News from NHS Networks: 14 October

The number of people subject to restrictions under the Mental Health Act in England has risen by five per cent in a year.
 
The public wants more say and greater choice over their NHS healthcare according to a new patient survey carried out by an independent research company on behalf of the Department of Health.
 
Guide for GPs to identify patients for supportive and palliative care.
 
The government is joining forces with Comic Relief to help tackle mental health stigma, with funding of up to £20 million for Time to Change, the leading stigma and anti-discrimination campaign, run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.
 
The NHS will become more transparent under proposals set out by health secretary Andrew Lansley.
 
An audit of physiotherapy services in England.
 
Patients who need access to NHS physiotherapy are facing waits of up to 27 weeks, according to a new report.
 
Early diagnosis of cancer receives more pessimism from people who work for a lower wage than from those who are affluent, research shows.

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