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Power to the People: healthy collectivism through member-owned mutuals


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I began Conservative conference last Monday with a discussion hosted by ResPublica about empowering patients. The background was the report Power to the People – the mutual future of our National Health Service (PDF) produced for health mutual benenden. The report deals with the underlying reasons why the NHS is struggling to cope despite this Government protecting overall health spending and our Party pledging to protect it once again.  Take a look at the Budget Red Book 2014 and you will see (page 61) that the health […]

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Cancer Prevalence in the UK 2010 – 2040


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In the course of reading ResPublica’s report Power to the People: The mutual future of our National Health Service, I found this horrific chart: The section explaining “Why the NHS is on an unsustainable footing” clearly discusses pressures on the NHS from obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis, dementia and depression. In addition to the pressure from these chronic conditions which individuals may suffer together, the NHS must cope with the rising cost of medication and surgery and a considerable reduction […]

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What is the single best thing we can do for our health?


My wife Beth and I enjoyed a walk around West Wycombe and Downley with the Ramblers this morning. In the course of it, Beth (a GP) mentioned the video 23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health? It’s an astonishing fact that we have become so sedentary that it is thought proper we should be taxed in order to fund public health measures as simple as this: Walking is a fantastic way to […]

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Wycombe Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Service Shortlisted for Award


Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust’s new cardiac rehabilitation service, based at Wycombe Hospital, has been shortlisted for a prestigious Health Service Journal award. The cardiac rehabilitation programme, a collaboration with Janssen Healthcare Innovation, uses a combination of exercise and education to support patients in making changes to their lifestyles. Patients who have suffered from a heart attack or heart-related condition are enrolled onto the programme direct from the ward by one of the cardiac rehabilitation nurses. Since its launch in October […]

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A&E – a journey to Wexham Park Hospital


About nine years ago, Wycombe Hospital lost A&E. People tell me to get it back and I would love to.  As a democratically-elected representative, I would have already returned A&E to Wycombe if it were as simple as having the intent and making the demand. Unfortunately, Wycombe is one of over 20 hospitals across the country which serve populations large enough to have had an A&E in the past but too small to retain one given changes to medical practice. […]

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Communities crucial to better health and wellbeing


A new report from Buckinghamshire’s Director of Public health highlights the impact that the local community has on health and wellbeing. There are some key themes to the ways in which the local community plays an important role in health and wellbeing: Social networks – knowing people locally prevents loneliness and isolation, and is good for physical health and mental wellbeing. Centres for social activity include community centres, local shops and places of worship Support – local groups can often […]

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Bucks Healthcare announces £5 million investment in frontline nursing staff


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Via Bucks Healthcare: Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has announced a £5 million investment to create an additional 150 nursing posts across the Trust. Part of the investment will enable senior staff to spend more time supporting and developing nursing practice. This investment package will fund these additional posts on an ongoing basis, ensuring that the Trust relies less heavily on agency staff and more staff can be recruited on a permanent basis. Already, 70 nurses have been recruited and a […]

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Smoking kills


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Today, the Commons will vote on whether to disagree with the Lords in their amendment to ban smoking in private vehicles in the presence of children. Anyone who can read knows that smoking kills. And I know, for it killed my stepfather and an uncle. Why anyone does it despite the clear warnings and often lurid images on the packets is a mystery not explained by appeal to the addictive qualities of nicotine. People who wish to live long and […]

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How are we doing with urgent healthcare in Bucks? – Buckinghamshire County Council


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Via Buckinghamshire County Council, news of an important inquiry and a story to which we will return: How are we doing with urgent healthcare in Bucks? A council select committee working group is set to investigate the state of urgent healthcare in Bucks, and it’s asking the public to come forward with questions for the committee to put to the NHS managers who commission the services. Buckinghamshire County Council’s Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee (HASC) has the responsibility of […]

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Mortality rate for Hospitals in Buckinghamshire improving


The recent publication of the Dr Foster Good Hospital Guide 2013 showed that the mortality rate for hospitals in Buckinghamshire has continued to improve over the last year. The Hospital Standardised Mortality Rate is now in the ‘as expected range’ for the first time in recent years. The Guide looks at a number of different indicators to build up a picture of the quality and safety of a hospital’s services. Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has improved in a number of […]

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