Tag: health

UNMUTEUK: Bloggers speak out on childcare and education

by , Conversation Editor Consumer Rights 16 July 2014
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Supporter with the UNMUTEUK hashtag over their mouth

You'll be familiar with our Make Complaints Count campaign – our call to ensure public services act on your feedback. And we've got the backing of a number of bloggers who have shared their experiences too… (more about UnmuteUK...)

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Can you navigate the care maze?

by , Policy Advisor Energy & Home 10 July 2014
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Man standing outside a large maze

Our new report 'The Care Maze' finds that at a time when families are struggling to adapt to a change in circumstances, the system can be a minefield to navigate. (more about the care maze...)

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No more misleading health claims for one prebiotic

by , Senior Food Researcher Consumer Rights 4 June 2014
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Vitamin pills exploding

Last year we investigated health claims made by supplements and whether these claims were authorised. After we reported it to the ASA, a prebiotic powder has been told to stop making misleading health claims. (more about supplement health claims...)

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We must improve the social care complaints system

by , Local Government Ombudsman Consumer Rights 28 May 2014
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Carer holding hands with an older person

For the first time the Local Government Ombudsman has published complaints statistics for all social care providers. Ombudsman Dr Jane Martin explains what this means for social care complaints… (more about complaints in social care...)

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Do antibacterial products beat hand washing?

by , Senior Home Researcher Energy & Home 19 May 2014
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Hand washing in a sink

A bit of dirt never did anyone any harm, according to the saying. But is that really the case? As sales of antibacterial products increase we wanted to know – are we becoming more paranoid or are the risks real? (more anti-bacterial products...)

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How much sugar is in your ready meal?

by , Home Researcher Consumer Rights 18 May 2014
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Sugar on spoon

Picking up a microwavable meal is tempting after a long day, but how unhealthy is this time-saving habit? With newly proposed guidelines for sugar consumption, we wanted to see how easy it was to max out the limit. (more about sugar...)

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Reduced-fat cheese – is it worth buying?

by , Researcher Consumer Rights 20 April 2014
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Cheese on a cheese board with a grater and napkin

It’s hard to keep track of the number one threat to our health – is it salt, is it sugar, is it saturated fat? Some manufacturers want us to feel less guilty about indulging in 'naughty' foods. What about reduced-fat cheese? (more about reduced-fat cheese...)

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What are your experiences of arranging care for a loved one?

by , Senior Health Researcher Consumer Rights 17 March 2014
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Elderly couple in care home

A father and daughter are sobbing in the kitchen, exhausted by their attempts to arrange care and support for their much-loved wife and mother. If this sounds like an episode from your favourite soap, it isn't. (more about arranging care...)

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Make your complaint count in public services

by , Executive Director Consumer Rights 13 March 2014
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I asked if you'd ever complained about the service you've received from a healthcare professional. Your feedback and our research has prompted us to take action and we want to make your complaints count. (more about public services...)

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Does technology help you make your food choices?

by , Conversation Editor Energy & Home 10 March 2014
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salt overspill

The Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) group has produced a SaltSwitch app to help you work out if you could reduce your salt consumption. Do you use tech to help with your food choices? (more about reducing your salt intake...)

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Are your cornflakes healthy?

by , Senior Food Researcher Energy & Home 25 February 2014
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Bowl of Cornflakes

You might not think of cornflakes as a sugary cereal, but seven of the 12 we tested contain two or more teaspoons per 100g. Do you think you're having a healthy start to the day when you tuck in to your cereal? (more about healthy cereals...)

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Have you ever complained about your doctor or hospital?

by , Executive Director Consumer Rights 10 February 2014
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People leaving hospital

One year on from the Francis Inquiry, there are still significant problems with consumers choosing not to complain about public services because they don't know who to complain to or think nothing will be done. (more about public service complaints...)

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Joined a gym this January? What if you want to cancel?

by , Consumer Rights Producer Consumer Rights 23 January 2014
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Treadmills in gym

January is traditionally the key time for signing up to a gym membership – but do you know what you are signing up to and how you could cancel if your circumstances change? (more about gym contracts...)

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