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Archive for September, 2007

Brown’s superbug plans ignore evidence claims Lancet

Labour government plans for tackling superbugs, such as MRSA, have been condemned by a leading medical journal for not being based on scientific fact. The Lancet said there was little evidence to support hospital “deep cleans” or short sleeves for medical staff as recently proposed. Instead of “pandering to populism” politicians should listen to the […]

Allergy epidemic gets poor care in the UK

Poor care and confusing advice is being used to deal with an allergy epidemic in the UK, experts have said. The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee warned there were not enough specialist services and that food labelling was inadequate. The cross-party group of peers said the UK was lagging behind western Europe. It […]

Gordon Stalinist Brown pledge on NHS funding and MRSA

Hospitals are to use new deep clean techniques in which wards are stripped and subjected to steam cleaning and high strength disinfectant in an attempt to reduce outbreaks of MRSA and C difficle superbugs. The move comes as Gordon Brown seeks to make the state of the National Health Service a top priority and will […]

Foundation trusts increase cash as patient care declines

Foundation trusts, a flagship of the labour government’s National Health Service reforms, are building a growing cash mountain that they appear unable or unwilling to invest in improved services. The sums involved are up by more than £300m from about £1bn at the end of the last financial year to £1.32bn in the first three […]

NHS is facing £4.5bn compensation bill over babies damaged at birth by hospital blunders

The NHS is facing £4.5bn in compensation claims over alleged blunders by midwives and doctors that have left babies suffering severe brain damage, The Observer and Health Direct reveals. The huge sum is detailed in confidential data from the NHS Litigation Authority, which handles most of the legal claims for medical negligence against the health […]

Brown bounce wanes on public services says another poll

Labour’s “Brown bounce” in the polls has receded as far as public services are concerned, according to polling by Ipsos Mori. Ben Page, public affairs managing director, said that the public’s expectations about the economy and whether public services would improve had returned to the level they stood at when Tony Blair left office. The […]

Sex virus carried by 1 in 10 girls under 16

One in 10 girls under 16, the age of consent, has a sexually transmitted disease that could lead to cervical cancer, a government agency has found. The Government is considering at what age girls should be vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) amid concern that immunising pre-teens would encourage under-age sex. Research by the Health Protection […]

Labour govt overpays private groups £222m for NHS treatments

The Labour government is overpaying private hospital operators by more than £200 million to carry out surgery for NHS patients. In an effort to cut waiting lists, labour launched a programme in 2005 to outsource some routine surgery to the private sector. It says that it is committed to buying £1.4 billion of services from […]

Labour lead halved as voters feel pinch

Gordon Stalinist Brown’S opinion poll lead has halved in the space of a month, making an early election much less likely, according to the latest Sunday Times-YouGov poll of more than 1,800 people. While Labour enjoys a five-point lead over the Conservatives, it has slipped three points from 42% to 39% while the Tories have […]

MRSA to force ban on doctors’ white coats

Doctors will be banned from wearing their traditional white coats as part of a drive to protect patients from contracting MRSA and C Difficle superbugs in hospital, Alan Johnson, the Health Secretary announces. Staff will also be ordered to ditch their ties, wrist watches and jewellery amid fears that they prevent doctors and nurses from […]