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Archive for November, 2006

Filling the hole in dentist’s shortage

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

The BBC reports that a new type of ‘social’ dentist has opened in Derbyshire which organisers claim could solve the shortage of NHS dentists across the UK. The Derbyshire practice is a provident society providing NHS-type care but is a not-for-profit organisation, with any profits going to community projects. Organisers said the structure could provide an alternative format for dentistry, solving the NHS shortage. Genesis Dental Care plans to open two more surgeries in Lincolnshire.

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This is an interesting and innovative solution to the current shortage of NHS dentists and dental services.  PRimage specialise in healthcare communications, and has an interest and experience in the dental health market. Judy Viitanen and the team wish Genesis Dental Care every success!

New cancer plan focus on patient choice

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

The government is to revamp its cancer plan in the new year amid criticisms the current strategy is out of date. The Cancer Reform Strategy will be based around promoting patient choice, perhaps by ordering English hospitals to publish cancer survival figures. The 2000 Cancer Plan has been praised for improving waiting lists and access. But there is now concern it does not deal with the new demands that will be put on the NHS by the doubling of the over 65s in the next 15 years. In August, a report by the King’s Fund health think-tank said new treatments, better screening and earlier diagnosis will mean that there will be more people living as cancer survivors.

Junk Food Dilemma

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Family restaurants are failing to offer enough healthy food choices to children, according to a new report. None of 10 big chains surveyed came close to meeting new school dinner standards, the study for the organic food body the Soil Association found.

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The PRimage team are all for encouraging healthy eating – so well done to the Soil Association on this new report.  The problem is – as many parents know - kid’s seem to prefer ‘junk food’ to healthy alternatives!

What’s your opinion?

Higher income for family doctors under new GP contract

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Family doctors earned on average £106,000 during 2004-05, the first year of delivering the new GP contract, according to figures published by the Information Centre for health and social care. An analysis of tax data for GPs in the UK found that earnings rose by 30 per cent last year compared with the year before. GPs who worked in dispensing practices saw a 31 per cent increase. The report, which looked at income from both NHS and private sources for just under 18,000 family doctors, revealed that average total earnings for GPs was £236,000.

Delivery on postal services!

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Royal Mail hits reliability record: The reliability of postal deliveries has reached record levels with more than nine out of 10 first class letters arriving a day after being posted, the Royal Mail has announced. In the three months to September, 94.5% of first class post was delivered on time, the best performance of any quarter on record and better than the target figure of 93%. Second class mail deliveries also passed the 98.5% target with a 99.1% performance over the same three months, the Royal Mail claimed.

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Well that’s reassuring!  What’s your view?

Concern at nutrition in hospitals

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Patient meals at Scottish hospitals need to be more nutritious, a watchdog claims.

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PRimage believe that there needs to be a review on the quality and nutrition on hospital food nationwide.  Do you agree?

Labour – life skills vision

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Tony Blair is due to set out his vision for a broader education system that teaches “life skills” as well as academic subjects.

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PRimage support Labour’s view on this.  As a former secondary school governor, Judy Viitanen knows how important life skills are to prepare young people on practical, financial and social issues in their future lives.

What’s your view?

Immigration rules could prevent UK medical studies, BMA claims

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

British Medical association representatives have met with Home Office minister Liam Byrne and health minister Lord Warner in a bid to seek exemption for medical students from new immigration rules. The body claims new rules that mean work permits will have to be applied for to do postgraduate training will prevent medics from studying in the UK.

Cancer drugs harmful to brain

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Common cancer drugs may be more harmful to the brain than the tumour cells they are meant to destroy, a study suggests. Laboratory tests showed that brain cells are highly vulnerable to the drugs. Dose levels typically used when treating patients killed 70% to 100% of neural cells but just 40% to 80% of cancer cells.

Palliative care funding being eroded, campaigners claim

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

The National Council for Palliative Care has claimed funding from the NHS for palliative care is being eroded. A survey of services found that around 60 per cent of voluntary hospices were experiencing a decrease in their funding.

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PRimage believe that hospices around the country do a marvellous and crucial job – they need all the funding they can get!  PRimage managing director, Judy Viitanen, lost her first husband to cancer, so has first hand experience of the support that carers need from hospices and pallative care services, when nursing their terminally-ill relatives at home.