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Health and Social Care Workforce - Recommendations for Action


The King's Fund, Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation have issued a joint plan for the Health and Social Care workforce, which is a make-or-break factor in the operation of the NHS. Without changes to present practice, nursing vacancies could reach 108,000 in 10 years time, they say.

A&E Departments Saved At Charing Cross and Ealing Hospitals

The Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock has decided that extensive reductions of facilities, including A&E departments at Charing Cross and Ealing hospitals, will be cancelled.

Cancer scans contract in contention at Oxford

One of the imaging techniques used in treating cancers is Positron Emission Tomography (PET). The technique can be used to locate secondary cancers (metastases). It is often combined with CT which is an X-ray imaging technique. Some colorectal cancer patients from the Royal Berkshire Hospital are referred to the Churchill Hospital (part of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foudation Trust) in Oxford, a centre of excellence for cancer treatment.

Mortality Decrease Has Slowed - Life Expectancies Suffer

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries has produced its latest estimates of mortality and described recent changes in its estimates in this informative blog post . With the new understanding life expectancies for both males and females at age 65 have reduced by over a year since 2015.

Every Patient Will Belong to a Primary Care Network

The NHS Long-Term plan includes targets for increased screening and earlier cancer detection. According to an article in Pulse magazine, every patient will be covered by a Primary Care Network, whether or not their GP practice itself takes part.

Berkshire West CCG Meets in Public on Tuesday, 12th March 2019

The Berkshire West CCG Governing Body will meet in public at 9.30 - 12.30 on Tuesday, 12th March 2019, at 57-59, Bath Road, Reading RG30 2BA.

The Reading Health and Wellbeing Board meets at 2pm on Friday, 15th March 2019

The Reading Health and Wellbeing Board meets at 2pm in the Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Bridge Street on Friday, 15th March.

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