100 years on from the Spanish Flu. Protecting ourselves from infectious diseases

2018 marks the 100th Anniversary of Spanish Flu. The deadly influenza (flu) pandemic infected some 500 million people and resulted in deaths of between 50 and 100 million people. 17 million people may have died in India and half a million Americans lost their lives. Spanish Flu probably killed more people than the Black Death and more people in 24 weeks than AIDS did in 24 years.

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Health and wealth

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.

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The bringing together of health and social care

The increasing pressure on the NHS is hard to ignore, and it’s growing. For too long the perception that social care and health care are two separate entities has caused challenges and prevented any real resolution to the strain on the NHS. The move to integrate them has seemingly stalled, to be replaced with funding promises that will do little to create a long-term solution.

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Nursing an open wound – Healthcare demand and nursing supply

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