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The Disappearing Nurse

Remember the considerable concern at the significant fall in the numbers of District Nurses.? Partly as a result of pressure from the nursing profession they DH published a 'new vision and service model' for district nursing. This was developed by a partnership of the Department of
Health, NHS Commissioning Board Authority, The Queen’s Nursing Institute, and with the District Nurse leaders and practitioners. Its intention was to set out the foundations of
district nursing services. Yet with much of this strategy 'value and practice based' there was no mention of tackling the continuing decline in staff numbers.

New LA excess weight data published by Public Health England confirms 64% of adults overweight or obese. To view information go to PHE Obesity

The total fertility rates of UK-born women increased by around 18% from1.56 in 2001 to1.84 in 2011. The total fertility rates of non-UK born women in England and Wales were the same in 2001 and 2011 (2.21 in both years respectively. In 2011 there were 724,000 live births in England and Wales, a 22% increase on 2001. For full information go to Office of National Statistics

Abuse of Vulnerable Adults in England - 2012-13, Final report,- Safeguarding alerts incr by 20% since last year Physical abuse and neglect were the most common types of abuse reported in referrals, accounting for 28 per cent and 27 per cent respectively of all allegations. Alleged abuse was more likely to occur in the vulnerable adults own home or a care home. These are experimental statistics and the HSCIC is seeking feedback from the public in their development. To view data go to HSCIC

Males accounted for approximately 65% of all alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2012. Alcohol-related deaths UK.

Twenty areas across England and Wales are being set up as Local Alcohol Action Areas (LAAAs)



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