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Child health in Scotland is amongst the poorest in western Europe, according to a major study. Experts are calling for more action to tackle smoking, obesity and child mortality, as they say poverty is the main cause of poor health. The State of Child Health - Scotland report found more…
An alarming gap between rich and poor is leaving the health and well-being of the UK's children in jeopardy, according to a major report by child health experts. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) urges the Government to introduce a comprehensive national strategy and reverse cuts to…
The Scottish Conservatives are calling for activity programmes in nurseries to help cut health inequality across Scotland and save the NHS money. Party leader Ruth Davidson and health spokesman Brian Whittle launched the new healthy lifestyle strategy on a visit to the Little Learners Nursery in Edinburgh. Mr Whittle accused…
Care homes have been reminded to help elderly people brush their teeth twice a day. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) published new guidance in light of research that suggests tooth care is variable in care homes. Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive of Nice, said: "We…
Chairs of three influential House of Commons committees have issued a plea for Theresa May to call a cross-party review of the health and social care systems. In a letter to the Prime Minister, the trio - Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston of the Health Committee, Labour's Meg Hillier of the…
From lay input in research to how a clinic runs, from medical revalidation to patient forums, healthcare professionals increasingly need effective patient input if they are to provide a relevant, sustainable and effective service. Conversely, patients and the public have the right to contribute to, advise and inform not just…
Researchers undertaking Scotland’s first long-term study of the health, economic and social circumstances of people aged 50-plus are now seeking insight from individuals across Scotland. Experts from the University of Stirling-led Healthy Ageing In Scotland (HAGIS) pilot study are now contacting 50-plus residents to take part in the vital survey.…
Health inequalities are "deeply embedded" across Britain, a charity has said after new figures showed a wide variation in the number of years people can expect to live healthy lives. New Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show a two-decade gap between "healthy life expediencies". Male residents of Rutland (pictured)…
A 10-year road map to transform Northern Ireland's under-pressure health service has been announced. The Stormont blueprint is the response to an independent analysis of the struggling system by a panel of experts. Describing the current health and social care system being at "breaking point", Health Minister Michelle O'Neill stressed…
Taking regular exercise may provide a small benefit for people with early signs of dementia, research suggests. A clinical trial on two groups of elderly people found those who followed an exercise programme saw a small improvement in overall thinking skills compared to those who did not exercise. But the…
The former chief executive of a troubled mental health trust has been given a £190,000 payoff after she left her latest role. Katrina Percy's role leading Southern Health had become untenable but there had been "no legal grounds" on which to dismiss her, a spokesman for NHS Improvement said. Ms…
People with mental health problems and other "invisible" illnesses worry about telling those around them about their conditions, a survey has found. Research published for Invisible Illness Week found that 66% of people would be hesitant telling an employer about a mental health issue, or an invisible illness such as…
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