The range of services available free on the NHS should be reconsidered, financial experts have said, after research suggests that the health service is facing a decade of austerity.
Public funding for health is set to be tight for at least 10 years, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said. In a report mapping the longer-term financial challenge facing the health service, researchers claim NHS spending to 2015 will be the tightest four-year period in the last 50 years.
The research, funded by the Nuffield Trust, concludes that “serious thought” must be given to NHS spending including reconsidering which services should be freely available or the level of taxation needed to finance the service in the future.
The authors of the study said that continuing the real freeze in English NHS spending between 2015 and 2017 would mean cutting spending on other public services by an average 2.3% a year.
NHS spending in the UK reached 137.4 billion in 2010/11, the authors said, with the spending in England accounting for a quarter of all public spending.
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The largest study to examine the risks of hormone-based birth control has concluded the contraceptives carry a small risk of stroke and heart attack, depending on the method and type of hormone used.
But the risk for individual women remains extremely low, particularly in younger women.
Danish researchers wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine that the findings suggest a higher risk of stroke in particular for women using vaginal rings, and possibly hormonal skin patches — though the second finding was based on a smaller group of women and could have been due to chance.
Dr. James Simon, a women’s health researcher at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Chronic Disease Program of the Vanderburgh County Health Department: Blood pressure screenings: Buehler’s IGA at 4851 W. Lloyd Expressway, 10:30 a.m. to noon today; Schnucks at 4600 Washington Ave., 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday; WorkOne at 700 E. Walnut St., 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday; and Walmart Neighborhood Market at 3430 Taylor Ave., 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.
NAMI Evansville friends and families support group about mental illness: meeting 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mulberry Place, 410 Mulberry St. Information: 812-897-1694 or 812-423-4333.
NAMI Connection support group for all mental illness disorders: meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Kempf Bipolar Wellness Center, third floor, Rehab Building. Information: 812-897-1694 or 812-423-4333.
The Posey County Health Department immunization clinic: 2 to 4 p.m.