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Do patients really want copies of their GP letters? A questionnaire survey of older adults and their carers

AIMS AND METHOD The National Health Service Plan stated that all correspondence between clinicians would be copied to patients by April 2004. We wanted to find out whether this practice reflected the true desires of their patients. A questionnaire survey was therefore performed in older adults and their carers attending a psychiatric out-patient clinic.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09

New Deal for Carers : revision of the Prime Minister's 1999 Strategy on Carers : Equalities Task Force report

This is a report to government. The Task Force membership comprised representation from central and local government, professional bodies and third sector organisations.

The Taskforce feels strongly that the recognition of carers role and contribution is a priority and essential to achieving equality for carers, and this is reflected in the recommendations.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09

Transforming participation in health and care: "the NHS belongs to us all"

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 introduced significant amendments to the NHS Act 2006. This guidance supports two legal duties, requiring clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and commissioners in NHS England to enable patients and carers to participate in planning, managing and making decisions about their care and treatment through the services they commission; and to enable effective public participation in the commissioning process, so that services provided reflect the needs of local people.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09

Money for old hope

A blow to spending on social services threatens a deterioration in quality of life for carers and users, but a new grant could protect this vulnerable group and ease some of the pressures on the NHS. [Journal abstract]

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:08

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