Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Health-geekery January 2017

It may be a new year, but health certainly hasn't been out of the news, with patients facing record waits in A and E and the British Red Cross describing the situation in hospitals as a 'humanitarian crisis.'

Below the headlines, here's how the think tanks are looking into aspects of the same story.

The King's Fund have timely data on how demand for NHS services continues to rise (and see accompanying blog).

Fourth annual report from Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation monitoring the quality of health care finds "ongoing pressures on the NHS risk making the health service more vulnerable to serious lapses in care in future, despite impressive achievements in maintaining and improving care quality in important areas."

Northern Ireland GP practices at breaking point

One in six GP practices in Northern Ireland wrote to the Health and Social Care Board in 2016 to raise concerns about workforce pressures ... and NI GP's are now threatening to leave the NHS and charge patients directly (both stories from GP website Pulse) as they do in the Republic.

Sustainability and Transformation Plans

What are leaders in health and local government really thinking about STP's? The Institute of Healthcare Management has asked them and written a report on it.


Carers UK research suggests that if you don't identify as a carer you might not look to access the support available.

Social care

Centre for Health and The Public Interest publishes report with the leading title of The failure of private adult social care in England: what is to be done?

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