Department of Health

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 26/01/2012 - 11:28

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Alcohol-related hospital admissions set to tumble

Headlines asserting that hospital admissions attributable to alcohol have doubled since 2004 to over a million a year could soon be just a nasty memory.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 29/03/2011 - 14:58

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King's Fund to the rescue of Social Attitudes Survey

The King’s Fund has stepped in to help preserve a time series of public attitudes to health and the NHS which had been threatened by the Department of Health pulling the plug.<

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 04/01/2011 - 14:47

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Waiting times raise the political temperature

Andrew Lansley’s appearance before the Health Select Committee on December 12 produced an argument fit for the fourth form.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 25/11/2010 - 15:09

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Misrepresenting rape yet again

“A woman is raped every ten minutes” says a press release from the Department of Health today.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 09/09/2010 - 13:43

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Hospital mortality – the genie is out of the bottle

The Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, is very keen on measuring healthcare by its outcomes, and there’s no more unambiguous outcome than dying.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 18/08/2010 - 12:36

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Smoking legislation works, claims new study

A study funded by the Department of Health shows that raising the age at which teenagers can buy cigarettes from 16 to 18 had a dramatic effect on smoking prevalence in the under-18s.

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 29/03/2010 - 17:07

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Not in our stars but in ourselves

Why are poorer people unhealthier? A commonsense response would be because they behave more unhealthily.

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 11/01/2010 - 14:53

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Speaking with difficulty

More than one in five boys and one in seven girls have difficulty in learning to talk, according to research released last week by Jean Gross, England’s “Communications Champion&r

Sheila Bird :: Thu, 10/12/2009 - 09:49

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Desperate Hubris: the costly, ineffectual risk sharing scheme for multiple sclerosis

Seven years ago, after strong media, clinical and patient pressure, the Government negotiated a “risk-sharing” deal over access to drugs to treat multiple sclerosis.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 27/10/2009 - 15:22

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False choice over where to give birth

More than 90 per cent of women are denied choice in where they give birth, charges the National Childbirth Trust in a new report.