Malnourishment, alcohol and co-payments

Age UK on Monday brought out a report on malnourishment amongst the elderly in hospitals, and not being fed properly when they are there. The actual press release however talked about nurses thinking that a relative of their own who was malnourished could enter hospital and without this being picked up. This is a different issue of screening on admission rather than not eating properly as an in-patient.  Both are important and highlight the need for greater accountability from nurses themselves and weight to be an outcome indicator, rather that simply ticking the box of having a ‘system’ as referenced by the DH response.

Alcohol consumption is in the headlines today, with alcohol related deaths and admissions rising by 40% (in 10 years to 2009) and 65% (in 5 years) respectively. We don’t think anything is going to improve until prevention and repercussions are taken more seriously. This would include shortening licensing hours, increasing taxes on alcohol, fining repeat offenders notified by either the police or A&E or their parents if they are under 16.

And last week Alasdair Palmer highlighted in the Telegraph that there is an urgent need to sort out the issue of co-payments because even if you have paid for a drug privately, you can only receive it in separately from NHS care, which is often impossible. We’d like to come up with a workable solution, let us know if you’d like to be involved.

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About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social pioneer, writer, campaigner and commentator. Formerly a clinical optometrist specialising in diabetes and visual impairment, she is the founder and Director of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal and Social. 2020health has through research, events and campaigning influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. In 2014, 2020health were founding partners of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Since 2016, 2020health has increasingly focused on digital health and public health in the community. Julia is a Fellow of the RSA and now also a part-time PhD student at the UCL Interaction Centre, studying the use of digital technology for stress management in the workplace. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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