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December in numbers


December in numbers


People with dementia who live in more affluent areas of England are 27 per cent more likely to be prescribed anti-dementia medication than those living in poorer areas. It was also found that people from more deprived areas were less likely to receive a specific diagnosis for a type of dementia.



Infections caused by bacteria resistant to antibiotics kill around 25,000 people every year in Europe alone and cause £1.1 billion in healthcare and productivity losses. In at least three countries (Italy, Greece and Malta) resistance to last-line antibiotics has become an endemic problem.



George Osborne announced in his Autum statement that an extra £600 million will be spent on mental health services. This will mean significantly more people will have access to talking therapies each year by 2020. NHS England’s Mental Health Taskforce report is due in 2016 and will be the basis of the changes.



The lowest number of teenage pregnancies in a quarter for England and Wales was recorded in the three months between July and September 2014, according to latest government data. However, there remain pockets where the number of teenage pregnancies continues to rise.


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