Should Services be Rationed?

October 12th, 2016 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Health - (0 Comments)

Interesting… when watching the news or documentaries, whenever there is a failure in the provision of services, health care, housing (or in fact most things in life), it’s always the fault of older people!  Why are you living so long?! Not that there’s much room in the cemeteries where you have to share a space… …
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Dementia Citizens Apps Launched

September 30th, 2016 | Posted by John Loder in Dementia - (0 Comments)

The last week of August saw Nesta announce the launch of two new apps, Book of You and Playlist for Life, as part of the Dementia Citizens project – a digital platform that connects people affected by dementia and their carers together with researchers. Few doubt the scale of the challenge posed by dementia. Yet …
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Yes, £860 per week really is the cost of residential care at the present time – and that’s only for accommodation! Of course with staff rightly being given the living wage (or the London living wage), the costs will go up.  We are told that this – combined with a decrease in staff – may see the standard …
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Winter Fuel Payments

September 22nd, 2016 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Energy and Fuel - (0 Comments)

Yes – it’s that time of year again!  It really makes you realise that winter is on its way in spite of the Indian summer we have been enjoying. We can look forward to “rain on the tracks”, “leaves on the tracks”, “snow on the tracks”, and maybe even a train on the tracks! We can …
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I caught the back end of Crime Watch on BBC1 the other night, namely the bit that shows a gallery of faces of people they want to contact. I was absolutely horrified.  There were men wanted for murder, rape, and serious assault – dangerous “do not approach” people. Why was the call put out? Because these …
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Positive Ageing in London, the London regional forum on ageing, wants to hear your views on what we should be doing from late 2016 on!  With London’s older people growing in number and their contribution to the capital increasingly important, and increasing challenges to tackle ageism and meet growing needs, there is everything to play …
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As the Capital marks the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London – which began in a baker’s kitchen, lasted for four days and destroyed more than 13,000 homes – research by Electrical Safety First has found that more than a million people have called 999 to deal with a kitchen fire . To …
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You know how we are always being told that we must move into the modern world? No paper to clutter up your desk and home because emails/technology are the best things that have ever happened to mankind and save you so much time etc. etc. – rubbish! What absolute rubbish! Ok, it may be fine …
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I know, I know – more about PPI… As if you’ve not been battered enough by the constant cold calls! But never fear – it will end soon. PPI (Payment Protection Insurance) is a type of insurance designed to cover repayments on a loan or credit card in the event of an accident, sickness, or unemployment. …
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Do you remember the care.data fiasco of the last few years?  How the NHSE are spending millions of pounds it does not have on expensive consultants, consultation events, publicity information, and IT systems (it would be interesting to know how much the NHSE has spent on the various IT systems over the last 5 years …
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