health care

  • February 7, 2013

    A report on why Mid Staffordshire hospital failings went unchecked for so long makes important points. Robert Francis QC, who led the inquiry, avoided the temptation to blame all that went wrong on a few people who could then be punished, or call for yet another round of reorganisation. Instead he revealed disturbing flaws in the culture of the NHS and other agencies linked with health and social care.

  • November 15, 2012

    The NHS in England is "sleepwalking into a crisis" with more than 61,000 frontline posts destined for the axe, says the Royal College of Nursing.

  • October 26, 2012

    The United Nations health agency has called for renewed efforts to boost the political will needed for the global campaign against polio.

  • February 11, 2012

    Organisations of health professionals have been lining up to denounce the Health and Social Care Bill. In view of the potential hazards to patients arising from reforms to the National Health Service in England, it is not hard to understand why.

  • November 22, 2011

    The Vatican has set the scene for the twenty-sixth international conference organised by the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care this week.

  • October 11, 2011

    The Health and Social Care Bill passing through UK’s Parliament is prompting heated debate, says Savi Hensman. The government claims that this and other reforms to the National Health Service (NHS) will improve patient care. Campaigners fear that they reflect further steps towards privatisation and a fragmented system, which they believe will be harmful to those in most need.

  • October 9, 2011

    The Archbishop of York has warned about commercial pressures within the NHS under the government's proposed reforms to the way it works.

  • October 5, 2011

    Shigeaki Hinohara, a Japanese Christian doctor who has carved out a reputation as an expert on healthy aging, marked his 100th birthday on 4 October 2011 by contemplating the potential for celebrating his 110th.

  • September 5, 2011

    Even if the government is able to push its Health Bill through Parliament in its present form, there may be a heavy political price to pay later, says Savi Hensman. A different way forward is needed for the NHS.

  • June 20, 2011

    Newspapers have reported that the UK government is to publish a ‘Big Society’ bill, supposedly giving citizens more choice and control. In practice, this may involve offloading further responsibilities on to individuals, families and communities, forcing them to put in extra time and money or go without much-needed services.