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Brisk daily walks can increase life span, research says - Sun, 30 Aug 2015

Health experts claim even moderate exercise can reduce ageing and halve risk of dying from heart attack

Just 25 minutes of brisk walking a day can add up to seven years to your life, health experts have said. Researchers told the European Society of Cardiology congress that regular exercise can reduce ageing and increase the average life span.

Sanjay Sharma, professor of inherited cardiac diseases in sports cardiology at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in south London, said for the average person in their 50s and 60s, moderate exercise reduces the risk of dying from a heart attack by half.

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NHS trusts and the crippling burden of PFI | Letters - Sun, 30 Aug 2015

Jeremy Corbyn has yet again shown substance in policy in his proposal to end the burden of PFI on health authorities (Opinion, 27 August). I live in the small social housing element of the Quartermile district of Edinburgh. It is the site of the old Edinburgh Royal hospital and now a gleaming new city designed by Norman Foster is rising, where one-bedroom flats begin at 400,000 and penthouse suites are 3m. The hospital was rebuilt on the outskirts of the city, six miles from the centre, where it can take an hour to get to by bus. Gordon Brown insisted in 1998 that it be built by PFI, so it wouldn’t appear on his public expenditure books. So the Bank of Scotland and property companies built the new hospital and developed the old city centre site.

It would have cost 200m to build a new hospital from public funds at the time. It will cost 1.2bn over 30 years in rental payments for the new hospital. This is a huge burden on the health authority every year and, at the end of 30 years, we then have to buy the hospital or have another 30-year rental deal. Although the SNP government hasended PFI in Scotland, the burden of past deals weighs heavy on their revenue. Brown thought he was being smart at the time, but round here we know it as “Gordon’s folly”. We would welcome Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to write off the debt.
Hugh Kerr

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Dance therapy brings joy and wellbeing to older people - Sun, 30 Aug 2015

Classes run by arts charity Create improve health and brighten lives but future of programme is threatened by social care spending cuts

Paula Sanders may have arrived at the dancing class inadvertently but by the end she says she feels like the belle of the ball.

With a disco tune throbbing from a boom box, Sanders, wearing big red slippers, rolls her arms in front of her in best John Travolta style as her carer eases her wheelchair across the polished wooden floor, in line with half a dozen fellow older dancers and their carers.

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Four Seasons Health Care reviews finances amid debt fears - Sun, 30 Aug 2015

UK’s largest care home operator to consider all options as ‘national living wage’ is said to add to financial pressures

Fours Seasons Health Care, Britain’s biggest care home operator, has launched a financial review after second-quarter losses surged to 26m, raising fresh fears over the indebted group’s viability.

Owned by Terra Firma, the buyout firm controlled by Guernsey-based financier Guy Hands, Four Seasons is paying more than 50m a year in interest on debts of 500m. But its earnings before interest, tax and other charges were just 51.5m in the last 12 months, according to the latest accounts.

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Chrissie Hynde criticised over rape remarks - Sun, 30 Aug 2015

Pretenders singer condemned after saying it can be a woman’s fault if she is raped, and blamed herself for performing sexual acts under threat of violence

Singer Chrissie Hynde has been criticised for saying it can be a woman’s fault if she is raped.

The Pretenders star, 63, said she blamed herself for being forced to perform sexual acts under the threat of violence.

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Women more likely to die after heart attack treatment, say researchers - Sun, 30 Aug 2015

Findings are explained as a possible result of women tending to be older when they suffer heart attacks and the fact that they are more likely to be diabetic

Women are more likely to die following heart attack treatment than men, research has found.

They are also less likely to have an angioplasty procedure, a procedure to widen blocked or narrowed coronary arteries to get the blood back flowing to the heart, a study carried out by the Paris Cardiovascular Research Centre discovered.

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The agony and ecstasy of becoming an older mother - Sun, 30 Aug 2015

Are you ever too old to become a mum? Two of the growing number of older mothers reveal the pros and cons of starting late. Yvonne Roberts, who gave birth at 46, wonders if our obsession with choice is helping us, while Sarah Crowley talks of her joy at starting a family at 50

In 1971, writing in The Dialectic of Sex, feminist Shulamith Firestone said conception should occur in test tubes and glass wombs in labs could take a baby to term. Outrage at unnatural motherhood was the reaction. Recently Annegret Raunigk, aged 65 and a mother of 13 and grandmother of seven, gave birth to quads. Her nine-year-old daughter had asked for a sibling. In a consumerist society, if you want you shall have. Raunigk used anonymous sperm and eggs from a donor in the Ukraine. Commercialised customised motherhood is the new norm.

If you have the money, you can rent another woman’s womb, pay for eggs, acquire sperm on the internet and travel far and wide to places happy to grant you the wish of becoming what Americans call MOMs – Moneyed Older Moms – via IVF and all its variations.

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Dear public: I'm a street fundraiser and I want respect - Sun, 30 Aug 2015

We only ever ask for a small donation and charities are trying to make the world a better place – it shouldn’t meet with abuse

I’m a face-to-face street fundraiser for a UK charity and I would like to address the stigma we face. My colleagues and I genuinely believe in helping people, and that’s why we work for a charity.

I don’t have any hypnotic skills or any tactics to manipulate people

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Exclusive: PHSO refuses to investigate baby death at heart of ‘regulatory gap’ claims - Fri, 28 Aug 2015
The Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman has refused to investigate the death of a baby at the centre of claims of a ‘regulatory gap’ between national bodies preventing them looking into historic complaints.

