|Election of single-figure disabled MPs ‘disappointing’:DRUK’s Sue Bott has called the election of so few disabled MPs “disappointing”. We know of just five MPs who were previously in office who identify as disabled who were elected. In a post-election statement, she said: “We will be arguing for disabled candidates to have their support needs met at elections, which was not the case for this General Election’.Read more
‘Help Us Help You’ campaign returns to support the public over the winter months: The NHS’ winter campaign – ‘Help Us, Help You’ – is here to help make it easier to understand the things you can do to manage your health during winter, and get the best out of your NHS.
For example, you can ask a community pharmacist for advice before minor ailments or winter illnesses get worse – for this you don’t need to book an appointment and can be seen in the privacy of a consultation room. You can also visit a healthcare professional in the evenings and weekends through local NHS services and sometimes your own GP practice. If you have an urgent but non-life-threatening medical need and you’re unsure what to do you can contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk, by phone, Next Generation Text on 18001 111 and NHS 111 BSL interpreter service. You can find out more about NHS 111 and access the BSL interpreter service by visiting nhs.uk/111
It’s also important during winter to check in on older neighbours, relatives and friends who may need a bit of extra help this winter, to keep warm, and stocked up on food and medication.
To find out more click here. Or you can download the easy read version of the leaflet or watch the BSL version of the leaflet.
And for information in alternative formats about how pharmacies can help, click here.
Homelessness among ill and disabled people rises 53% in a year, figures show: Campaigners warn councils increasingly unable to fulfil legal duty due to a lack of resources – as well as benefit changes, rent hikes and nationwide shortage of social housing. Read more