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Jamie Oliver backs free school meals - BBC News

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has said he is behind the government's plans to give all pupils under seven in England free school meals.  
BBC News
over 6 years ago
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GPs urge government to create a national self care strategy

GPs have urged the government to create a national self care strategy and stop “stoking unrealistic patient expectations.”  
bmj.com
over 6 years ago
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WHO | Statement on the United States Government’s announcement on vaccination campaigns

WHO and UNICEF appreciate the commitment by the United States Government to stop making operational use of immunization campaigns.  
who.int
over 6 years ago
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Transforming mental health

The government’s mandate for achieving parity of esteem between physical and mental health has put the spotlight on mental health provision. In London, meeting the mental health needs of the large and diverse population poses major challenges, and the London Health Board has identified improving the mental wellbeing of Londoners as a priority. But so far, there has been little consideration of what is required to meet the future mental health needs of London’s population and how this can be achieved.  
The King's Fund
over 6 years ago
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Our priorities for the next government

With the general election coming at a pivotal time for health and social care, we set out our view of the key challenges and priorities for the next government. The general election will come at a pivotal time for health and social care. An unprecedented funding squeeze has left the NHS on the brink of financial crisis, while reductions in local government funding have led to significant cuts in social care services.  
The King's Fund
over 6 years ago
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WHO | UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response established in Accra

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr Anthony Banbury, arrived in Accra Monday 29 September to head the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), which will join governments and international partners to respond to the Ebola outbreak.  
who.int
over 6 years ago
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Update on funding for the NHS Bursary in 2013/14

Marion Matheson, Co-Chair of the BMA's Medical Student Committee, gives an update on funding for the NHS Bursary for the 2013/2014 intake - and the government's foot dragging on what support medical students may get in their final years of study.  
audioBoom
over 6 years ago
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Obamacare: what the Affordable Care Act means for patients and physicians

The Affordable Care Act’s core achievement is to make all Americans insurable, by requiring insurers to accept all applicants at rates based on population averages regardless of health status. The act also increases coverage by allowing states to expand Medicaid (the social healthcare program for families and people with low income and resources) to cover everyone near the poverty line, and by subsidizing private insurance for people who are not poor but who do not have workplace coverage. The act allows most people to keep the same kind of insurance that they currently have, and it does not change how private insurance pays physicians and hospitals. Although the act falls short of achieving truly universal coverage, nine million uninsured people have received coverage so far. Market reforms have not hurt the insurance industry’s profitability, prices for individual insurance have been lower than expected, and government costs so far have been less than initially projected. The act expands several ongoing pilot programs in Medicare that reform how doctors and hospitals are paid, but it does not directly change how private insurers pay healthcare providers. Nevertheless, it has set into motion market dynamics that are affecting medical practice, such as limiting insurance networks to fewer providers and requiring patients to pay for more treatment costs out of pocket. In response, many hospitals and physicians are forming closer and larger affiliations. Further time and study are needed to learn whether these evolutionary changes will achieve their goals without harming the doctor-patient relationship.  
bmj.com
about 6 years ago
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WHO | WHO convenes industry leaders and key partners to discuss trials and production of Ebola vaccine

WHO convened a meeting with high-ranking government representatives from Ebola-affected countries and development partners, civil society, regulatory agencies, vaccine manufacturers and funding agencies yesterday to discuss and agree on how to fast track testing and deployment of vaccines in sufficient numbers to impact the Ebola epidemic.  
who.int
about 6 years ago
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India’s ambition to eliminate visceral leishmaniasis

With the introduction of a new drug, can the new government keep its promise to rid India of kala azar? Talha Burki reports  
bmj.com
about 6 years ago