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Archive for June, 2007

Stalinist Brown’s Alan Johnson signals union friendly approach

Stalinist Brown’s appointment of Alan Johnson as the new Health Secretary appears to signal a more union friendly approach to the management of public services and possible disappointment for companies looking to offer healthcare services. Gordon Stalin Brown’s immediate priority is to restore stability and financial stability to the National Health Service, which is grappling […]

Labour’s NHS reforms pushed hospital chief to suicide

A hospital manager jumped 100 feet to her death, driven to suicide by the stress of NHS reforms. Morag Shedden Wilson, 32, stabbed herself with a kitchen knife and then jumped from a motorway bridge on the M60 into the Manchester Ship Canal. An inquest heard that Miss Wilson, who was head of dietetics at […]

BMA Doctors’ survey finds public unhappy with NHS reforms

Doctors’ leaders this week said the public was as disenchanted with NHS reforms as the medical profession, releasing a survey showing that only a third of patients were happy with the changes of the last 10 years. On the eve of its annual meeting in Torquay, Devon, the British Medical Association (BMA) released a study […]

NICE’s Alzheimer’s drug ban abhorrent, High Court told

The health watchdog NICE’s decision to deprive 100,000 mild Alzheimer’s victims of a £2.50-a-day drug that can delay the onset of the disease was condemned as “abhorrent and disgusting” in the High Court yesterday. In the first ever High Court challenge of its kind, a judge was urged to force the National Institute for Health […]

Labour wastes £14 million on another useless NHS website

Patients are being asked to rate and comment on another NHS services website launched which they launched last week. The Department of Health is ludicrosly comparing the NHS Choices site to, which publishes travellers’ holiday reviews. Patients can rate trusts and comment on their experiences of secondary care, although references to individual clinicians or […]

Cameron kills health ‘passport’ idea

David Cameron has put the final stake in the heart of the Conservatives’ proposal at the last election for a “patient passport”, which would have allowed patients to use National Health Service funds to contribute towards the cost of private operations. Speaking at the NHS Confederation’s annual conference in London, Mr Cameron promised legislation to […]

Labour’s Whitehall advisers now cost £2bn a year

The increased use of external consultants by the labour government is costing the taxpayer nearly £2bn a year and is failing to ensure value for money, according to the public accounts committee. In a report published on Tuesday, the PAC estimates that in the past three years, spending on consultants in the public sector has […]

Software suppliers may seek compensation as IT chief Grainger leaves

The NHS could face pressure from its big three IT suppliers- BT, CSC and Fujitsu- to change the £6bn contracts they have signed, following Richard Granger’s departure from the helm of the world’s biggest civil IT project. Four years after the original contracts were signed, the £20bn programme, to provide an electronic patient record and […]

Hospitals losing fight to defeat MRSA, C Difficile superbugs

One in four NHS trusts is failing the latest labour government targets on cleanliness and tackling superbug infections. Figures released by the Healthcare Commission show that six out of ten trusts in England have reported failing one or more of the twenty four “core standards” on all aspects of care, on which they are assessed […]

NHS service cuts urged at non PFI hospitals

Primary care trusts wanting to reconfigure services were given a stark message in an economic analysis prepared for the NHS in London: financially, it will make sense to cut beds and services at non private finance initiative (PFI) hospitals. The paper recommends reducing services at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, rather than PFI hospitals in south […]