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British Medical Association (BMA) -
This report argues that the UK's ageing population and its families are being failed by a fragmented health and social support system. It highlights how the health and life changes of older people are being negatively affected by the holes in the safety net of health, social and other welfare services.
Skills for Care (SfC) -
This report presents an overview of the adult social care sector and outlines the key data on the workforce alongside discussion of recruitment and retention issues.
World Health Organization (WHO) -
This report presents a summary of methods and results of the latest WHO global assessment of ambient air pollution exposure and the resulting burden of disease. It provides several indicators of the burden of disease from air pollution, with global estimates revealing that 94 per cent of air pollution-related deaths are due to noncommunicable diseases. An accompanying interactive map has also been produced to provide information on population-weighted exposure to air pollution.
Ready for Ageing Alliance -
This paper assesses the government's response to the UK's ageing society and argues that action on tackling the challenges and maximising the opportunities of ageing has stalled. The Alliance calls for an urgent focus on social care in particular with the aim of achieving a sustainable long-term financial settlement.
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) -
This report outlines the result of a national audit of neonatal services and finds an improvement in rates of two year follow-up for premature babies but that there was an increase in risk of illness and that some units were still failing to record timely consultation with parents. The report urges neonatal units to form partnerships with neighbouring hospitals in order to reduce variation and drive up standards of care for very sick babies.
This annual publication brings together articles from researchers at Reform alongside experts and key commentators in each field to provide an insight into the changes and challenges facing public services. The articles on the NHS and health services focus on the opportunities for technology to change the delivery of health care and how efficiency and productivity can be improved.
Office of Health Economics (OHE) -
This report, written in partnership with the Institute for Health Economics in Sweden, evaluates the current burden of cancer and identifies opportunities for increased efficiency in cancer care. The evidence focuses specifically on the health and cancer care landscape in nine European countries, including the UK. The report found that significant opportunity for improved efficiency exists in prevention activities and early diagnosis, for example targeting unhealthy behaviours such as high alcohol consumption and smoking, and the implementation of quality screening programmes. The report also highlights the potential to achieve greater efficiencies in the way new treatments are evaluated and how to enhance their uptake.