Monthly Archives: January 2013

Death rate higher on bank holidays

MSN news reports (25th Jan 2013) that we are more likely to die at weekends and on Bank Holidays

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The King’s Fund

The King’s Fund

“The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England. We help to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate. Our vision is that the best possible care is available to all.”

NHS Atlas of Healthcare

NHS Atlas

“The NHS Atlas of Variation series is intended to support local decision making to increase the value which a population receives from the resources spent on their healthcare. It supports the search for unexplained variations, the identification and attention to unwarranted variation, helping clinicians to understand what is going on in their area and where to focus attention to improve the care they provide.The first NHS Atlas of Variation was published in November 2010 and was welcomed by the NHS and other stakeholders, with topics selected by clinicians as being important to their speciality. In December 2011 a second and expanded version of the Atlas, consisting of 71 maps, was published.”

[England only]

NHS Wales

NHS Wales

“The gateway to information about health and health services in Wales. We will be aiming to make improvements in the way you can access health information over the coming months and years. The information the NHS provides will be presented to help you make decisions that matter to you and to understand what is happening in relation to your own health and to health care more generally.”

NHS Choices

NHS Choices

“NHS Choices is the online ‘front door’ to the NHS. It is the country’s biggest health website and gives all the information you need to make choices about your health.”

Comment (RWB): Choice does not apply in Wales, only in England. The right to choose a Hospital in Wales only applies within your NHS Trust. Articles such as this, on choosing a Hospital, are anathema in Wales.