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Vulnerable patients are being discharged from hospital unsafely and sent home to situations where they have inadequate support because of lack of coordination between health, social care, and community services, an investigation by the healthcare consumer organisation Healthwatch England has found.
The investigation was based on the experiences of discharge of 3230 people considered as vulnerable (elderly people, homeless people, and people with mental health conditions) and on information gathered from trusts through freedom of information legislation and from surveys of patients.
NHS England will transfer £1,100 million from the mandate to local authorities.
The number of opiate and crack cocaine users in England has fallen again according to independent research published by Public Health England.
Action to tackle smoking, drinking, sedentary behaviour and poor diet could reduce the risk of dementia in later life alongside other conditions such as heart disease, stroke and many cancers, according to the UK Health Forum and Public Health England..
NHS England has issued guidance to trusts with inpatient beds on publishing staffing data on NHS Choices.
A new device that allows GPs and practice nurses to detect pulse irregularities and pick up cases of atrial fibrillation whilst measuring blood pressure has been recommended by NICE. Atrial fibrillation (AF) causes the heart to beat with an irregular rhythm. It can be difficult to detect and subsequently diagnose as it is often asymptomatic and can be intermittent.
People with AF are at increased risk of developing blood clots and subsequent stroke, with 423,000 people aged 65 and over expected to have AF, of whom some will be will living with the condition yet are undiagnosed.
In its medical technology guidance on WatchBP Home A, NICE says the device reliably detects AF and may increase the rate of detection when used in primary care. This will consequently allow for preventative treatment to be given and to reduce the incidence of AF-related stroke.
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This eresource provides FREE online access to the full text of systematic reviews undertaken by the Campbell Collaboration in the areas of education, crime and justice and social welfare.
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This report concludes that many NHS hospitals will struggle to deliver productivity improvements essential to maintaining quality and avoid significant cuts to services. It looks behind national figures for waiting times and infection rates to find significant variations in performance between hospitals.
Statements on the Health and Social Care Bill: second reading
The Health and Social Care Bill had its second reading on 11 October 2011.
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Achievement of foundation trust status by NHS hospital trusts
This report finds that the difficulty of achieving foundation trust status is magnified by the challenge trusts face in making year-on-year cost savings of at least four per cent. It concludes that many trusts will have to achieve even greater savings than this to show that they are financially viable.