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13 Sep

Alcohol dependency at record high but fewer being treated, data shows

Fewer problem drinkers are receiving treatment even though record numbers need help, figures from the House of Commons library show.

Just 80,454 people in England were treated in 2016-17 for addiction to alcohol,about one in seven of the 605,688 people being deemed to be “alcohol dependent”.

11 Sep

Civil servants’ pay has stagnated for a decade. They need a real rise

Since 2010 they have been subject first to a complete pay freeze and then a 1% pay cap. This year, when the government said that, despite pay offers of more than 1% for other public sector staff, pay rises would be capped at 1%-1.5% for civil servants and those working in related areas, our members said they’d had enough and voted for strike action.

Our own research shows that the effect of the pay cap will be that by 2020, average civil service pay will have fallen in value by more than 20%. Given what our members have had to put up with, our 5% claim this year was a moderate demand.

10 Sep

Study reveals rise in children raised in squalid rental homes

A quarter of a million families bringing up babies and infants in England are living in privately rented accommodation that fails to meet the decent homes standard, it has emerged.

The number of households bringing up children aged under four in squalid conditions, which can include damp walls, broken heating and infestations of rats, has increased by an estimated 75,000 since 2007, according to analysis of official figures.

17 Aug

Kings’s National Dementia Audit

As part of the national dementia audit, we are seeking feedback from carers who have visited a loved one at King’s who has dementia and been cared for on a ward – anytime between June-September 21st 2018.
We ask for any carers to complete the survey they can do so by going online at or they can get in touch with our team and we can collect their answers over the phone.  It needs to be specific to this time period and from a carer visiting King’s.
15 Aug

Euro Health Consumer Index 2018

For the 11th time since 2005, Health Consumer Powerhouse (HCP) is asking health campaigners across Europe to help it compile the annual EURO HEALTH CONSUMER INDEX. The 2018 INDEX will measure the user-friendliness of national healthcare systems across 35 countries in Europe.


The survey is being carried out on a specialist survey website, so allowing all responses to be completely ANONYMOUS (unless you wish otherwise). The survey’s closing date is Monday, December 10th 2018. To thank you for participating, PatientView, the survey manager, will be more than happy to provide your organisation with the link to the INDEX, if you wish to receive it, upon publication (February 2019).


To take part in the survey, please click HERE

19 Jun

Social Media firms ‘must share child mental health costs’

Social media firms must share the burden with the health service as it battles mental health issues in young people, the head of NHS England has said.

Setting out the health service’s key priorities for the future as it marks its 70th year, Simon Stevens, the body’s chief executive, warned of a “double epidemic affecting our children” that also included obesity.

12 Mar

NHS agency falsely accuses more than 340,000 of prescription fraud

Hundreds of thousands of NHS patients are being wrongly accused of fraudulently claiming free prescriptions and are being threatened with fines.

Data released under the Freedom of Information Act shows that 1,052,430 penalty notices were issued to patients in England in 2017 – about double the level in the previous year.

9 Jan

Do you care for someone with dementia?

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has written some guidance about assessment, management and support for people living with dementia and their carers and would like to hear your thoughts it.

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