Exclusive: Social care providers apply for injunctions against CQC - Fri, 28 Aug 2015
Two providers of adult social care have applied for injunctions to prevent the publication of Care Quality Commission inspection reports, HSJ can reveal.

London trust defies government pay agreement - Fri, 28 Aug 2015
Kingston Hospital Foundation Trust has defied a government pay agreement and awarded its senior staff a 1 per cent pay rise in line with lower paid staff.

Thousands of mental health patients sent 'out of area' - Fri, 28 Aug 2015
More than 2,100 mental health patients were forced to travel out of area for an inpatient bed in May this year, according to data published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Somerset commissioners propose single health and social care budget - Fri, 28 Aug 2015
STRUCTURE: Commissioners across Bath and north east Somerset plan to create a pooled budget across health and social care as part of a review into community services in the region.

Executive summary: Who will bridge the gap? - Fri, 28 Aug 2015
HSJ’s roundup of the day’s essential stories and debate

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One in seven mental health patients in ‘out of area’ beds – official figures - Thu, 27 Aug 2015

The government is facing growing pressure to reduce the number of acutely unwell mental health patients being sent away from their local areas for beds after official figures suggested at least one in seven patients are in ‘out of area’…

Social work students on mental health fast-track scheme to get bursaries equivalent to £19k salary - Fri, 21 Aug 2015

Think Ahead has also revealed the location of its summer institute and a more detailed overview of how the scheme will work

‘It was a witch hunt’: Social worker who won unfair dismissal case speaks out - Thu, 20 Aug 2015

Graham Hennis talks to Community Care after winning his two and a half year legal battle with Oldham council following the death of a service user

‘Care proceedings can be distressing for parents. My job is to get their voices heard’ - Tue, 18 Aug 2015

A parenting advocate at Mind in Croydon explains how the service supports parents with mental health problems during statutory children’s services processes

Prejudice from the professionals: mental health anti-stigma initiative targets services - Tue, 11 Aug 2015

The Time to Change campaign has partnered with two NHS trusts to tackle stigma and discrimination within mental health services

Complying with landmark deprivation of liberty ruling would cost extra £1.5bn a year - Tue, 11 Aug 2015

Impact assessment drawn up by Law Commission highlights gap between current practice and cost of full compliance

Approved mental health professionals set to strike over night shift row - Mon, 10 Aug 2015

Unison claims council’s introduction of compulsory night shift rota to replace ‘opt-in’ system potentially puts staff and service users at risk

National Autistic Society urges national intervention over Cumbria CAMHS ‘disarray’ - Wed, 05 Aug 2015

Autism charity calls on NHS England and the Care Quality Commission to act after 'losing faith' in Cumbria's child and adolescent mental health services

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Public trust in charities at eight-year low | Regulator 'not there to save failing charities' | Gift Aid up £140m last year - Fri, 28 Aug 2015
Plus: Four out of five small and medium-sized charities 'struggling for funding' | Charity Commission amends telephone fundraising guidance | Facebook widens access to 'donate now' buttons

Macmillan's Poundland Facebook takeover - Fri, 28 Aug 2015
The cancer charity hopes to raise £30,000 from the campaign, which marks the seventh year of its partnership with the retailer

Payroll giving takings down for second year running, say HMRC figures - Fri, 28 Aug 2015
The total raised this way fell from £134m in 2013/14 to £126m in 2014/15

Total Gift Aid received by charities rose by £140m last year - Fri, 28 Aug 2015
Figures from HM Revenue & Customs shows Gift Aid of £1.19bn in 2014/15, compared with £1.05bn in the previous year

Action for Children's income down by £6.6m in 2014/15 - Fri, 28 Aug 2015
The charity's latest accounts, for the year to the end of March, show its income fell from £179.7m to £173.1m

Four in five small and medium charities 'struggling to raise funds they need', says report - Thu, 27 Aug 2015
A survey of 800 charities in England and Wales by the Lloyds Bank Foundation says 81 per cent of charities find it hard to get the money that will help them survive

Sir Greg Martin, executive head of school linked to charity under investigation, announces his retirement - Thu, 27 Aug 2015
The Charity Commission opened an inquiry into the Durand Education Trust in February

Charity Commission opens statutory inquiry into the aid charity Masoom - Thu, 27 Aug 2015
The charity, which has operated in Pakistan, Syria and Gaza, was unable to account for nearly £130,000 of spending, the regulator says

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Other News

GPs gear up to start offering new MenB jab - Fri, 28 Aug 2015

Extra jab comes with new advice to give paracetamol as a precaution

Patients campaign to save popular GP practice and walk-in clinic - Thu, 27 Aug 2015

Almost 2,000 have signed a petition against CCG plans

NICE backs away from claim that 10m antibiotic prescriptions are avoidable - Thu, 27 Aug 2015

Exclusive NICE admits figure is on ‘far end of plausability’

GPs should refer immediately when type 1 diabetes is suspected in young patients, says NICE - Wed, 26 Aug 2015

NICE recommends same-day referral to diabetes teams

Government should 'pause' GP seven-day access plans, say researchers - Wed, 26 Aug 2015

Academics say more evidence is needed

Risk of cardiovascular death almost halved in a decade - Wed, 26 Aug 2015

UK among European countries with lowest risk of heart disease death

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