Theresa May calls for mental health to be priority

Every new teacher in England will be trained in how to spot early warning signs of mental illness, under a plan being unveiled by Theresa May later. Mrs May, using some of her remaining political authority before leaving office, has called for improvements in preventing problems. “Too many of us have seen first-hand the devastating consequences of mental illness,” says Mrs May. Labour’s Barbara Keeley said the prime minister only offered “warm words”. The shadow minister for mental health said the “reality” was support services being “stretched to breaking point”.…

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Private health firm loses NHS treatment centre contract

 The treatment centre contract has been awarded to Nottingham University Hospitals NHS trust. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA A private health firm has lost one of the biggest and longest-running contracts to treat NHS patients, in a significant blow to the creeping privatisation of care. Circle is losing the contract it has held for 11 years to run the Nottingham NHS Treatment Centre, which provides 240,000 operations and checkups a year. Nottingham University Hospitals NHS trust (NUH) has been handed a £320m contract to run the centre for the next five years after a bitter legal…

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Summer Health tips: 4 facts about the SPF Sunscreens you must know – Keep your skin safe from harmful sun rays

A lot of misnomers do the rounds when it comes to what SPF is, when should you apply it, why is it needed, if it really works or not, and what is its significance in skin care and health. Summer Health tips: 4 facts about the SPF Sunscreens you must know – Keep your skin safe from harmful sun rays  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images New Delhi: Our face skin is super delicate and requires a lot of care and protection, especially in the summer heat. The harmful rays of the sun…

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7 subtle signs which show your mental health is getting worse again

When it comes to battling mental health conditions, a lot of people try to put up a facade for as long as they can take it. While it is a personal choice to put on a brave face when your mental health is in shambles, there are certain, subtle signs that can actually tell the truth. With mental health issues, we all have our good days and bad days, but some days can be really unforgiving. Those are the days when you don’t even have enough courage or strength to…

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Democrats are more moderate on health care than you think

First things first: The theme song of the week is from the television show “Jeopardy.” Poll of the week: A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds that 52% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents prefer that Congress focus on improving and protecting the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) rather than passing a “Medicare for All” plan. Only 39% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents want Congress to focus on passing a Medicare for All plan. What’s the point: Much of the focus in this 2020 Democratic primary season has been on health care. That’s not…

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Cosmetic clinics to assess mental health before offering Botox

The JCCP has acted after claims that the industry was doing too little to help those with major body image problems. Photograph: Allexxandar/Alamy Cosmetic clinics will begin assessing patients’ suitability for Botox in an attempt to spot those whose desire to alter their appearance is due to mental health problems. The Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP), a trade body, has decided that member clinics will introduce new practices designed to protect the psychologically vulnerable. It has acted after the NHS’s top doctor claimed that the cosmetic industry was doing too little to…

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