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Are under pressure doctors’ surgeries striking off the most vulnerable patients?

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Thousands of patients are being deregistered by their local doctors’ surgeries, due to a lack of GPs who cannot cope with rising demand.

This ‘recruitment crisis’ among GPs means that Britain is short of approximately 8000 family doctors, and surgeries have had no choice but to restrict their geographical care boundaries and deregister patients.

Many of the patients being deregistered are elderly, and have visited the same surgery all their lives. It has also been claimed that it is the most vulnerable or most ‘difficult’ patients that are being struck from registers. Read the rest of this entry

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Stop Taxing Periods. Period.

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Laura Coryton has created a petition on Change.org, to persuade Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne to reduce tax on sanitary products to 0%.

Her arguments are outlined below:

The Government taxes the masses of people who have periods, but not for enjoying a lean crocodile steak. Does placing exotic meats above sexual hygiene truly reflect society’s values?

A 5% tax rate has been placed on sanitary products, whilst exotic meats walk tax-free. HM Revenue and Customs justify this rate by labelling these sexual health products as ‘non-essential’ items, costing you an average of £1,500 per person over a lifetime. Read the rest of this entry

Britain’s Richest 1% as Wealthy as Poorest 55% of Population

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According to a new analysis from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Britain’s richest 1% have as much wealth as the poorest 55% of the population put together. This analysis includes wealth in terms of property, pensions and financial assets.

Inequality between the north-south divide has also worsened, with household wealth in the south-east rising five times faster than the rest of the country. The average wealth of households in the south-east rose 30% from 2006-8 to the end of 2012, whereas the average rise in England was only 6%.

In addition, the north-east was the only region where average household wealth actually fell.

The report states that the situation is likely to have worsened due to an 18% rise in house prices over the past year in the south-east. In addition, a rush to save among richer households during the recession boosted the nation’s total wealth, with the top 10% owning 44% of the household wealth, and the poorest 50% of the country owning only 9%.

A recent report from Oxfam also showed that five billionaire families own the same wealth as 20% of the population. Read the rest of this entry

Understaffing in Hospitals Pose a Danger to Patients

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) recently warned that registered nurses’ workloads should not exceed more than eight patients at any one time, as patient safety will be at risk.

Nice spent several months examining evidence on the impact staff numbers have on the quality and safety of the care which patients receive.

This intervention will put more financial pressure on hospitals, many of which are already struggling. Campaigners believe at least 20,o00 extra nurses are needed across the country, at a cost of £700m.

Until now, government ministers have refused calls for the NHS to introduce minimum staffing levels, due to worries about costs.

In one serious case, a previous official inquiry found that understaffing at Stafford hospital due to cost-cutting by the trust, directly contributed to “appalling care”, including patients dying and suffering serious harm. Read the rest of this entry