FSA: The Food Standards Agency saw an increase in the number of food incidents it investigated last year. These included reports of contaminated or illegal food entering the food chain, with some potentially harmful to the public. According to the Annual Report of Incidents 2011, 1,714 food incidents were investigated by the FSA last year, compared to 1,505 in 2010.
ScotGov: The Scottish Government has exceeded its target to deliver 6,000 affordable homes each year, official statistics have confirmed. In total, 6,882 homes were delivered under the Affordable Housing Supply Programme in 2011/12, supporting jobs & work for the Scottish construction industry. Of that total, 82% were for social rent.
WAG: Investment in growth, quicker access to NHS services, success rates of apprentices and greater support for small businesses are among the progress outlined in the Welsh Government’s first comprehensive annual report. The Programme for Government annual report - the most comprehensive record of Welsh Government progress ever produced - tracks progress on over 300 indicators of government work.
WAG: Efforts across Wales in 2011-12 to tackle C.difficile infections resulted in an overall reduction of more than 32%. This means that 622 fewer patients were affected and about 37 lives saved. This significant achievement builds on the 2010-11 success of 789 fewer cases and about 50 lives saved.
ONS: The number of people aged 20 to 34 who still live with their parents increased by 20% between 1997 and 2011, according to analysis published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
There are a number of reasons that might account for this growth in numbers living with parents, but it is noteworthy that the increase over the past decade coincides with an increase in the average price paid by first-time home-buyers of 40% between 2002 & 2011.
NCEPOD: Better assessment on hospital admission and recognition & response when acutely ill patients deteriorate could have prevented cardiac arrest and the subsequent resuscitation attempts in a third of cases, the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) has revealed in its latest report Time to Intervene?
The national enquiry is calling for improvements in recognition & response to patient deterioration & decision-making around what care is likely to benefit acutely unwell patients, including do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions.
CO: Departmental business plans, published last week, set out departments’ priorities for the coming 12 months, the specific reform actions they will take & when, and expenditure for each remaining year of the spending review period.