Friday, January 31, 2014

Are prescription medicines prescribed too readily,

In an Agora Natural Health bulletin below; (even though this newsletter has commercial interests in selling natural products and overstates its case),  there are some interesting statistics and comments on adverse pharmaceutical drug reactions and links to US statistics on drug related deaths etc.., that are food for thought!

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ireland unable to cope with dementia

The Irish National Audit of Dementia Care (INAD) has identified for the first time some gaps in the healthcare system for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. In a review of 35 hospitals, the report underlines the need for guidelines and standards to be put in place around dementia. It has been found, for example, that 94% of hospitals (33/35) have no dementia care pathway in place

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A vision for change – the report of the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy. Sixth annual report on implementation 2011.

This is the 6th Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Group for A Vision for Change (IMG) and the final report of the Second Group. It is clear to the IMG that the implementation of A Vision for Change (AVFC) to date including 2011 has been slow and inconsistent.

There is a continued absence of a National Mental Health Service Directorate with authority and control of resources. Such a body has the potential to give strong corporate leadership and act as a catalyst for change.

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