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Official National Survey shows that smoking halves in 40 years


Smoking in Britain has more than halved and people are drinking on fewer nights of the week, according to a snapshot survey covering the past 40 years.

The General Lifestyle Survey indicates 45% of adults smoked in 1974 compared with 20% in 2011.

The proportion of men who said they drank alcohol at least five days a week fell from 22% in 2005 to 16% in 2011.

The proportion of women drinking five days a week dropped from 13% to 9% over the same period.

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Posted by: on March 7th, 2013 @ 1:11 PM

Jeremy Hunt attacks 'complacent' hospitals

Too many hospitals are coasting along, settling for meeting minimum standards, according to the health secretary.

In a speech on Friday, Jeremy Hunt will attack a culture of "complacency" and "low aspirations", which he believes is holding the NHS in England back.

He is expected to say while there is a concerted effort to tackle failing hospitals, there should also be a focus on "mediocrity".

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Posted by: on March 11st, 2013 @ 11:18 AM

Five ways the NHS is changing

The government's reforms of the NHS in England are coming into force.

Over 200 new organisations are being created, including a network of GP-led groups to manage the budget and NHS England, the national board which will oversee the new system.

It has been dubbed the most radical shake-up in the history of the NHS.

But what will actually be changing?

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Posted by: on April 12nd, 2013 @ 08:49 AM

NHS regulator wants 'swift change'

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is promising "swift change" as it attempts to relaunch itself amid criticism of its performance.

The health and care regulator has been under fire with critics saying it has lost sight of safety.

Ministers have already announced the creation of a new hospitals chief inspector post and a ratings system.

Launching its 2013-16 strategy, the CQC said it would also be looking to beef up its inspection process.

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Posted by: on April 18th, 2013 @ 08:55 AM

Call for minimum nursing levels in hospitals

Minimum nursing staffing levels are needed to protect hospital patients from the impact of cuts in the NHS, a leading health union says.

Unison called for the measure after an online poll of 1,500 midwives, nurses and healthcare assistants across the UK suggested services were under strain.

It said nearly 60% reported they did not have enough time to deliver safe and compassionate care.

The government said hospitals needed "freedom and flexibility" on staffing.

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Posted by: on April 19th, 2013 @ 08:43 AM

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