Will an increase in health spending, at the expense of other forms of social expenditure adversely affect health? New ILC-UK analysis shows that social spending is positively associated with increase life expectancy and curtailing investment may undermine efforts to improve the nation’s health.
Dr Tony Rao writes the risks of long-term drug treatment and the future of pain management in older people for our guest blog.
While the level of overall health spending is by no means the only determinant of life expectancy, our analysis suggests it has been an important factor in the last 20 years.
This extended blog explores recent trends in the demand for healthcare and the supply of nurses, before reflecting on how government policy changes are impacting on the ability of the nursing sector to meet rising needs. We argue that with nursing shortages gripping the NHS, it is time to evaluate how recent policy has failed to get to grips with the problem, and develop a new strategic framework to improve the participation of nurses in the health service. Continue reading
Recent news coverage has highlighted how the flu outbreak is adding to pressures on the NHS this winter. Whilst the UK has relatively high uptake of flu vaccination amongst older people, we still fail to meet the 75% target set by the WHO. Continue reading
Older people are often seen as a homogenous group. This can mean certain groups of older people are hidden from policy and services, none more so than older people who experience language barriers. Continue reading
The population is aging in different parts of the world. By living longer, a person has more complex health and mental health care needs, which can be too challenging for the person to be cared at home, and thus need professional residential care. Continue reading
Longer life expectancy and the resulting ageing of the population is popularly seen as problematic, with a focus on the costs and problems involved. But having a longer life is good news for most people and such a major demographic shift creates opportunities to re-think attitudes and values to the benefit of us all. Continue reading
In 1842, the English social reformer Edwin Chadwick documented a 30-year discrepancy between the life expectancy of men in the poorest social classes and the gentry. He also found a North-South health divide with people from all social classes faring better in the rural South than in the industrial North. Continue reading