This post follows on from my previous post about people’s medical records potentially being made available to researchers or companies. Since the autumn there have been some changes to the proposals. We heard last month that there were only eight weeks before these proposals would go live but there is now a delay due to …
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Last month Vidur Lekh read a previous post entitled ‘What Makes a Good Retirement?‘ and got in touch with the Opinion Exchange to answer all the questions that were asked in that article. He has kindly allowed us to publish them below. If you would like to have a piece published on the Opinion Exchange …
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This is an issue that has to be grasped. As we live longer it is very likely that an increasing number of people will require to be cared for in the years before they die. This is a complex issue because of the relatively isolated lifestyle of most people and the decline of extended family …
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The BOGOF Plague

December 17th, 2013 | Posted by Mark Windisch in Older People - (0 Comments)

Although this has been criticised I raise it here again. So many shops adopt an ageist policy of offering discounts which are of absolutely no benefit to older people and therefore discriminate against them. If you are not part of a large family or have the appetite of young and energetic people you simply cannot …
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On the 19th November the Secretary of State for Health said he will introduce a statutory ‘Duty of Candour’ for health care providers from 2014 to ensure total transparency in the NHS. Great! BUT – ‘Duty of Candour’ is very selective as to who it applies to. It does not apply to the high percentage …
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Who is a Nurse?

December 11th, 2013 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Health - (0 Comments)

Are you aware that anyone can call themselves a ‘nurse’? And therefore many ‘nurses’ are not registered and regulated.  The only nurses who are registered and regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) are those who are professionally qualified. Any other ‘nurse’ is not registered with anyone nor are they regulated. I, like many …
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The Age UK London Opinion Exchange is a new website from Age UK London. It is part of the organisation’s ‘Fit 4 Purpose’ project, which is funded by London Councils. The Opinion Exchange features opinion pieces and discussion forums to trigger debate and ensure older people’s organisations are able to respond to the changing needs …
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NHS England has published a “Call to Action” arguing that major changes are needed to London’s health services: http://www.england.nhs.uk/london/london-2/ldn-call-to-action/ The arguments that major changes are needed include that there is a funding gap because of increased needs for services (for example, because of an ageing population) and changes in technology. Many hospitals, GP surgeries and other …
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