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Cuts to the public health budget mean smokers in many areas can no longer access stop smoking medications from their GP, health experts have warned. There is now at least one local authority in England where there is a zero budget for addressing smoking, a report by Cancer Research UK…
Almost three in five adults say they drink alcohol because it helps them cope with the pressures of day-to-day life, a survey has found. Research by Drinkaware looked at the drinking patterns of 18 to 75-year-olds in the UK and found nearly two in five (38%) who had drunk alcohol…
Centenarians, pre-school children and babies are among tens of thousands of people whose details are stored on internal council databases due to their deemed potential threat to staff, an investigation has found. Authorities across England identified more than 25,000 service users whose details are flagged on registers sometimes referred to…
Patients become less satisfied with the care provided in hospitals if they believe there are not enough nurses on the ward, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Southampton found that only 14% of patients who reported there was never or rarely enough nurses on the hospital…
Hundreds of thousands of youngsters were referred to children's services last year - the equivalent of one every 49 seconds, town hall chiefs have warned. Social workers are working hard to investigate concerns and keep children safe, but more money must be pumped into councils to help cope with demand,…
Television viewers were blown away by Sarah Lancashire's performance in missing child drama Kiri, although there was disappointment over "inaccuracies" in the portrayal of social work. The four-part series follows social worker Miriam Grayson, who is caught up in a police investigation when a nine-year-old girl disappears while on a…
Health officials have taken a "backwards step" in breast cancer care after recommending that a genetic test should no longer be used on the NHS, a charity has said. The Oncotype DX test - which helps to predict the risk of breast cancer recurrence and whether or not a patient…
Peers have backed a move to give greater protection to women forced out of their homes by domestic abuse. Legislation requiring local authorities to give victims of domestic abuse with secure lifetime tenancies similar security of tenure when rehousing them was welcomed on both sides of the Lords. The Secure…
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