Political parties are generally in agreement about one thing - that the NHS needs more money. But is money all it takes?To answer this, it's helpful to look at whether the NHS is getting the best out of its existing budget - and how that compares with other countries.Value for moneyThere's no single way of measuring the efficiency of a health service, though various bodies have tried. Bloomberg's annual healthcare efficiency index, for example, looks simply at spending on healthcare versus life expectancy.Its latest report ranked 56 wealthy countries, based on 2015 data. It put the UK 35th - down from 21st the year before, partly reflecting the slowing of growth in spending on the NHS. Hong Kong and Singapore - mixed public and private systems with elements of both government funding and insurance - came top. They were followed by Italy and Spain - with national health services - which both have higher life expectancies than the UK and spend less per person to achieve this. The UK was … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Is the NHS the best health service possible?
THE NHS could collapse under the strain of Britain’s weight problem, experts have warned, as research shows that 13 million adults are now classed as obese. A new report warns of a doubling in obesity levels in two decades, with record numbers being treated for Type 2 diabetes. It follows warnings that the numbers being treated in hospital for obesity-related conditions have risen by almost one quarter in just one year. The head of the NHS has warned that the “startling” trends could cut short thousands of lives. Today’s report shows that the number of adults in England who are obese has gone from 6.9 million in 1997 to around 13 million in 2017. The analysis, by Diabetes UK, warns that 29 per cent of adults, and 20 per cent of children leaving primary school are obese. Obesity is the most significant driver for new cases of type two diabetes, accounting for up to 85 per cent of risk. The condition can cause serious … [Read more...] about 13 million adults in the UK are obese, amid doubling in weight problems
A mum beat a life-threatening brain infection after finding "her rock" by online dating — and enjoying a first date which lasted one week. Deborah Petty, 50, was so seriously ill with a suspected brain tumour that she nearly gave up looking for love. But the gran-of-two, who now lives in Powys, mid-Wales, became instantly attracted to Lawrence Petty's profile online - despite it not having a picture - and a whirlwind romance blossomed. While Deborah recovered from her brain infection, which was found not to be cancerous, she messaged and Skyped Lawrence, including times from her hospital bed. The couple met two months later after Deborah travelled more than 240 miles from her then home in Baschurch, Shrops., to the 46-year-old's flat in Halwill Junction, Devon. And the first date went so well, it lasted a whole week, after which Deborah was ready to introduce the engineer to her parents. Deborah, who has four children from a previous marriage, told Mirror Online: "I drove down to … [Read more...] about Mum recovering from brain infection finds love with a first date that lasted ONE WEEK
A tiny white cube that uses Artificial Intelligence to monitor the lives of elderly people who live alone could save thousands of lives, according to its creator. The miiCube, a kind of 'Amazon Echo for the elderly', learns people's routines and tracks their movements so it can alert the relevant authorities if something is wrong. The device will also sense if there's a break in routine, such as not getting up at the normal time or not following usual daily routines. Creator Kelvin Summoogum - who set up miiCARE, the firm behind the gadget, in March - got the idea when his grandmother broke her hip at home. He said she spent twelve hours in agony on the floor before anyone knew until a neighbour found her and brought her to the hospital. Scroll down for video Dubbed the 'Amazon Echo for the elderly', the miiCUBE uses A.I to track elderly people's movements and learns their routines so it can alert the relevant authorities if something is wrong. It also … [Read more...] about ‘Amazon Echo for the elderly’ uses AI to track people’s movements so it can alert the authorities if something goes wrong (but would YOU trust it to monitor your loved ones?)
Prince Charles has warned that we must plant more trees to stop climate change – heralding the biggest change to our countryside in decades. He said there is a ‘major opportunity’ to help lock up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide and prevent global warming. But the prince said we must not return to the ‘bad old days’ of planting vast acres of ‘dark forbidding’ forest with a single species. The royal’s comments are a major boost to the Daily Mail’s Be a Tree Angel campaign, which we announced yesterday and will encourage our caring army of readers to plant thousands of trees to make Britain greener. Prince Charles plants a tree as India's President Ram Nath Kovind looks on, in Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland plants a Scots Pine tree during his visit to the Castlebank Park and Horticultural Centre in Lanark in June Writing in … [Read more...] about We MUST plant more trees to save the planet: Prince Charles backs Mail campaign for a greener Britain