Category Archives: Scotland

Screening for Dementia at the Opticians? (BBC News / NHS Choices / JAMA Neurology)

Summary A simple eye test, at high street opticians, for thinning of the retinal nerve fibre layer (RNFL) could in future help predict which persons are at risk of developing dementia. Full Text Link Reference Optician’s eye test ‘could spot … Continue reading

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Brexit Dividend to Cover NHS Funding Settlement: Assisted by Undisclosed Tax Increases? (BBC News)

Summary The announcement of a 3.4% annual funding increase, over the next five years, represents a significant and politically astute compromise development, in advance of the NHS’s 70th birthday. Wise heads in the Treasury wanted to limit annual NHS budget … Continue reading

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Statistics on Life Expectancy and Healthy Life Expectancy (BBC News / Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation)

Summary The BBC has launched an interactive calculator to help people assess how long they might live typically. Life-style and demographic factors are covered briefly. Full Text Link Reference How long are you going to live? London: BBC Health News, … Continue reading

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New Year – Same Old NHS Winter Pressures: Some Recent Responses to Excess Public Demand for Services (BBC News / RCGP / NHS England / King’s Fund)

Summary Other Northern European nations, North America etc. have more extreme and colder Winters, yet their health systems appear not to buckle under these predictable seasonal pressures. Here are some recent responses and initiatives, as mentioned in the news, aiming … Continue reading

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BBC’s NHS Tracker Service: Re-Launched (BBC News)

Summary The BBC has launched a new improved version of the online NHS Tracker, in readiness for anticipated Winter-pressures. This service allows local variations in service performance to be viewed by postcode. Updates will be added to reflect monthly and … Continue reading

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Under-Claimed SMI Council Tax Discount? (BBC News / MoneySavingExpert)

Summary People diagnosed as severely mentally impaired (SMI) should by rights be exempt from paying council tax, with the result that two-person households often qualify for a 25% discount on council tax. Persons with a severe mental impairment living alone … Continue reading

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Unresolved Issues of Means-Testing in the Payment For Social Care: a Recent History of the Dementia Tax (House of Commons Library)

Summary A recent House of Commons Library briefing paper presents an overview of policy proposals and actual policies, from different Governments since 1997, concerning for how individuals with assets must pay for social care. Unlike health services provided by the NHS, social … Continue reading

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