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Archive for November, 2007

Ward cleaning is reassurance spin admits Johnson

The £50m a year that the labour government is to spend on routinely deep cleaning hospital wards is being spent to reassure the public rather than as a provenly effective way to tackle hospital acquired infections like MRSA admitted Alan Johnson the Health Secretary. Microbiologists warned on the day that Gordon Brown, the prime minister, […]

One in 10 suffers hospital harm as blunders kill 90,000 patients

Accidents, errors and mishaps in hospital affect as many as one in 10 in-patients, claim researchers. The report in the journal Quality and Safety in Health Care said up to half of these were preventable. Checks on 1,000 cases in just one hospital found examples of fatal surgical errors, infections and drug complications. Researchers from […]

Dirty ambulances spread MRSA superbugs infection

Ambulances may be spreading infections because they are not being cleaned properly, union leaders warn. An investigation by Unison found large variations in cleaning practices at ambulance trusts in the UK. Some areas do not have dedicated cleaning staff and ambulance crews are left to give the vehicles a “quick mop out”, the health union […]

Last minute private operations cost NHS more when broken targets loom

NHS hospitals and primary care trusts are paying private hospitals excessive prices because they treat patients at the last minute, the industry says. This is despite the availability of more than 120 independent hospitals and surgical centres that will treat patients at NHS prices or just above. Before the arrival of the first treatment centres, […]

NHS underspends by £1.8bn

The NHS is heading for a record £1.8bn underspend this financial year, Health Direct can reveal. The total surplus will be almost 2 per cent of the NHS budget. It is understood to be causing embarrassment at the Department of Health amid concerns that it will be accused of presiding over a ‘bust and boom’ […]

Ambulances queue at full hospital at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

Paramedics are treating patients in ambulances outside the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and ambulances are queuing outside the hospital because of a major alert which has left it with no beds available to new admissions. The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is on “black alert” and has declared a major incident in order to […]

NHS database will weaken patient security MPs learn

The man in charge of setting up the NHS medical records database has admitted that “you cannot stop the wicked doing wicked things” with information. Richard Jeavons, director of IT implementation at the Department of Health, said there were instances where staff “abuse their privileges”. These had to be “pursued”, he told the Commons home […]

Shocking labour incompetent data misuse as 25 million parents exposed to risk of ID fraud

Health Direct asks if you remember all those labour MPs who supported the national ID card scheme, the DNA database and the NHS IT system? They said we had nothing to fear…..labour said that your data will be safe with them. The sensitive personal details of 25 million Britons could have fallen into the hands […]

Doctors revolt at anti white bias political correctness of labour’s nanny state

One of Britain’s most eminent consultants has claimed white male doctors are being denied bonuses because of politically correct “reverse discrimination” by the National Health Service. David Rosin, a former vice-president of the Royal College of Surgeons, says female and ethnic minority consultants are being given preferential treatment to meet artificial quotas. Rosin, also a […]

NHS must keep taking the tablets- Financial Times Editorial

The Financial Times last week criticised labour’s health services incompetent U Turn. Health Direct reproduces the Editorial below. A patient who is feeling better can readily – and wrongly – believe it is not worth finishing the course of medicine, especially if it tastes nasty. In the same way, it is a mistake to think […]