Archives for March 18th, 2005

FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH SCHEMES

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 March, 2005

More money is being made available for initiatives designed to improve the health of local communities. Initially 21 pilot projects will share a total of 1.2 million pounds for a range of schemes tackling everything from obesity to sexual health and reducing smoking. More money will be made available in the coming financial year and a national roll out is planned in 2006.The Communities for Health programme is being developed in line with the objectives in the Public Health White Paper, which sets out to improve health in the country’s most disadvantaged areas, some of which have the same death rate as the national average figure in the 1950s.

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CARE SERVICES ‘FAILING TO MEET NEEDS’ OF CHRONICALLY ILL PATIENTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 March, 2005

Health and social care services are failing to meet the needs of chronically ill people close to death, according to research published today by a team from the University of Edinburgh. They claim, too, that doctors feel they are helplessly reduced to performing routine tasks as a patient’s death approaches.The researchers, whose findings are published in the British Medical Journal, call for active and supportive care by doctors and medical services in the community for people who are thought likely to die.

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THE PATH FROM SOCIAL EXCLUSION FOR YOUNG ADULTS

Features, PublicNet: 18 March, 2005

Young people from the poorest neighbourhoods in Britain face a major challenge in breaking out of the cycle of social exclusion. Despite numerous initiatives over many years the impoverished situations of most people the authors talked to remained largely unchanged. They explore the reasons for this lack of progress revealed by their interviews and suggest what might be done to break the social exclusion cycle.

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