HSO: A sacred cow which is in danger of losing its sanctity? - In a new report, Health Service Ombudsman, Ann Abraham says the NHS is failing to treat older people with care, compassion, dignity & respect. The report - Care and compassion? - is based on the findings of 10 independent investigations into complaints about NHS care for people over the age of 65 across England.
It serves to illuminate the gulf between the principles & values of the NHS Constitution and the felt reality of being an older person in the care of the NHS in England. Her investigations highlight common failures in pain control, discharge arrangements, communication with patients & their relatives and ensuring adequate nutrition.
The Ombudsman concludes: ‘These often harrowing accounts should cause every member of NHS staff who reads this report to pause and ask themselves if any of their patients could suffer in the same way. I know from my caseload that in many cases, the answer must be “yes”. The NHS must close the gap between the promise of care and compassion outlined in its Constitution and the injustice that many older people experience.'
Newswire – CBI: Waste not, want not in a world of increasingly scarce (& more expensive) resources - The CBI is urging the Government to be bold in its approach to waste policy and recognise its potential to deliver easy wins on a number of big policy areas from meeting climate change targets and bolstering energy security, to helping unlock infrastructure investment.
Launching a new report (Making Ends Meet: Maximising the value of waste), the CBI highlights the benefits of moving to a zero-waste economy.
DfT: Councils get new powers to give fraudulent disabled parking abusers the ‘Blues’ - The Government is implementing major reforms to crack down on drivers who abuse the disabled parking system as part of the a comprehensive changes to the Blue Badge scheme. The Government estimates that badge fraud is now costing the UK an estimated £46m a year and is giving Councils new powers to tackle this growing issue.
DWP: Applying the ‘KISS principle’ to welfare payments - The Welfare Reform Bill has been launched. Central to the Bill will be the introduction of Universal Credit, which is intended to ‘simplify a benefits system that has become unmanageable, make work pay and help release millions of people from the misery of welfare dependency and break intergenerational cycles of worklessness’.
Alongside the publication of the Bill, the Prime Minister and Secretary of State announced a review into the sickness absence system. With 300,000 people off work every year claiming sickness-related benefits, the Government has asked David Frost and Dame Carol Black to consider whether with the right & and support more people could stay in work in some form.
DUK: With growing obesity rates the need for this service can only get bigger - Diabetes Week takes place from 12–18 June 2011, and this year Diabetes UK is asking its supporters to hold a Big Diabetes Week Quiz to raise money for their Careline service. The Diabetes UK Careline is one of the ways the charity talks with people about diabetes. The service currently receives over 30,000 calls, letters and emails each year.
You can help us to reach this target by holding your own Big Diabetes Week Quiz, either in your workplace, local school, pub, or community centre. We have all the materials you need available on our website, including promotional posters, quiz sheets, quiz questions and template press releases to send to your local media.
HO: This year has already shown what ‘people power’ can do - The coalition government has launched the first stage of plans to give members of the public the right to comment on every aspect of new legislation. People can now comment on the government's Protection of Freedoms Bill by visiting a new website. This new pilot public reading stage means your comments will be factored into MP's considerations of the legislation as part of its parliamentary passage.
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