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Archive for December, 2007

Health Direct wishes all of you a Happy and Healthy New Year

Health Direct wishes all of you a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Labour U turn on mixed sex hospital wards

Labour has abandoned its key manifesto pledge to eliminate the controversial practice of mixed sex wards, it has emerged. The U-turn comes after more than a decade of Government promises, made at the 1997 election and repeated in 2001, to bring an end to male and female patients sharing facilities in NHS hospitals. Figures reveal […]

Doctors quit dirty NHS for India

The influx of thousands of Indian doctors into the National Health Service is going into reverse. Hospitals in India are now said to be cleaner and better equipped than many in Britain and doctors are quitting the NHS to work there instead. The director of one of India’s biggest private hospital chains said he was […]

Health Direct wishes all of you a Merry Christmas

Health Direct wishes all of you a Merry Christmas and a healthy festive break.

Patricia Hewitt cashes in on health post

Patricia Hewitt, the former health secretary who left the government six months ago, has been offered jobs with at least five companies with links to the health sector. The disclosure has led to renewed calls for more stringent rules to stop politicians from cashing in too quickly on their time in office. Hewitt, who resigned […]

Ministers back GP plan that sidesteps contracts

Family doctors face working unorthodox hours in so called super surgeries under a radical pilot scheme that could turn into a nationwide blueprint for medical care. Ministers have given their backing to an initiative in Birmingham that is seeking to sidestep the controversial GP contract by encouraging doctors effectively to reapply for their jobs. The […]

NHS threat to halt care for cancer patient if she buys her drugs

A woman will be denied free National Health Service treatment for breast cancer if she seeks to improve her chances by paying privately for an additional drug. Colette Mills, a former nurse, has been told that if she attempts to top up her treatment privately, she will have to foot the entire £10,000 bill for […]

Prostate Cancer- a health disservice

As 2007 draws to a close it is sad to contemplate that during the year another 10,000 men in the UK will have lost their lives to prostate cancer, and that 10,000 families this Christmas will be grieving the loss of a loved one as a result. Although the annual death toll from prostate cancer […]

NHS U-turn on prostate cancer treatment by NICE

A life saving treatment will be denied to tens of thousands of victims of Britain’s most common male cancer after a U-turn by the NHS rationing body NICE. The groundbreaking ultrasound therapy has been shown to kill nine out of 10 prostate tumours, and five years after treatment, 80 per cent of patients show no […]

NHS patients’ records frequently leaks personal data

Patients’ confidential medical records are regularly being accessed by people who have no right to them, research by the BBC has revealed. Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that in the last year there have been several data security breaches in the West of England. Confidential medical records should only ever be […]