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Parkinsons sufferers 'face regular discrimination'

Nearly half of those with Parkinson's face regular discrimination, such as having their symptoms mistaken for drunkenness, a survey suggests.

The survey of more than 2,000 people was commissioned by charity Parkinson's UK.

One person in 500 people is affected by the condition in Britain.

Parkinson's sufferer Mark Worsfold was arrested during last year's Olympics because police thought he looked suspicious.

He was detained during the cycling road race in Leatherhead, Surrey, reportedly because he was not smiling - the condition means his face can appear expressionless.

Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition that attacks the part of the brain that controls movement.

The main symptoms of Parkinson's are tremors or shaking that cannot be controlled, and rigidity of the muscles, which can make movement difficult and painful.

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Posted by: on April 15th, 2013 @ 09:41 AM
Tagged with: NHS

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

Royal College of Nursing brands reforms as 'stupid'

Nurses' leaders have branded parts of the government's plans to reform the profession as "stupid".

The Royal College of Nursing said ministers had missed an opportunity to improve patient care after the Stafford Hospital scandal public inquiry.

The strongest criticism was given to the plan to get trainee nurses to work for a year as healthcare assistants.

A survey by the union of more than 2,000 senior nurses also raised concerns about unsafe staffing levels.

A total of 71% said they were not confident that staffing levels were always adequate, with more than a third saying they were unsafe on a weekly basis.

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Posted by: on April 22nd, 2013 @ 08:50 AM
Tagged with: government NHS Nurse nursing

NHS bosses ponder hospital hotels to ease ward pressure

Plans for hospital hotels to care for patients who no longer need 24-hour medical care are being considered by NHS managers.

Under the proposals, patients such as the elderly waiting to be discharged, new mothers and stroke patients would recover in hotel-style facilities.

The idea is being reviewed by the new commissioning body, NHS England.

Supporters say the scheme, based on a Scandinavian model, would ease demand on hospital beds.

Patient hotels are common in Scandinavia, especially in Sweden and Norway.

They cater for patients who do not need to be on an inpatient ward, such as couples staying overnight after the birth of a baby or recovering stroke patients.

As well as offering more freedom for patients, the buildings are designed to save money, since a hotel room is cheaper than the price of a hospital bed.

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Posted by: on April 23rd, 2013 @ 1:15 PM
Tagged with: health NHS Nurse nursing

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