussion.