Centenarians are fastest growing age group in UK, figures show

27/09/2017 Haroon Siddique 0

Number of 100-year-olds in UK has almost doubled since 2002, although overall rise in life expectancy slows

Centenarians are the fastest growing age group in the UK, with the number of 100-year-olds almost doubling over a 14-year period, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Although they make up a very small proportion of the total UK population (0.02% in 2016), their numbers have grown rapidly from 7,750 in 2002 to 14,910 last year. In 1986 there were just were just 3,642 centenarians. Female centenarians outnumber males by five to one. The ONS figures, published on Wednesday, also show that the number of people aged 90 and over living in the UK last year was the highest ever – 571,245.

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NHS trusts’ overspend is £3bn higher than reported, study claims

31/08/2017 Haroon Siddique 0

Nuffield Trust says official £791m figure does not accurately reflect the scale of financial challenge facing NHS in England

NHS trusts in England ended last year with an overspend almost £3bn more than previously reported after temporary funding boosts and one-off savings were stripped out, according to new analysis.

The Nuffield Trust found the actual overspend in 2016-17 was £3.7bn, compared with the £791m reported by NHS regulators, which was already above the £580m maximum sought by health service bosses.

Related: NHS must put its house in order before seeking more cash, says internal audit

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Private firms poised to make another £1bn from building NHS hospitals

30/08/2017 Haroon Siddique 0

Firms made pre-tax profits of £831m under private finance initiative in past six years, with figure to more than double by 2022

Companies that have built NHS hospitals under the private finance initiative have made pre-tax profits of £831m over the past six years and are poised to make almost £1bn more over the next five years.

Large sums that could have been used for patient care have instead gone into the pockets of a handful of PFI companies at a time when the health service is starved of funding, according to the Centre for Health and the Public Interest.

Related: Jeremy Hunt continues war of words with Stephen Hawking over NHS

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NHS accused of keeping secret its plans to cut services

25/08/2017 Haroon Siddique 0

Campaigners say freedom of information requests to NHS trusts and government have been turned down

The NHS has been accused of keeping the public in the dark about controversial plans to plug a £250m funding gap by rationing services.

The crowdfunded campaign group 38 Degrees submitted freedom of information (FOI) requests to the government, NHS leaders as well as trusts and clinical commissioning groups in the 13 areas affected but all except two refused to release details of planned changes.

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UK families could get money off shopping bills if they hit exercise goals

22/08/2017 Haroon Siddique 0

NHS ‘healthy towns’ scheme could offer residents rewards in attempt to reduce lifestyle-related illnesses

Families could be offered discounts on their food shopping, cut-price sports gear and free cinema tickets for hitting exercise targets in a drive to reduce the burden of lifestyle-related illness on the NHS.

The proposals, for residents to receive rewards if they walk a specified number of steps, form part of NHS England’s plans for 10 new “healthy towns”, intended to address serious healthcare problems including obesity and dementia.

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