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Archive for August, 2007

Measles cases triple with no backup vaccine stocks

Parents are being urged to give their children the measles, mumps and rubella jab before the start of the new school year after an unprecedented surge of measles cases was recorded over the summer holidays. Experts fear that hundreds of thousands of children returning to school as early as next week may cause the highly […]

UNICEF blasts labours breastfeeding nanny state

The long term health of mothers and babies is being put at risk by UK hospitals that have failed to introduce pro-breastfeeding policies, the United Nations says. UNICEF, the UN children’s fund, today releases a report showing that four out of 10 maternity hospitals have not implemented guidance from the National Institute for Curbing Expenditure […]

Nurses dont report abuse of the elderly

More than half of nurses would not report the abuse of an elderly person in their care, according to a survey published today. The poll of NHS and private sector nurses, conducted for Help the Aged, found that a lack of training, heavy workloads and fear of confrontation or of upsetting the victim all prevent […]

NHS deaths could be halved say doctors as 10,000 die needlessly every year

More than 10,000 people are dying needlessly each year after being denied intensive care treatment, according to senior doctors. They have written to the Health Secretary Alan Johnson, warning that many patients are dying after routine surgery because of a failure to identify them as high risk cases. The result is that they are not […]

UK stroke treatment is worst in Europe

The UK has the worst outcome for strokes in western Europe despite spending the same amount or more on care as other countries, a leading article in the British Medical Journal warned. Hugh Markus, professor of neurology at St George’s university and medical school, said three different studies had put the UK at the bottom […]

Labour red tape shake up costs NHS 140 million Pounds

The reorganisation of strategic health authorities (SHAs) in England has seen the NHS pay out more than £80m in redundancy costs, Health Direct and the BBC has learned. More than 700 staff lost their jobs in last year’s shake-up, which saw the number of SHAs reduced from 28 to 10. The cost of the average […]

New nurses left jobless by labours NHS budget squeeze

Thousands of newly qualified nurses are facing unemployment because of labour’s NHS hospital cutbacks, with vacancies at their lowest for 10 years. New National Health Service figures have revealed how difficult it is for nurses, physiotherapists, scientists and doctors to find jobs. The highest vacancy rate was among consultants, with 1.2 per cent of jobs […]

Cancer survival rates- UK patients are losing out

Cancer survival in the UK is still below the European average, despite recent improvements, a report says. Survival rates in lung, breast, prostate and colorectal cancer were lower in the UK compared with everywhere except eastern Europe. The Eurocare studies of 23 countries looked at the outcome of 2.7m new cases between 1995 and 1999. […]

GPs given ultimatum to open at night and weekends

Having disastrously fouled up the GPs’ service contract last year the Dept of Heath is now aggressively bullying GPs to work weekends again. Family doctors have been warned that unless they agree to open at evenings and on Saturdays, private companies will be contracted to take over their practices. A letter sent to local NHS […]

Cameron promises a bare knuckle fight to save NHS District Hospital services

David Cameron the Conservative leader, attempted to regain the political initiative today by promising a “bare knuckle fight” with the Government to save local NHS hospitals from closure. Amid speculation that Gordon Brown is planning an early election, Mr Cameron sought to reassert his centre-ground credentials by claiming that labour Ministers are attempting to close […]