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Archive for October, 2007

Only 44pc recall hospital choice watchdog finds

Further evidence that the Labour’s “choice” policy is struggling as a means of driving reform in the National Health Service has come from the latest survey of how far it is being offered to patients. A mere 44 per cent of patients could recall being offered a choice of hospital for their first outpatient appointment […]

Experts criticise NICE drugs advisory body

Labour’s drugs advisory body NICE is issuing poor quality guidance because it excludes experts from the drafting process, doctors told MPs on Friday. Experts on aspects of thrombosis attacked guidelines issued by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) for lack of consultation and inappropriate use of evidence. Dr Beverley Hunt, medical director of Lifeblood, […]

Record numbers go abroad for health treatments

Record numbers of Britons are flying abroad for medical treatment to escape NHS waiting lists and the rising threat of hospital superbugs. More than 70,000 Britons will have treatment abroad this year, a figure that is forecast to rise. Thousands of “health tourists” are going as far as India, Malaysia and South Africa for major […]

Tories on attack over MRSA, C Diff hospital superbugs

Labour ministers knew about the findings of a report into 90 patient deaths from Clostridium difficile at Kent hospitals months ago, the Conservative party claimed this week. Andrew Lansley, opposition health spokesman, accused the government of taking too long to address the problem and said something had “gone wrong” within the Department of Health. In […]

Labour rewards drug addicts as only 6pc of users are free of drugs each year.

Heroin and cocaine addicts on the labour government’s treatment programme are being given drugs as a reward for clean urine samples, Health Direct has learned. The National Treatment Agency (NTA), which runs the £500m-a-year scheme, admits the practice is “unethical”. Its own survey of almost 200 clinics in England found users were being offered extra […]

Ministers bury report on MRSA, C Difficile superbugs

Once again Health Direct learns that labour’s ridiculous health targets are resulting in many NHS patients having an early death and or unnecessarily pain. The Financial Times discovered that there is a direct correlation between be occupancy rates and incidents of patients contracting MRSA, C Difficile and other superbugs. Why have ministers been sitting on […]

DIY dentistry- lack of access to NHS Dentists leaves people having to pull their own teeth

Problems with getting an NHS dentist are leading some people to pull their own teeth out. If that’s not enough to make you wince, then the potential pitfalls will be. There are people out there pulling their own teeth out with pliers. It’s the most gruesome image accompanying the allegations that there’s a crisis in […]

Nanny state burns £500m on failed anti smoking campaigns

The National Health Service has spent almost £500m on services to stop people smoking but with no discernible impact on either the proportion of the adult population that smokes or the numbers smoking. Since the NHS rolled out its smoking cessation programme in 2001, it claims that almost 1.4m people have given up smoking as […]

Quarter of NHS trusts are failing on C Difficile, MRSA superbug infections

A quarter of hospital trusts in England are failing to meet new standards on infection control, a survey by the Healthcare Commission has found. Forty four trusts were not complying with one or all aspects of the hygiene code, standards seen as key after the recent deaths from hospital infections. The general picture in the […]

Health efficiency gains data uncertain

Up to three quarters of the £13.3bn efficiency gains the labour government claims to have made may be based on unreliable and inaccurate estimates, a committee of MPs has found. In a scathing report into the Gershon efficiency drive, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) argues that just £3.5bn of the gains “represent efficiencies”. The remainder […]