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Archive for September, 2015

Study suggests safe alcohol guidance unrealistic

UK government guidelines on how much alcohol it is safe to drink are unrealistic, largely ignored and should be changed to reflect modern drinking habits. Men are currently recommended to drink no more than three or four units a day, and women no more than two or three. But the study found that the guidelines […]

NHS trusts told financial plans unaffordable

Hospitals and health trusts in England have been told by regulators to look again at their financial plans as current ones are “simply unaffordable”. Monitor has written to the 46 foundation trusts with the biggest deficits “challenging” their plans. It urged money saving measures such as filling only essential staff vacancies. David Bennett, chief executive […]

How to have a good death

For more than a decade a system called the Liverpool Care Pathway was used by hospitals and hospices in an effort to give people comfortable, dignified deaths. Among other things, it involved checklists prompting staff to consider whether invasive procedures and drugs should no longer be given to people in the last stage of life. […]